“Deck the Halls!” at WAM

“Deck the Halls!” logo

November 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022

WAM gets merry and bright for the holidays with artfully decorated trees inspired by the Museum's current special exhibition, Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the 1965 classic movie, Doctor Zhivago. Stroll through the galleries and view the decorations created by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc.

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This year, WAM will host Dwight Sturtevant and his interactive train layout of The New Middleton & Stony Point RR. With surrounding artwork that shares Worcester's legacy of trains, this U-shaped display layout with double main line and modular design has working street lights and train block signals crossing signals with bell sound effects. A fun way to celebrate the winter season!

This project is funded in part by the Booth Family fund for Education and Outreach at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Discovery Fund. Sponsored by: Interstate Specialty Products. Media partner: WICN.

Public Events Schedule

Detail from Pieter Brueghel II's 'The Marriage Procession'

“The Gatherings” Tour

Saturday, December 4, 2pm, and Saturday, December 18, 2pm
Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Free with Museum admission

December is a month where families around the globe gather for different winter holidays and festivals. Join docent Susan Gately as she leads WAM's special tour of the month, “The Gatherings.” She will present visitors with expected and unexpected objects throughout the Museum that are related to gatherings. From the Chapter House, to a Japanese Tea Service, to Pieter Brueghel II's The Marriage Procession.

A photo showing various types of menorah

Community Day: Hanukkah at WAM

Sunday, December 5, 10am-4pm
Free admission (Free First Sunday)

WAM partners with the JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA to host this full-day program that celebrates Hanukkah with activities for all ages. Join us for Klezmer music, live cooking demonstrations of latke making, story times in collaboration with PJ Library, art activities, and discussions about the traditions and history of Hanukkah.

Merrimack Valley Ringers performing at WAM

Merrimack Valley Ringers

Sunday, December 12, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Museum admission

Hear the festive chime of holiday bells across the Museum with the Merrimack Valley Ringers! MVR is an auditioned community handbell ensemble devoted to sharing the art of handbells and handchimes with everyone. First organized in September 2002, they now have a roster of 16 ringers from across eastern MA and southern NH. The ringers tour twice a year, winter and spring, typically performing eight to ten concerts during each tour, and have played for audiences all over New England. Read more about the Merrimack Valley Ringers.

A group photo of smiling students and educators of Neighborhood Strings

Holiday Concert: Arianna Falk, Peter Sulski, and Neighborhood Strings

Sunday, December 19, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Museum admission

Enjoy a soaring string performance in the Museum's Renaissance Court! Arianna Falk, cello, and Peter Sulski, viola, are joined by Worcester's Neighborhood Strings for a special holiday concert surrounded by inspiring artwork.

John McDonough with one of his puppets

John McDonough's Pumpernickel Puppets Musical Variety Show!

Sunday, December 26, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Museum admission

Join Bugsy and his Pumpernickel Puppet Friends both old and new for an interactive, musical variety show featuring hand, string and life size puppets. For nearly forty years, the Pumpernickel Puppets have captivated audiences of all ages with humorous and colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. John McDonough and his puppets present over two hundred fifty shows a year at schools, libraries and private parties throughout New England. The Pumpernickel Puppets have had the honor of appearing at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA and the prestigious International Festival of Puppetry sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York.

Chip Koser working on an ice sculpture

Ice Carving by Chip Koser of South Cape Ice Sculptures

Saturday, January 8, 11:30am
Lancaster Plaza
Free with Museum admission

Step outside to the Lancaster Plaza to see Chip at work as he creates a sculpture inspired by WAM's special exhibition, Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Chip brings more than thirty years of experience as an Executive Chef, Culinary Arts Instructor and NICA Certified and multiple award winning Ice Carver to create one of a kind, hand carved creations. Read about South Cape Ice Sculptures.

Graphics from a Doctor Zhivago poster

Screening of Doctor Zhivago

Sunday, January 9, 1-4:30pm
Second Floor Conference Room
Free with Museum admission (limited seating – pre-registration required)

Floral designer Sally Jablonski was inspired by our Love Stories exhibition and the 1965 classic movie, Doctor Zhivago in creating her designs for this year's “Deck the Halls”. Come see one of the most epic love stories of all time set during the period of the Russian Revolution. Take in the winter scenes of Russia and notice influences that inspired this year's holiday decorations!

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Don't forget! Membership to the Worcester Art Museum is a gift that enriches and inspires the whole year through. Members receive special benefits including 10% off the Museum Shop throughout the year and a 20% holiday shopping discount during Deck the Halls at WAM.

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