December Events

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.


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

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