November Holiday Performances

There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at MSI! Every day through January 8, you can build holiday memories by taking photos in front of our four-story Grand Tree, enjoying a magical snowfall moment—indoors!—and reflecting upon the traditions of the season across the globe.

On select days (listed below), we’re offering special activities to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. In the Auditorium, we’ll have various ethnic song and dance performances from groups around the Chicago area. Join us for some festive crafts in the Transportation Gallery, where you can build your own LEGO® holiday ornament. And take a stroll to Holiday Lane for the chance to have your photo taken with our special guest from the North Pole—Santa! (Photos with Santa are not included in Museum Entry; see details.)

Please note that the schedule is subject to change; check the schedule in Holiday Lane for up-to-date information.

Daily

50 different festive trees and displays
Grand Tree and falling snow in the Rotunda

Saturday, November 19

11 a.m.         Healy School (China)
12:15 p.m.    Choomsarang & Little OL Korea 
1:30 p.m.      PACF Performing Arts & SamaSama Project (Philippines)
2:45 p.m.      Springbrook Chorus & Brass (general holiday) 
4 p.m.           Tsukasa Taiko (Japan) 

Sunday, November 20

11 a.m.         Command Attention (Kenya) 
12:15 p.m.    Jasmin Jahal Dance Company (Middle East) 
1:30 p.m.      India Catholic Association of America 
2:45 p.m.      Chicago Cuatro Orchestra (Puerto Rico) 
4 p.m.           Flamenco Chicago Dance Studio (Spain) 

Friday, November 25

12:15 p.m.    Whispers Center for Artistic Expression (Poland) 
1:30 p.m.      Taki Sumak (Ecuador) 
2:45 p.m.      Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (India) 
4 p.m.           Bonilla Foundation (Puerto Rico) 

Saturday, November 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Moravian Cultural Society (Czech Republic) 
12:15 p.m.    Nordikids (Sweden) 
1:30 p.m.      Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana 
2:45 p.m.      Tuwamari Ballet Folklórico (Ecuador) 
4 p.m.           Belizean Cultural Bearers

Sunday, November 27

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium) 

11 a.m.         Finnladies of Chicagoland (Finland) 
12:15 p.m.    Filipino American Historical Society (Philippines)       
1:30 p.m.      Mali Kościeliscanie (Poland) 
2:45 p.m.      Serbian Orthodox Youth of Midwestern American Diocese
4 p.m.           Slovenian Catholic Center

* All performances and ornament activities are included in Museum Entry. Photos with Santa require purchase of a timed-entry ticket (more information).