5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum gardens in the winter
George Eastman Museum | © MetroPops

The Holidays are coming quickly and we all know there are many ways to enjoy the season here in our city. We’ll go out on a limb and say that most won’t offer the ultimate combination of glitz, glamour, and ROC history that our treasured George Eastman Museum will.

Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this incredible gem in our community and to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Take in a Holiday Movie

Dryden Theatre in the winter
Dryden Theatre | © MetroPops

Dryden Theatre is a great place to get to during the holidays, catch up on some classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Scrooge and then check out some films you’ve never seen before. There is sure to be something for everyone.

Find the full list of Holiday films here: Dryden Holiday List

2. Drool Over Some Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread house at the Eastman Museum
© George Eastman Museum

Miss the good ol’ days of being a kid and building gingerbread houses? Why not relive these memories. This annual tradition brings in dozens of Gingerbread house creations from professional bakers, families, and community groups. See something you like? These are also available to purchase through a silent auction.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display: 11/8-12/15

3. Tabletop Trees & Wreaths

© George Eastman Museum

Looking for some decorating inspiration or maybe you want to purchase something for your home? Displayed throughout the historic Eastman Museum you’ll find tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses as well as more than 20 wreaths created by florists, garden clubs, local businesses, and individuals. The trees and wreaths are available for purchase through a silent auction and proceeds from the auction benefit the George Eastman Legacy Collection.

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction: 11/19-12/17
Wreath Display: 11/5-12/1

4. Holiday Homecoming

Santa at the George Eastman Museum
Holiday Homecoming | © George Eastman Museum

The Holiday Homecoming party is also an annual tradition. Meet Santa and enjoy kid friendly activities, festive displays, live music on the Aeolian Pipe Organ by Joe Blackburn, a performance by the Asbury First Methodist Church Bell choir, refreshments and more.

Annual Holiday Homecoming Party: 12/12, 5-8pm

5. Shop for the Holidays

An Eastman Christmas CD
© George Eastman Museum

Not everyone thinks of shopping at museums for the Holidays. But you should! There are tons of great options from the museum store, to Dryden Theatre tickets, to museum memberships. Looking to give a unique gift this year to that die-hard Rochesterian? Head to the Eastman Museum and don’t miss “An Eastman Christmas”, a 24 track CD of holiday classics played on the Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ.

Eastman Museum Store | Membership

George Eastman Museum: 
Holiday Activities


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Originally started in July of 2013, the Rochesteriat has been a blog focused solely on the most exciting places, events, and people in the city of Rochester, NY. Although the original site and blog has now been incorporated into our new MetroPops site, the city passion lives on!

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