Holidays Around the World and Throughout Time

Each holiday season, beginning the week of Thanksgiving, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures transforms itself into a Wee Winter Wonderland. In addition to decorating the lobby and galleries, more than fifteen miniatures from the permanent collection are decorated to depict holidays around the world and throughout time. Below is a preview of the miniatures that are decorated, along with a description of the holiday traditions. This information is also posted alongside the miniatures in the galleries. A Spanish translation is available in the galleries as well.

Visit the Wee Winter Wonderland page for schedule of dates and accompanying activities >>


  • Spanish Colonial Tin Lithograph Dollhouse– A Shiny Bright Tree for the Modern Era

    Spanish Colonial Tin Lithograph Dollhous

    “Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find Charlie Brown, maybe painted pink.” - Lucy Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown…

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  • Christmas Shoppe– It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    Christmas Shoppe– It’s Beginning t

    Holiday Stores Glistening …Year Round For people who are passionate about Christmas, decorating for the holiday season can’t come soon…

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  • Reflections– 1930s New Year’s Celebration

    Reflections– 1930s New Year’s Cele

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld langsyne? At midnight on New Year’s Eve 1929, bandleader Guy Lombardo played “Auld…

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  • German Christmas Stall– Christkindlmarkt (Christ Child Markets)

    German Christmas Stall– Christkindlmarkt

    Froehlich Weihnachten! The first sign that Christmas is coming in Germany is the opening of the Christkindlmarkt or Christ Child…

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  • Southwest Motorcycle Gang– Holiday Décor Southwest Style

    Southwest Motorcycle Gang– Holiday Décor

    Happy Holidays! These wild-west desert critters donning Santa hats as they travel through the high and low desert bring cheer…

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  • Dayvewood Drive– 1940s Holiday Season

    Dayvewood Drive– 1940s Holiday Season

    Season’s Greetings from NYC! With WWII in the background, holiday celebrations in the 1940s were tinged with a bit of…

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  • Daneway House– 18th Century English Christmas

    Daneway House– 18th Century English Chri

    Merry Christmas! In 1644 all Christmas celebrations in England were banned. The English Commonwealth objected to the debauchery that accompanied…

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  • Tordis Hus– A Danish Christmas Celebration

    Tordis Hus– A Danish Christmas Celebrati

    Glaedelig Jul! A Danish Christmas celebration is rooted in Christian and Nordic customs. In Denmark Christmas is the main festival…

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  • German Dollhouse– A Traditional Christmas in Germany

    German Dollhouse– A Traditional Christma

    Froehliche Weihnachten! In Germany the Christmas season officially begins the first Sunday of Advent (four Sundays before Christmas Eve.) Stollen…

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  • Alderly Manor– An Edwardian Christmas

    Alderly Manor– An Edwardian Christmas

    Happy Christmas from Alderley Manor! The Christmas season in Edwardian times was a festive celebration that warmed hearts when cold…

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  • Kupjack Georgian Dining Room– Hanukkah Celebration

    Kupjack Georgian Dining Room– Hanukkah C

    Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is an eight day celebration commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple…

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  • Casita Bonita– Christmas in the Southwest

    Casita Bonita– Christmas in the Southwes

    ¡Feliz Navidad! Christmas was first celebrated in the Southwest with the arrival of Spanish Missionaries who converted the Native people…

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