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Coming up at Rancho Los Cerritos in December....
Old Time Christmas Festival, Unexpected Guests for the Holidays -- Christmas Candlelight Tours

Coming up at Rancho Los Cerritos in December....

Old Time Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 4, 1-4 PM

Suggested donation: $3

Experience 19th century Christmas traditions while learning a bit of history in one of Long Beach’s most historic homes! Explore the 1844 two-story adobe house, decorated for the season with evergreens, Toyon, fruit from the orchard, and handmade ornaments. Living history docents will be on hand to share holiday traditions from the past and provide information on the Temples and Bixbys, early owners of the 27,000-acre Rancho.

Throughout the afternoon there will be opportunities for children to make old-fashioned ornaments such as cotton and "scrap" Santas and cornucopias – patterned after those found in period magazines such as Harpers Monthly and St. Nicholas. Following in the tradition of children from the past, they can also craft gifts such as shell picture frames and bookmarks – for who doesn’t like a homemade, heartfelt present?! Storytellers will share popular tales from long ago, and children will have an opportunity to swing at a piñata. A visit with Santa will certainly add to the festivities – be sure to bring your camera!

All visitors will be entertained by live music, including a handbell choir from Valley Christian High School and the choral group “Women of Note.” Additionally, Michael Archuleta’s “Mariachi Trio” will perform seasonal favorites in both Spanish and English. Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon, and decorative ornaments, gourmet jellies, children’s toys and handmade Christmas crafts will be available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.

Tickets on sale now....

Unexpected Guests for the Holidays -- Christmas Candlelight Tours

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11

Tours every 10 minutes between 5:30-7:30 PM

$12/$10 for museum members

Step back in time to December 23, 1878 and celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos! Tour the decorated adobe home with a costumed living history docent, and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch as they share holiday traditions and discuss daily life in the Los Angeles area through theatrical vignettes. You’ll hear how the Mexican, Basque, Irish and Chinese workers will spend the holidays, learn about advances in transportation and technology, and share in the children’s joy as they wrap gifts and prepare to decorate the tree. Your magical candlelit evening will conclude with light refreshments and live music in the gardens.

Tickets are on sale now and will not be sold at the door. To reserve your candlelit journey back in time, stop by the Rancho, call 562/570-1755, or download the form from the website:

Looking for unique holiday gifts?
Check out the Rancho’s Museum Shop for decorative ornaments and holiday wreathes, gourmet jellies, children’s toys, and a wide array of books on California history. We also have Rancho-themed mugs, aprons and scarves, and handmade gifts fashioned from the Rancho’s gardens and trees. The Museum Shop is open during public hours Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 PM, as well as during the Old Time Christmas Festival and Candlelight Tours.

Please note we will be closed December 24, 25 & 31, and January 1, 2012.

In the meantime....

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site

4600 Virginia Road + Long Beach

(562) 570-1755