Press Release

The Bush Center to mark the 2023 holiday season with festive events

DALLAS, TEXAS — The George W. Bush Presidential Center will host festive holiday events – some open to the public and others exclusive to members – to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.  

Merry & Bright Night – the annual family-friendly Engage at the Bush Center, presented by NexPoint event – will be Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. Attendees can visit with Santa Claus in the replica Oval Office, join Mrs. Claus for story time, and enjoy holiday cookies and children’s activities. The event is exclusive to Bush Center members. Memberships can be purchased prior to the event at Members receive advanced invitations to Bush Center events, a discount on George W. Bush Presidential Museum Store merchandise, and more. 

Local holiday choirs will perform for museum guests in the Bush Museum’s Freedom Hall throughout the month of December. The performance schedule is as follows:  

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. – Woodrow Wilson High School Choir 
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. – Kingdom Singers of the Belong Ministry of Highland Park United Methodist Church 
  • Monday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. – Bishop Lynch High School Choir 

On Dec. 20 and 22, the Bush Museum will host holiday tea at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtyard. Attendees will enjoy a casual afternoon tea service and have the opportunity to explore the Bush Museum’s permanent exhibit in The Boeing Company Exhibition Gallery and special exhibit, Freedom Matters. Tickets can be purchased at

Visitors can stop by the Bush Museum Store to shop for unique holiday gifts, including a Christmas ornament bundle, a jacket with the Air Force One seal, and a maple pen with President George W. Bush’s signature. Members receive a 10% discount on Bush Museum Store merchandise. A holiday gift guide for the Bush Museum Store can be found at


George W. Bush Presidential Center 

Located on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a nonpartisan institution advancing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. The Bush Center comprises the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a solution-oriented policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies through policy solutions and public engagement. The Bush Center also houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library, operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, which provides access to official documents and artifacts from the George W. Bush Administration. Learn more about the Bush Center at 


George W. Bush Presidential Museum  

The George W. Bush Presidential Museum promotes a greater understanding of the American presidency and examines the consequential times during which President and Mrs. Bush served. The museum offers a moving exhibit on September 11, 2001, a replica Oval Office, and an interactive experience in presidential decision-making. The museum is also host to a variety of special exhibitions that delve deeply into unique topics and provide insights that only a presidential center can offer. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Museum is a nonpartisan civic institution showcasing the timeless values of freedom, opportunity, accountability, and compassion. Learn more at