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’Tis the Season: Holidays at MIM

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Celebrate musical traditions from around the world at MIM’s annual holiday event with flamenco, handbell, and klezmer music performances; a festive music-making workshop; and a maraca craft.

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Holiday Craft: Maracas
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Craft your own maracas and re-create the Puerto Rican holiday tradition of singing aguinaldos (Christmas carols) accompanied by this popular percussion instrument.

Instrument Spotlight: Handbells
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Try your hand at ringing MIM’s set of Schulmerich handbells. Volunteer team members will guide you through the simple steps to making a joyful sound on these beautiful instruments.

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Have your picture taken with fun musical props at MIM’s custom photo booth and instantly get your own copy to take home.

Flamenco Performance
10:45–11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a lively performance of Spanish holiday music through flamenco toque, cante, y baile (guitar playing, song, and dance) with Flamenco Por La Vida.

Face Painting
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Add a burst of holiday cheer to your look! Have your face painted with a custom design by the talented artists of Evolving Through Art.

Holiday-Themed Mini-Tours
11:15 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15 p.m.
Join MIM’s Junior Museum Guides for a musical trip through the Geographic Galleries with a special focus on seasonal holiday traditions.

Music-Making Activity
11:15 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15 p.m.
Sing and play seasonally inspired songs in a family-friendly workshop led by MIM’s Junior Museum Guides. Space and instruments are limited.

Student Piano Performance
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (Saturday only)
Drop by the Steinway piano in MIM’s El Río lobby for a performance by piano students from Arizona School for the Arts (ASA). Directed by Dianne Cangelosi, these talented young musicians will play a beautiful array of holiday and winter-themed music.

Student Band Performance
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (Sunday only)
Don’t miss a festive student showcase by the Honey Badger Concert Band of Highland Prep High School, directed by Heather Cummings, featuring seasonal standards like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Blue Christmas.”

Handbell Choir Performance
12:45–1:30 p.m.
For over twenty-five years, Desert Bells International has been sharing the art of English handbell ringing at celebrations throughout Phoenix and beyond. Join this talented handbell choir for a heartwarming performance of their favorite seasonal songs.

Harp and Voice Performance
1:45–2:15 p.m.
Come hear a few holiday classics performed by harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer and vocalist Raymond LaFleur.

Klezmer Music Performance
2:45–3:30 p.m.
Tune in to the unique musical stylings of Jerusafunk as they perform a selection of klezmer songs, old and new, to celebrate Hanukkah and share traditional Jewish “soul music.”

Holiday-Themed Extras Available for Purchase
Make your holiday bright at the Museum Store with an assortment of festive gifts from around the world. From handmade ornaments to home decor and gifts for hosts, find something for everyone on your list!

During Café Allegro lunch hours, enjoy a special menu featuring warming winter favorites such as French onion soup, roasted chicken with a root vegetable side salad, slow-cooked pork roast, and holiday sugar cookies for dessert.

Café Allegro Lunch Menu Highlights

French Onion Soup Topped with Sourdough Crouton and Swiss Cheese

Coconut Yam Soup with Fig Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Peanuts

Maple and Chile–Glazed Classic Roasted Chicken with a Side Salad of Crow’s Dairy Goat Cheese, Roasted Beets, and Rainbow Carrots

Italian Spiced Slow-Cooked Pork Roast with a Side of Loaded Cauliflower and Potato Mash and Roasted Brown Buttered Brussels Sprouts

Strawberry Roulade with Fresh Whipped Cream

Holiday Sugar Cookies

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