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Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

The annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits are open from mid-November until the first weekend of January.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

The 40-foot-tall Grand Tree decorated for the holidays and standing in the Museum Rotunda.