Home for the Holidays at Carolwood

  • Date

    Nov 9, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018
  • Cost

    FREE for members or with paid museum admission
  • Location

    Theater Gallery

The Walt Disney Family Museum is excited to continue our holiday tradition of Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, an immersive seasonal installation celebrating Walt’s family and love of trains, on view from November 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018.

The installation includes an elaborate three-dimensional model of the Disney Family home on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles—featuring Walt’s personal steam locomotive, the Lilly Belle, chugging along his Carolwood Pacific Fair Weather Route.

The intricate scale model will be on view for the entire duration of the installation, however, it will be decorated with seasonal lights ceremoniously illuminated during Walt’s birthday celebration, Tuesday, December 4. Beginning December 6, the museum will invite one lucky guest to be the first to flip the switch each morning after.

New this year, the exhibition will also allow visitors a look inside the caboose car of the original Lilly Belle. The caboose car is fully furnished and was entirely constructed and decorated by Walt Disney himself. 

To further experience the holiday season at the Disney family home, images of Christmas cards from The Walt Disney Company and Disney artists, along with personal snapshots depicting Walt and his family, will fill the gallery with holiday cheer. Beloved Disney characters, seen in animation art and ephemera, add to the festive holiday experience. Walt’s original Carolwood train caboose will be on display at the entry to the gallery and will provide visitors with a glimpse into Walt’s meticulously handcrafted interiors.

Complementing this exhibition are December screenings of Christmas with Walt Disney, a film exclusively made for and shown only at The Walt Disney Family Museum during the holidays.

Home for the Holidays was previously on view November 17, 2016 to January 9, 2017.