The Christmas Lecture On

XMAS 2014
45th Anniversary

We received an overwhelming response
for our 45th annual Christmas Program.

It is with thanks and appreciation
that we announce that our tickets are


We will respond to all ticket request forms we receive, so if you sent in a request and have not yet received a response,
you should be getting a letter soon. We will honor ticket requests in the order they were received.

Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri
will air on local television three times this holiday season.

On Wisconsin Public Television:
Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, Decemeber 25 at 2:00 p.m.

On the Wisconsin Channel:
Saturday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Check local listings for telecast times elsewhere around the country.


View the 2013 Program Booklet (pdf)


Balloon Flame Jim Maynard Hot book
Bassam kicks off the show by igniting some balloons, always a crowd pleaser. Lecture demonstrator Jim Maynard performs the N2OCS2 demo in the dark. "Let me just check the instructions for the next demonstration in this book ..."
Briggs-Rauscher Reaction Musical Interlude Rodney Schreiner
The Briggs-Rauscher Reaction features dramatic color changes. Prof. Marc Fink and Hinano Ishii visit the lab for a musical interlude. Dr. Rodney Schreiner has collaborated on 43 of the 44 Christmas Lectures.
Flame Steps Science Fans Science Fans
How did the flame leap up the stairs? Some young science fans greet Bassam after the show. Fr. John Silva and students from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Monona



Welcome to the show! Flame With Lauren
Bassam waves hello to the audience at the start of the show. Spraying metal salts into a flame produces beautiful colors. Lauren Buchanan tests the conductivity of different liquids.
With Santa Silver Mirror The crew
Santa presents Bassam with a periodic table blanket from the ACS. What a beautiful Christmas ornament! Enjoying a round of applause after the show.

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Past Christmas Lectures are available on DVD!
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