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All-New Holiday Exhibit

A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House

Experience White House holiday magic with this
North Texas tradition, open through Jan 8, 2017.

DATE
       SPECIAL EVENT
 Dec 9, 10am

    Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Suzuki Strings Performance
 Dec 16, 4pm

    Lovers Lane Methodist Church Sign Choir Performance
 Dec 23, 2pm
      Serenity Flute Quartet


The George W. Bush Presidential Center announces Holidays at the Bush Center 2016; an all-new spectacular calendar of events, activities, and programs combining the magic of the season with heartwarming songs that have brought joy to Americans for generations.

Special Museum Exhibit

2016 - Holiday Exhibit

Large-scale photo murals allow visitors to “step into” the White House, experiencing the décor in much the same way White House guests would have in 2004.

Mrs. Laura Bush selected A Season of Merriment and Melody as the White House holiday theme in 2004, weaving a theme of holiday music and traditional Christmas carols throughout the White House decor.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum brings this celebration of joyful melodies back to life with an all-new exhibit. A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House 2004, the fourth in an annual series of holiday museum exhibits.

2016 - Blue Room Christmas Tree

The giant, 18-foot-tall Blue Room Christmas tree is covered with more than 350 miniature, hand-painted instrument ornaments.

In preparation for the 2004 holiday tours, White House residence staff designed and crafted vignettes depicting classic holiday songs, including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Jingle Bells.” The vignettes were displayed on mantels and pier tables throughout the White House, alongside more than 41 flocked trees that created a winter wonderland on the State Floor. This year, 12 of these vignettes are displayed in the special museum exhibit, presented in much the same order White House guests would have experienced.

2016 - Holiday Visitors

In preparation for the holiday tours, White House residence staff designed and crafted vignettes depicting classic holiday songs, including “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Jingle Bells.”

White house christmas tree

In addition to original and behind-the-scenes photographs and videos, visitors enjoy classic holiday music, experience the original 2004 White House decorations, and have the opportunity to take a family photo in front of the Blue Room Christmas tree.

Each year, the Blue Room Christmas tree serves as the centerpiece of White House holiday decor. The Bush Center's 18-foot recreation of the White House Christmas tree is adorned this year with more than 350 miniature musical instruments. Members of the Society of Decorative Painters, representing all 50 states, meticulously hand-painted the drums, violins, harps, pianos, mandolins, trumpets, and other tiny musical instrument tree ornaments.

Buy tickets for your family today, and add "Merriment and Melody"
to your holiday celebrations!

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