Family Holiday Fun at the National Hellenic Museum

Food, music, crafts and fun at the National Hellenic Museum’s family Christmas party


Experience the warmth of a Greek family Christmas this season at the National Hellenic Museum.


Family Christmas Celebration

The National Hellenic Museum will host a free family Christmas party on Dec. 12 from 1-5 p.m. It’s a great way to start off your exploration of the food, music and traditions of Greece.


Theater performance

The party kicks-off with It’s Greek to Me, an interactive theater performance by the local children’s theater group Caton Enterprises, Ltd., featuring classic tales such as Pandora’s Box, Arachne, and Jason and the Golden Fleece.


Family paint-along

Families can “paint-along” with artist Megan Bonke, roll traditional Koulourakia cookies with Athena Manolakos of PanHellenic Pastry Shop, design their own Karavaki (Christmas Boat), make festive wreaths, design their own model Acropolis, enjoy Greek Christmas music by DJ Yianni, and get their picture taken with Santa Claus.


Song and dance

Students in the Museum’s Greek Language and Culture classes will sing and dance and docents will be offering tours of the new exhibition Aegean: Creation of an Archipelago.


“There are so many unique and wonderful traditions that we want to share with families,” said Dimitra Georgouses, Education and Public Programs Manager. “This is a perfect way for families to explore Greek culture and share in the warmth of the Greek spirit.”


Families enjoy painting and crafts at the National Hellenic Museum Christmas Party. COURTESY National Hellenic Museum.
Families enjoy painting and crafts at the National Hellenic Museum Christmas Party. COURTESY National Hellenic Museum.


Don’t forget our other great family events this holiday season!



Dec. 19, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm
Activity and docent led tour of the Aegean exhibition
Free with museum admission (Ages 5-16). No RSVP is required.

Saturdays:  Storytelling from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great
Students help act out stories centered on heroes synonymous with the history of Hellenism, such as the legendary kings Agamemnon of Mycenae and Leonidas of Sparta. This chronicled storytelling experience through history teaches children the history of Greece and its people. At the end of the program, students create artifact replicas that depict life for the legendary kings.

Sundays: Loot of the Afterlife
Students learn the difference between burials of the elite and those of the working class by investigating artifacts related to ancient Greek burials, from Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. They compare and contrast the artifacts to determine if they belong to an elite burial or a proletariat burial. Students conclude the program by creating red and black face pottery as depicted in elite burials.



Dec. 19, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2016

11 am: a bilingual story time where children will have the opportunity to act out a Greek myth and participate in a craft.
$5 per adult, children are free (Ages 2-12). No RSVP is required.



Dec. 22 and 29, 2015

1 – 5 pm: winter family fun, including crafts, Greek dance lessons, exhibit tours, a hands-on cookie (Koulourakia) demonstration and refreshments.

Free with museum admission (Ages 4-15). Pre-registration is required, Register here.



January 9, 2016

1:30 pm: experience the Greek tradition of Vasilopita. Find the hidden coin for loads of good luck and a surprise prize. Free with museum admission. No RSVP is required.

Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the sleek 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum at 333. S. Halsted St. is both contemporary and timeless, connecting all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. 312.655.1234.

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Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos

Founder & Editor at WindyCity Greek
For 10 years, Maria served as the Associate Editor and Senior Writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Her work has been published in GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, Harlots Sauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, Neo magazine, KPHTH magazine, and more. Maria has contributed to three books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes; The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook; and the inaugural Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal.
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