Museum of Science and Industry

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, Rotunda
Museum Map
Included with Museum Entry

Experience the Museum of Science and Industry's beloved annual holiday tradition, now in its 74th year. From the beginning in 1942—a single tree decorated as a salute of solidarity to the Allies in World War II—Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light has grown into a brilliant extravaganza of decoration and display.

This year’s colorful theme is inspired by the Museum’s temporary exhibit—Robot Revolution, supported by with additional major support from The Boeing Company. The 45-foot Grand Tree holds court in the Rotunda, decked out with more than 30,000 twinkling colorful lights and hundreds of ornaments and bright, vibrant trimmings. Surrounding it, more than 50 dazzling trees and displays are beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities, offering insight into their diverse cultures and holiday traditions.

Stroll through this festive forest as you enjoy holiday tunes and the sight of “snow” falling every half hour. On the weekends and select weekdays, Holiday Stage performances by various dance and choral groups make the spirit of the season even brighter.

This celebration runs through January 3, 2016 and is included in Museum Entry, along with all performances. An additional ticket is required for Robot Revolution, also open through January 3.

Schedule of Performances

Explore the Trees and Traditions

Holiday Photo Opportunities with Grand Tree + Santa!

Share and save your holiday memories with a family photo in front of the amazing Grand Tree. Professional photographers will be available November 19-22 and 27-29, and December 4-6, 11-13, 18-24 and 26-31. Also, Santa Claus is making a few stops at MSI on select weekends—December 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—for a jolly photo shoot with your young celebrant(s)! Various photo packages are available.

Museum Hours
  • through November 29:
    Monday-Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Friday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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Get the "Christmas Around the World" and "Holidays of Light" exhibit guide, including the events, hours, a map and activities. (PDF file)

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