California Christmas


California House Museum Holidays

ANAHEIM: Victorian Christmas Open House, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  at Mother Colony and Woelke-Stoffel Houses. This family-friendly celebration features Victorian-style decorations and volunteer docents in their best on Saturday, Dec.7, Dec. 14, 2019 & Jan. 4, 2020 Foundersí Park, 400 N. West Street Anaheim, CA 92801 The Open House Tours are free and open to the public,

ARCADIA: Queen Anne Cottage An Old-Fashioned Holiday at Queen Anne Cottage December 9, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
$10 general admission, $5 tour fee
Space is limited
Stroll down memory lane and view treasures and furnishings normally seen only through the windows of the charming Victorian-era cottage, The cottage has become a Southland tradition for holiday visitors from near and far. Tours will be available throughout the day. Visitors will learn about the history of the Queen Anne Cottage.

BEVERLY HILLS: Greystone Mansion Christmas Matters Holiday Carolers December 1-2, 2018, 12-4 p.m.
905 Loma Vista Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA
Tickets: $

CAMARILLO: Christmas at the Ranch December 5, 12 & 19, 2018, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Camarillo Ranch
201 Camarillo Ranch Road
Camarillo, CA

Guests experience a true Victorian Christmas while touring Adolfo's 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home lavishly decorated for the holidays.

CAMPBELL: Ainsley House Holiday Open House December 13 & 16, 2018,  5:30-8 p.m.
Tickets $15
View and tour the home decorated with enchanting holiday decor, enjoy holiday music and appetizers/refreshments at the Carriage House.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum store Carriage House or the Campbell Historical Museum Office (51 N. Central Avenue)
Christmas Around the World: Holiday Tours at the Ainsley House In 1925, the Ainsley family was preparing to move into their new home just in time for the holidays. Ninety years later you can enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the Ainsley House. All fifteen rooms are decorated by local designers, decorators, florists and volunteers who will transform the Tudor style house into a holiday wonderland based around the theme of Christmas Around the World. The Museum Foundation opens holiday boutique and offers special delights for the holiday shopper.

CHICO: Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas
December 6-8, 2019
307 W 5th St.
Chico, CA 95928
Friday, December 6, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

CHICO: Bidwell Mansion Holiday Open House December 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
California State Parks evening tours of the all three floors of the Bidwell Mansion begin in the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park Visitor Center
525 Esplanade
Chico, CA
Free but tickets are required for each performance:
 The Mansion is decorated in Victorian holiday style. Staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes will be available to answer questions or provide insight into the history of this special home. The Open House welcomes all ages and is free to the public, but tickets are required for each performance. Musical presentations will take place inside the Mansion.

DUBLIN:  Hands-On History December 1, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
 Dublin Heritage Park and Museums
6600 Donlon Way
Dublin, CA 94568
Take a guided tour of the Kolb House and create old-fashioned holiday decorations for your home. See how the house was decorated by the Kolb family for their annual holiday celebrations during the early 20th century, and learn how they celebrated with their family and friends. Fun for the whole family!

FERNDALE: Fern Cottage Annual Holiday Open House no info as of 11/25/18
December 9-10, 2017, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fern Cottage
2121 Centerville Rd.
Ferndale, CA
Get in the Spirit with beautiful decor, delicious treats and friends from the community. December 9th and 10th Noon till 4:00pm. 10$ Per person or bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive a discounted admission.

FREMONT Christmas at Patterson House
Christmas Splendor December 7, 2018, 5-8:45 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont, CA 94555
Holiday Open House: December 8, 2017,
$7 in advance, $8 at the door, 12 yrs. & under FREE!
- Live music
- Refreshments
- Decorated Christmas Trees
- Victorian-style holiday ornaments

FRESNO: A Fabulous 40s Christmas Celebration at Kearney Mansion Museum December 9, 2018, 1-4 p.m. $20-25,

Victorian Christmas December 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2018
Enjoy Kearney Mansion decorated for the holidays. Shop for gifts reminiscent of Christmas past in the Kearney Mansion Museum Store. Christmas at Kearney public tours are offered . Tours begin at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. $10 adults $8 seniors/students $6 children,  Kearney Park charges a $5 per car admission fee that is separate from the Kearney Mansion admission fee.

FRESNO Meux Home Museum Holiday Tours and Victorian Tea December 8, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Meux Home Museum
1007 R. Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Decorated for the holidays, guests can take tours of this wonderful residence.

GARDEN GROVE: Stanley Ranch Museum Holiday Sale November 30-December 1, 2018, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
12174 Euclid Ave.
Garden Grove, CA
(714) 530-8871
Operated by volunteers of the Garden Grove Historical Society

HAYWARD: Christmas at Historic McConaghy House December 1, 2, 8, 15, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Holiday Festival at McConaghy House  Open House.
$5 approx. admission
18701 Hesperian Boulevard Hayward, CA 94541
Adorned in cheer and ornaments for the season, the historic McConaghy House is decked out and welcomes Santa Claus.  Activities include making tree ornaments and holiday crafts.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Newland House Museum Holiday Open House December 8, 2018

LAKE FOREST: Heritage Hill Candlelight Walk December 7-9, 2018, 5:30-9 p.m.
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Admission: $5, free under age 3 years
More than 1,000 luminaries will light the park's pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music. Take a stroll along Luminaria-lit pathways as you gaze at the historical buildings adorned with festive decor. The park and historical buildings are aglow with Christmas lights and holiday decoration. Docents share each building's history, and Victorian carolers and musical performers filling the night air with seasonal songs. Listen to OC Libraries share winter tales via storytelling, and have a chance to meet Santa! Light refreshments are available for purchase.

LONG BEACH: Victorian Christmas at the Historic Bembridge House Holiday Tours
Evening Tours December 7 & 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m. $20
Family Holiday Event December 2, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $15
Daytime Tours December 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 & 22, 2018, 1-3 p.m. $15
Bembridge House
953 Park Circle - Long Beach
Park Circle is at the west end of Tenth Street, west of Magnolia
Long Beach, CA
Traditions - The holidays as you'd like to remember them! Leap back more than a century and experience a family style celebration in the lovingly decorated historic house.

LONG BEACH: Rancho Los Cerritos Old Time Christmas Festival December 9, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
4600 Virginia Rd.
Long Beach, CA
$5 tickets online
In the past, no tickets were sold at the door.
Featuring costumed docents, festive holiday music, old-fashioned crafts, and light refreshments. Step back in time and celebrate Christmas in 1878! Tour the decorated home. The Museum Shop will also be open for holiday shopping.

LOS ANGELES: Heritage Square Museum Holiday Lamplight Celebration December 1-2, 2018, 4-8 pm.
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
$45, $15 over 6 years, reservations required,
Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration
Witness as the past becomes the present among the beautiful glow of Victorian homes at Heritage Square at the 24th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration among the glow of our Victorian homes. Reserved tours begin every 20 minutes beginning at 4  p.m. Lamplight Celebration includes a festive wine & cheese reception and desserts. 

LOS ANGELES: Grier House Victorian Christmas House Tour December 2, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
A tour of a historic Victorian house of 1898, includes refreshments. $12 RSVP: (213) 413-1814
403 South Bonnie Brae Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

MARTINEZ: Martinez Adobe Las Posadas December 1, 2018, 1:30-4 p.m.
4202 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA
Free, |
This is a holiday tradition in certain countries of the Americas. Enjoy a free bilingual program of music and history at the Martinez Adobe, part of the John Muir NHS. It includes a sing-along in the visitor center.  National Park Service presents Spanish Choir of St. Catherine of Siena Church for music, history, and Las Posadas holiday traditions. In the 16th century Spanish missionaries noticed the indigenous people had a ceremony that fell during Christmastime. Las Posadas was developed to convert the native tradition to the Catholic faith. This program includes some religious elements for educational and cultural purposes and to share the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. People of all faiths are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

MENDOCINO: Kelly House Museum Holiday 
Decorated for the Holiday December no info as of 11/25/18
Holiday Walking Tours during Christmas holidays.

MOUNTAIN VIEW: The Rengstorff House 
3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

OAKLAND: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate A Holiday Tradition Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA 94605

$ reservations required,
High Tea- December 9, 2018, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
December 15, 2018, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Mansion Tours December 8-22, 2018, 12-4 p.m.
Brunch with Santa December 16, 2018, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walk through Winter Wonderland  December 8-22, 2018, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 
The 16,000 square foot, 37-room mansion requires more than 2,000 hours to transform into a breathtaking masterpiece of an Edwardian holiday. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations to provide you with ideas for your own home decorations.

OAKLAND: Camron-Stanford House Holiday Open House December 2, 2018, 1-4 p.m.
Camron-Stanford House
1418 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
$free on this day,
Step back into Christmas past and learn where many traditions began. See current exhibit, A Gingerbread Christmas.

PORTERVILLE: Zalud House Old Fashioned Christmas Candlelight Tours December 7-15, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
December 7, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 14, 2018
December 15, 2018
Zalud House
393 N. Hockett St.
Porterville, CA 93257
$3 approx.,
Seasonal Displays & Vintage Decorations Guided Tours and Refreshments

SAN FRANCISCO: Haas-Lilienthal House Holiday Open House December 2, 2018, 12- 3 p.m.
2007 Franklin
San Francisco, CA
$15, - register online
Enjoy some holiday cheer, festive buffet, music, and a visit from Santa! Heritage will also hold a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots during the Holiday Open House.

SAN JOSE: Winchester Mystery House Museum The Spirit of Christmas November 16-December 31, 2018
Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA

SAN RAMON: Victorian Holiday on the Farm at Glass House Museum December 8, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Glass House Museum Holiday
Tickets are
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon CA
Free family activities, $5 tours payable at the door with credit card only, |
See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass House Museum. Built in 1877, this fully restored home will be decorated in old-fashioned Christmas finery. After the tour, Children can visit the activity room to make their own Christmas calling card to take home.

WILMINGTON: Banning Museum Victorian Christmas Weekend Celebration December 1 & 2, 2018, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
401 East M Street
Wilmington, CA 90744
Banning Museum Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration and Open House! Due to the generosity of sponsors, event admission is FREE! Visitors will enjoy period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children's craft, a blacksmith, a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum as well as local food and craft vendors.

WOODSIDE: Filoli Holiday Traditions November 17-December 23, 2018
$25 daytime admission, $35 evening admission, - get tickets online
Over the past century, the holidays have been special times at Filoli. Celebrate! 100 Years of Holidays

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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