Coming this week:
The annual Old World Christmas Market at Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake opens Friday and continues through Dec. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Modeled after the traditional Christkindlesmarkt of Nuremberg, Germany, the Osthoff offering includes festive foods and artisan booths with wares from around the world, all under a giant heated tent. There also are photo opportunities with Father Christmas.
Admission is $6 for adults, free for 14 and under with adult; discounts for groups of 10 or more.
On the Web: ChristmasMarketAtOsthoff.com.
The Osthoff offers a holiday package including one-night stay plus two Christmas Market tickets starting at $149 on weekdays. The resort also has other holiday-related special activities including a St. Nicholas Reindeer Buffet, Dec. 7 and 14; children’s workshops and holiday hayrides, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; breakfast with Santa, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; and Christmas at the Osthoff, Dec. 24 and 25, with children’s activities, caroling and Christmas Day brunch.
On the Web: osthoff.com.
Another international-themed holiday tradition is underway at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., with Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The 73rd annual event features more than 50 giant lighted trees and holiday displays decorated to reflect the city’s many ethnic communities. There also is a Disney theme to go along with the museum’s temporary exhibit “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.”
The displays run through Jan. 4 and are included with regular museum admission: $18 for adults, $11 for ages 3-11, and free for 2 and under. An additional ticket is required for “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,” as well as the Omnimax theater and a few other museum offerings.
On the Web: msichicago.org.
— Andrea Zani