- This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
- Main Level, Museum-Wide
- Included with Museum Entry
The Museum halls are decked, holiday singers and dancers fuel the festivities, and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees greets you at the 69th annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.
The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, and it is surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees—beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances of various dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage.
And when you are done admiring the trees, you can take in another family favorite, Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, an exhibit exploring the amazing career and imagination of this master puppeteer, creator of the Muppets. The Museum’s Grand Tree and Rotunda will be decked out in colorful puppet splendor in honor of this special temporary exhibit.
School choral groups will perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances will take place on the weekends in conjunction with the exhibit. All performances are included in general admission.
Schedule of events
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is sponsored by Pepsi.
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.