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Rancho Los Alamitos Holiday Open House!


 LONG BEACH, CA -- Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens­­ will hold a holiday open house December 16 through 20, 2009.

Visitors will be invited to take a delightful twilight walk through the Native Garden and encounter the beautiful folk art of traditional Hispanic holiday celebrations. As guests enjoy a warm beverage, they will be guided by docents along the garden paths lit with luminarias and thousands of twinkle lights. Continuing on the tour, holiday charm will glow as guests stroll through the gaily decorated ranch house rooms. Accented with legendary flowers, plants, greens and spices, docents will share lore associated with traditional holiday décor. There may even be an opportunity for guests to sneak a kiss under the mistletoe.

Following the tour of the Native Garden and ranch house, participants will enjoy the sounds of the season on the Music Patio while savoring light refreshments.

On Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th, families are invited to visit with Santa, craft a Native Garden Wreath, and enjoy the house and Native Garden tours.

Reservations are required to help manage limited parking space and to assure visitors an enjoyable and uncrowded visit. To make reservations, call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541 or download and mail the holiday activity flyer located on our website at

Open house hours will be as follows:
Wednesday, December 16, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Family Visits with Santa and Native Garden Wreath Craft)
Sunday, December 20 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Family Visits with Santa and Native Garden Wreath Craft)

Arrival time options are as follows:
1:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family of four payable at the door.

Rancho Los Alamitos is located at 6400 East Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815.  Parking will be available on site. For more information and to learn about other holiday events at the Rancho, visit the Rancho Los Alamitos website at

Rancho Los Alamitos is owned by the City of Long Beach and operated by Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation as a public/private cooperative venture under the auspices of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. The site is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and school tours are scheduled weekday mornings. Admission is free and parking is normally available on site.  For information about special events and programs, go to