Holidays

Your Holiday Happy Place

Nov 22–Jan 1
Make art a part of your holiday tradition.

Highlights

Tree-Lighting Celebration on the East Terrace
Nov 22 | 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Treats, York Street Hustle and the Philadelphia Girls Choir, and the best view in the city

Friday Nights
Dec 1, 8, 15 & 22 | 5:00–8:45 p.m.
Seasonally themed evenings, performances, and cocktails

Winter Break Family Programs
Dec 26–Jan 1 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Bring the kids and spread out, make art, and explore.

Final Fridays: Get Your Om On
Dec 29 | 5:00–8:45 p.m.
Meditation, yoga, and Worldtown Sound System

Performances, Tours & More

We’ve packed our calendar with merry events to keep you celebrating all month long. View all holiday programs >>

Tree-Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
East Terrace
Free
Pay What You Wish Museum admission after 5:00 p.m.

Let the holidays begin. Join us for tasty treats, music by York Street Hustle and the Philadelphia Girls Choir, and the lighting of the tree with the best view in the city.

DIY Art: Card-Making Station
Great Stair Hall
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Put last year’s coal to good use and create handmade holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Ugly Sweater Party with Chaise Lounge
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Join us in your gaudiest seasonal garb for an evening of card making, cocktails, and spiked cocoa. Also enjoy performances by Chaise Lounge, who will serve up retro holiday jazz that’s equal parts dry wit and dry martini.

Holiday Meet Up: Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Young Friends Program
Free for Young Friends

Spiked hot chocolate, anyone? Grab your favorite ugly holiday sweater and have a drink with us.

Holiday Breakfast Boutique
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Museum Store & Museum Café
Associates Level Required
By invitation only
Complimentary for Associates and above

Make a dent in your to-do list with early-bird access to the Museum Store. Grab a cuppa in the Café, and sample some of our festive programming in the galleries.

Open House at Cedar Grove: Sounds of the Season
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove, Fairmount Park
Free after House admission
House admission: $8 adult; children 12 & under free

Imagine the holidays a century ago with seasonal decor at Cedar Grove. Also experience the sounds of the season with performances by some of the best regarded music organizations in the city.

Hugs & Hygge
Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​Warm up and get cozy at the Museum. Join a knitting circle, grab some hot chocolate, and bop along with the a cappella group Off the Beat. Be sure to swing by the Balcony Studio to make your own cozy creation.

Performances at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive.

Tour: A Christmas Story
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).

Celebrate the story of Christmas as told through art.

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017, 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Silver and Gold with Rhenda Fearrington
Friday, December 8, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Philadelphia jazz vocalist Rhenda Fearrington ushers in the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy classic tunes, special guests, audience sing-alongs, and something for the kids in this throwback holiday review.

Open House at Cedar Grove: Neighbors’ Day
Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove, Fairmount Park
Free after House admission
House admission: $8 adult; children 12 & under free

Imagine the holidays a century ago with seasonal decor at Cedar Grove. Also celebrate the many talents of our nearby neighbors with wonderful local music and food.

Open House at Cedar Grove: Flavors of the Season
Sunday, December 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Grove, Fairmount Park
Free after House admission
House admission: $8 adult; children 12 & under free

Imagine the holidays a century ago with seasonal decor at Cedar Grove. Also sample treats and get cooking tips from some of the best local food purveyors​.

Caroling through the Galleries
Great Stair Hall

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Melissa Keylock, performs a selection of traditional carols.

​Each performance is approximately 30 minutes.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Chef Demo: Holiday Sweets
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Museum Café
Paid tickets required
$55 ($50 members); includes Museum admission

Learn how to make your own signature sweet treat for friends and family this holiday season.

Exclusive Look: Trolley Tour—A Festive Tradition
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to trolley departure time.
Membership Required
Reservations required
Circle Level members are invited to reserve two complimentary tickets for this festive program. Free for Sustainer and above ($500+). Call Member Services at 215-684-7840.​

Tour three Fairmount Park historic homes and delight in unique yuletide decorations.

Space is limited.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour: A Festive Tradition—Cedar Grove, Ormiston Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to trolley departure time.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members). Cost includes transportation and house admission. Museum admission not included.
Free for Museum Circle members ($500+) and above. Call Member Services at 215-684-7840 to reserve.

Tour three Fairmount Park historic homes—Cedar Grove, Ormiston Mansion, and Strawberry Mansion—and delight in unique yuletide decorations.

​Trolley departs from and returns to the Museum’s West Entrance.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour: A Festive Tradition—Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, and Woodford
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer) 15 minutes prior to trolley departure time.
Paid tickets required
$40 ($32 members). Cost includes transportation and house admission. Museum admission not included.
Free for Museum Circle members ($500+) and above. Call Member Services at 215-684-7840 to reserve.

Tour three Fairmount Park historic homes—Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, and Woodford—and delight in unique yuletide decorations.

​Trolley departs from and returns to the Museum’s West Entrance.
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Feliz Navidad with Radio Jarocho & Zenén Zeferino
Friday, December 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Heat up your holiday season with son jarocho, traditional dance music of southern Mexico. Enjoy performances by Radio Jarocho and Zenén Zeferino.

​Presented with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center

Bossa Nova Holiday with Jackie Ribas & the Carlos Almeida Quintet
Friday, December 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

​Enjoy Brazilian interpretations of American favorites performed by Jackie Ribas and the Carlos Almeida Quintet. Their surprising renditions will make you fall in love with holiday music again.

Winter Break Family Studio
Great Stair Hall

​Get some creative family time in before the end of the year.

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Winter Break Family Tours

​Get some creative family time in before the end of the year.

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Final Fridays: Get Your Om On
Friday, December 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get blissed out with guided meditation, art making, yoga classes, and the funky and soulful stylings of Worldtown SoundSystem.

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Eat. Drink. Shop.

Shop ‘til you drop . . . into one of our eateries. Even better if you’re here on a Friday: spiked hot chocolate and craft cocktails are available Friday Nights during December.

Admission & Holiday Hours
Unless noted otherwise, holiday programs are free after general admission and take place in the main building. Please note that we will close at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, and will reopen on Tuesday, December 26.

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Personal Museum Tour

Members enjoy a 20% discount.
Create a memorable experience for your loved ones. Call 215-684-7863 to book a group tour.


Holiday Shopping, Artful Giving

Members enjoy 10% off in the Museum stores.
Find something for everyone on your list. Visit our online store or take a look in person.


Sponsors

Seasonal decor generously provided by IBEW, Local 98, Dougherty Electric, Inc., PMC Property Group, and The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Holidays at the Museum are made possible by TD Charitable Foundation and LF Driscoll, with additional support from the Berlin Steel Construction Company, Dan Lepore & Sons Company, R. A. Kennedy & Sons, Inc., and D. M. Sabia & Company, Inc. Programming support has been contributed by Hispanic Ventures, Inc., Central Salvage, Inc., JPC Group, Inc., Kay and Sons, LLC, Madison Concrete Construction, MK Fire Protection and Supply LLC, Philadelphia D&M, Raff Electric Inc., Sean’s Landscaping, Inc., and other donors.