Open through January 8, 2023

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light


Chicago's beloved holiday tradition celebrates over 50 countries and cultures

CHICAGO (October 27, 2022)—The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is ringing in the holiday season with the 80th anniversary of Christmas Around the World. The exhibit allows guests to connect with their heritage as they explore dozens of trees and displays meticulously decorated with hand-crafted ornaments, all while learning about traditions that are celebrated across the globe.

The annual holiday tradition began with a single tree in 1942, which was newly decorated every day for 12 days to represent the countries fighting alongside America during World War II. Today, the exhibit features more than 50 trees decorated by volunteers from around the Chicagoland area to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe.

"For the past 80 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has invited guests to celebrate the rich history and heritage of cultures around the globe, all under one roof," said Peter Vega, Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement. "The celebration is a core part of MSI's mission statement to inspire the inventive genius in everyone as a reminder to appreciate the differences and similarities that make everyone unique."

In addition to the decorated trees, families can explore Holidays of Light, which offers vitrines that contain symbolic objects that showcase celebrations honoring light and enlightenment, including Chinese New Year, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Visakha Puja Day and St. Lucia Day. Holidays of Light is located among the trees throughout the Museum's Main Floor.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light will take place from November 16, 2022 to January 8, 2023, and are included in Museum Entry. For more information, please visit

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its education initiatives, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Come visit and find your inspiration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit or call (773) 684-1414.

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