• George W. Bush Presidential Center

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  • The George W. Bush Center is committed to providing exhibits that delve deep into the American Presidency and events that explore the issues and policy areas that matter most.

A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003

Experience the holiday magic from the White House in this special exhibit
November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016
In 2003, Mrs. Bush selected "A Season of Stories" as the White House holiday theme, combining the wonder of the season with the delight of classic children's stories that have shaped American culture.

This year, the Bush Center invites you to step into the story, experiencing the holiday magic at our special exhibit and winter programs.

The Magic of Stories

White House Residence staff members designed, crafted, and decorated replicas of favorite children's storybook characters to display throughout the White House in 2003. For the 2015 holiday season, these one-of-a-kind decorations - including characters and scenes from Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter, and the Cat in the Hat - are back on display in Dallas.

Just like the holidays, great stories have a way of bringing families together.

Mrs. Laura Bush

White House Christmas Tree

The beautiful 2003 White House Christmas tree, re-created for Museum visitors, showcases beloved literary figures on its ornaments. Like many families who decorate their trees with ornaments passed down from parents and grandparents, the 2003 Fraser fir was decorated with ornaments first used by Barbara Bush in 1989. The Christmas tree in the special exhibit will feature many of these same ornaments.

Give a Presidential Gift

2015 Bush Presidential Center Ornament

Bring home this year's limited-edition commemorative Bush Center ornament, featuring artwork by President George W. Bush.


The Museum Store invites you to take home your own piece of the Season of Stories. Bookmarks, coffee mugs, and titles featured in the exhibit are easy grab-and-go gifts. Hand-crafted goods from Texas artisans, including silversmith Max Lang and leatherworks Bell & Oak, make for thoughtful and unique presents.

This year’s commemorative Bush Center ornament features Lamb of God, painted by President George W. Bush. The three-dimensional metal ornament is reminiscent of the White House Historical Association ornaments, and is the third limited-edition ornament from the Bush Center.

For the person who has everything, give the gift of a Bush Center membership, which includes one year of complimentary admission to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, complimentary admission to 13 other Presidential Libraries, and a 10% discount on merchandise purchased at the Museum Store, among other benefits.

Highlights of the Exhibit