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Celebrate Holiday Traditions at the Rockwell!

Imagine a giant Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of precious ornaments, the perfect Santa scene and a holiday vintage toy display. Now stop imagining it and come experience it at the Rockwell!

Throughout the holiday season, we feature drop-in craft activities for all ages, a charming winter woodland tree (that you can decorate!), and much more. Become a detective along the holiday art hunt trail, have your photo taken with Cowboy Santa, attend the magical The Polar Express® Movie Night, and travel back in time through the Vintage Toy Display.

To support the spirit of the season, we even play a special arrangement of holiday music selected by WSKG Classical Music Director, Bill Schneider.

Watch the transformation of the Rockwell, as we get ready for the holiday season.


Upcoming Holiday Activities

Vintage Toy Display at The Rockwell
Through January 3, 2014
Travel back through time to see children’s vintage toys and memorabilia from the Victorian Era, as well as toys from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. The toys on display are drawn from the Rockwell Toy Collection that Bob and Hertha Rockwell collected during their lifetime. The toys are set atop cases painted like wrapped presents and the special hand-painted cases are placed throughout the Museum. From baby dolls to cap guns to toy trains, these are toys Americans have grown up with and still love today, toys that evoke the classic holiday spirit of bygone times. The toys are part of a special art hunt, and each toy features a few fun facts and questions that will encourage children of all ages to think about these classic toys in new ways.

Family Sparkle
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Make your own Sparkle snowflake ornament! Bring your family to enjoy holiday music performed by local students, play Bison Bingo, and complete a holiday art hunt.

Silver Jewelry Trunk Sale
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mata Ortiz to You combines fine art from two small villages in Mexico – Mata Ortiz, the center of fine ceramics, and Taxco, the center of fine silver. Blend the two, and you have completely hand formed, one-of-a-kind pieces. We are excited to host Russ and Jan Diers, founders of the Arizona-based Mata Ortiz To You gallery, to explain each piece and the significance of this craft. Discover the most unique and high quality gifts of the season at the Museum Store at The Rockwell!

Photos with Cowboy Santa
Sunday, December 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Have your photo taken with Cowboy Santa near the western fireplace in The Museum Lodge. A holiday tree – lit and decorated with antlers, feathers, pine cones and berries – alongside a Southwestern Santa chair, and an authentic cowhide rug is the perfect photo op!  Visit the Education Center and design your own photo frame to create the perfect Museum memento.

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