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December Holiday Performances

Dancers in colorful dresses performing during the Christmas Around the World exhibit.

There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at MSI! Every day through January 7, you can build holiday memories by taking photos in front of our four-story Grand Tree, enjoying a magical snowfall moment—indoors!—and reflecting upon the traditions of the season across the globe.

On select days (listed below), we’re offering special activities to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. In the Auditorium, we’ll have various songs and dance performances from cultural groups around the Chicago area. 

Please note that the schedule is subject to change; check the schedule in Holiday Studio for up-to-date information.

Daily

50 different festive trees and displays
Grand Tree and falling snow in the Rotunda

Thursday, December 14

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio)  

Friday, December 15

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio)  

Saturday, December 16

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio)  
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Holiday Ornament Making (West Pavilion)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Finnladies of Chicagoland (Finland)
12:15 p.m.    Welsh Cambrian Benevolent Society presents the Red Dragon Welsh Dancers and Old Fezziwig's Band (Wales)
1:30 p.m.     Colombian American Cultural Center
2:45 p.m.    RSCDS Chicago Branch Demo Team (Scotland)
4 p.m.         Borozda Hungarian Folk Dance Group

Sunday, December 17

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio) 
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Holiday Ornament Making (West Pavilion)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Tierra Colombiana Dance Ensemble
12:15 p.m.    Campanella Children's Choir (Russia)
1:30 p.m.     Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois
2:45 p.m.    Ensemble Alioni (Republic of Georgia)
4 p.m.         St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Egypt)

Thursday, December 21

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio) 

Friday, December 22

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio)

Saturday, December 23

10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Studio)

* All performances and ornament activities are included in Museum Entry. Photos with Santa require purchase of a timed-entry ticket.