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Home for the Holidays

November 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays is Roberson Museum and Science Center’s largest annual event and busiest time of year, featuring hundreds of elaborately decorated trees, dazzling Holiday displays, and the International Forest. The celebration begins November 14 and doesn’t stop until after the New Year on January 5. We have two months packed with activities, live music, performances, and parties to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

Home for the Holidays Hours of Operation

Saturday – Wednesday: 11AM – 5PM
Thursday – Friday: 11AM – 9PM

*Closed after 3PM on Christmas Eve; Closed Christmas Day, Closed New Year’s Eve, Closed New Year’s Day

For a full list of our events, go to www.roberson.org/events


Holiday Mansion Tours

Fridays at 6PM and 7PM

Saturdays and Sundays at 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM

The spirit of the season is filling the Roberson Mansion. Take walk into the past through this beautifully decorated Gilded Age mansion, and learn about the first and only family that resided here: Alonzo and Margaret Roberson.

We’ll be exploring some traditions that came about during this time in America, using this historic home to set the scene. What would Christmas at the Roberson Mansion been like in the early 1900s? How have they changed? Answers to these questions and more will be explored.

Tours are typically 30 – 45 minutes.

Tours are first come, first serve, and are limited to 25 people per tour. Tours are included in the price of admission, which is $8 for general admission; members are free.


Planetarium Shows

Full planetarium schedule

Season of Light

As the Earth tilts and the sun arcs across the sky, the seasons change. But people long ago, did not know that this was just part of the Earth’s transition around the sun. Step back to explore how cultures across the world explained this seasonal event and developed traditions around it.

Watch the trailer

Let It Snow

Celebrate the season with this musical show in our fulldome planetarium, featuring five festive classics from Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives, and Brenda Lee, with a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Watch the trailer


Santa’s Craftshop

Saturdays 12 – 3PM

Enter Santa’s craftshop where kids of all ages can participate in making a holiday craft celebrating the cultures and traditions that embody this season.

Come to our activity lab and learn something new about the holidays through a hands-on activity.


Here We Are Now (Entertainers)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Throughout our Home for the Holidays celebration, our Mansion and Museum will be home to live bands, carolers, A Capella groups, a bell choir, a harp player, and more. Guests can come sit and listen or do so as they wander through our forest of brightly decorated trees.

Please see our events calendar for dates and information.


Thanks to this year’s generous sponsors



November 14, 2019
January 5, 2020
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Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.