Wed Dec 4, 9:30 AM - Wed Dec 4, 4:00 PM
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The Annual Christmas Around The World is back at Museum of Science and Industry - With extended holiday hours!

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The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s (MSI)
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light return this November, highlighting the rich customs of more than 50 countries and cultures. Guests can 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. Hundreds of volunteers from Chicago’s diverse communities decorate the nearly 60 trees and displays that line the Museum’s Main Floor with handmade décor and personal mementos. Guests will learn why silver spiders are good luck, find out which country has the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season, view intricate origami ornaments, and so much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with the Grand Tree—a 45-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling tree featuring more than 50,000 lights. Guests can also enjoy “snow” falling every half hour inside the Museum’s Main Floor.
With Holidays of Light, families will explore the holidays that honor light or enlightenment with decorated vitrines containing symbolic objects that showcase these celebrations. Holidays of
Light focuses on the traditions of the 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.
Special Exhibits and Holiday Offerings:
- Weekend Cultural Performances (Included with Museum Entry)
- Visit the Museum Café to get a limited-time, MSI-custom donut from Stan’s Donuts.
- Makers United Ornament Workshop (Ticket purchase required)
Free Day and Extended Hours:
-On November 18 Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry, giving them an opportunity to
experience Christmas Around the World, Holidays of Light and more than a dozen other exhibits at no charge.
- On December 21-22 and 26-30, MSI will offer extended hours and keep its doors open from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
- For detailed holiday hours visit:
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