Holiday Season 2012

Time to decorate the tree the with that shiny tinsel and holiday merry making!

The Swedish American Museum’s Brunk Children’s Museum is one of the best decorated museums in Chicago.  The Christmas Tree is decorated in Swedish Tradition with popcorn on the tree and a Christmas Wish chain created by visitors every year! The  St. Lucia Celebration will be at the museum on December 13th at 4:45 p.m. Don’t miss out! The procession is free, but the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is asking for a $1 donation. Finally, an event for the whole family is the traditional Swedish Christmas dinner, Julmiddag. For adults members are $55 per person or $65 per person for non-members. Children under 12 are $15 each. Tomten (Santa) will give presents to all the children and everyone is invited to dance around the Christmas tree!

The Shedd Aquarium has brought back The Holiday Fantasea and introduces two 4-d Christmas movies The Polar Express and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. To see times and tickets click here! Don’t forget to visit the Lions at the Art Institute and this also new this year the Adler Planetarium is the Season of Wonder which includes a new holiday sky tour in Holiday Sky Live and take part in a one-of-a-kind show in the World’s Largest Snow Globe. The new experience goes until January 6th for times and prices click here!

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 $20 for the first three hours. The zoo is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 14th-16th, 21st-23rd, 26-31st , and January 1st-6th. The Brookfield Zoo Lights are the largest in the area and are open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 26-31st .  The admission is $15.00 for adults, $10.50 for Seniors and Children ages 3 to 11. Parking is $10.00 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 $10 for members/$12 for non, Seniors $8 for members/$10 for non, Children 3-12 $8 for member/$10 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 last day for the train is January 6th.

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.  At the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park the museum is having  Family Fun Days Featuring Victorian Christmas Tours led by Junior Interpreters on December 16th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the cost is free. Don’t forget to sip the hot chocolate and play with Frank’s favorite toy, the Frobel Blocks! 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. This year the museum hosts Magic at the Mansion with magician, Sean Masterson. The dates are December 15th and 16th at 3:00 p.m. The price is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and Children 3-12. Lastly, the museum’s newest program Help Wanted: A Holiday Servant’s Tour utilizes living history to give the visitor a behind the scenes look at the Gilded Age home. The programs runs Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. during December only. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12.

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 and runs through January 6th. 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.

For a sneak peek at the Holiday Fantasea Show and Christmas Around the World click here and to see last year’s holiday train at the Chicago Botanic Garden click here!

Happy Holidays from Chicago Museum Blog!

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