Events: A National Zoo Electric Light Show, Holidays on Display, Celebrations of Winter Holidays

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Monday, November 30: Sorry kids, no special events today. But be sure to check this Web site for a listing of regularly scheduled Smithsonian fun.

Tuesday, December 1: Seasons of Light

For an all-inclusive seasonal celebration, check out "Seasons of Light." Performed annually for the past ten years, "Seasons of Light" features the customs of winter holidays from different cultures, such as Ramadan, Devali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas and Winter Solstice celebrations. Tickets are required. Prices are $6 for adults, $5 for children, $4 for Resident Members. Discovery Theater. 10:15 AM. This event repeats today at 11:30 AM. This event also repeats throughout the month of December, but show times vary. Please check goSmithsonian for show times on the day you intend to visit the National Mall.

Wednesday, December 2: Ask an Expert: Rutan Voyager

Come on out to and listen to Russ Lee of the National Air and Space Museum's aeronautics division discuss the Rutan Voyager, which, during its historic 1986 flight, became the first airplane to circle the world without refueling. Free. Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM

Thursday, December 3: Meet Our Museum: Holidays on Display

I remember a time when celebrating the Christmas season didn't begin until after Thanksgiving—but when those department stores hauled out the holiday decor, it was an open buffet of eye candy. (Think "It's A Small World"—but without the emotional scarring.) Come on out to the American History Museum and check out the new exhibit Holidays on Display—which harkens back to the golden age of over-the-top displays—on a special tour led by Larry Bird, the curator and author of the companion book. Free. American History Museum, 12:00 PM

Friday, December 4: ZooLights

That's right kids—ZooLights is back once again! For kids of all ages, a menagerie of LED light sculptures modeled after critters at the zoo will be on display. Tickets are required for visitors aged 2 and older and can be purchased at any National Zoo store, at the door (unless that day’s worth of tickets are sold out), or through Ticketmaster. Unless the Zoo closes due to inclement weather, this event runs from Friday through Sunday until December 13; from December 18-January 2, and repeats daily, except on December 24, 25 and 31. Tickets are $8 general admission; FONZ $5. National Zoo, 6-8:30 PM.

For more information on events and exhibitions at the Smithsonian museums, check our companion website,, the official visitor’s guide to the Smithsonian.

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