Lights, Ornaments, Action!

Spiderweb ornaments adorn MSI's Ukrainian tree

Spiderweb ornaments adorn MSI's Ukrainian tree

The 2nd Annual Museumist Gift Guide and Museum Holiday Roundup

That’s right, it’s the Holiday Season, and we’re ready to celebrate. Over the next month, we’ll be featuring gift ideas for the museum lover on your list as well as glimpses at how museums around the world ring in the holidays.

While the holiday season unofficially got started in Chicago with the wreathing of the Art Institute lions, another museum a few miles down the road was already in the Christmas spirit. Back on November 18, the Museum of Science and Industry kicked off their annual Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights celebration.

The Christmas Around the World event, which is now in its 69th year, is not only an amazing opportunity to catch a glimpse at how different cultures around the globe celebrate the holidays, but it is also a chance to witness the diversity of Chicago first hand. Take a moment to examine the 50 trees, each decorated by volunteers from the various ethnic communities in the Windy City, before turning your eyes to the 45-foot grand tree, whose decorations are inspired by the ongoing Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit. If you are curious to know more about the stories behind the decoration of the trees, head over to MSI’s website for the “Trees and Traditions” podcast.

Lest you think the holiday spirit ends with the hall of trees, make sure you take a gander at the 12th annual Holiday of Lights. Here there are light displays for Ramadan, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia Day, Diwali and more. So, now matter your holiday traditions, there is a little something festive for everyone at the Museum of Science and Industry this time of year.

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