MFA for the Holidays

Find beauty, warmth, and wonder at the Museum

This holiday season, create a special tradition by bringing family and friends to the Museum. Visit a favorite gallery, find fun for the kids, and, above all, share in the feeling of cheer and celebrate the spirit of giving.

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MFA Artisan Market

Saturday, November 9

We’ve brought all of the best holiday shopping to you in one place! Find one-of-a-kind gifts from this year’s list of vendors.

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Laura Dowling: Inspiring Holiday Decor

Sunday, November 17, 1–3 pm

From the White House to your home. Meet Laura Dowling, the mastermind behind President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s holiday floral designs. Join us for a talk and floral demonstration, followed by a book signing.

Black Nativity performance featuring woman dressed as religious figure surrounded by people

Black Nativity

Wednesday, November 20 and December 11, evening

Join us for uplifting vignettes from Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity, a cherished Boston tradition since 1970. Don’t miss these short, powerful performances delivering messages of joy, hope, victory, and liberation. Presented in partnership with the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and free with admission!

Visitors shopping inside Museum Bookstore and Shop

Museum Store Sunday

Sunday, December 1

All visitors enjoy savings in all three MFA shops! Browse unique books, home decor, jewelry, toys, and more. Find the perfect gifts for the creatives in your life. Museum Store Sunday happens once a year—don’t miss the opportunity to come and shop!

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Member Shopping Days

Thursday, December 5–Sunday, December 8

Give memorable, artful gifts that will touch your loved ones. Members double their discount with 20% off Museum Shop purchases in stores and online!

Visitors dancing with arms in the air during Hanukkah celebration in Shapiro Family Courtyard


Wednesday, December 18, 4:30–10 pm

Celebrate Hanukkah with friends and family at a free evening of art, music, and community. Make this year’s Festival of Lights a memorable one.

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Millennium Gospel Choir

Friday, December 20, and Saturday, December 21, evening

Feel the spirit of the season with lively holiday musical performances by members of the Boston gospel community. Concerts sell out fast, so purchase your ticket today!

Kids drawing on black construction paper with crayons during December Vacation Week

December Vacation Week

Thursday, December 26–Tuesday, December 31

Kids visit free! Bring the whole family for activities, discovery, and fun.

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Fuel Your Visit

Every day!

Celebrate the season with friends and family at one of the MFA's four restaurants. Find the perfect spot to savor the season or get a snack on the go.

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Give the Gift of the MFA

All year long!

Make the holidays brighter and share your love of the Museum when you give the gift of MFA membership.