December’s Holiday Museum Events!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree how bad I want to see thee! It seems that some homes in the Chicago area have already gotten the Christmas bug well so has the Chicago Museum Blog. Here you will read some of the best events, museum happenings, and lights shows in the Chicago Area.

One of my favorite events each year is presented by the Swedish American Museum. I particularly hold this museum close to my heart for every year the Children’s Museum is decorated in Swedish Tradition with popcorn on the tree and a Christmas Wish chain created by visitors every year. The Swedish American Museum hosts a holiday bazaar called Julmarknad and this year, it is held on December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special activities will be held for children upstairs including crafts such as smelkaramel, a tootsie looking roll with candy inside and a visit from Santa. The cost is a donation of $2. Something fun for the kids is Breakfast with Tomten which is two days in a row this year being held on December 10th at 9 a.m. and December 11th at 9 a.m. The price is $10 members and $15 for non-members per family. You must call ahead, all the spots go fast. Included in the price is Swedish Pancakes, sausages, and bacon and three holiday crafts for families.  This event is not one to miss. Last but not least is a special St. Lucia Celebration will be at the museum on December 13th at 4:45 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Three light shows and outdoor venues to see this Christmas are the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, the Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic, and the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Walk and Wonderland Express. The Lincoln Park Zoo Lights are free, but parking can be tricky so if you need to, zoo parking is $17. The zoo is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 25th to 27th, December 2nd to 4th, 9th to 11th, and the 15th through January 1st. The Brookfield Zoo lights are the largest in the area and are open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 3rd to 4th, 10th to 11th, 17th to 18th, and the 26th through the 31st.  The admission is $13.50 for adults, $9.50 for Seniors and Children ages 3 to 11. Parking is $9.00 per vehicle. The Chicago Botanic Garden has a garden light walk to the Wonderland Express, the train exhibit built especially for the holidays with over 80 landmarks from Chicago. The train tickets are as follows Adults $8 for members/$10 for non, Seniors $6 for members/$8 for non, Children 3-12 $6 for member/$8 for non. Parking is $20 per vehicle. The grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the train is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The train opens on November 25th.

Historic houses of Chicago can not be forgotten. The Glessner House and Clarke House Museum decorate for the holidays. The Clarke House decorates with Christmas traditions from the 1850s and the Glessner House is more ornate with its history centering around the Beaux-Art period. You can see the house Christmas secorations beginning on November 23rd till December 31st. The cost is  $10 per person during a regularly scheduled tour. There are Candlelight Tours on December 10th and the 11th at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:30 for $18 for Adults, $14 for children 8-12,  for members $15 for Adults and $11 for children. At the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Stuido in Oak Park the museum is having  Family Fun Days Featuring Victorian Christmas Tours led by Junior Interpreters on December 10th and 17th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is free. Finally the Driehaus Museum is featuring Deck the Marble Halls. The museum will be in full Christmas regalia from the Gilded Age. The museum will keep is regular house and tour times. The price per tour is $20 for Adults, $12.50 for Seniors, $10 for students, and $10 for children ages 10 to 17.

Lastly, the Museum of Science and Industry will have it Christmas Around the World with a 45 foot grand tree with over 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments. It opened November 17th and will last until January 8th. The exhibit is included with general admission. If you feel like you have done all this, but want more, downtown in the loop is the Macy Windows and Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza always fun to see.

Happy Holidays from Chicago Museum Blog!

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