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HOLIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM 2022

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It's that wonderful time of year when so many of us look forward to decorating and celebrating the holiday season. The Eastman Museum is bringing you many opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with us. Our annual displays will fill the museum with familiar cheer. 

  • Ticketing
    • Nonmembers are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets will go live November 1st. All holiday displays are included with museum admission.
    • Members and others receiving free admission (active-duty military, SNAP/EBT cardholders) do not need to reserve timed tickets. Just show your member card, military ID, or EBT/SNAP card at the Lipson Welcome Center when you arrive at the museum.
  • Hours
    • Tue.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Holiday Displays and Auctions

Sweet CreationsSaturday, November 12, 2022–Sunday, January 1, 2023

This annual display features dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread creations.

Wreath DisplaySaturday, November 12–Sunday, December 4, 2022

See dozens of uniquely decorated wreaths on view in the Potter Peristyle.

Tabletop Tree DisplaySaturday, November 12–Friday, December 16, 2022

Trees decorated by local businesses are on display throughout the historic mansion.

Online Auctions

See the gingerbread, wreaths, and trees in person and place your bids online! Use your own device at the museum or log on after your visit. Instructions and information on bidding can be found on our Holiday Silent Auction site. Click the corresponding photos above to also learn more information about wreaths, trees, or gingerbread houses. 


Film Screenings

Miracle on 34th Street, Friday, November 25, 2022 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 2nd, 2022 7:30 p.m. Dryden Theatre

Released in the summer of 1947, Miracle on 34th Street has nonetheless grown into a perennial favorite, bridging the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. When the Santa Clause hired for the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade turns up drunk, a jolly, bearded man named Kris (Edmund Gwenn) volunteers for the job.

Home Alone Saturday, November 26, 2022 7:30 p.m. Dryden Theatre

When his suffocating brood forgets to pack him along for a Christmas abroad, young Kevin McCallister believes his holiday wish has come true when he wakes up to an empty house.

Other Holiday Films at the Dryden Theatre

The holidays come but once a year and, as always, the Dryden Theatre is here to help fulfill your cinematic needs. There’s no shortage of holiday cheer at the Dryden, so grab your elves, hop in your sleigh, and warm yourself at the glow of the silver screen.

Family Friendly Holiday Fun at Home

Little boy in sweater looking directly at the viewer with a pencil in his hand, a list at the table, and gingerbread houses in the background

Visit the museum's annual Sweet Creations display to get inspired, then make your own gingerbread houses using paper bags and craft materials at home! This is a no-mess fun way to create gingerbread houses for the holidays. 

PDF: Paper Bag Gingerbread Houses

Want more gingerbread inspiration? Check out these books featuring a range of folktales from around the world, featuring variations on the story of the gingerbread man. 

PDF: Book Recommendations: Gingerbread Folktales from Around the World

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Snowflake Photo Fun

Join the Eastman Museum and the Rochester Museum and Science Center for some snowflake fun!

Video: Snowflake Fun
Explore snowflake photographs in our collection

360 Holiday Tour

View the historic mansion decorated for the season—online with our holiday virtual tour.

Virtual Tour: Historic Holiday Mansion

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Gingerbread Recipes

Make your own gingerbread houses using our recipes, including making your own dough from scratch and ideas for more simple edible and festive creations.

PDF: Gingerbread Recipe