Celebrate winter solstice, holiday traditions at Elgin Public Museum this weekend

  • Elgin Public Museum's annual "Touching on Traditions" exhibit features traditional displays of countries from all over the world.

    Elgin Public Museum's annual "Touching on Traditions" exhibit features traditional displays of countries from all over the world. Courtesy of Elgin Public Museum

  • The halls of the historic Elgin Public Museum are filled with Christmas trees, costume displays, and other holiday articles from all around the world as part of the "Touching on Traditions" exhibit.

    The halls of the historic Elgin Public Museum are filled with Christmas trees, costume displays, and other holiday articles from all around the world as part of the "Touching on Traditions" exhibit. Courtesy of Elgin Public Museum

 
Submitted by Elgin Public Museum
Updated 12/16/2019 11:08 PM

The Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology will celebrate the Winter Solstice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Come all ye Druid Oak Kings and Holly Queens to rejoice in the return of a little more daylight every day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Learn about the astronomical reason for the solstice and its significance to ancient cultures. Warm cider and treats will be served by a glowing campfire. The cost is $6 or $4 for museum members.

Stop by "Touching on Traditions," the annual colorful, multicultural display of holiday decorations from around the world, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 21-28, at the museum.

People from around the world have made their homes in Elgin. They brought with them beliefs and traditions from their countries of origin giving the Elgin community a rich diversity, which is now a part of our cultural heritage.

Visit the museum's winter holiday exhibition, featuring displays and objects of traditional holiday significance. Admission is $2; $1 for kids age 3 to 12; or free for kids under age 3 or museum members. For information, including group tours during the week and evenings, call (847) 741-6655.

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On Saturday, Dec. 28, the Elgin Public Museum and Friends of the Lords Park Zoo will host the monthly Bison Feeding from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Get an up-close and personal look as the zoo's elk and deer are fed, then actually help serve breakfast to bison Becky, Drew and Takoda!

Meet first inside the museum for a short presentation on bison.

Space is limited to 12 people per month, so make your reservation as early as possible. Cost is $5 or $2 for kids, age 3 to 12. Kids under age 3 and museum members are admitted free.

The museum is at 225 Grand Blvd. in Lords Park on Elgin's east side. For information call (847) 741-6655 or visit www.elginpublicmuseum.org.

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