The holidays have never been merrier than this year at the Clay Center!

Trees of the World
opening Friday, Nov. 28
Grab your passport and experience a holiday exhibit showcasing traditions from around the globe with trees decorated by local students. Explore vignettes and handmade ornaments celebrating the unique holiday traditions of Ireland, Sweden, China, Canada, Greece and more. The centerpiece of “Trees of the World” is our global miniature village, highlighted by our “Peace on Earth” tree. You can even add your own artistic touch by decorating a peace symbol while visiting the exhibit, and placing it on the tree!

Buy your own personalized ornament to be displayed on a tree in this year's exhibit! Scroll to the bottom for details. 
Holly Day 
Friday, Nov. 28
noon - 4 pm

Kick off the holiday season with a day filled with family fun! Check out the new “Trees of the World” exhibit, take part in Holly Field Day games, make a wearable souvenir and meet our special guest for the day – that jolly old elf himself, Santa! Plus, create a keepsake in the ornament-making workshop ($2/ornament). All other activities are free with admission, which is free for museum members.
Family Gingerbread Workshops
Saturday, Dec. 13
Morning Session: 10 am – noon
Afternoon Session: 1 – 3 pm

$55/member family, $65/non-member family (limit 4)
Create your own one-of-a-kind winter wonderland in this SWEET workshop! We provide a pre-assembled gingerbread house, candy, icing, frosting; you provide the creativity. This annual event is very popular, so be sure to reserve your family’s spot.
Registration opens soon. Check back for details! 
Holiday PJ Party
Friday, Dec. 19
5:30 – 9 pm

$20/member; $25/non-member
Come in your pajamas (or other comfy clothing) and enjoy the galleries, holiday exhibit, cookies and hot cocoa, sing-alongs, crafts and more at this fun-filled family celebration. You can also meet our special guest for the evening – Santa! – and create your own unique keepsake ornament to remember all the fun.

Registration opens soon. Check back for details! 
 
Adult chaperone required for attendees 12 years old and under. Note: Stuffed animals admitted at no extra charge – but no sneaking cookies or cocoa for them! 
Holiday Break Activities
Take a break as a family and join us for a series of fun-filled art activities that will take you around the world. Activities take place daily, noon – 4 pm, and are free with admission.
 
Friday, Dec. 26: Russian Matryoshka Paper Craft
Saturday, Dec. 27: Australian Kangaroo Dot Painting
Sunday, Dec. 28: African Sand Paper Art
Monday, Dec. 29: Mexican Papel Picado
Tuesday, Dec. 30: Chinese Paper Cut Craft

 
Special Holiday Hours
Ever wished you had more time around the holidays? The Clay Center will be open special holiday hours to share the season with you and your family. In addition to our regular hours, we will be open Mondays and Tuesdays, December 22, 23, 29 and 30, 10 am – 5 pm; and Wednesdays, December 24 and 31, 10 am – 3 pm. Celebrate with us!
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Gift-giving the Clay Center Way
Looking for that perfect gift? Need a one-size-fits-all option for a friend? Consider a Clay Center membership as a holiday gift that keeps on giving all year long.
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Start a new tradition with a personalized ornament
With your purchase of a personalized ornament, you and your family will be part of the annual “Trees of the World” exhibit.



See your ornament displayed on a special tree at the center of this popular exhibit and enjoy a gourmet hot chocolate bar at the exhibit opening and Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. 

After the exhibit closes on January 4, you can take the ornament home to place on your own tree for years to come.

Ornament with name and photo: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Ornament with name only: $15

Order here and submit your name and photo here by November 12 to ensure your ornament is ready in time for this special event.



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