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.
On View in the Galleries
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.
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.
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.
In the Restaurants
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.
Overlooking the Great Hall, the Balcony Café serves winter favorites such as seasonal gelato and hearty, house-made soups.
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 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
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.
Escape the holiday rush and deepen your knowledge of modern and contemporary art.
On View in the Galleries
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.
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.
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
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.
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