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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, Nov 17, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017.

Nov 25, 3-6pm

   "Deck the Halls" Black Friday Event
          Free with Museum Admission.
         Join us for after-hours family fun complete with merry 
          musical performances, hot cocoa in the Courtyard Cafe,
          and photos with Santa in the Oval Office.

  Dec 2, 11am
      Parish Episcopal School Choir Performance
  Dec 9, 10am

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

    Lovers Lane Methodist Church Sign Choir Performance

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

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This vignette of the song, "Jingle Bells," was located on the Pier Table in the Cross Hall of the 2004 White House.

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, opens to the public on November 17, 2016 and runs through January 8, 2017.

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This vignette of the Christmas carol, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," was a visitor favorite in 2004.

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 will be displayed in the special museum exhibit, presented in much the same order White House guests would have experienced.

In addition to original and behind-the-scenes photographs and videos, visitors will 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.

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This vignette of the holiday song, "Blue Christmas," was a part of the White House decorations in 2004.

White house 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.

"Deck the halls" black friday event

Join us on Friday, November 25, 3-6pm, for after-hours family fun, complete with musical performances, hot cocoa in the Courtyard Cafe, and photos with Santa Claus in the Oval Office. Entrance is free with Museum Admission.

special programming

The Bush Center’s architectural centerpiece, Freedom Hall, will feature a holiday video and the entire complex will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, wreaths, and Christmas trees. Festive treats will be served at Café 43, a full service restaurant near the main entrance, and the Courtyard Café, in the Bush Center’s Ceremonial Courtyard.

To see more from the 2004 White House or enjoy the Barney Cam, visit the frozen White House website.

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