“Deck the Halls” at WAM

“Deck the Halls” logo

November 25, 2022 – January 8, 2023

WAM gets merry and bright for the holidays with artfully decorated trees inspired by Jewels of the Nile and The Floating World. Stroll through the galleries and enjoy decorations created by Sally Jablonski of Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc.

Concerts, performances, art making, and more fill a festive month at the Museum! View the events schedule

Acoustic Java at WAM will be serving espresso and baked treats Friday – Sunday in Lancaster Lobby throughout Deck the Halls.

The Renaissance Court decked in holiday decorations Two young children stand close up to a brightly-lit holiday tree, gazing at the decorations

Museum Shop special holiday hours: Open every day December 1 – 24, 10am-4pm. Members receive 20% holiday shopping discount in December – JOIN TODAY!

Three WAM Members enjoying a glass of champagne together during a Members Holiday event The Salisbury Singers performing in the Renaissance Court at WAM

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.

Events Schedule

Members Event : Champagne, Chocolate & Shopping

Friday, December 2, 5:30–8pm
Renaissance Court
Free for Members; $25 for guests

This festive evening at WAM for Members and their guests includes chocolate desserts, champagne, winter-themed docent tours, and unique gifts in the Museum Shop! Holiday tunes by pianist Paul Buono will fill the air! Plus…enjoy 25% discount in the Museum Shop only during this event and free gift wrapping sponsored by the WAM Members Council.

Members, check your email for an invitation and reserve your tickets! Please contact membership@worcesterart.org or call 508.793.4300 with any questions.

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A photo showing various types of menorah

Hanukkah at WAM

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

Join us for a day-long Hanukkah celebration for all ages! Enjoy music, live cooking demonstrations, story times with PJ Library, art activities, and presentations on the history and traditions of this Jewish holiday. Organized in partnership with the Worcester JCC and the Jewish Federation of Central MA.

Deck the Halls Tours

Sunday, December 4, and Sunday, December 18, 1pm
Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Free with Museum admission

Tour the elaborate Deck the Halls trees throughout the Museum and learn about the inspiration and meaning behind these stunning holiday decorations.

Merrimack Valley Ringers performing at WAM

Merrimack Valley Ringers

Sunday, December 11, 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, performing annually for audiences all over New England.

Worcester's Salisbury Singers performing in the Renaissance Court

Worcester's Salisbury Singers

Sunday, December 18, 2pm
Renaissance Court
Free with Museum admission

Soaring choral music fills the Renaissance Court, performed by Worcester's own Salisbury Singers. Founded in 1974, the Salisbury Singers return this year as a mainstay event during the holidays at WAM.

A group of students from the Neighborhood Strings performing in the Renaissance Court

New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Saturday, December 31, 10am–4pm
Free with Museum admission

Get an early start to your New Year’s Eve celebrations with music and fun all around the Museum! Drop-in art-making activities for families start at 11am. At 2pm, Arianna Falk (cello) and Peter Sulski (viola) of the Worcester Chamber Music Society will perform with students from Worcester's Neighborhood Strings program.

Deck the Halls Grand Finale!

Sunday, January 8, 2023
Free with Museum admission

Join us for an exciting send-off to the season on the final day to see this year’s festive decorations!

Chip Koser working on an ice sculpture

11:30am: Watch a massive ice sculpture take shape outside on Lancaster Plaza, inspired by artworks at WAM. Created by Chip Koser of South Cape Ice Sculptures.

John McDonough with one of his puppets

2pm: John McDonough’s Pumpernickel Puppets Musical Variety Show is back! A family favorite every year, kids will meet puppet friends of all shapes and sizes in an interactive show in the Museum’s Renaissance Court.

Museum Shop special holiday hours: Open every day December 1 – 24, 10am-4pm

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 December.