Holidays

Your Holiday Happy Place

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

Highlights

DIY Art: Card-Making Station
Wednesday nights through Dec 27 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Create holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

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 >>

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, December 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

December Historic House Drop-In Pass
Paid tickets required
$30 ($24 members)

​Get away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of the season. Visit the Fairmount Park historic houses and enjoy decorations inspired by “A Very Philly Christmas” at a comfortable and relaxed pace.

Includes admission to Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford for date purchased. All houses are located within east and west Fairmount Park.
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tour: A Christmas Story
Thursday, December 21, 2017
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Meet in Lenfest Hall (West Foyer).

Celebrate the story of Christmas as told through art.

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.
Throughout the Museum

An evening of guided meditation, art making, yoga, performances, and more.

DIY Art: Reflect & Record
5:30–6:15 p.m.
6:30–7:15 p.m.
Dorrance Galleries, 1st floor
Grab a keepsake notebook and consider the past twelve months. Designed by memoirist Beth Kephart and artist Bill Sulit, both workshops will help you create a personal memoir of your year.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


DIY Art: Symbolic Stitchery with Artist Marie Elcin
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Create a mandala of concentric shapes with fiber artist Marie Elcin. Learn simple embroidery techniques and center yourself through the meditative repetition of stitching.


Detour with Hariprasad Kowtha
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Gallery 206, 2nd floor
Practice museum mindfulness with Hariprasad Kowtha in this unconventional tour. Seek out peaceful spaces in the building and partake in exercises designed to rejuvenate mind and body.


Holistic Healing: Laughter & Meditation Playshop
6:00 p.m. (program length: 60–80 minutes)
Gallery 179, 1st floor
Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.
Free ticket required after Museum admission


Dhyana Yoga: Vinyasa with John Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Wallace Gallery 201, 2nd floor
Release all that tension from the past year with breath-synchronized movements. Led by John Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Dhyana Yoga: Slow Flow with Diana Vitarelli
6:15 p.m.
Gallery 224 (Indian Temple Hall), 2nd floor
Meditative motions that remind you to make the moments, and poses, last. Led by Diana Vitarelli of Dhyana Yoga
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music: Worldtown Soundsystem
7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
This live house music outfit unites electronic dance with global rhythms and soul.

Holistic Healing: Laughter & Meditation Playshop
Friday, December 29, 2017
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Gallery 179, 1st floor

Laugh yourself into wellness with sound healers Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. This interactive experience features call-and-response chanting, laugh-therapy drills, deep relaxation exercises, and healing meditation. For ultimate relaxation, wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat, blanket, or eye mask.

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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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Holidays

Giftwrap Four Seasons of Art

Members enjoy 10% off gift memberships through January 15. Find the discount code in the members e-newsletter or call us at 215-684-7840.
Surprise the art lovers in your life with a membership >>


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.