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Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Lights at The Museum of Science and Industry

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5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones this season.

This year, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of this beloved Chicago tradition, which began in 1942 with a single tree, newly decorated every day for 12 days to represent the countries fighting alongside America during World War II.

Today, Christmas Around the World features more than 50 trees highlighting a variety of countries and cultures, offering insight into the holiday customs celebrated by families around the world. These trees and displays are decorated by volunteers from around the Chicagoland area to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. The centerpiece surrounded by this dazzling display is the four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree in the Museum's Rotunda. You can also explore Holidays of Light, a celebration of global holidays throughout the year that honor light and enlightenment.

It's the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

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