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.

Photos with Santa 

Make even more memories by visiting Santa in his festive photo studio inside the Holiday Store. The whole family can pose with the jolly man himself and bring home a souvenir photo. This activity requires a timed-entry ticket and is not included in Museum Entry. Capacity is limited and subject to availability. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. 

Opening November 17, 2021

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light open on Wednesday, November 17 and will run 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.

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