We received free admission to the museum
Living in the suburbs, my kids rarely get to visit the city, but the holiday season is the perfect time to join the crowds, wander the city streets, walk around the big Christmas tree.
A few weeks ago we visited the Museum of Science and Industry and their 74th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light opens at the Museum of Science and Industry on November 19, 2015 and runs through January 3, 2016.
I can’t think of a better place to spend an afternoon at. The kids spend a lot of time running around looking for the uniqueness each Christmas Tree had to offer. Our favorite was the Belgium Waffle tree – looks absolutely delicious. The kids found the Russian and Ukrainian trees, since my husband and I came from these countries, but we absolutely loved the fact that each tree came with a little story about the ornaments and the country it came from
This exhibit began as a United Nations Day salute to the Allies during World War II. Now the exhibit has grown into a forest of heartwarming trees and homemade displays. Across the Museum’s Main Floor, guests will enjoy more than 50 trees and displays beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to reflect their diverse culture and holiday customs. In the Rotunda, MSI’s 45-foot Grand Tree will be decked out with more than 30,000 twinkling lights and hundreds of \ornaments and festive trimmings. A mix of festive holiday tunes plays throughout the Rotunda; “snow” falls every half hour; and on the weekends and select weekdays, guests can enjoy performances of various ethnic dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage.
This year’s celebration and Grand Tree are themed to highlight temporary exhibit Robot Revolution, supported by Google.org with additional major support from The Boeing Company. In the Rotunda, see colorful imagery of robots decorating the tree and taking in Chicago holiday traditions.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light run from November 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Robot Revolution also runs through January 3, 2016.