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George Eastman Museum celebrates 20 years of Sweet Creations

Gingerbread house display kicks off on November 6 

Rochester, N.Y., October 29, 2015—George Eastman Museum has always been Rochester’s home for the holidays. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Creations—the exquisite display of dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and objects located throughout museum. As one of the Greater Rochester community’s most beloved holiday traditions, the display will be on view November 6 through December 16.

Over the years, Sweet Creations has featured hundreds of memorable gingerbread designs, including houses of all sizes, famous landmarks, trains, cars, and even cameras. The imaginative and talented designers—which include bakers, chefs, caterers, schools, scout troops, and families—have inspired countless visitors to try their hands at gingerbread creations at home. As part of the museum’s 20th annual celebration, there will be a supersized gingerbread creation situated in the museum’s Palm House, creating the perfect photo opportunity for visitors.

All of the gingerbread houses will be available for purchase through a silent auction, and winning bidders will be notified on the evening of December 16. Proceeds from the auction will help support future restoration projects of our National Historic Landmark property. Sweet Creations is a project of the Eastman Museum Council and is made possible by Tasteful Connections and Tops Friendly Markets.

In addition to gingerbreads, the Eastman Museum is offering a roster of holiday films and hosting its annual Holiday Homecoming celebration with Santa, to celebrate the holidays. The historic house will as always, be elaborately decorated for the season, including tabletop tree and wreath displays.

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction
Pre-lit trees decorated in various themes by local groups and businesses will be on display throughout the historic house. The trees will be available for purchase via silent auction, with proceeds benefiting fresh flower arrangements in the historic house throughout the year. The trees will be on view Tuesday, November 17 through Thursday, December 17. The Tabletop Tree display is included with museum admission.

Wreath Display & Auction
The Eastman Museum’s annual holiday wreath display and auc­tion will be on view from Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 29. This year’s selection features more than 25 wreaths created and donated by florists, garden clubs, and businesses, available for sale via silent auction. The holiday wreath display and auction is organized by the Eastman Museum Council and is included with museum admission.

Holiday Homecoming Celebration
Savor the seasonal spirit at the George Eastman Museum’s annual Holiday Homecoming celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 10. The event includes holiday decorations and displays, live music, refreshments, and holiday family activities, plus a visit from Santa Claus, who will pose for special photos in the decorated Living Room (bring your camera). Included with museum admission, $3 for children ages 5–12.

Holiday & Family Films in the Dryden Theatre
The Dryden Theatre will be screening holiday and family favorites throughout the season. The series includes, Babes in Toyland (Charles Rogers, Gus Meins 1934) on November 8, Snow White (J. Searle Dawlet, 1916) on December 15, Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944) on December 20, and The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940) on December 26.  For the full list of holiday and family films, visit eastman.org/dryden-theatre. Regular Dryden admission: $8 adults/$6 members/$4 children and students. Designated Dryden Kids series screenings are free for ages 17 and under.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & a Movie at the Dryden Theatre
Celebrate the New Year with a special dinner and a movie on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31. Enjoy a special holiday dinner in the Eastman Museum Café before the screening of The Band Wagon (Vincente Minnelli, 1953). Tickets are $25 and include dinner, beverage, dessert, and admission to the screening. Seatings are available between 6 and 7 p.m., and the film begins at 8 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required, and can be made by calling (585) 271-3361 ext. 223 by Tuesday, December 29. Tickets for the screening only are available at the Dryden Theatre box office.

For More Information
For information on holiday events, call (585) 271-3361 or visit eastman.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, (Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day). General museum admission: $14 adults; $12 seniors (62+); $5 students; and FREE for children 12 and under. Dryden admission is $8 general admission; $6 members; $4 for students.

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