“The 2019 Performance Schedule for Christmas Around the World,” by S.M. O’Connor

      For Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, over fifty local cultural groups will perform live cultural musical and dance routines in the Main Auditorium in the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry’s West Pavilion on the remaining weekends in November and weekends during Advent in December.  [For context, this year, Advent will run from Sunday, December 1, 2019 through Tuesday, December 24, 2019.] Families will also be able to make snow-filled Christmas tree ornaments and snack on seasonal treats.  This is covered by Museum Entry (general admission).  The Holiday Snack Shop will be selling hot chocolate and snack food.  With the purchase of an additional advanced ticket, one can get a photo session with Santa Claus on select dates throughout (the rest of) November and December. There will also be two Holidays of Light performances on Monday, December, 23, 2019.  A full cultural performance and Santa Claus schedule will be posted online at www.msichicago.org/holiday.   Please note that times and dates are subject to change.

      The Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony that kicked off the 77th annual Christmas Around the World and 25th annual Holidays of Light festivals occurred yesterday, Thursday, November 14, 2019.  They will run through Sunday, January 5, 2019 (the twelfth day of Christmas).

Credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Caption: Weekend musical and dance performances from Chicagoland groups are included with Museum Entry.

NOVEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 16, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnic Group Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Ornament Making    
11:00 a.m. Tsukasa  Taiko Drummers Japan
12:15 p.m. Ensemble Alioni Republic of Georgia
1:30 p.m. Springbrook Chrous, Brass and Chamber Orchestra U.S.A.
2:45 p.m. Pachacamak Folk Foundation Andean Afro-Ecuadorian

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnic Group Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Ornament Making    
11:00 a.m. Peru Profundo Peru
1:30 p.m. Pachacamak Folk Foundation Andean Afro-Ecuadorian
2:34 p.m. The Chicago Cuatro Orchestra Puerto Rico

Saturday, November 23, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnic Group Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Ornament Making    
11:00 a.m. Vivanov Dance Group Bulgaria
12:15 p.m. The Cambrian Benevolent Society presents the Welsh Red Dragon Dancers Wales
1:30 p.m. Pachacamak Folk Foundation Andean Afro-Ecuadorian
2:45 p.m. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (R.S.C.D.S.) Chicago Branch Demo Team Scotland

Sunday, November 24, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnic Group Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making    
11:00 a.m. Whispers Center for Artistic Expression Poland
12:15 p.m. Zespól Jawory Poland
1:30 p.m. Jasmin Jahal Dance Company Middle East
2:45 p.m. Indian Catholic Association of America India

Saturday, November 30, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnic Group Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making    
11:00 a.m. Moravian Cultural Society Czech Republic
12:15 p.m. Nordkids Sweden
1:30 p.m. Bonilla Foundation Puerto Rico
2:45 p.m. Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana Mexico
4:00 p.m. Casa de la Cultura Guatemalteca-Chicago Guatemala

DECEMBER PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 1, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Bonnie Lindholm School of the Dance U.S.A.
12:15 p.m. Filipino American Historical Society Philippines
4:00 p.m. Iskra School of Ukrainian Dance and Cherubic Voices Children’s Choir Ukraine

Saturday, December 7, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Finnladies of Chicagoland Finland
12:15 p.m. Tambura and Dance Group, The Croatian Vines and Croatian School Croatia
1:30 p.m. Norwegian  National League of Chicago Norway
2:45 p.m. After School Matters Spanish Dance of Bolivia, Mexico, and Latin America
4:00 p.m. Aloha Center of Chicago (A.C.C.) South Pacific

Sunday, December 8, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. McNulty Irish Dancers Ireland
12:15 p.m. Campanella Children’s Choir Eastern Europe
1:30 p.m. Suktinis Lithuania
2:45 p.m. Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association India
4:00 p.m. Flamenco Chicago Dance Studio Spain

Saturday, December 14, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Mabuhay Singers and Friends Philippines
12:15 p.m. Bethany Romanian Church Romania
1:30 p.m. Colombian American Cultural Center Colombia
2:45 p.m. Ballet Folklórico Internacional Tuwamari Ecuador
4:00 p.m. Borozda and the Hungarian Women and Children Hungary

Sunday, December 15, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Alphorngruppe Alpine Echoes Alpine Horn Music Alpine region of Europe
12:15 p.m. Society of the Danube Swabians Germany
1:30 p.m. The Donya Dance Ensemble Turkey, Bolivia and other World Dance traditions
2:45 p.m. Tierra Colombiana Dance Ensemble and T.C. Children’s Dance Group Colombia
4:00 p.m. Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society Greece

Saturday, December 21, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Alma Ecuatoriana Ecuador
12:15 p.m. Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers Scotland
1:30 p.m. Holy Cross-IHM Marimba Ensemble and Children’s Choir Mexico and Central America
2:45 p.m. Serbian Orthodox Midwest Diocese Youth Serbia
4:00 p.m. St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church Egypt

Sunday, December 22, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Country, Region of the World, or Ethnicity Represented
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ornament Making  
11:00 a.m. Ensemble Horo Bulgaria
12:15 p.m. Polish Scouting Organization of Illinois Poland
1:30 p.m. Color’s Entertainment Group China
2:45 p.m. Holy Nativity of Romania Romania
4:00 p.m. Hora of Romania Romania

Monday, December 23, 2019 Performance Schedule

Time Group or Activity Holiday
1:30 p.m. Punch and Judaism Hanukkah
2:45 p.m. Mama Sunshine Kwanzaa

Closures and Extended Hours

      The M.S.I. is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this time of year.  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019).  The middle two days of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – Friday, November 29, 2019 and Saturday, November 30, 2019 – it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, December 1, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Normal hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) will resume on Monday, December 2, 2019 and continue through Friday, December 6, 2019 (so during the workweek or school-week); resume again on Monday, December 9, 2019 and continue through Friday, December 13, 2019; and resume again on Monday, December 16, 2019 and continue through Friday, December 20, 2019. Extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will resume the second and third weekends of December (Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 and Saturday, December 14, 2019 and Sunday, December 15, 2019).  The fourth weekend of December – Saturday, December 21, 2019 and Sunday, December 22, 2019 – the M.S.I. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, December 23, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve), it will be open from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m. because the staff and volunteers will want to get home.  Naturally, it will be closed on Christmas Day (the first Day of Christmas), Wednesday, December 25, 2019.  From Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Monday, December 30, 2019, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (New Year’s Eve), it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., because the staff and volunteers will want to get home.  It will open late, at 11:00 a.m., on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020) and close at 5:30 p.m.  From Thursday, January 2, 2020 and Friday, January 3, 2020, it will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) will resume on Saturday, January 4, 2020.  The Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry regularly makes small adjustments to this schedule, so when planning a trip there, check this Webpage and the M.S.I.’s social media for updates. 

EXTENDED HOURS AND EXCEPTIONS

Hours Date
Closed Thanksgiving Day
(Thursday, November 28, 2019)
9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Friday, November 29, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Saturday, December 21, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve
(Tuesday, December 24, 2019)
Closed Christmas Day
(Wednesday, December 25, 2019)
9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019
 Monday, December 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, December 31, 2019)
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2020)
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 Friday, January 3, 2020

      Often formerly stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  

      The Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry is housed in the Palace of Fine Arts, also known as the Fine Arts Building, which is the last palace from the White City fairgrounds of Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893), still standing in Jackson Park.  Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), President of Sears, Roebuck & Company, founded the Museum of Science and Industry in 1926 through The Commercial Club of Chicago, of which he was a member.  The M.S.I. opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940, with the first opening ceremony on July 1, 1933.  These events coincided with Chicago’s second World’s Fair, A Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34), which opened on June 1, 1933.

      On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the Museum of Science and Industry announced that the Board of Trustees had voted to accept a $125,000,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.  M.S.I. executives and board members felt it would consequently be appropriate to change the Museum of Science and Industry’s name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry.  A multi-billionaire, Mr. Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Citadel, Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund.  His gift is the largest in the history of the science and technology museum, and one of the largest gifts to any cultural institution in Chicago. 

      The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.

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