Take a Festive Journey Through History this Holiday Season at the National Constitution Center

December 1, 2011

Philadelphia, PA (December 1, 2011) – There is no better place to celebrate the holiday season than at the National Constitution Center! Bring the whole family for festive holiday programming, seasonal arts and crafts, and access to the critically acclaimed WWII exhibition, Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”? It’s all part of the Center’s week-long Winter Holiday Celebration. Visitors also will have the opportunity to send personal season’s greetings to the men and women serving overseas in the Armed Forces.

Children and their families are invited to create crafts, including holiday confetti crackers and New Year’s noise makers and hats; play games; and sing holiday favorites such as “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland” during a seasonal karaoke sing-along.

To celebrate the New Year, visitors can explore the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated around the world. Participants will discover the stories behind traditions such as first-foot, the first person to cross the threshold of a home on New Year's Day in English folklore; and Hogmanay, the Scottish word for last day of the year, which is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year. Curious as to why we sing to an “old acquaintance” at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve? Visitors also will learn the history of American New Year’s traditions including “Auld Lang Syne,” the ball drop at Times Square, and Philadelphia's own Mummers Parade. These activities will take place in the Center’s Grand Hall Lobby from Monday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All Holiday Week Celebration events are FREE with museum admission.

ADD ONE/HOLIDAY WEEK 2011

Throughout the week, visitors will have the chance to see two of the Center’s must-see exhibitions before they close to the public in the early New Year: Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America (closing on January 8, 2012) and Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”? (closing on January 16, 2012).

PLEASE NOTE: The National Constitution Center will observe the following hours of
operation this holiday season:

  • Monday, December 26 – Friday, December 30, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (regular hours)
  • Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • The Center will be closed on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2011 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Located on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center is America’s first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the U.S. Constitution. As a cutting-edge museum, national town hall and educational facility, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires acts of citizenship through must-see multimedia exhibitions, live performances, timely public programs and dynamic educational resources. The museum dramatically tells the story of “We the People” through more than 100 interactive exhibits, films, photographs and rare artifacts; the stirring theatrical performance Freedom Rising; and the iconic attraction Signers’ Hall, featuring 42 life-sized bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. As America’s town hall for constitutional dialogue, the Center regularly engages political leaders, scholars, pundits and journalists of diverse viewpoints. The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as the hub for national constitutional education and provides exceptional civic learning resources both onsite and online. For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org

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