Holiday Week and New Year’s Celebrations

Wednesday, December 26 – Monday, December 31, 2012
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission: FREE with museum admission

‘Tis the season to visit the Center: all week long you can step back in time and explore fun holiday traditions from American history. The entire family will come away with merry memories to last the whole year.

Historic Character Meet and Greet
Daily in the Grand Hall Lobby
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Learn some fascinating facts about American history straight from the source! Pose for that perfect family photo with the kids and their favorite Founding Father and even get an autograph (after all, these guys are famous for signing their names).

Festive Dancing and Music
Daily in the Grand Hall Lobby
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Inspired by our exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, our flapper instructors will guide you on a dancing tour through history. You’ll learn the coolest dance moves from the 1920s, including the Charleston and the fox-trot, as well as traditional Colonial dances like the minuet, which was popular at winter celebrations. Plus, you can sing seasonal favorites like “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow” at our karaoke station.

Winter Make and Take Stations
Daily in the Grand Hall Lobby
Get ready to ring in the New Year with traditional, festive flair. Visit our fun craft stations to make your own holiday confetti crackers, New Year’s noisemakers, and hats.

New Year’s Show
Daily in the Main Exhibition
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday; 12:30 p.m. Sunday

This program reveals the fascinating history of New Year’s traditions from around the world, like First Footing and Hogmanay, as well as local traditions like Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade. Ever wonder where the celebration of a new year first began? Or who made the first New Year’s resolution? And what in the world does “Auld Lang Syne” mean? In this interactive program, you’ll find the answer to those questions and more.

The Roaring ’20s Show
Daily in the Grand Hall Lobby
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; 11:30 a.m. Monday

Step back in time to an era that brought us not one but two constitutional amendments as you learn about the jazziest age in our nation’s history: the Roaring ’20s. You’ll take a look at the Prohibition era, from music, movies, and literature to politics and government. You can even step into period clothing and try a dance step or two. Plus, don’t miss the Center’s world-premiere exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Growing Up, American Style Show
Daily in the Grand Hall Lobby
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Party like it’s…1799! In this hands-on program, you’ll find out what it was like to grow up and have fun at different times in American history. Participate in a costume runway show featuring traditional-style dress from the Colonial and Civil War eras, and try your hand at once-popular games like hoop and stick!