Festival of Trees on display at Sycamore’s Midwest Museum of Natural History

Last year’s winner, the Sycamore High School Art Department. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

SYCAMORE, Ill. — Ah, the holidays. Time for snow, Christmas lights, reindeer, polar bears, and lions in Santa hats. See them all this December at the Festival of Trees at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore, Ill.

The museum is all decked out for the month of December, including a display of more than 20 trees decorated by groups in the community.

Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, enjoy live animal presentations from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and tours at 2 p.m., both free with museum admission.

Feeling in the spirit of giving? The museum’s gift shop is packed with great stocking stuffers. Guests can also vote for their favorite tree by making a donation, or purchase an item for the museum’s live animals from the Wish Tree. After all, snakes, turtles, and lizards have lists for Santa, too!

Museum Director Molly Holman Trickey explained: “This is a great opportunity to start a new family tradition. It’s a perfect time for kids especially — the decorations add an extra touch of silliness to an already fun place to visit.”

Midwest Museum of Natural History is at 425 W. State St., Sycamore, Ill. For more details, visit www.mmnh.org or call (815) 895-9777.

From the Dec. 7-13, 2011, issue

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