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Fernbank Museum's Winter Wonderland Returns in Time for the Holidays with the Addition of New Outdoor Experiences

Explore a diversity of holidays and traditions this season

ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2020 -- Begin the holiday season at Fernbank with the return of the special exhibition Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2021.

Indoors, Winter Wonderland features two floors of holiday trees and case displays that recognize various celebrations, events and cultural traditions from around the world. While holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah are represented, so too are regional arts and crafts like traditional Mexican woodcarvings, Peruvian retablos, and hand-made straw ornaments.

Cultural partners participating in Fernbank's Winter Wonderland include more than 30 consulates and community partners. These groups, representing five continents, have joined together to make this signature exhibit possible. “We’re excited to continue to offer fun and educational holiday experiences as well as opportunities for our guests to appreciate the cultural diversity in Atlanta and across the globe,” said Dr. Bobbi Hohmann, curator of the exhibition and VP of Programming and Collections. “By offering indoor and outdoor discoveries for Winter Wonderland, Fernbank is eager to safely welcome guests to celebrate holidays and traditions around the world with us.”

Outdoors, new Winter Wonderland experiences add to the holiday feel and fun. Themed giant snow globes- up to seven-feet-tall have been specially crafted to display several classic winter scenes, including sledding and ice skating, a gingerbread house and family, a 2021 New Year’s balloon drop and more. These larger-than-life snow globes provide the perfect opportunity to fill camera rolls and social media pages with unique seasonal photos.

Along with the snow globes, a sock-skating-rink is among the new additions to the special exhibition. Rather than having to slip into a pair of skates, guests will find an opportunity to skate using socks to slide across a waxed surface. The skating rink will be available for free for Fernbank members and will be included with general admission for non-members, posing another opportunity to dive into the spirit of the holidays.

Additional programming includes storytelling and other educational programs, along with a Winter Wonderland scavenger hunt that challenges guests to discover unique ornaments and objects throughout the exhibit.

Night-time opportunities will be offered through Holiday Hangouts each Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. These events will allow guests to enjoy after-hours access to all museum exhibits, including Winter Wonderland and all special, seasonal offerings. Drinks and snacks, including adult beverages, will be available for separate purchase. Suitable for all ages, Holiday Hangouts are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World is sponsored locally by PNC Bank, Nissan Foundation, Mary Ellen Imlay and Novelis.

Fernbank After Dark, offered on Friday, Dec.11 from 7p.m.-11p.m., is another after-hours opportunity for guests 21-and-older to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit with special themed activities, libations, live-music and access to all exhibitions. Admission to Fernbank After Dark is $16.95 for members and $21.95 for non-members. In addition to the iconic cultural displays Winter Wonderland is known for, Fernbank shares additional opportunities to explore cultures with an animated artistic series known as 68 Voces/Voices, which explores the indigenous languages across Mexico. The series is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Agency on International Cooperation.

Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta and is open daily from 10 a.m.-5p.m. Fernbank will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 404.929.6400. All tickets must be reserved online in advance.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit


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