Holiday Happenings at the Cleveland Museum of Art
This holiday season, enjoy a festive event, experience the collection with out-of-town guests, and give the gift of art to a loved one!
Black Friday Sale on Memberships
On Friday, November 28, visit the museum's ticket center to purchase one full price museum membership and receive a second membership of equal or lesser value for free! This offer is available to current and non-museum members on-site only. Not valid online, via phone, or with any other discounts.
Cyber Monday Sale on Memberships
Members: On Monday, December 1, receive 20% off gift memberships online!
Give Back on #GivingTuesday
After a day of giving thanks and two days of getting deals, Tuesday, December 2 marks a day of giving back. Consider a gift to the museum on #GivingTuesday by visiting clevelandart.org/donate, and share your support on Twitter by tagging @ClevelandArt and #GivingTuesday.
Wander the museum, and experience new exhibitions
Enjoy our permanent collection and 10 new free exhibitions, including Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography!
The Museum Store sells a variety of holiday cards, posters, and gifts inspired by works from the museum collections, as well as unique jewelry, home wares, toys, accessories, and more from local artists and museums around the country. A wide variety of art books and museum catalogues is also available. Special offer available November 28 through December 24. Take home a memento from your visit with out-of-town friends and family, or share the gift of art this holiday season! Shop online, too.
Dine at Provenance
After touring the museum, entertain your loved ones or guests with brunch, lunch, or dinner at our fine-dining restaurant, Provenance.
Winter Break Fun in Gallery One
December 2-January 3
Trade in those winter blues for a week of play as we explore Gallery One! Join in our games, explore the art in new ways, and make your mark on the museum through participatory projects. Each week has a theme that connects to Gallery One labels, a collaborative artwork, gallery kits, Art Stories, or Pop-Up activities.
Friday, December 5 from 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Swing into the most festive time of year as you enjoy an evening of big-band music, jitterbug steps, and celebratory drinks. Learn vintage swing moves as MIX at CMA teams up with Cleveland swing studio Get Hep Swing. Owner and award-winning dancer Valerie Salstrom will teach the crowd how to jitterbug, lindy, and jive. Then show off your new skills as a TrueNorth Big Band plays an infectious 14-piece big band.
Member Appreciation Weekend
Saturday, December 6–Sunday, December 7
Members enjoy extra-special privileges all weekend long: Refreshments and live music in the Members Lounge; 25% on regular-priced merchandise in the museum store; 20% off CMA gift memberships, and exclusive member tours. Enjoy Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography and Holiday CircleFest on Sunday. (Not a member? Learn more.)
Winter Lights Lantern Festival
December 7–December 31
Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.
Sunday, December 7 from 1 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Holiday CircleFest is a free annual Circle-wide celebration presented by University Circle Inc. The museum offers an array of activities and entertainment, including workshops for making simple lanterns for the procession. The day culminates in a procession through the Environment of Lights led by guest lantern artists and illuminated dancers and giant puppets.
Make & Take: Craft with Style
Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Join others in the Cleveland Museum of Art atrium as we learn to make pom-poms. Explore a handful of techniques to make this festive and inexpensive holiday decoration. Grab a drink at the bar and meet other creatives while you craft away!
Second Sunday Family Day: Snow Day
Sunday, December 14 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Be inspired by the winter wonderland outside and create your own magical watercolor-resist winterscape. Help the museum create a collaborative three-dimensional snowscape. Enjoy experiences in the museum's collection through scavenger hunts, the Art Stories story time program, and Art Cart, and enjoy a special performance as guitarist Marc Ribot performs Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid in Gartner Auditorium.
Holiday Film Festival: The Persistence of Surrealism
December 26–31 at 1:30 p.m.
In conjunction with our current special exhibition, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, enjoy essential classics from nine decades of surrealist cinema, for adults only.
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