Monday is one of the highlights of the year at the Lansing Historical Museum. The museum will open its annual Festival of Lights exhibit following the Lansing Historical Society’s November meeting at 6 p.m. and a holiday performance by the Wolffgang Choir from Hobart High School. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is a smaller scale version of the exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, which features decorated trees representing a variety of countries, cultures and themes. A dedicated group of volunteers clears out the museum, sets up the trees and decorates. Some of the volunteers come form the Lansing Golden Ks and others are members of the Lansing Historical Society under the direction of curator Barbara Dust. About 30 different trees and scenes make up this year’s exhibit.
The volunteers do a tremendous job of taking you on a journey around the world to get a glimpse into holiday customs around the globe, everywhere from Ireland to the Phillipines to our own backyard. The exhibit continues until the end of December.
Hours are expanded during the Festival of Lights exhibit and trees can be viewed from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library at School Street and Indiana Avenue in Lansing. Tours for groups are available. For more information, call (708) 474-7497.
The museum will be one of seven stops on the first Christmas Home Tour sponsored by the Lansing Association for Community Events from noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 8. The tour includes four Lansing homes, the Lansing Country Club, Lansing Historical Museum and Water’s Edge, Gift, Garden and Pond Center. During the five-hour period, ticket holders can visit any of the locations, in any order they wish.
Tickets for the walk are $17 if purchased in advance by Dec. 1. After that, tickets are $20. Tickets are available from LACE board members, Water’s Edge, the Lansing Country Club and the Lansing Public Library. Your ticket includes a free gift, appetizers and one cocktail at Water’s Edge. A brunch will also be available at the Lansing Country Club that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $12, which includes tax and tip. For more information on the walk, call (708) 646-5606.