Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI

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Now through January 5, 2020 the Museum of Science and Industry is showcasing their Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. We always love visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the extra bonus of seeing beautiful Christmas lights, celebrating the season, and learning about world traditions makes it special. Being indoors while enjoying all of it is also a win-win here in Chicago where the weather can make outdoor holiday events unpredictable.

The Museum of Science and Industry invited us to attend the opening of Christmas Around the World, but all opinions are our own.

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Perhaps most notable is the grand 45-foot tall tree with more than 45,000 lights! While observing the tree on the main floor, guests can be a part of a “snowfall” that takes place every 30 minutes during the holiday season. It’s especially exciting for little kids, so be sure not to miss it! My kids loved seeing the pretend snow falling from the ceiling and it created a magical ambiance for them.

You can also check out the nearly 60 trees that are decorated to represent more than 50 cultures and countries that make up the Christmas Around the World exhibit. Stop at each tree and learn about all the traditions that are celebrated across the world. They also have Holidays of Lights display cases that feature symbolic objects that honor lights and enlightenment, including Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hanukkah, and more.

Special Events During Christmas Around the World

On Saturdays and Sundays between now and December 22, 2019 you can watch musical and dance routines performed by volunteers from different communities in the Chicago area. You can also make ornaments from 11 am – 3 pm on these dates (please note that while the performances are included with admission, the color-changing ornament workshop requires an additional ticket purchase). The specific times and dates for performances can be found here. Complete your experience by stopping by the holiday snack shop for hot chocolate and snacks while passing through the exhibits.

Admission and Times

The Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits are included with general admission into the museum.

December 21-22 and 26-30, 2019 MSI will have extended hours and remain open from 9:30 am until 7:00 pm.

Museum of Science and Industry is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Interested in more unique holiday experiences around Chicagoland? Check out our Guide to Holiday Fun!

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