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This Holiday Season at The Met

Make The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—a part of your holiday traditions. Join us for jubilant performances and festive displays, the warmth of our galleries, holiday shopping, and more. It's a soul-stirring season that shouldn't be missed.


The Met Fifth Avenue

On View in the Galleries

Woman looking at a large Christmas tree
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
At The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305

A beloved gallery is graced by a stunning Christmas tree in this long-standing New York tradition. Tree-lighting ceremonies take place at 4:30 p.m. daily, with additional ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays. On view through January 8, 2017.

Silver menorah
Eastern European Silver Menorah
At The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

One of the largest silver Hanukkah lamps known, this magnificent late 19th-century silver Menorah was made in Lviv, Ukraine, and is on loan from The Moldovan Family Collection. On view through January 12, 2017.

Performances and Events

Experience an evening of gallery conversations, art making, and holiday cheer as part of the Museum's MetFridays series on Friday, December 8, from 5 to 9 pm.

Byzantine Pop-Ups
Musicians weave a sonic tapestry from floor to ceiling in the Medieval Sculpture Hall. Friday, December 15, at 4, 6, and 8 pm.

The Little Match Girl Passion, Observed
In this version of the holiday classic, the audience is invited to participate in hymns and songs that are familiar to all. Monday, December 19, at 7 pm.

New York Baroque Incorporated
Early-music specialists play Baroque holiday music and dance. Wednesday, December 20, at 7 pm.

Lorelei Ensemble
This program of a cappella holiday treasures spans the medieval, Baroque, and modern eras. Thursday, December 21, at 6:30 pm (for Members only) and 8:30 pm.

In the Restaurants

An edible sculpture of The Met Fifth Avenue made in sugar and fondant
Holiday Sculptures
At The Met Fifth Avenue on the Ground Floor and the Fourth Floor

Winter holiday scenes sculpted in sugar and fondant by James Beard Award–winning Pastry Chef Randy Eastman will be on display outside the Cafeteria and in The Dining Room. On view November 28, 2017–January 6, 2018.

A group of cafe tables and chairs against the backdrop of The Met
The Balcony Café
At The Met Fifth Avenue on the Second Floor

Overlooking the Great Hall, the Balcony Café serves winter favorites such as seasonal gelato and hearty, house-made soups.

A group of young museumgoers toasting in a casual and elegant dining room with low couches and tables set in comfortable groupings
The Balcony Lounge
At The Met Fifth Avenue on the Second Floor

Throughout December, Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons can warm up in the Balcony Lounge over hot chocolate with chartreuse during Social Hour, weekdays from 3 to 5 pm.

The Met Cloisters

The branch of the Museum in northern Manhattan dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe, The Met Cloisters celebrates the season with medieval-themed decorations, concerts in acoustically unsurpassed spaces, and activities to mark the holidays.

On View This Season

Greenery over an archway at The Met CloistersMedieval Decorations

Holly boughs symbolizing light, warmth, and welcome adorn the great archway, and the Main Hall boasts grand displays of fresh ivy and hand-polished lady apples, hazelnuts, rose hips, and pine cones, all locally sourced. On view through January 9, 2018.

Performances and Events

An Eton Choirbook Christmas
The Vox Vocal Ensemble explores unrecorded music from the Eton Choirbook, an anthology of late 15th-century sacred music. Saturday, December 16, at 1 and 3 pm.

The Christmas Story
The Waverly Consort returns with this perennial favorite, featuring hymns, processionals, and other compositions from the Middle Ages. Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, at 1 and 3 pm.

Family Festival: Winter Time
For families with children ages 4–12, programs include gallery workshops and a self-guided art hunt. Wednesday, December 27, and Thursday, December 28, 10 am–4 pm.

The Met Breuer

Escape the holiday rush and deepen your knowledge of modern and contemporary art.

On View in the Galleries

Close-up view of a mouth
Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980
At The Met Breuer on Floor 4

Featuring roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists, this exhibition explores the context in which the fascination with irrationality emerged in art between 1950 and 1980. On view through January 14, 2018.

Detail of a Munch self-portrait featuring bright colors
Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed
At The Met Breuer on Floor 3

This exhibition features 43 of Edvard Munch's landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. On view through February 4, 2018.

Photo of a pavement mirror shop in West Bengal
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs
At The Met Breuer on Floor 2

This retrospective exhibition situates Raghubir Singh's photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. On view through January 2, 2018.

Celebrate at Flora Bar

Bustling interior of Flora Bar

Christmas Eve
Join us Christmas Eve for a Chinese-inspired feast. The menu will include dumplings four ways, Szechuan ribs, lobster with black-pepper sauce, and Peking duck—all served with a selection of sides. We recommend celebrating family style, so gather your nearest and dearest.

New Year's Eve
Flora Bar will be ringing in 2018 with a festive five-course dinner, including sea urchin with burrata, duck with foie gras, and ricotta dumplings with truffles. Stop by for a celebratory toast before midnight, or stay a while to welcome in the New Year with us.

To make a reservation, visit OpenTable or call 646-558-5383.

Shop Art-Inspired Gifts at The Met Store

Necklace and earrings made in the style of Netherlandish prayer beads

Shop The Met Store at all three Museum locations as well as online. Discover inspired gifts celebrating beloved holiday traditions and The Met collection—including greeting cards, calendars, holiday jewelry, and more. Proceeds from purchases support the Museum's collection, study, conservation, and presentation of 5,000 years of art. Members and Patrons save 10% every day.

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The Season of Giving

Instructor with children in a gallery looking at objects in a case

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Images: Delirious: Anna Maria Maiolino (Brazilian, born 1942). In-Out (Antropofagia) [In-Out (Antropophagy)], from Fotopoemação [Photopoemaction] Series, 1973–74. Black and white analog photograph; original photos by Max Nauenberg. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Anna Maria Maiolino. Edvard Munch: Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). Self-Portrait between the Clock and the Bed (detail), 1940–43. Oil on canvas, 58 7/8 x 47 1/2 in. (149.5 x 120.5 cm). Munch Museum, Oslo, (MM M23). © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Munch Museum. Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh (Indian, 1942–1999). Pavement Mirror Shop, Howrah, West Bengal, 1991. Chromogenic print, 19 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (49.5 x 74.9 cm). Collection of Cynthia Hazen Polsky. Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh. Flora Bar: Photo by Glen Allsop