- This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
- Main Level, Museum-Wide
- Included with Museum Entry
The Museum halls are decked, holiday singers and dancers joyously fuel the festivities, and the sparkle of more than 50 trees will greet you at this year’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. We couldn’t resist one more chance to pay homage to our “Diamond Anniversary” and more than seven decades of imagination, invention and inspiration with the theme “Celebrating 75 Years of Museum Memories.”
The Museum’s grand 45-foot tree is adorned with shimmering ornaments representing the Museum’s iconic exhibits, while fun-loving “penguins” play under the tree and welcome Museum guests to our very own South Pole. (Or maybe just the South Pole of Chicago.)
More than 50 trees—including the new Bulgaria tree—are beautifully decorated by members of Chicago’s ethnic communities. Stroll through the trees on the Main Level, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances of various dance and choral groups every day of the week on the Holiday Stage, adjacent to the East Court.
In honor of our 75th Anniversary, you will be able to read favorite Museum memories that our guests have generously shared with us. If you still have a memory you would like to share, we will also be collecting them throughout the duration of the exhibit.
More special holiday events, performances and, of course, new memories, await you at this year’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light!
As part of our 75th Anniversary, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is sponsored by:
Get the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit guide, including the events, hours and a map. (PDF file)
Trees and Traditions Podcast
Hear about the international holiday traditions on display in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.