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Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

Destination: Holidays 

This year we’re celebrating the golden age of travel with themed décor and a spotlight on our Pioneer Zephyr train and Take Flight's 727, which have been newly reimagined. Not to mention the daily spectacle of lights and music and discovering what the holidays are like all around the world.

Holiday Photos: Santa and Grand Tree

Make even more memories of your holiday with a souvenir photo. Visit with Santa in his festive photo studio, where the whole family can pose with the jolly man himself—or gather for a group portrait in front of our splendid 45-foot-tall Grand Tree. Want to go all-out? That’s the spirit! Choose both and save $10.

Photo sessions require additional timed tickets and are not included in Museum Entry. Capacity is limited and subject to availability. Book today!

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Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are included in Museum Entry and open through Monday, January 3, 2022.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

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Celebrate the season

Find your family’s story among the traditions on display, or discover things you never knew about other countries. More than 3,500 community volunteers lend their time and knowledge to create this annual celebration. You’ll be creating some memories for the future. The magic of the season will be the faces of your loved ones as they experience this winter wonderland.

Explore the Trees and Traditions on Display

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