Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 12, 13 and 14, 2014

Here are the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 12, 13 and 14, 2014:

1. St. Lucia Celebration at Daley Plaza
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St. (Loop)
Friday, December 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free admission

On Friday, Chicagoans can come out to Daley Plaza to choose our very own "Lucia" to be crowned for St. Lucia Day. At the afternoon event, 12 to 15 Lucia "candidates" from Swedish-American organizations across Chicago will be dressed in Lucia gowns and will sing traditional Swedish songs. The young woman who is crowned as "Lucia" will then lead the annual St. Lucia Day parade in Andersonville on Saturday, December 13.

On Saturday, you can join with others in lining the streets of Andersonville for the Lucia procession at 4:45 pm. At the front of the lighted procession will be the newly crowned "Lucia," wearing a white gown and a wreath of "candles" in her hair. She'll be followed by a group of attendants, who together, will sing Swedish Christmas songs.

The Saturday procession will be followed by a program at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). At 7 pm, the festivities move to Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Ave.), where you can sing holiday songs, hear readings, and enjoy a final Lucia procession.

2. Redmoon's Winter Pageant
Redmoon
2120 S. Jefferson St. (Pilsen)
Friday, December 12 at 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 at 1 pm and 5 pm
$25 for adults and $15 for kids 3+

Redmoon's annual family-friendly Winter Pageant opens on Friday, December 12. It runs over two weekends, with six performances happening this weekend and next weekend. This year, the Winter Pageant explores "the idea of grand love" and it "honors the four seasons of the human heart." The performance, set on top of a glacier, features more than 40 performers, including break dancers, aerialists, a teen choir a one-man/10-instrument band, and more.

Watching a production at Redmoon is like nothing else. You can watch the Winter Pagaent from the bleachers or find a seat on the "snowy white lawn.”  You also can plan to arrive early to enjoy treats, participate in an art activity, and learn a song or dance in the show. After the production, you can enjoy dessert and snacks with the cast and crew, learn more about the set, and get a close-up look at the puppets and other objects used in the show.

For a "taste" of Redmoon's Winter Pageant, you can read about my thoughts on the four reasons families should have seen last year's winter pageant.

3. MCA Family Day: Blink
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (Streeterville)
Saturday, December 13, 11 am - 3 pm
Free admission for families with children 12 years old and under

This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month which means its time to head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for its free monthly Family Day. "Blink" is the theme of this month's Family Day, and you are encouraged to experiment with looking, seeing and freezing moments in time. The program is inspired by the MCA exhibition, Anne Collier. Program activities are appropriate for all ages.

4. Karagiozi Performance by Robert Karis
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St. (Greektown)
Saturday, December 13, 4 - 5 pm
$5 per person (free for museum members)
RSVP online

On Saturday, you can enjoy a Karagiozis Christmas tale by Robert Karis. The performance stars, Karagiozi (Καραγκιόζης), a shadow puppet and "comical fictional character" from Greek folklore, who often represents the struggle of the Greek people, particularly while under Turkish occupation.

Looking for other places to visit during your time in Greektown? Then be sure to check out my suggestions for how to spend the afternoon with your family in Chicago's vibrant, restaurant-filled Greek neighborhood.

5. Hanukkah Happenings at Hawthorn
Westfield Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center (Vernon Hills, Ill.)
Sunday, December 14, 10 - 11:30 am
Free admission

The first night of Hanukkah is Tuesday, December  16. But, you can get the holiday celebration started early at the annual Hanukkah Happenings event at Westfield Hawthorn Mall. During the morning event, you can make Hanukkah crafts, spin dreidels, enjoy a live musical performance, and much more.

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