Holidays at the George W. Bush Presidential Center

From a behind the scenes look at holiday decorating in the White House, to an all-new cold wax painting by President George W. Bush, don’t miss holiday happenings at the George W. Bush Presidential Center


On Display: New Painting Christmas Beauty by President George W. Bush

Visit the Bush Center this holiday season to catch President Bush’s newest painting Christmas Beauty on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum! This painting was created using a unique cold wax technique, his latest as an artist. You can also purchase the 2021 Bush Center  ornament  which features this painting to hang on your Christmas tree.

Merry and Bright Night

Don’t miss one of our favorite events of the year, the annual Merry & Bright Night family holiday open house beginning at 6 p.m. CT this Thursday, Nov. 18. There will be music, family activities, and an opportunity for pictures in the replica Oval Office with Santa Claus. This year’s Merry & Bright Night theme highlights festive food and holiday traditions brought to the United States by immigrants from around the world. Admission is free for Bush Center members. Become a member and reserve your tickets today.

Holiday Décor at the Bush Center

Don’t miss special holiday décor on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum this season. Reserve your tickets online to visit the Museum and be a part of the holiday festivities and also see the current special exhibit Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, before it closes at the end of the year.

Holiday Lunch at Café 43

Bring your family for a festive lunch at Café 43, the Bush Center’s full-service restaurant with a “local first, Texas second” menu. The locally-sourced, organic menu features interpretations of Texas-influenced dishes and classic favorites. Holiday favorites include the fig crostini, pecan crusted chicken, and pumpkin cheesecake. And of course, you can’t visit without trying Mrs. Bush’s favorite sandwich or her famous cowboy cookies!

The Strategerist featuring Andi Ball and Suzy Fields

Get a behind the scenes look at what goes into holiday decorating at the White House on the latest episode of The Strategerist podcast, featuring former White House Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush, Andi Ball and interior decorator Suzy Fields. 

Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants

Don’t miss your chance to visit Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants featuring portraits of immigrants painted by President George W. Bush – open now through January 3! Plan your visit to bring family and friends this holiday season.