Exhibition view of Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Indiustry (photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry).
Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Return
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
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, and inviting friends and family to come celebrate the holidays together at MSI. 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. Guests will be encouraged to take a photo with the Grand Tree—a 45-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling tree featuring more than 45,000 lights. They can also enjoy “snow” falling every half hour inside the museum’s main floor.
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.