Lansing Historical Society’s annual holiday tradition returns to the lower level of the Lansing Library
By Jennifer Yos
LANSING, Ill. (November 29, 2022) – Looking for an extra special holiday activity? One that is local, family-friendly, inclusive of diverse cultures, and reminiscent of the holiday spirit of both past and present?
Festival of Lights — a museum exhibit highlighting 37 meticulously decorated Christmas trees representing cultures from around the world — is a holiday treasure tucked away in Lansing’s Historical Museum, located on the lower level of the Lansing Public Library at 2750 Indiana Avenue.
A diverse holiday tradition
The museum’s Festival of Lights exhibit not only features beautifully lit and decorated Christmas trees, but also includes table displays set for the celebrations for Hanukkah and for Kwanzaa. This year the exhibit has added new trees for Ukraine and Czech Republic, as well as a 1950s Nostalgia Tree with vintage toys.
Cultural costumes and informational displays relating to the history of the holidays both in and outside of Lansing make this exhibit a unique holiday activity that can become a Lansing family tradition.
The holiday exhibit — hosted annually by Lansing’s Historical Society — opened Monday evening with a choral concert of holiday music presented by the combined TF South and TF North choral departments.
The exhibit will continue to be open free to the public through January 5, 2023, during these hours:
- Monday – Thursday, 6–8 p.m.
- Saturdays, 12–3 p.m.
To schedule a tour outside of these hours, call 708-474-7497. The exhibit is closed on December 24, 26, and 31, as well as January 2.
Photos and video
- Festival of Lights celebrates a diversity of Christmas traditions (December 2017 article)
- Lansing History: How Lansing got its own museum (April 2022 article)