“The Performance Schedule for the Museum of Science and Industry’s 75th Annual Christmas Around the World” by S.M. O’Connor

During the 75th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, cultural organizations in the Chicago area that represent ethnic groups who settled in this region will perform songs and dances from their homelands or traditional to their cultures in the Main Auditorium in the Museum of Science and Industry’s West Pavilion.  Performances will take place this weekend; next weekend; and the first, second, and third weekends in December. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light are included in Museum Entry (general admission tickets), as are all cultural performances.

Children can meet Santa Claus on Yesterday’s Main Street.  In a press release, the Museum of Science and Industry stated, “Children can meet Santa before his epic Christmas journey on November 18-19, 24-26. 30; December 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23.  Guests are also welcome to take photos with our 45-foot-tall Grand Tree.” Guests are also welcome to take photos with our 45-foot-tall Grand Tree.”  Photos with Santa require the purchase of a timed-entry ticket.

 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Philippine American Cultural Foundation and SamaSama Project in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Choom-Sa-Rang and Little Old Korea in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Jasmin Jahal Dance Company (Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Springbrook Orchestra and Chorus in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Pachacamak Folk (Ecuador) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Whispers Center for Artistic Expression (Poland) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Chicago Donauschwaben Kindergruppe (Germany) at 12:15 p.m.

Mali Koscieliscanie (Poland) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Indian Catholic Association of America (India) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Punch and Judaism in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Taki Sumak (Ecuador) in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Mamma Sunshine (Kwanzaa) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Mamma Sunshine (Kwanzaa) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Holy Nativity (Romania) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nordikids (Sweden) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Moravian Cultural Society (Czech Republic) in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Srbadija Folklore Ensemble (Serbia) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Belizean Cultural Bearers, Inc. in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tsukasa Taiko Drummers (Japan) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Alma Ecuatoria (Ecuador) in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

On Pointe Performing Arts Center (Mexico) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Chicago Cuatro Orchestra (Puerto Rico) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Serbian Orthodox Midwest Diocese in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thistle and Highland Dancers (Scotland) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Norwegian National League of Chicago in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Tambura and Dance Group Croatian Vines and Croatian School in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (India) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Aloha Center of Chicago (South Pacific Islands) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance (U.S.A.) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Austrian Mixed Chorus in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

UNWLA Iskra Dance (Ukraine) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Donya Dance Ensemble (Middle Eastern/World Dance) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Cardinal Stepinac Croatian School in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

After School Matters (Bolivia) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Internacional Tuwamari (Ecuador) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Colindatorii (Romania) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

McNulty Irish Dancers in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Knights of Lithuania Dancers and Suktnis in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

IHM Children’s Choir and Marimba Ensemble (Mexico, Central America) in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Flamenco Chicago Dance Studio (Spain) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society (Greece) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Finnladies of Chicagoland (Finland) in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Welsh Cambrian Beneveolent Society presents the Red Dragon Welsh Dancers and Old Fezziwig’s Band in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Colombian American Cultural Center in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

RSCDS Chicago Branch Demo Team (Scotland) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

Borozda Hungarian Folk Dance Group in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Holiday Ornament Making in the West Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tierra Colombiana Dance Ensemble in the Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.

Campanella Children’s Choir (Russia) in the Auditorium at 12:15 p.m.

Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois in the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Ensemble Alioni (Republic of Georgia) in the Auditorium at 2:45 p.m.

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Egypt) in the Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Photos with Santa in the Holiday Studio from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

 

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.  Up-to-date information will be hosted at the Holiday Studio.

CATW2011_HolidayStage_0015Figure 1 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: These children are dancing on the Holiday Stage in 2011.

CATW2012_preformers_0096 (4)Figure 2 Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: These teenagers are dancing on the Holiday Stage in 2012.

Once can save time waiting in line and $2 per ticket if one purchases tickets online here.  Otherwise, Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are $18 per adult and $11 per child (ages three-to-eleven). Admission to certain exhibits and movie screenings in the Giant Dome Theater require separate tickets.  The exhibits that require separate tickets are Brick by Brick, Robot Revolution, the Coal Mine, Fab Lab, and Future Energy Chicago.  There is no extra charge to walk around the U-505, but separate tickets are necessary to take the U-505 Submarine On-board Tour, as well as the WOW! Tour.

Currently, the Museum of Science and Industry is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Today, Saturday, November 18, 2017, and tomorrow, Sunday, November 19, 2017, the Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  It will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25, 2017.  The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2017; on Saturday, December 2, 2017; on Sunday, December 3, 2017; and on Saturday, December 10, 2017.  Further, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Saturday, December 16, 2017 to Saturday, December 23, 2017.  The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017.  As always, the Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, which this year falls on Monday, December 25, 2017.  From Tuesday, December 26, 2017 to Saturday, December 30, 2017, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day, which next year will fall on Monday, January 1, 2018.   From Tuesday, January 2, 2018 to Friday, January 5, 2018, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  From Saturday, January 6, 2018 to Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Museum will be open its normal schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Museum of Science and Industry is located at the northeastern corner of Jackson Park in the neighborhood of Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.

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