Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones this season.

This year, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of this beloved Chicago tradition, which began in 1942 with a single tree, newly decorated every day for 12 days to represent the countries fighting alongside America during World War II.

Today, Christmas Around the World features more than 50 trees highlighting a variety of countries and cultures, offering insight into the holiday customs celebrated by families around the world. These trees and displays are decorated by volunteers from around the Chicagoland area to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. The centerpiece surrounded by this dazzling display is the four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree in the Museum's Rotunda. You can also explore Holidays of Light, a celebration of global holidays throughout the year that honor light and enlightenment.

It's the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are included in Museum Entry and run through Sunday, January 8, 2023.

The Art of the Brick and The Twelve Days of Brick-mas!

The Art of The Brick is also getting into the holiday spirit with the addition of new holiday-themed pieces. Nathan Sawaya is debuting a collection of new pieces themed around the 12 Days of Christmas. The new pieces will be available for viewing starting November 16, 2022—just in time to add this special exhibition to your holiday visit.

The Art of the Brick is not included in Museum Entry and requires a separate, timed-entry ticket. Visit the exhibit page

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light