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Celebrate the Christmas Holiday at the Walters

Events begin December 1

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum offers a number of walking tours, family festivals, films and musical experiences to celebrate the holiday season.

Walk-In Tour: The Christmas Story in Art
Date: Sunday, December 1
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy a free, docent-led tour examining religious art that celebrates the story of Christmas. The tour will feature Renaissance and Baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ. No reservations are required.

FREE Monument Lighting Festival
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 5–8:30 p.m.
Observe the holiday season and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Experience music, refreshments, holiday films, winter-inspired children’s art activities, and visit the special exhibition, Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum, free of charge.

Al Momia: The Night of Counting the Years
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 1–4 p.m.
The first film in a three-part Egyptomania Series, Al Momia, based on a true story, follows the difficult decision of two brothers to either follow the tradition of illegally looting a legendary cache of royal mummies to sustain their tribe, or to alert authorities to their tribal elders’ secret. Elliott Colla, Georgetown University associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies will lead a discussion after the film.

Bubba Ho-Tep
Date: Thursday, December 12
Time: 6–7:45 p.m.
The second installment in the Egyptomania Film Series, Bubba Ho-Tep is a cult classic that tells the “true” story of what really became of Elvis Presley. Starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis, and Ossie Davis as John F. Kennedy Jr., the story begins at the Shady Rest Retirement Home in Texas where both are now spending their days. When mysterious deaths start occurring in the home, it’s up to these two old legends to show they have what it takes to defeat a 3,000 year old soul-sucking mummy!

Carolers on the Court
Date: Sunday, December 15
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Sing along with Joyous Voices, an a cappella caroling ensemble, dressed in Dickens-era costumes, as they perform a repertoire of traditional Christmas melodies ranging from medieval and Victorian to popular favorites.

Walk-In Tour: The Christmas Story in Art
Date: Sunday, December 15
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Tour renaissance and baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ. No reservations are required.

Date: Thursday, December 19
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
The third film in the three-part Egyptomania Film Series, Agora is a historical drama set in Roman Egypt. The story centers on philosopher and mathematician Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) and highlights a city at war, Alexandria, its people, torn between religion and science, on the brink of a new era. Moulie Vidas, assistant professor of religion and the program in Judaic studies at Princeton, will lead a lively discussion after the film.


Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 5–9 p.m. Admission to the Walters’ permanent collection is free. For more information, go to  

About the Walters Museum

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art – including a legendary collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts that is a national treasure – to the city of Baltimore. Between 1895 and 1931, Walters collected around 730 codices.  Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings.