2019 Holiday Travel: New, Record-Setting “Mile High Tree” Anchors Denver’s Mile High Holidays Festivities

Denver’s Newest Holiday Attraction – A 110-Foot Digital Tree – Amplifies The Excitement Around The City’s Seasonal Blockbuster Exhibitions, Events And Performing Arts

This year, along with hundreds of holiday traditions and festivities, The Mile High City will feature two brand-new lighting attractions illuminating downtown, making the city look and feel more festive than ever. The Mile High Tree – the tallest digital tree in North America – will feature pre-programmed LED light shows choreographed to multicultural holiday music; and Night Lights Denver – an outdoor projection mapping installation featuring local artists – will also light up the city skyline.

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These new attractions complement the already robust programming that makes up Denver’s Mile High Holidays. There are also world-class exhibitions, like Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature and The Science Behind Pixar, at the city’s museums; innovative and immersive performing arts like Camp Christmas and movies with the Colorado Symphony; and plenty of local gifts to be found in neighborhoods, galleries, boutique shops and marketplaces.

Below are just a few experiences to be found during Mile High Holidays. For more information on how to spend a night or a long weekend in Denver, and to take advantage of holiday hotel deals starting at $99, visit www.MileHighHolidays.com.

Blockbuster Exhibitions

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, through February 2, 2020

The Denver Art Museum is the sole U.S. venue for the most comprehensive exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition features more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focuses on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked. In connection with Denver Art Museum, several hotels have created VIP packages that include untimed, skip-the-line tickets, which allow access to the exhibition even if the date is sold out to the general public; these packages can be found at https://monetindenver.com.

The Science Behind Pixar, through April 5, 2020

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 50 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studio’s production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits, through April 12, 2020

Visitors will be put to the test as they jump, fly, dive, climb and explore some of the riskiest activities in the world at this Denver Museum of Nature & Science exhibition. Physical, multimedia and creative challenges place guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes and their passions such as wingsuit flying, ice and rock climbing, parkour, and free diving. Amid exhilarating speeds, breathtaking heights, and profound depths, the stories of these passionate athletes will leave visitors inspired to push their own personal limits.

Beer Here! Brewing the West, through August 9, 2020

Explore Colorado’s brewing industry from the saloons of the Gold Rush through Prohibition to today’s booming craft beer scene at History Colorado Center‘s Beer Here! Brewing the West. Learn about the Centennial State’s brewing past, present and future through historical artifacts, interactive elements and more.

Holiday Performing Arts

Celebrate the Theater, Music and Dance in Denver

Camp Christmas, November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The newest indoor immersive installation from Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Camp Christmas, will feature mesmerizing displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Performed at Stanley Marketplace, Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly experience.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, November 23-24

Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, performed at Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take audience members on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of a New Year.

The Nutcracker, November 30 – December 29

Children and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet‘s 58th annual production of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker, held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and featuring unforgettable characters, classic choreography, exquisite sets, dazzling costumes and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, December 3-8

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns to the Buell Theatre in Denver to steal Christmas after a blockbuster debut in 2014. More than 2.5 million theatre-goers across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind them of the true meaning of the holiday season.

Movie at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert, November 29; Love Actually in Concert, December 6

A holiday classic, Home Alone will feature renowned composer John Williams‘ charming and delightful score performed live by the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall as the film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher Concert Hall. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the whole family.

Love Actually is the ultimate romantic holiday comedy. Featuring an all-star cast, the film will take audiences on a tour of love’s delightful twists and turns. The score will be performed by the Colorado Symphony and conductor Christopher Dragon.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, December 7-22

For 28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been blending dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like no other. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover, celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around the world.

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour, December 8

The celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing group, Celtic Woman, will be coupled with the Colorado Symphony in Denver’s stop of The Best of Christmas Tour. The performance at Boettcher Concert Hall will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, December 13-14

The one and only Moscow Ballet will present the Great Russian Nutcracker at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. Featuring world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Reveals Details Of Holiday Window Concept Inspired By Disney’s “Frozen 2”

Holiday Window Unveiling to Include Live Performance by Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2”

Saks Fifth Avenue today reveals additional details of their holiday collaboration with Disney. The two brands will come together to delight shoppers this holiday season with dazzling “Frozen 2”-inspired windows, exclusive product and a one-of-a-kind in-store experience.

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The holiday season is an important moment for Saks and gives us an opportunity to stretch our imagination,” said Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue. “Each year we look for ways to entertain our customers and connect on an emotional level through meaningful experiences. Our collaboration with Disney is the perfect way to capture the joy of this time of year and we look forward to bringing this one-of-a-kind concept to all stores across the country and our digital platforms.”

Saks will debut its holiday windows on Monday, November 25 and continue its long-standing tradition of holding a spectacular holiday show in the middle of Fifth Avenue. The epic unveiling event will include a musical performance by Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) of a song from the “Frozen 2” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, along with a song from her upcoming holiday album, “Christmas: A Season of Love.” The production will also include a 10-story-tall theatrical light show and entertainment from a 50-person choir, along with a flurry of Disney entertainers. The event will be livestreamed on Saks.com/Holiday and Disney.com.

DISNEY’S “FROZEN 2”-INSPIRED WINDOWS

Inspired by Disney’s “Frozen 2,” Saks’s center six windows of the flagship store will bring scenes from the film to life. The displays will depict Elsa and Anna’s extraordinary journey to discover truths about their past while encountering the four spirits of nature. Adored characters Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven will also appear throughout the vignettes as they champion the sisters along the way.

HOLIDAY WINDOWS

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday 2019 Light Show Rendering

Saturated color, texture and cavernous landscapes inform the overall composition of the remaining windows that wrap the building. Theatrical lighting in bold hues illuminate the landscapes and create a surreal environment—a perfect backdrop for mannequins dressed in over-the-top designer fashion.

Saks Fifth Avenue x Disney’s Frozen 2 Window Sketch

Also featured is Ferrero Rocher® premium chocolate. The two corner windows of the store will display the brand’s signature pyramids made of fine hazelnut chocolates delicately wrapped in gold foil.

DISNEY’S FROZEN 2 ENCHANTED FOREST EXPERIENCE AT SAKS

Disney’s Frozen 2 Enchanted Forest Experience at Saks will be an immersive, wonder-filled experience that will offer visitors the chance to be transported to the spectacular world of “Frozen 2” and experience Anna and Elsa’s journey through the enchanted forest, encountering the four spirits of nature and other beloved characters along the way. Located on the ninth floor of the New York flagship store, the activation will run from Tuesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 24. Tickets are $5 each (+ taxes and fees) and Saks will donate $5 from the sale of each ticket to New York-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at Saks.com/Frozen2.

SAKS X DISNEY FROZEN 2 PRODUCT

Currently, special “Frozen 2”-inspired fashion, accessories and giftable items are available at all U.S. Saks stores and on Saks.com. Created in collaboration with designers like Roberto Coin, Converse and S’well, shoppers can purchase product inspired by the beautiful imagery and elements from the film. Exclusive to Saks are “Frozen 2” limited-edition Elsa and Anna dolls. Designed by Disney store artists, the dolls will awaken a new spirit of adventure in Disney fans and collectors alike.

GIFT GIVING & SERVICES

Saks Fifth Avenue 2019 Holiday Book Cover
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Customers can find Saks’s ultimate guide to exclusive gifts and designer delights within the 120-page Holiday Book, featuring Idina Menzel on the cover. Available now in stores and on Saks.com.
  • Holiday Concierge: For the holiday season, Saks offers a dedicated digital concierge to assist customers with all of their gift-giving needs, including, shipping, delivery, or simply finding that perfect present. Customers may access the holiday concierge 24/7 on Saks.com/Locations/Services beginning on November 15.
  • Holiday Gift Guide Chatbot: Available on Facebook Messenger beginning on November 15, the Holiday Gift Guide Chatbot curates the perfect gift recommendations from Saks.com based on the user’s needs. To access, visit Saks Fifth Avenue’s Facebook page and click “Send Message.
  • Fifth Avenue Club: Customers can make an appointment with the Fifth Avenue Club (FAC), located at select Saks stores, and work with an expert Style Advisor to find everything from gifts for loved ones, to a must-have holiday look. Throughout the holiday season, the FAC will also offer gift wrapping and assistance with shipping.
  • The International Lounge: Shoppers from abroad can visit the International Lounge, which offers a multi-lingual concierge to assist with service needs including luggage and coat storage, package pick-up and more.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney welcome viewers to connect via their social media channels, listed below, and to follow #SaksHoliday and #SaksxDisneyFrozen2 for insider access.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The Holidays

Centered in the city’s prime shopping district, popular parade routes and seasonal celebrations, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is the perfect place for guests to wrap themselves in holiday spirit. Let the expert concierge team help plan a festive winter getaway or staycation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The 2019 Holidays. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Festive Feasts and Seasonal Surprises at YEW

With Restaurant Chef Evan Morgan and Executive Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar at the helm, YEW seafood + bar is serving up special holiday menus with no shortage of decadent dishes and special events this season. The YEW team is excited to begin prepping pristine holiday meals so guests can focus on enjoying the company of loved ones. With seasonal cocktails, culinary surprises and effortless group dining packages, YEW is the perfect gathering place this holiday season.

Skyview of Vancouver. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Lobby. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Upscale Christmas Menus

YEW’s three-course Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24, 2019 will be one to remember with butter-poached lobster, roasted duck breast and short rib pappardelle mains to choose from, priced at CAD 110 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

The epic Christmas Day Brunch Buffet returns on December 25, 2019, and guests can dive into a decadent spread of pastries, seafood raw bar, carvery station, seasonal sweets and more savoury surprises for CAD 105 for adults (CAD 50 for kids). Later on, diners can savour in holiday classics such as chestnut stuffed turkey or a bounty of seafood options for a three-course Christmas Day Dinner, priced at CAD 115 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

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Call 604 692 4939 or click here to make a Christmas reservation.

Unforgettable New Year’s Celebrations

Whether it’s a family affair or a date night with dancing, YEW has several New Year’s options for guests to enjoy on December 31, 2019.

Diners at the Early New Year’s Eve Dinner can begin their four-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to decadent dishes such as sea urchin risotto with scallops for CAD 100 per adult. Children can dine for CAD 50, which includes a special hot chocolate, poured tableside. Groups of 12 or more adult guests for this early seating may also be eligible to receive complimentary dinner for children under five and valet for two cars. For full details on group bookings, call 604 609 5480.

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For those heading out later, celebrate New Year’s at YEW with a lavish dinner, dancing and a fabulous array of champagne offerings. The Late New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration is CAD 160, with limited space available.

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New Year’s reservations are filling up quickly, so call 604 692 4939 or click here to save a seat at the table.

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Lobby (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Exterior Facade (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan

Walker Art Center Presents Choreographers’ Evening 2019

A Night of 11 Experimental Dance Works Plus 2 Preshow Performances Curated by SuperGroup

Celebrating Minnesota dance and performance while expanding a post-Thanksgiving tradition at the Walker, this year’s Choreographers’ Evening is curated by SuperGroup—the deliriously inventive performance collaboration of Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells. The evening features a diverse array of 13 fresh, provocative, compelling, and experimental works by ever-evolving local dancemakers.

Choreographers’ Evening 2019 features Emily Gastineau, Erika Hansen, Mathew Janczewski, Cecil Neal, Leah Nelson, Margaret Ogas, Sharon Picasso, Eva Reed and Piper Rolfes, Kayla Schiltgen, Judith H. Shuǐ Xiān, Deja Stowers, Shanan Tolzin and Kristina de Sacramento, and Julie Warder.

SuperGroup. (from left) Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells. Photo Credit: Bobby Rogers, Courtesy of Walker Arts Center)

On curating the evening, SuperGroup said, “We chose the pieces for Choreographers’ Evening based on our group instinct. From years of creating together, we’ve developed a strong interest in performance that is densely layered; work that considers a multitude of complex issues in a multitude of ways and leaves room for disagreement and incongruity. In some ways, we approached curating this evening as we might the creation of our own work—looking for ways that varied content, forms, and concepts can coexist and converse. Reorganizing how we see the world by building, contradicting, engaging, and reflecting with and for each other.

2019 Choreographers; Evening Grid (Photo Credit: Bobby Rogers. Courtesy: Walker Arts Center)

Pre-show Performancesm 3:30 & 6:30 pm
Come early to experience a preshow featuring two performances by Erika Hansen and Leah Nelson that take place in the public spaces or lobby of the McGuire Theater (locations to be announced). Both pieces occur concurrently on a loop for the duration of the preshow. Then take a seat in the theater for a showcase of 11 performances.

ABOUT SUPERGROUP

2019 Choreographers Evening Portrait of SuperGroup by Bobby Rogers. L-R: Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells. Courtesy of Walker Arts Center

SuperGroup, a performance collaboration of Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells), a Minneapolis-based performance collaboration. Since forming in 2007, they have presented work at venues across the Twin Cities including the Bryant Lake Bowl, the Red Eye, Bedlam Theatre, the Ritz, and the Walker Art Center, as well as nationally at the Invisible Dog Art Center (NYC, presented by the Joyce Theater), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), Philadelphia Dance Projects/Temple University (Philadelphia), and ODC (San Francisco). Their work has been supported through commissions from the Walker Art Center, the Red Eye Theater, and the Southern Theater, and through grants from the Jerome Foundation, the SCUBA Touring Network, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of MN, the MN State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. The group’s latest projects include: Research COUNCIL, an episodic series of 10 shows happening monthly at the Bryant Lake Bowl; COUNCIL, a new performance that will be developing in part through a MANCC residency in 2020, and the recently published performance score/script In Which _______ and Others Discover the End, co-created with Rachel Jendrzejewski and available through Plays Inverse

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Exhibition To Watch in 2020: Making The Met, 1870–2020

In 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and public events. Highlights of the year will include the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, on view March 30–August 2; the opening of the newly renovated and reimagined galleries devoted to British decorative arts and design in March; the display of new gifts throughout the Museum; a three-day-long celebration in June; and a story-collecting initiative. (More information is available at www.metmuseum.org/150.)

The centerpiece of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary celebration will be the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020. On view March 30–August 2, 2020 in the Second Floor Tisch Galleries, the presentation is a museum-wide collaboration that will lead visitors on an immersive, thought-provoking journey through The Met’s history. Organized around transformational moments in the evolution of the Museum’s collection, buildings, and ambitions, the exhibition will reveal the visionary figures and cultural forces that propelled The Met in new directions, from its founding in 1870 to the present day.

Making The Met, 1870–2020 is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Lead corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America.

The exhibition will feature more than 250 works of art of nearly every type from The Met collection, including visitor favorites and fragile treasures that can only be displayed from time to time. The selection will span millennia—from an imposing seated statue of the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.) to Jean Pucelle’s Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux (ca. 1324–28) to El Anatsui’s monumental Dusasa II (2007)—and media—from Michelangelo’s sheet of Studies for the Libyan Sibyl to Degas’s bronze Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer to Edward Steichen’s photographs of The Flatiron. Its global reach will extend from Asia, with exceptional works such as Mi Fu’s Night-Shining White, to Africa, with the Fang Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary Ensemble, and the Americas, with the Crown of the Andes.

Making The Met, 1870–2020 will explore a range of intriguing topics, such as the educational and aspirational ideals of The Met’s founders; the discoveries and dilemmas of excavation; the competing forces of progressivism and nationalism that led to the founding of the American Wing; the role of the Museum during wartime; and the evolution at The Met’s centennial toward a truly global approach to collecting. Rarely seen archival photographs, innovative digital features, and stories of both behind-the-scenes work and the Museum’s community outreach will enhance this unique experience.

Young 19th- and 21st-century viewers gaze at Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851, by Emanuel Leutze. Left: Archival photo from The Met archives. Right: Photo by Roderick Aichinger. Composite image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will be organized in ten chronological sections around a central axis, called The Street, that will situate visitors in time and offer glimpses into the inner workings of The Met and, exceptionally, out into Central Park.

The first section, The Founding Decades, will transport visitors back to the Museum’s early years. The Met was founded without art, a building, or professional staff—it had only the vision of a group of businessmen, civic leaders, and artists determined to elevate the cultural landscape of the city of New York. This gallery will reveal the initial priorities for the collection, including antiquities excavated from Cyprus by The Met’s first director, General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, and European old master paintings from the founding purchase of 1871. It will also call attention to the contributions of artist trustees, such as Frederic Edwin Church, and the surprising diversity of early acquisitions, from Toltec reliefs to Japanese armor.

In the early 20th century, The Met sought to reach audiences beyond the traditional elite museumgoers and created study rooms to inspire a new generation of designers, craftspeople, and students. In keeping with an increasingly encyclopedic vision for the collection, ephemeral and utilitarian objects were acquired in addition to masterpieces. The exhibition’s second gallery, Art for All, will spotlight three collections—musical instruments, textiles, and prints and drawings—and the visionary curators, Frances Morris and William Ivins, who oversaw them.

In the same era, under the guiding influence of J. Pierpont Morgan, president of the Board of Trustees, The Met began to aspire to the model of the great collections formed by European royalty and aristocracy. Princely Aspirations will feature objects prized for their rarity and beauty that were given to the Museum by tycoons of the Gilded Age, such as Benjamin Altman and Collis Huntington. Highlights include Johannes Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Lute, Antonio Rossellino’s Madonna and Child with Angels, 18th-century decorative arts that once adorned French palaces, and a Kunstkammer of precious objects. This section will look ahead to more recent benefactors, such as Robert Lehman and Charles and Jayne Wrightsman, who carried forward this spirit of collecting.

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Holiday 2019 Travel: Graceland Celebrates the Christmas Season with Annual Holiday Lighting, Holiday Concert Weekend

There’s no place more magical than Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in Memphis at Christmastime. Recently nominated as one the Best Holiday Historic Home Tours in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Graceland celebrates the Christmas season this year with two festive holiday events.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland®logo

The holiday season kicks-off on November 21 with the time-honored tradition of Graceland’s annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony. This year’s ceremony features a special performance from country music star Chase Bryant, who will be joined by cast members from Hallmark Channel’s new movie “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” to help light Graceland Mansion for the holidays. Cast members expected to appear include Lori Beth Sikes, Alan Wells, Nina Thurmond, Trace Masters, Laney Malone, Hailey Harris, Anniston Almond, and Shaleen Cholera. This year’s holiday celebration features a 100 percent chance of snow, a special visit from Santa Claus, kids crafts and fun for the entire family.

Following the lighting ceremony, the festivities continue into the night with the world premiere of Hallmark Channel’s all-new holiday film at the Soundstage at Graceland – “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays.” Shot on location at Graceland and other locations throughout Memphis, the film stars Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) and Kaitlin Doubleday (“Empire,” “Nashville”), as well as a special appearance by Priscilla Presley. “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” premieres Saturday, November 23 at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST), as part of Hallmark Channel’s annual “Countdown to Christmas.”

Graceland’s Lighting Ceremony is free and open to the public. The premiere event for “Christmas At Graceland: Home for the Holidays” is a ticketed event, however complimentary tickets will be made available that night at the door, based on availability. A limited number of reserved seats are also available to anyone who purchases advanced tickets to any Graceland attraction for November 21, subject to availability. Tickets must be reserved by calling 901-332-3322 or 800-238-2000. For additional information visit Graceland.com/Christmas.

Graceland’s celebrations continue into the holiday season when the annual Holiday Concert Weekend returns December 13-14, and for the third year, fans and visitors can enjoy a festive weekend filled with two incredible concerts, holiday-themed evening tours of Graceland Mansion, carolers, a holiday brunch and more.

The Home for the Holidays with Elvis Concert on Friday night is an unforgettable concert experience conducted by Robin Smith of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy Elvis’ holiday favorites performed live on stage with Elvis’ vocals, backed by the full, rich sound of a 32-piece orchestra, featuring local Memphis musicians, plus vocalists, a choir and dancers.

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