• George W. Bush Presidential Center

    Exhibits & Events

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Christmas at the White House 2005
November 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

From The Nutcracker to A Snowy Winter Wonderland to Santa’s Workshop – the President and First Lady have chosen a theme for the White House holiday celebrations every year since 1961.

Nature's Winter Beauty 

In the spring of 2005, President and Mrs. George W. Bush chose the theme All Things Bright and Beautiful to highlight the beauty to be found in nature, especially the fruits, flowers, and plants of the winter holidays.

At the George W. Bush Presidential Center, visitors will discover the beauty and excitement of the White House holiday. The all-new exhibit showcases gorgeous flowers and colorful murals, behind-the-scenes photos, Mrs. Bush’s holiday dress, BarneyCam videos, and more.

Learn more about the history of White House flowers and florists


Visitors can also make memories with a family photo in front of the giant Blue Room Christmas tree. Each year, the Blue Room Christmas tree serves as the centerpiece of White House holiday décor. The Bush Center’s 18-foot re-creation of the White House Christmas tree will have over 500 white lilies, glass bead garland, clear crystal ball ornaments, and a moss tree skirt.

Bush Center Museum Store

Pre-order the 2017 Bush Center Christmas Ornament, featuring "Tree of Life", painted by President Bush. The ornament will be available for in-store pickup and shipping the first week in November.

The Bush Center Courtyard Tree

Don’t miss the beautiful Christmas tree soon to be displayed on November 16 in the Bush Center courtyard.

The ornaments were handcrafted from students from the Laura Bush Foundation schools and materials were donated by Michaels.

Schools include:

Laura Welch Bush Elementary
Austin, TX

Laura Bush Elementary
Houston, TX

Laura Bush Middle School
Lubbock, TX

Special Exhibit Events

  • Every Saturday in December at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and noon, Education Docents will share fascinating stories about White House Christmas traditions.
  • Throughout the season fun holiday crafts will be available for everyone and talented community choirs will perform in the Bush Center’s Freedom Hall.
  • Santa will make a special appearance the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Choir Performances

Friday, Dec. 1 and Friday, December 15 both at 11 AM for a 30 minute performance


December 9 and December 16 at 2:00 PM. 

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