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The Met Fifth Avenue

An ornate Christmas tree on view in the Medieval Hall at The Met Fifth AvenueChristmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
From November 21, 2023, through January 7, 2024

On view in the majestic Medieval Sculpture Hall, this beloved holiday tradition features a 20-foot blue spruce adorned with 19 cherubs, 59 angels, and an additional 71 figures that evoke 18th-century Naples Nativity scenes.

 

Ornate, silver menorahEastern European Silver Menorah
From November 21, 2023, through January 7, 2024

Visit one of the largest-known silver Hanukkah lamps, now on display in Gallery 556. This magnificent, late 19th-century silver Menorah was made in Lviv, Ukraine, and is on loan from The Moldovan Family Collection.

 

The entry to Manet/Degas. Features a purple wall with white text that reads Manet/Degas above two self-portraits by the respective artists.Exhibitions On View
Experience one of the most significant artistic dialogues in modern art history. Take in a multicultural medieval world. See how a partnership led to a wholly new, radical artistic language. Witness a free, multi-channel video installation, and so much more.

A woman and a child sit close together on a bench in a gallery looking at frescoesFamily and Kids
Visit the 81st Street Studio, or explore in-person programs created specifically for kids like Storytime, Start with Art, and Art Trek.

 

On-site Offerings

Bird themed ornaments decorate a Christmas tree.

Look Again: European Paintings 1300–1800 Audio Guide

Curious how European Paintings relate to contemporary concerns like family, relationships, class, and identity? Listen as Met experts share their observations and respond to questions from museum-goers like you.

Bird themed ornaments decorate a Christmas tree.

Visit The Met, Enter the Metaverse: Introducing Replica

The Met meets Roblox in a new digital experience.

Performances

A choir group dressed in all black singing in The Fuentidueña Chapel.Caroling with The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg
Music School
Thursday, December 14, 11 am and 2 pm

Join the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School’s vocal ensemble as they perform a cappella versions of sacred and secular winter holiday songs in the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters and in the Medieval Sculpture Hall at Met Fifth Avenue. 

Three women who make up ModernMedieval photographed looking to the left and smiling in black and white.ModernMedieval Voices: A Midwinter Feast
Saturday, December 16, 3 pm

Only at The Cloisters can you celebrate the holidays with polyphony as medieval listeners might have heard it: ricocheting off the Fuentidueña Chapel's 12th-century apse! Hailed by The Washington Post for their "fluent expressivity", the trio celebrates the holiday season with eight centuries of carols, chants, folk songs, traditional tunes, and ecclesiastic music.

The Met Cloisters

A festive wreath of holly and apples adorns a medieval arch at The Met Cloisters.Medieval ‘Christmastide’ Decorations
From December 14, 2023, through January 7, 2024

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.

A medieval wooden sculpture of a man against an emerald green background.Rich Man, Poor Man: Art, Class, and Commerce in a Late Medieval Town
Through February 4, 2024

This exhibition examines the emergence of distinctly middle-class taste in late medieval England by showcasing a rare set of large-scale domestic sculptures from Exeter.

Holiday Shopping and Dining

Bird themed ornaments decorate a Christmas tree.Shop Art-Inspired Gifts at The Met Store
Explore more than 100 new arrivals—scarves, jewelry, home decor, kids’ gifts, and so much more—for the holiday season.

Two Museum visitors dine in a vibrant space with lots of natural light.Grab a Bite
From December 7 to January 9, The Met Dining Room will be serving a decadent four-course holiday-themed tasting menu. For more casual dining options, delight in festive beverages and snacks at the American Wing Cafe, the Petrie Court Cafe, the Great Hall Balcony Cafe, and The Eatery. Members at the Evening Hours level and above can enjoy an exclusive small plate menu or a quick pick-me-up during Weekend Member Hours at the Balcony Lounge

 

Join and Support The Met

A young girl smiles as she views Degas' "The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer" a bronze sculpture of a ballerina.

Give the Gift of Membership
Searching for the perfect holiday gift? Share the magic of The Met with a gift Membership! Your recipient will enjoy free admission all year round, early previews of new exhibitions, and discounts on shopping and dining.

An older couple is seated with their backs turned towards us looking at the Temple of Dendur.

Weekend Member Mornings
Every Saturday and Sunday between 9 and 10 am, Members get exclusive access to select exhibitions before the Museum opens to the public. Stop by The Balcony Lounge for coffee and a muffin before checking out our newest exhibitions without the crowds.

A group of people with their back turned towards us walk up The Met's Great Staircase.

Support The Met

This season, consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Fund for The Met. Your contribution provides critical support for everything we do, from exhibitions, education, and live arts performances to caring for our collection.


Above: Wilson Alwyn Bentley (American, 1865–1931). [Snow Crystal] (multiple), 1890s–1920s. Gelatin silver prints. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Josh Rosenthal Fund, 2005 (2005.55.3) and Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2015 (2015.157; 2015.194; 2015.179; 2015.165; 2015.154; 2015.155; 2015.152; 2015.164; 2015.153; 2015.161; 2015.187; 2015.185; and 2015.193)