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December at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt Disney Family Museum logoThe hits keep on coming from the Walt Disney Family Museum this December. The main event for fans will no doubt be the celebration of Walt’s birthday on December 5th, which will feature a lecture by former Disney Imagineers Blaine Gibson and Rolly Crump and composer Richard Sherman. Also exciting is the premiere of a special holiday film, Christmas with Walt Disney, which features Christmas-themed shorts from the Walt Disney Studios as well as Walt’s personal holiday home movies. Other highlights of December’s festivities include a concert by the String Circle Quarter on December 12, and a candlelit Christmas program with the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble on December 19 and 20.

Below is the official schedule from the Museum; most screenings and lectures will be held in the museum’s 114-seat auditorium, except where noted.

The Walt Disney Family Museum
December 2009 Events Calendar


December 12th – String Circle Quartet
4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall, 122 Riley Avenue
tickets available online at

Concerts in our Special Exhibition Hall continue to shine light on composers of Fantasia with Schubert’s String Quartet in G. Henry Purcell’s delightful Suite from The Faery Queen—a bit of musical fantasy—is also performed. Joseph Edelberg, Anthony Martin, and Kati Kyme, violins, and Thalia Moore, cello.

December 19th and 20th – Artists’ Vocal Ensemble Concert: A Candlelight Christmas
4:00pm, Special Exhibition Hall, 122 Riley Avenue
tickets available online at

Nothing is more magical than a choir performing classic Christmas songs and carols. Our candlelight program will include European Renaissance motets and carols, contemporary American carols and anthems, and an audience sing-along led by Jonathan Dimmock.


Film of the Month: Christmas with Walt Disney
Christmas with Walt Disney runs until January 4
12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, Theater
(except Tuesdays, December 25, January 1, and December 5th at 12:30pm and 3:30pm)
tickets available online at

This special holiday screening includes The Nutcracker Suite from Fantasia (1940), Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952), scenes from the television Christmas specials, and rarely seen home movies of Walt and his family. See how Walt celebrated Christmas at the Studio, at Disneyland, and at home.


December 5th – Memories of Walt: A Conversation with Legends
2:00pm, Theater
tickets available online at

Join us on Walt’s birthday as we hear from Disney Legends Blaine Gibson, Rolly Crump, and Richard Sherman as they share special memories of Walt. Blaine is the sculptor behind the Hall of Presidents, Rolly is one of the Imagineers behind “It’s a Small World” and “Haunted Mansion” and Richard wrote such Disney music classics as “It’s a Small World” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. It will be an extraordinary afternoon filled with stories, laughter, and reflection.

December 25th – Christmas Day
Museum is closed

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