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Smithsonian Presents a Holiday Festival Dec. 2–3


The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, activities and seasonal décor will be available at participating museums and galleries, including musical performances by Members of the Singing Sergeants with Combo and the U.S. Air Force Max Impact Band, a “Sounds of Faith: Songs of Hanukkah” concert and free screenings of the Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis film The Polar Express.

Other highlights include:

  • ZooLights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The annual free lights festival twinkles for 36 nights—from Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, 2018 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights will illuminate the Zoo’s trees, walkways and buildings as visitors enjoy one-of-a-kind holiday fun.
  • At the National Museum of American History, visitors can learn how to cook traditional Caribbean holiday food, sample chocolate during demonstrations by Mars Heritage Chocolate and stop by the Stars & Stripes Café and Jazz Café for a Merry Cranberry Celebration featuring the season’s brightest fruit in a variety of foods. Complimentary gift wrapping of holiday merchandise will be available at the Main Store.

To see the full list of activities, screenings and performances, visit

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