Holiday Week and New Year’s Celebrations
The National Constitution Center’s holiday week programming includes special hands-on craft activities and gallery talks with Pulitzer Prize recipients in connection with the feature exhibition Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs.
- Growing Up, American Style Show 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (1 p.m. only on Sunday) Grand Hall Lobby Party like it’s…1799! In this hands-on program, visitors will discover what it was like to grow up at different times in American history. Guests can participate in a costume runway show featuring traditional-style dress from the Colonial and Civil War eras, and try their hand at once-popular games like hoop-and-stick.
- Washington on the Delaware Show 12 and 2 p.m. Grand Hall Lobby On December 25, 1776, General George Washington sailed his troops across the Delaware River, leading to a sneak attack and eventual victory in the Battle of Trenton, a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The museum celebrates the anniversary of this historic event with an engaging and interactive program that lets visitors step into Washington’s shoes, while exploring his legendary life and military career.
- New Year’s Show 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Main Exhibition 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, visitors find the answer to those questions and more.
- Historic Character Meet and Greet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Grand Hall Lobby Visitors can “meet” historical characters from American history and pose for a photo!
- Winter Craft Activity Stations 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday) Grand Hall Lobby Get ready to ring in the New Year with traditional, festive flair. Children and their families can make their own holiday confetti crackers, New Year’s noisemakers, and hats.