Twas the Night Before Christmas
and here on the Mall,
Not a creature is stirring in the museum's vast halls
Full of objects and trinkets selected with care
By curators hoping you'd all soon be there.
Alas and alack, one day of the year,
The Smithsonian closes. But don't shed a tear—
The day after Christmas the doors will swing wide
To let you all in. But until then, enjoy a few slides.
(Well really, they're photos–you know what we mean)
Of gardens and buildings that look really keen
They're all gussied up for the holiday season.
We're pretty darn sure you'll find them appeasing.
A feast of blue and white ornaments adorns a Smithsonian holiday tree in the Castle building, surrounded at its base by blue flowering coleus.
The National Museum of American History's tree, dressed in red and white ornaments and cranberry branches, pays homage to the Star Spangled Banner gallery.
Pink and white poinsettias surround the Natural History Museum's tree trimmed in dried and artificial flowers, including amaryllis and hydrangeas.
On the ground floor of the Natural History Museum, a large disk from the South Pacific island of Yap provides a frame for the museum's tree, festooned with starfish, fish, seaweed and other marine-themed ornaments.
The tree at the National Museum of African Art is decked out in nuts, pine cones and palm fronds, and sparkles with orange and green lights.
Just outside the Castle in the Kathrine Dulin Rose Garden, the tiers of a fountain are festooned with branches of cedar, balsam fir and boxwood, and are highlighted with dried roses and other flowers.
Follow the garden path in the evening hours through the Mary Ripley Garden adjacent to the Hirshhorn to see the bare branches decorated in twinkling lights.
In the Enid Haupt Garden next to the Castle, the lampposts are roped with a mix of Douglas fir and California incense cedar and topped with holly.
Tumbled blue glass illuminated by LED lights evokes a crystalline pool in the Mary Ripley Garden's Victorian fountain.