Ongoing Christmas activities in Glencairn

BRYN ATHYN – The Glencairn Museum will once again shine with color and light during the Christmas season, offering visitors an array of ways in person and online to celebrate this sacred time of year.

Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the annual World Nativities exhibit and this year’s Christmas art on the Christmas at the Castle Guided Tour (both through January 30), create their own shadowboxes and enjoy an online Advent calendar. Homeschooled families are also invited to a special holiday open house. Each year there is something new to see and learn in these annual programs.

A full list of this season’s holiday events and activities follows. Please note that the Museum will be closed on December 13, 14, 24, 25 and Mondays starting January 10.

World Nativity Scene Exhibition

Open house, every day from noon to 4:30 pm Paid time slots are available at noon, 1, 2 pm and 3 pm. The walk-ins are fitted out if space permits. Free of charge; suggested donation: $ 5; included in the Christmas guided tour at the castle. Now in its thirteenth year, the Glencairn Museum’s World Nativities exhibit features dozens of three-dimensional nativity scenes from around the world. Nativity scenes from around 40 different countries reveal how artists interpret and adapt Christmas story to represent their own personal and cultural perspectives. This year’s nativity scenes, which are carefully researched by museum curatorial staff, include examples from the Glencairn Museum collection and works on loan from the Knights of Columbus Museum, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut. The nativity scenes were created by Bryn Athyn’s artist, Kathleen Glenn Pitcairn. Families are encouraged to participate in the fun nativity find and find activity that includes prizes for children.

Christmas guided tour at the castle

Reservations strongly recommended. To reserve a seat, visit or call 267.502.2600. MON 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Additional visiting hours offered from Sunday December 26 to Friday December 31 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Available weekends and by appointment from January 10 to 30. $ 15, $ 12 Seniors / students, free for Museum members and children 4 and under. For forty years (1940s to 1970s), the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family celebrated Christmas in Glencairn with decorations and events they shared with family and friends. This 45-minute guided tour with stops on five different floors (including the tower) invites visitors to travel back in time to explore Pitcairn’s holiday traditions in their 20th-century castle.

This year the tour showcases significant examples of Nativity art in the Glencairn Collection with a special focus on works of art created by artists who worked at Glencairn. At the end of the tour, visitors can enjoy the first floor and the World Nativities exhibit on their own. “This year’s Christmas in the Castle tour will include many memorabilia related to the Pitcairn Christmas celebration,” said Leah Smith, manager of visitor experience and rental events at the Glencairn Museum. “Visitors will see works of art from the Middle Ages that illustrate the story of Christmas. Particular emphasis will be placed on the craftsmen who built Glencairn. The guided tour will include the Medieval Gallery, which was once the children’s playroom in Pitcairn’s basement. This gallery presents two superb medieval windows representing the Annunciation and the Visitation. To reserve a seat, visit or call 267.502.2600.

Follow the Star: A 2021 Advent Calendar

Available on the Glencairn Museum website and social media from December 1. December 1 to 2 Posted daily on and Glencairn social networks. To free.

Join the Glencairn Museum daily from December 1 to 25, as the door to a new piece of art will open each day to reveal Christmas art images from the Glencairn Museum’s collection. Many of these depictions of the Nativity and Infancy of Jesus Christ date from the medieval period and include paintings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and stained glass windows. Others are original works of art commissioned by Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn during the 20th century, including a large three-dimensional nativity scene made at Bryn Athyn in the 1920s. Be sure to follow Glencairn’s social media (Facebook, Instagram , Twitter, Tumblr) to receive daily illustrations in your news feed.

Shadowbox Christmas Angel Workshop

December 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $ 40 per person, Museum members benefit from a 10% discount. Space is limited; reservations strongly recommended on or by calling 267.502.2600.

Join Karen Loccisano and R. Michael Palan as they celebrate this Christmas season by creating an original Victorian-inspired layered paper Angel Shadowbox. They will use die-cut layered paper, lace, beads, cotton and more to create a little piece of Christmas magic. Shadow boxes, measuring 7.5 ″ H x 4.5 ″ W, will be a wonderful addition to any participant’s holiday decorations. For ages 18 and up – no experience necessary, just bring your Christmas spirit and enthusiasm! Karen Loccisano and R. Michael Palan have 20 years of experience designing mass market Christmas ornaments and decorations for New York-based Kurt S. Adler. The husband and wife team also created elaborate and original nativity scenes, which they exhibited at the Glencairn Museum for several years during the Christmas season.

Join artists in a workshop to create a Christmas angel shadowbox. (Photo courtesy of the Glencairn Museum)

Home school open day

Tuesday, December 7 and Friday, December 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $ 6 Adults / Seniors / Students, Free for Museum members / Children 4 and under. The Glencairn Museum is delighted to welcome homeschooled families to the castle for our annual Christmas Home School Day. Choose one of two dates to join us for a festive morning exclusively for homeschool students, which includes access to our World Nativities exhibit and the opportunity to explore areas of the museum that will connect visitors to the Christmas story in art and the historic celebration of Christmas by the Pitcairn family. Reconnect with friends and family as you search for answers to our popular Nativity Quest for a prize or get creative with a Christmas project you can take home. No reservations required. For more information, contact Amy Glenn at 267.502.2962 or [email protected]

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