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Holidays at the Museum


Although some of our traditions may be a little different in 2021, the Eastman Museum is still bringing you many opportunities to celebrate the season with us. 

Our annual displays will fill the museum with familiar cheer, and some new protocols will help ensure the health and safety of all our guests:

  • Ticketing
    • Nonmembers are required to reserve tickets in advance at eastman.org/tickets. 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.
  • Capacity: Capacity limits are being enforced throughout the museum.
    • We request your patience during the busy holiday season as there may be wait times during weekends.
  • Hours
    • Tue.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
      • Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day

Holiday Displays and Auctions

Gingerbread House

Sweet Creations, Saturday, November 13, 2021–Sunday, January 2, 2022

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


Wreath Display, Tuesday, November 9–Sunday, December 5, 2021

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

Tabletop Trees

Tabletop Tree Display, Wednesday, November 17–Sunday, December 19, 2021

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 is located on the bidding site, click button below.

Online Auction

Need help? Click here for extended instructions on bidding online, or contact [email protected] with any unanswered questions.

Film Screenings

Decorated mansion

Hair LoveNovember 13–January 2, screening during regular museum hours. 

In this captivating, Academy Award–winning animated digital short film, seven-year-old Zuri attempts to style her own hair while following an online video tutorial. Seeing that she needs help, her father Stephen comes to the rescue.



It's a Wonderful Life–Meet & Greet and Film Screening, Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6 p.m.

In honor of the film's 75th anniversary, actors Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins will be onsite for a meet & greet and will introduce the film.



Other Holiday Films

The holiday season isn’t complete without films at the Dryden Theatre! Whether you’re a fan of the classics, the newer classics, or the films you’ve never seen before, the Dryden has you covered from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Family Friendly Holiday Fun at Home

boy making a gingerbread house


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

Decorated mansion

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
Decorated mansion

360 Holiday Tour

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

Virtual Tour: Historic Holiday Mansion



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