November 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017
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A holiday favorite also returns to MSI this November, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. Guests can celebrate festive traditions from around the globe with a forest of beautifully adorned trees, each one decorated by local volunteers from cultural organizations and Chicago's diverse communities. Looking for the perfect family photo op? The trees encircle a miraculous floor-to-dome Grand Tree wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Guests can also catch "snow" as it falls every 30 minutes inside the Museum's Rotunda.
New this year, and in conjunction with MSI's Brick by Brick exhibit, guests can create their own holiday trinket to remember their visit - a LEGO® ornament! Santa Claus will also be stopping by MSI's Holiday Lane to meet with families, snap photos and ask children what they'd like for Christmas. Both ornament making and Santa visits will be held on select weekend dates throughout the exhibit's run.
Also in Holiday Lane, guests can explore celebrations of light or enlightenment, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, in their beautiful Holidays of Light digital display. Cultural performances including Japanese drumming and Irish dancing will also be held on select dates at the Museum's Main Auditorium inside the West Pavilion.
Photo credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry; Alison Neidt Toonen, Museum of Science and Industry