The Monroe County Museum System is happy to announce a new format of programming for the 2020 holiday season that is consistent with current county, state, and CDC policies and guidelines related to COVID-19.
Christmas at the Monroe County Museum will be a month-long holiday celebration during which our visitors will be able to safely experience our long-standing museum traditions. This year’s celebration will feature new signature decorations and activities, as well as the familiar sights and sounds of celebrations from years past, such as our Christmas village, and vintage Santa exhibit.
Instead of the traditional trees, we are inviting community organizations to provide decorated artificial wreaths to adorn the museum. This change will allow us to maintain social distancing and limit gatherings. Voting for the decorated wreaths will take place December 1st thru December 30th, 2020 and will be conducted both in person and online. Wreath entries will be eligible for one of three prizes: a $300 Community Choice Prize, a $150 Virtual Vote Prize, and the $150 Director’s Pick Prize. The winning entries will be announced online and the corresponding organizations will contacted by Museum staff.
Download the 2020 Christmas at the Museum Wreath and Ornament Entry Form HERE.
Community organizations can also exhibit their holiday spirit by submitting an ornament for display on the new floor-to-ceiling Christmas tree that will adorn the Museum's Sieb Hall. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to be part of Christmas at the Monroe County Museum, be sure to follow the golden link above and get your registration form submitted soon!
And, since Santa still remembers when our museum building was Monroe’s post office over a hundred years ago, children are invited to mail their letters to him via Santa's special mail box! Just download and print the template below, or use your own stationary if you wish, to write your letter to Santa. Put your completed letter in an envelope, be sure to include your mailing address if you wish to receive a response from Santa, and drop it in Santa's mail slot at the Museum's front door.
Download the Letters to Santa template HERE.