Christmas trees: MSI presents Christmas around the world | Entertainment


Vacation fans who love colorful trees, ornate decorations, and other festive decorations will want to plan a trip to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry this year.

The museum’s Christmas Around the World and Festivals of Light exhibits are up and sparkling again this season. The holiday exhibition runs until January 3.

In Christmas Around the World, guests will see a spectacular display of Christmas trees with lavish ethnic decorations and ornaments. Holidays of Light star symbols, information and more on major enlightenment festivals including Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Visakha Puja Day and St. Lucia Day.

“The exhibit brings people together,” said Jeff Buonomo, senior director of exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry. Buonomo said that each year, volunteers continue to help decorate the trees to “bring joy and share their cultures.”

He said the exhibit had been very well received by museum staff as well as visitors as it was pretty much absent for much of last year due to the pandemic. In 2020, the screen only worked for four days before it had to shut down. Then, it was proposed for virtual viewing for a limited time.

“There are 52 trees this year,” said Buonomo, adding that Bulgaria is a new tree this time around. Among the countries represented by trees are France, Thailand, Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Kenya, United States and others. Buonomo said this year that there is a tree celebrating the Chicago Sky women’s basketball team and their recent championship victory.


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