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Holidays at the National Gallery of Art


Celebrate the upcoming holiday season throughout the month of December with festive decorations, caroling and concerts, gallery talks, and holiday-themed refreshments in the restaurants. All programs are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed on December 25 and January 1.

Caroling in the Rotunda
December 9, 10, 16, 17 at 1:30 and 2:30
West Building Rotunda

Caroling in the festively decorated West Building Rotunda has become a favorite family activity during the holiday season at the National Gallery of Art. Visitors of all ages are invited to sing along with guest choirs and ensembles.

This season's guest choirs include: National Presbyterian School Chorus, United States Army Chorus, Centennial High School Madrigals, and National United Methodist Church Singers and Ringers

The Christmas Story in Art
December 14, 18, 20, 21, 22 at 2:00
West Building Rotunda

Explore paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus, including The Adoration of the Magi (c.1440/1460) by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi. Led by Gallery lecturer David Gariff. (75 minutes)

To accommodate large groups, some talks may be given as a slide overview.

Ice Rink
through March 11 (weather permitting)
Sculpture Garden

Experience skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Roy LichtensteinRoxy PaineTony Smith, and others.

Gallery Shops

The Gallery's four shops, including the newly redesigned, one-thousand-square-foot East Building Shop offering gifts inspired by modern and contemporary artists, have a wide selection of artful, unique, and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for family, friends, and colleagues.  

Shop in-store or online at

NGA Custom Prints

Order custom-made, museum-quality prints of favorite works in the Gallery's permanent collection and special exhibitions, including hand-stretched canvas reproductions.


The Pavilion Café
A tempting array of seasonal beverages, such as apple cider, peppermint hot cocoa, and hot chocolate, keep visitors warm between spins around the ice. Alcoholic beverages are also available, including Irish coffee, apple cider with rum, mulled wine, and more.

Espresso & Gelato Bar
Holiday themed items and special seasonal flavors of gelato may be purchased through the month of December.


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