Newark Museum Plans Holiday Activities

Christmas in the Ballantine House. (Photo by Trevor Harmon)

Christmas in the Ballantine House. (Photo by Trevor Harmon)

NEWARK – The Newark Museum has a variety of holiday activities planned this month. All events are free with suggested Museum admission unless otherwise noted. For additional information, visit

Feasting with Family and Friends: Christmas in the Ballantine House

Each year, the Museum’s National Historic Landmark, the 1885 Ballantine House, offers visitors a taste of how Christmas was celebrated in late Victorian Newark, as English, German and Dutch holiday traditions merged into something not so very different from the way the holiday is celebrated in America today.

This historically accurate installation offers the opportunity to step back in time to learn about nineteenth-century life and traditions. From the Christmas tree (a German tradition) to the wooden shoes by the hearth (a Dutch tradition) to the stockings on the chimney and plum pudding in the dining room (English traditions), visitors can get a sense of how Christmas evolved into a home-based secular holiday in the nineteenth century.

Holiday Fun Days

December 28–30, 12:30–4:30 pm

FREE with Suggested Museum Admission
Make the Newark Museum part of your holiday tradition
Kids Activities: Cooking lessons, Create your own work of art, Make a musical instrument , Planetarium shows, Play gallery games to win a prize and more.

Music Performances & Film screenings:

  • Phoenix Woodwind Quintet presents Peter & the Wolf – Friday, 2 & 3:15 pm
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Saturday, 2 pm
  • Miracle on 34th Street – Sunday, 2 pm

Museum Shop Holiday Sale

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
10 am–7 pm
All merchandise–20% off

Take care of last minute holiday shopping by stopping by the Museum on Tuesday, December 18 and receive 20% off your entire purchase. (Also enjoy 3.5% sales tax.) Choose from among hundreds of unique and beautiful items including: Jewelry, Fashions, Holiday Cards, Books, Decorative Objects, Ornaments, Calendars, Victorian Gifts and Toys for all ages.

Exhibition-Related Program

Monday, December 10, 10:30–noon

Lecture – Growing Pains: Representing Girldhood in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Speaker: William Gleason, Professor and Chair of English, Princton University

“Deep-Dive” Intensives

Tuesday, December 11, 2 pm

Lecture – The Cultured Body and the arts of Africa

Speaker: Christa Clark, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americans, Curator of the Arts of Africa.

Artist Demonstrations/Maker’s Tour

Sunday, December 16, 2–4 pm

The Art of Painting with artist Janet Boltax

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free.

The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

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