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Let's Go


Byline: Kathy Rodeghier

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Catch the Holiday Express in Dearborn, Mich. This holiday celebration at the Henry Ford Museum runs through Jan. 1 with musical and dramatic presentations, sing-alongs, hands-on activities and a 25-foot holiday tree adorned with unique decorations. Bring the kids to the DT&I Caboose in the museum to sit on Santa's lap Dec. 20-24. Always a hit is the 640-square-foot model train display. This year six toy train sets are traveling through lollipop trees and gumdrop gardens and past a gingerbread village. Walk down memory lane in the museum's chronological exhibit of Christmas trees from 1930 to 1980 and an exhibit of popular toys of the 20th century. On Dec. 11-15, 18-23 and 27-31 you can select a holiday meal from an authentic mid-19th-century menu at the Eagle Tavern as merry entertainers delight you with holiday song and cheer. (298 miles from O'Hare, (313) 271-1620, www.hfmgv.org)

Marking the start of winter

You'll need to be up bright and early on Dec. 22 to attend the Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville, Ill. Watch the sun rise at 7 a.m. as you learn about the discovery, form and function of the reconstructed Woodhenge sun circle, which was once used as a solar calendar. (285 miles from O'Hare, (618) 346-5160)

Holidays take a Latin beat

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art in Indianapolis, Ind., pays homage to south-of-the-border holiday traditions during Latino Holidays on Dec. 14. Go on a treasure hunt as you explore the traditions of Three Kings Day and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Make a holiday pinata, a Mexican ornament or tissue- paper rose. On Dec. 15, Las Posadas re-creates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they searched Bethlehem for a place to stay before Jesus was born. The procession, a Southwest holiday tradition, includes holiday songs sung in Spanish and English. (204 miles from O'Hare, (317) 636-9378, www.indy.org)

Ride the trolley

Take a relaxing and illuminating tour through neighborhoods decorated for the holidays during the Trolley Christmas Light Tour Dec. 13-23. The evening ends with refreshments at Starved Rock Lodge in Starved Rock State Park near Utica, Ill. (96 miles from O'Hare, (800) 868-7625, www.starvedrocklodge.com)

Walk in the light

Homes dating from the 1800s in Faust Historical Village in St. Louis, Mo., are dressed according to historic examples and lit by the glow of oil lamps during the Winter Holiday Candlelight Walk on Dec. 13 and 14. Craftspeople offer handmade ornaments and gifts for sale including examples of centuries-old traditions in wax, wood, straw and batting ornaments. Re-enactors demonstrate traditional entertainment and guide tours while minstrels play lively tunes as visitors enjoy cookies and hot cider. (300 miles from O'Hare, (636) 532-7298, www.explorestlouis.com)

Galena glows for holidays

You'll get into a holiday mood if you visit Galena, Ill., on Dec. 14. The Christmas Caroler Competition will feature a new group of carolers every 30 minutes at the Old Market House State Historic Site. More than 5,000 lighted decorations or luminarias will trace the riverfront levee, steps, hillsides and parks during this Night of the Luminaria. You'll get a Taste of Christmas on a tour of four bed-and-breakfasts decorated for the holidays and attended by innkeepers in period costumes. …

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