Walk in a Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum

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It is, without a doubt, the best time of year to be at Fernbank Museum. With 35 trees provided by consulates and cultural groups from around the world, three display cases and, of course, the Fernbank tree itself, it’s hard not to find yourself filled with holiday cheer.

Though it was difficult, I have narrowed down my top five favorites and would love to share them with you.

Arab World Tree

The Arab World Tree

I think this tree is one of the very best. It is decorated with traditional arts and crafts, including metal work, wood intarsia, straw weaving, embroidery and folklore figurines. As if those things are not cool enough, the star ornaments have fun facts written on them! Here are a few examples:

“Did you know? Hummus is the most popular appetizer in Arab cultures.”

“Did you know? The guitar and tambourine were introduced to the west by Arabs.”

Japan Tree

The Japan Tree

I love how this tree remains so committed to culture. It is covered with origami cranes, which symbolize longevity and happiness. The best part? Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. I’ll get started on that now.


The Philippine Tree

This tree just might be every girl’s dream come true. Dripping with pearl necklaces, gorgeous shells (which highlight the nation’s deep connection to the ocean) and to-die-for ribbons, the Philippine tree is definitely in it to win it. During the Christmas holidays, the country is adorned with the iconic, star-shaped lantern called a parol which symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem. The top of the tree is adorned with the beloved Belen, which depicts the nativity scene.

Venezuela Tree

The Venezuela Tree

The Venezuela tree was one of the first to be decorated, and it has been a front runner in my book since I first laid eyes on it. I love that they used beautiful, rich colored ribbon to display their national colors. The best part? The plates are hand painted by members of Atlanta’s Venezuelan community! Venezuela celebrates the holidays much like we do in America; they listen to gaitas (holiday music) and prepare traditional dishes (hallacas, pan de jamón, dulche de lechoza). Two fun added traditions include eating grapes on New Year’s Eve and watching children open gifts brought to them by Baby Jesus.

Norway Tree

The Norway Tree

This tree truly transports you to Norway. This tree combines its national flag, Norwegian dolls and handmade straw ornaments to make itself a true original. In Norway, families gather on Christmas Eve to open presents and sing carols around the tree, and Christmas Day is spent visiting family and close friends while sharing in desserts of rice porridge and cookies.

Fernbank Tree

I will end on my favorite tree of them all: The Fernbank Tree. It has 22 magnolia blossoms, one for each year that Fernbank has been in existence.

This is just a small sampling of the 30+ trees currently on display at Fernbank Museum. You can experience the entire Winter Wonderland exhibition through January 11th. Click here to learn more.

Profile PictureBrittany Loggins is the Public Relations Coordinator at Fernbank Museum. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2013 and can be found on Twitter @bloggins1.

How Fernbank Museum Does Halloween

Blog Photo 2Fernbank is changing Museum to BOO-seum! This Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. get ready to trick-or-treat, do the monster mash with DJ Mikey, win the monster toss and brave the spider swamp at Fernbank’s annual Halloween bash! Halloween isn’t complete without lots of candy and treats, and you can even watch the Georgia Bubbleman’s “tricks” with giant bubble fun! Costumes are encouraged and fun is inevitable, so practice your witchy cackle and get ready to dance your socks off!

Blog Photo 6A little too old for trick-or-treating? Never fear, Martinis & IMAX will celebrate Fright Night on October 31 from 7 p.m. -11 p.m.! Try our devilishly-delicious specialty cocktails and dance the night away with live music from Bogey and the Viceroy. Make sure to come dressed in your Halloween-best in order to walk away as the winner of our costume contest! Need a break from the scary good time? Never fear, we’ll also be serving up two killer IMAX® films: Pandas: The Journey Home and Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland. Guests will also get a special night time viewing of Fernbank’s new special exhibition Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear.


Admission to Fernbank BOO-seum and Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear is free with Museum admission. Museum ticket prices are $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for children ages two and under.  Fernbank members receive free Museum admission.

Tickets for Martinis & IMAX Fright Night, start at $8 for cover charge. Fernbank members do not have to pay a cover charge. Additional ticket options available online.

5 Things You Must See at Fernbank Museum


As one of the newest employees here at Fernbank Museum, I was excited to be granted this opportunity to walk around and think about which aspects of the Museum are my favorite. Mostly, I thought it would be interesting to call out some things that are frequently overlooked. During my time here I have learned that this Museum is a truly amazing place with fascinating things to see and experience around every corner. To learn more please visit FernbankMuseum.org or check us out on Facebook or Twitter. I hope you enjoy hearing about my five favorite things at Fernbank Museum of Natural History!

FloorsThe floors: Did you know that the floors throughout the Museum are made of fossils? I was so excited to learn this, and I thought it was incredibly unique. If you look closely you can see actual fossils from squids and shells on the very floors you’re walking on!

The Star Gallery: Walking into the Fernbank Star Gallery makes me feel like I’ve been transported to another world. The gorgeous ceiling definitely manages to capture some of the magnificence of space. There are even three flat screen TVs that tell you all about our solar system.



The IMAX Booth: If you have never seen the film behind the giant IMAX® screens, then you need to stop by the IMAX projection booth viewing window! Between film screenings, you can see behind the scenes as the projectionists prepare the next film. The sheer size of the film (and the 5-story screen) are amazing!

The Weather Center: In Sensing Nature there is a Weather Center that I find amazing. There are iPads available through which you can control the “wind tunnel,” as well as a green screen where you can try your hand at being a weatherman. It’s definitely a part of the Museum that I make sure to point out to guests!


Nature Quest: Fernbank Nature Quest is a favorite among visitors because it offers over 100 ways children can interact within the exhibition. I think one of the most unique elements is the fish mobile. With the turn of a wheel you can control the beautiful mobiles that hang from the ceiling and simulate waves as they move beneath the lights.