The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum of American History to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, exhibits, activities as well as seasonal décor will be available throughout the day. Musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and movie screenings will also take place during the festival.
Other highlights include chocolate sampling during a demonstration by Mars Heritage Chocolate and explore the Children’s Television Holiday display showcasing popular childhood characters such as the Howdy Doody marionette, and more. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of treats at the museum cafe.
US Air Force Singing Sergeants Performances
December 2 & 3 at 12 noon, 1PM, 2 PM
Cooking Up History
Caribbean Holiday Traditions with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Guest Chef Jennifer Selman of Crown Bakery
December 2 at 1 PM
Coulter Plaza, 1 West
Sounds of Faith Musical Performances
December 3 at 3PM
Coulter Stage, 1 West
Warner Bros. Theater
Mars Heritage Chocolate “From Bean to Bar” program
December 2 & 3
Mars chocolate will be returning this year for chocolate demonstrations.
Dec 2: 10-5 & Dec 3: 10-3
Throughout the museum
Theme – Red, White, and Blue
Holiday Merchandise and free gift wrapping
Main Store, 1 Center
Stars & Stripes Café, Lower Level
Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah
Join them for a free special holiday installment of our Sounds of Faith music series!
On Sunday, December 3, local Cantor and singer Arianne Brown will perform traditional
Hanukkah songs and share stories about the origins and traditions of the holiday. Hanukkah music recalls the holiday’s traditional lighting of the menorah in commemoration of the dedication of the Jewish temple in 165 B.C. Arianne Brown is the Cantor, a Jewish musician trained to lead a congregation in songful prayer, at local synagogue Adas Israel. Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish, Cantor Brown is also an expert Torah and Megilah reader, pianist, composer, and theater director. Join us here at the National Museum of American History at 2:30 p.m. to see her performance and take part in a traditional Hanukkah activity. Sounds of Faith programming is part of the Religion in America initiative, made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. This program is part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival.
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