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About Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

This holiday exhibition features over 50 trees and displays that are decorated by members of ethnic communities across the city to reflect their holiday customs from all over the world. The exhibit includes performances from multiple dance and chorus groups (school choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends), as well as a 45-foot tree in the museum's main hall that is decorated with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments. (If you like the Christmas Around the World exhibit, you should also check out Macy's Holiday Window Displays and the store's 45-foot Christmas tree inside the famous Walnut Room.)

Location - Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414.

Admission - Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry, which includes admission to the Christmas Around the World exibit, is $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; and $10 for children 3-11.

Dates - Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

November 15, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Times - Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

Monday - Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Museum of Science and Industry is open every day except Christmas Day (December 25).

Getting to - Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights:

You can drive to the Museum of Science and Industry, which has its own paid parking lot, or you can take public transportation including the Hyde Park Express (#2) south to 57th and Stony Island; Jackson Park Express (#6) south to 56th Street; or the Stony Island Express (#28) south to 56th and Hyde Park Blvd. All stops are about a block from the museum. Learn more about taking public transportation in Chicago.

About the Museum of Science and Industry:

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is one of the few remaining structures from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It served as the Palace of Fine Arts and was designed by Charles B. Atwood of D.H. Burnham and Company. In the 1920s, Julius Rosenwald envisioned the enormous building as a center for science and technology, which led to its current use. For more than 75 years, the museum has been Chicago's premiere spot for science and technology exploration. (Also learn about Chicago's Art Institute, including tips for planning your visit there.)

More About Christmas Around the World:

Christmas Around the World started at the Museum of Science and Industry in 1942 as a tribute to the allied forces that fought in World War II. The exhibit includes over 50 trees each decorated to represent a different ethnic group and their Christmas celebrations, as well as a central 45-foot tree decorated with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments. (Intermittent falling “snow” is also falling as you walk past the trees.) The exhibit also includes a "Holiday Stage" featuring dance and chorus groups. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends in conjunction with the exhibit.
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