Fire & Ice

Snow queens and snowmen; molten glass and Mason jar lanterns; fire dancers and Frozen™. This winter, fire and ice come to Museum of Glass.

Kick off the winter season with activities and events that keep you and yours happy and engaged! Visitors are invited to celebrate the holidays with a variety of festive and family-friendly activities featuring the twin earth elements. See snowmen come to life in the Hot Shop, hand-craft holiday mementos, feel the heat from a fire dance performance, and “let it go” with a Frozen™ sing-a-long.

Art-Making & Performances

Barbershop Quartet Performance
Friday, November 27
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Escape the cold and warm up inside Museum of Glass with the sounds of the Cheers! barbershop quartet. Cheers! will perform throughout the Museum from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with a stationary performance in the Grand Hall at 1 pm. Cheers! is a championship quartet and performs classic vocal quartet songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s!

Make Your Own Holiday Ornament with Hilltop Artists
Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12 – 5 pm

Holiday crafts don’t get hotter than this! Create your own glass ornament in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop to celebrate the season. Hilltop Artists will be ready to help you create your own orb. Participants will be picking color, blowing and shaping. Cost: $50 per person/ $25 for Museum members. Must be 12 years of age to participate. Limited 45 minute appointments can be reserved with pre-payment. Make your reservation by calling 253.284.4719 or sign up at the admissions desk. Shipping available for additional fee. No refunds.

Family Day: Winter Luminaries
Saturday, December 12
1 – 4 pm

Brighten up the winter evenings with your own snowman luminary! Artist Jennifer Adams will help you create a Mason jar lantern to keep you warm and cheerful on the coldest of nights. Paul and Phyllis Twedt will hold their annual Holiday Musicale student recital in the Grand Hall throughout the day. Visitors can also enjoy this performance on Sunday, December 13.

Third Thursday: Snow Queen Spectacular & Snowflake Fusing
Thursday, December 17
5 – 8 pm

Snow Queen Spectacular: Winter is not complete without a visit from Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the rest of the Frozen™ gang! Bring your family to belt out the chart-topping “Let It Go” during a Frozen sing-a-long in the Theater. Free to all.

Snowflake/Star Fusing: Feel inspired by the magic of winter in a holiday fusing workshop! Design your own snowflake or star using glass shards, stringers, and frit that perfectly catch the light—a perfect way to bring some sparkle to your home this holiday season! Workshops are ongoing from 5 to 7:45 pm. $12 per person/$20 for two. Call 253.284.4719 to reserve your space.

Illuminated Traditions: Christmas in Arendelle
Saturday, December 19
1 – 4 pm

Bundle up to stay toasty warm as we travel through Frozen’s Arendelle! Create Scandinavian-themed Christmas mementos to get everyone in the holiday spirit with artists Jennifer Adams and Larry Calkins. Perfect for all ages. Free with admission.

In addition to crafts, Rainier Ringers bell choir will perform songs of the season in the Grand Hall at 1 pm.

Dean the Dreamweaver
Saturday, December 26
1 – 4 pm

Dean the Dreamweaver will perform beautiful ‘dreamscapes’ in the Grand Hall for Christmas weekend entertainment.

Countdown Coneheads! New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Thursday, December 31
12 – 5 pm

Get ready to welcome 2016 and make sure you are fitted with the best New Year’s Eve gear! Artist Jennifer Adams will help you create your own unique conehead hat and noisemaker to ring in the New Year with style. Dancers from the School of the Arts dance troupe will perform pieces choreographed by instructor Robin Jaecklein in the Grand Hall. Kick off First Night at Museum of Glass with a fire dance performance at 4:30 pm.


Hot Shop Demonstrations

Visiting Artist Nancy Callan’s Snowmen
November & December

Who knew snowmen, molten glass, and fire went together so well? Influenced by childhood, toys, and comic books, Callan fuses playfulness with a fluency in her medium to produce colorful and exceptionally well-crafted works. Her whimsical snowmen will be on view at Museum of Glass beginning mid-November. Nancy Callan will be the Visiting Artist from December 16 through 20.

Fire & Ice Hot Shop Demos
December 23, 24 (MOG closes at 3 pm), 26, 27

This week, MOG visitors will see the Hot Shop Team create “ice” out of fire! The objects created will incorporate “ice”, a term used to describe thick glass, while also radiating heat through the use of warm, fiery colors. Fire & Ice objects made in the Hot Shop will also be available to purchase in the Museum of Glass Store.

Ice, Ice, Baby
Saturday, December 26
2 – 3 pm

Continue celebrating the winter season with a spectacular fire and ice demonstration on the Hot Shop floor, during which MOG’s Hot Shop Team will use their hot tools to carve shapes into large blocks of ice. Visitors will be blown away!


Holiday Shopping

Ice-Cool Holiday Ornaments & Hot Handcrafted Glass
November & December

What better way to decorate your home this holiday season than with unique, handmade ornaments? MOG’s ice-cool glass ornaments will arrive at the Museum Store in early November.

In December, the Museum Store will release a series of glass Fire & Ice objects handmade by the Hot Shop Team.

MOG Members Store Sale
November 20 – 22

MOG members can start their holiday shopping early with these hot Store sale days! Members receive a bonus 10% off all Museum Store purchases, in addition to their regular discount. Visitors can sign up for the membership level of their choosing at the Museum admissions desk.

December Double Discount Days
December 5 – 6 & 19 - 20

Get fired up for holiday shopping! MOG members receive a double discount on purchases at the Museum of Glass Store. See artists working with hot glass in the Hot Shop, then browse the Store’s cool glass for tree ornaments and unique holiday gifts for family and friends. Some restrictions apply.

Ornament Clearance Sale
December 29 - 31

The holiday season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop collecting ornaments! Stock up on a selection of MOG’s annual ornaments from previous years to prepare for winter 2016.

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