Holidays at the George W. Bush Presidential Center

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Visit The George W. Bush Presidential Center This Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Here are a few of this season’s highlights:

ON DISPLAY: Christmas Poinsettia Painting by President George W. Bush

Visit the Bush Center this holiday season to catch President Bush’s Christmas Poinsettia painting on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum! This painting was created using the cold wax technique, his latest as an artist. You can also purchase an ornament version of his 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 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.

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Christmas display at Bush presidential center Photo by K Barclay
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Our visit to Presidential Center in 2016 during the holidays

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!

COMING SOON: The Strategerist Featuring Suzy Fields and Andi Ball

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 interior decorator Suzy Fields and former White House Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush Andi Ball. Be the first to find out when the episode drops by subscribing to the Strategerist.

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Kristin Barclay graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Throughout her career, Kristin has demonstrated a passion for storytelling and a commitment to providing accurate, timely, and informative news coverage. She has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns facing local communities and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for reliable news and information. In addition to her work as an editor and journalist, Kristin is also a skilled writer and has written articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education, and culture. She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that engage and inform readers. Kristin is also an active member of the community and has volunteered her time and resources to numerous organizations and causes. She believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around us. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kristin Barclay is also a passionate advocate for local journalism and the role it plays in keeping communities informed and engaged. She believes strongly in the importance of supporting local news outlets and is dedicated to ensuring that quality journalism remains a vital part of our society. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling both for business and pleasure. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether she's on a business trip or a vacation, Kristin is always eager to discover what makes each place unique and special. Kristin's passions include boots, bourbon, dogs and college football. She is a self-proclaimed boot aficionado and has an impressive collection of cowboy boots that she wears with pride. She also enjoys sipping on a good bourbon and spending time with her husband and beloved border collies. Last but certainly not least, Kristin is the proud mother of two children who bring joy and meaning to her life. She is deeply committed to being a loving and supportive parent, and her children are her greatest source of inspiration and motivation