‘Yes, Virginia’ Family Day

December 12, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Free with Newseum admission, or a letter for Macy's Believe Mailbox (kids 18 and younger). Seating is on a space-available basis.
'Yes, Virginia' Family Day @ Newseum | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Come celebrate the season at our 17th annual “Yes, Virginia” Family Day. The day of festivities for the child in all of us is inspired by Francis P. Church’s 1897 New York Sun editorial, which assured 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon that there was, indeed, a Santa Claus.

Join us as Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Virginia O’Hanlon’s great-great-granddaughter, Mehren O’Hanlon Blair, participate in a reading of the heart-warming editorial. Afterward, the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance to read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and pose for photos with good boys and girls.

Throughout the day, enjoy holiday crafts, cookie decorating, music by the Figgy Puddings Holiday Carolers from the Washington National Opera, train rides and more!

Kids 18 and younger will receive FREE ADMISSION* to the Newseum that day if they bring a letter to put in Macy’s Believe Mailbox. (There will also be a table outside the Newseum where youth can fill out a letter on the spot). Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish® for every letter collected.

Schedule of events:

  • Holiday Train Rides 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hop aboard a train for a ride that will fill you with wonder and delight.
  • Reporting Live from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step in front of a camera and report “live” from the annual Macy’s parade at our special “Be a TV Reporter” experience!
  • “Yes, Virginia” Film Screening every 30 minutes, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Relax and watch the 22-minute 2009 animated film “Yes, Virginia.”
  • Figgy Puddings Holiday Carolers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keep an ear out for these singers from the Washington National Opera spreading holiday cheer throughout the Newseum.
  • Holiday-Themed Crafts 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Create a Victorian-era paper bell and a reindeer ornament, plus decorate a picture frame to preserve your holiday memories.
  • “I Believe” Buttons and Photo Op 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Create your own “I Believe” button, then take your photo in front of a winter wonderland.
  • Holiday Bake Shop 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (while supplies last) Decorate your own delicious holiday cookies!
  • “Yes, Virginia” Reading with Very Special Guests 1 to 1:30 p.m. Join Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and 9-year-old Mehren O’Hanlon Blair as they read her great-great grandmother Virginia O’Hanlon’s famous 1897 letter to the New York Sun that inspired history’s most reprinted editorial. Afterward, the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance to recite “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
  • Visit with the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus 1:30 to 2:30 and 3 to 4 p.m.

We hope to see you reveling in the season at the Newseum on Dec. 12!

* Children 18 and younger who bring a letter for Santa to the Newseum on Saturday, Dec. 12, are eligible for free, same-day admission. Not valid in conjunction with other discounts.

Macy’s is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 “Yes, Virginia” Family Day.


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