Holidays
This holiday season, enjoy performances, tours, family festivals, and more.

Your Holiday Happy Place

November 21–January 1

Make the Museum a part of your holiday tradition. We’ve packed our calendar with merry events to keep you celebrating all month long. View holiday programs >>

Eat. Drink. Shop.

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

Admission & Holiday Hours

All programs are included in general admission unless noted otherwise. Kids 12 and under are always free. We are closed December 24–25 and open December 31–January 1.

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Members enjoy unlimited free general admission and get 10% off gift memberships (through December 31), shopping, and dining. Join today >>

Schedule of Holiday Programs >>

Tree-Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
East Terrace
Free
Museum admission is Pay What You Wish after 5:00 p.m.

Join us for festive treats and music by York Street Hustle leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown. Warm (and adult) beverages and a live choir continue the celebration inside.

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

Dig into our collection of sequins, ribbons, metallic markers, and shimmer paper to create your own holiday cards.

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Final Fridays: The Ultimate Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, November 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Our annual holiday bash, only grander and gaudier than ever before. Sip a spiked cocoa, bedazzle a sweater, and let the festive tunes start spinning as Mwenso & the Shakes take the stage.


Holiday Photobooth with Poser Photobooth Co.
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Strike a pose, then share it using #philafridays.


DIY Art: Ugly Sweater Making with Eric Anthony Berdis
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Fiber artist Eric Anthony Berdis uses sequins and thrift-store finds to help you create a new expression of the infamous ugly sweater. BYO sweater; some available while supplies last.


DIY Art: Holiday Card Making
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Dig into our collection of sequins, ribbons, metallic markers, and shimmer paper to create your own holiday cards.


Detour with New Liberty Distillery
5:45 & 6:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT)
Olde Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery pairs seasonal craft cocktails with artwork in a unique hybrid tasting and gallery tour. Participants must reserve a free ticket in advance.


Music: Slowey & the Boats
6:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Philadelphia’s Hawaiian jazz pioneers perform holiday classics with a tropical twist.


Music: Mwenso & the Shakes
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This unique troupe of global artists brings a jazzy, retro holiday variety show to the Great Stair Hall.

Festive Fashion
Sunday, December 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Celebrate with the whole family at this holiday Family Festival.

Balcony Studio
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Play dress up and join special guest artist Eric Anthony Berdis to create a wearable cape to protect you from the cold.

Mini Tours
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m.
Explore the exhibition Fabulous Fashion with a seasonal twist.

Hanukkah Party
Friday, December 7, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Dan Blacksberg and Freilachs Music celebrate the joy of the Hanukkah season with a night of dancing for all ages and backgrounds.

Presented with the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University

Music in the Galleries
Wallace/Reader’s Digest Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Free after admission
Seating is limited.

Musicians fill the galleries with sound.

  • Winter Remembrances
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Musicians from the Curtis Institute present a program of reflection and introspection.

Art Explorers
Meet on Great Stair Hall Balcony
For ages 3–5 and 6–10

Look, learn, and tell us what you think on these playful tours.

  • Jolly Jaunts
    • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.

Caroling Through the Galleries
Sunday, December 9, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Meet in the Great Stair Hall
Performances at 1:30, 2:30, & 3:45 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, led by Ya-Jhu Yang, performs a selection of traditional carols.

Trolley Tour: A Festive Tradition—Cedar Grove, Woodford, and Lemon Hill
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 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 ($1,000+) and above

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

​Trolley departs from and returns to the Museum’s West Entrance. Houses are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Feliz Navidad Fiesta
Friday, December 14, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad with the music of Jarana Beat, rooted in Mexico’s Afro-Amerindian sounds and sure to make you move.

Trolley Tour: A Festive Tradition—Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill, and Ormiston
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Entrance) 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 ($1,000+) and above

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

​Trolley departs from and returns to the Museum’s West Entrance. Houses are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Clay (ages 4–7 with an adult)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Sculpt festive decorations and more.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission. ​

Family Art Workshop: Holiday Clay (ages 8–12 with an adult)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Studio 1
Paid tickets required
$20 ($16 members) per child

Sculpt festive decorations and more.

Space is limited. Adults must register as well and are free with admission.

Classic Cartoon Jazz Party
Friday, December 21, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Get in the spirit of the season with songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Cartoon Christmas Trio welcomes special appearances by the Cartoon Christmas Chorus under the direction of M’Balia Singley and by world-class baritone Grant Youngblood.

Family Balcony Studio
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Perfect for all ages

You’ve discovered art in our galleries, now create a masterpiece of your own.

  • Jolly Jaunts
    • Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
        • Sunday, December 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
          ​Decorative arts meets Deck the Halls. Discover Museum treasures and make your own in the Balcony Studio.

Final Fridays: For You & Yours
Friday, December 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for solo time or a night out with your squad to prep for the New Year, we’re toasting to you. Choose from an array of activities, then cozy up to the tunes of Canadian indie-folk artist Basia Bulat.

Holiday Family Programs
Great Stair Hall Balcony

Create tiny wonders inspired by the miniatures of Little Ladies and capture their magic in a snow globe. Hop on a Jolly Jaunts tour and pick up a Holiday Family Guide.

  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 31, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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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 have been sponsored by L.F. Driscoll, with additional generous support from Dan Lepore & Sons Company, as well as Berlin Steel Construction Company, Chesco Coring & Cutting Inc., Crescent Iron Works/C Designed Metals, JPC Group, Inc., Madison Concrete Construction, MK Fire Protection and Supply LLC, Philadelphia D&M Inc., Raff Electric, Inc., Thomas Company, Tracey Mechanical, Inc., and other donors.