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Grinchmas Begins at the Museums

Springfield, MA —The Springfield Musems is proud to present this year’s Grinchmas festivities: Holiday Happenings, Lighting of the Quadrangle, and The Grinch’s Grotto—exclusively available at the Museums! The Grinch’s Grotto, which opened on Nov. 10, is located in the SIS Hall of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Grotto is a cave-like structure with a highly decorated chair for the old curmudgeon himself to greet visitors for selfies and portraits. The Grinch’s Grotto gives visitors and their loved ones a rare opportunity to visit the Grinch’s special cave and strike a pose or two–making it a great spot for holiday family photos! The Grotto also features a brand-new Who House and lots of other Who-ville features, plus interactive stations for visitors of all ages. Grow your heart three sizes with the joy of this immersive experience!

Visit the Museums’ website to see when to meet the Grinch in the Grotto. The Grinch’s Grotto is from the creators of The Dr. Seuss Experience and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. But that’s not all! Grinchmas will be celebrated in many other ways at the Museums; all programs are free with Museum admission unless noted.

The Lighting of the Quadrangle 2023

November 24 @ 5–7pm

The spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of the Museums will sparkle against a dazzling outdoor lighting display. This festive holiday celebration features appearances by the Grinch and Santa Claus, music, refreshments, and more. Plus visit The Grinch’s Grotto and Gingerbread: In the Land of Sugar & Seuss.

Free and open to the public–Museum admission not required!

Holiday Happenings 2023

November 24, 10am–5pm

Kick off the season with the Grinch, our incredible Gingerbread exhibit, art activities, and more. Free with Museum admission!

Fish & Wildlife, 11 am-3 pm. Visit our friends from Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge to learn about our world! Lower African Hall, Springfield Science Museum

Meet the Grinch, 11:30 am-3:30pm Snap a holiday pic with the curmudgeon. SIS Hall, Wood Museum of Springfield History

Three Wise Men Jazz Band, 1-3 pm The Three Wise Men are a funky, jazzy, Christmas-y brass trio from Western Massachusetts. Quadrangle Green (Rain location: Habitat Hall, Springfield Science Museum)

Giant Bubbles with Mr. Vinny, 1-4 pm. Chase and pop giant bubbles. Weather permitting. Quadrangle Green

Roaming Railroad, 1-4 pm. All aboard for some festive fun. Line closes at 3:30 Weather permitting. Quadrangle Green

Mt. Crumpit Derby, 10:30 am-4 pm. Make a sleigh to help the Grinch get down Mt. Crumpit as quickly and safely as possible! Spark!Lab, Springfield Science Museum

Star Garland, 12-4 pm. Bring the sky to your home with this hands-on activity. Art Discovery Center, GWV Smith Art Museum

Grinch Ornaments, 1-4 pm. Create an ornament inspired by our favorite green friend! Science Workshop, Springfield Science Museum

Fill the Sleigh!, 1-4 pm. Will you be the first to fill the Grinch’s sleigh? Play against family and friends in this game! Mammal Hall, Springfield Science Museum

Grinchmas at the Springfield Museums is sponsored by the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Berkshire Bank, and M&T Bank.

Lighting of the Quadrangle Illuminations made possible by Decorate with Lights Western Massachusetts.

###, One Admission/Five Museums,
including the one and only Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum
Parking is always FREE

THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Please visit the Tickets page.

The Hanmer Museum Store

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Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Food Trucks @ the Blake House Café

Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-3pm.