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Winter Park's Morse Museum features free holiday events

Lead glass Christmas Eve window from Tiffany Studios, c. 1902, Thomas Nast Jr. (1840-1902), designer.
Lead glass Christmas Eve window from Tiffany Studios, c. 1902, Thomas Nast Jr. (1840-1902), designer.
Published Dec. 3, 2014

Most museums have special events for the holidays and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art has some of the best. The Winter Park institution is renowned for its comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his gorgeous mosaic chapel created for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. And hundreds of beautifully crafted decorative objects including Tiffany lead glass windows.

Nine of them will be installed and lit up today in Central Park, near the museum in the downtown area, for the 36th annual Christmas in the Park from 6:15 to 8 p.m. with a celebration that includes performances by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble.

Admission is free from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, with live music beginning at 5 p.m., through Dec. 26. On Dec. 12, the museum offers family tours during those hours and a demonstration on making mosaics with a take-home art activity for kids. On Christmas Eve, admission is free throughout the day for a Christmas Open House with live music from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Morse Museum, 445 N Park Ave., Winter Park, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (until 8 p.m. Friday); and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $1 students and free for children younger than 12. morsemuseum.org or (407) 645-5311.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

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