At the National Air and Space Museum, we hope your holidays are out of this world.
To help you celebrate, we've put together this list of holiday history and activities to add a celestial-spin to your December.
Did you know?
In December 1993, astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman celebrated Hanukkah on board Space Shuttle Endeavour with a dreidel and a small traveling Menorah he brought with him on STS-61.
Hoffman travelled on the Space Shuttle five times, logging over 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space.Watch Hoffman Spin a Dreidel in Space
Holiday Socks, in Space
Astronaut Jessica Meir posted this photo with the message "Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Earth!"
Meir, together with Christina Koch, were the first women to participate in an all-female spacewalk.More about women in Aerospace History
What causes the solstice?
Confused about what causes the solstice?
Our educators are here to help in this short video.
You can learn more by exploring the night's sky, guided by our astronomy learning kit.
The Great Conjunction
This year's solstice holds something special: a Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter! This conjunction, which peaks on December 21, is the first time these two planets will have appeared this close together and visible from Earth since the year 1226 C.E.!Discover How to View the Great Conjunction
Is Playing Loud for All to Hear
The United States Airforce Band has surprised visitors with a Christmas-themed flash mob. Relive the surprise with this recording of the flash mob at our National Mall location.Then Watch the Flash Mob at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Spirit of Apollo
Relive this special night at Washington National Cathedral honoring the iconic Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast from space with astronaut Jim Lovell and other special guests.Watch Now
New Year's Eve
When do you ring in New Year on the International Space Station?
In 2020, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) includes astronauts from the United States, Japan, and Russia. So how do you decide when to celebrate.
The decision is actually easy: time on the ISS follows Greenwich Mean Time, meaning the astronauts will technically ring in the new year as people in London, Reykjavik, and Dakar.Follow Along as Victor Glover Shares His Experience on the ISS
Hands On Activities
Create space inspired ornaments and decorations by following these easy instructions.