Old Time Christmas Festival at Rancho Los Cerritos, December 9

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rancho los cerritosRancho Los Cerritos announces an Old Time Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 9 between 1-4 p.m. People of all ages can experience and celebrate 19th century Christmas traditions from the California frontier while learning about history in one of Long Beach’s most historic homes. A $3 donation is suggested, or $10 for families.

During this family festival, children can make old-fashioned holiday decorations and gifts. There will be engaging storytellers to share popular tales from long ago, and even Santa has said he’ll pay a visit! All afternoon, the Rancho will be filled with joyful music, including the jazzy Christmas tunes of Christine Guter, the handbell choir from Valley Christian High School, the festive choral music of Women of Note, and the classical guitar sounds of Will Brahm.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the 1844 two-story adobe house, which will be colorfully decorated for the season. Costumed docents will share holiday traditions from the past and provide stories about the Temples and Bixbys, early owners of the 27,000-acre Rancho.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon. Decorative ornaments, gourmet jellies, old-fashioned children’s toys, and unique handmade Christmas gifts will be available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.

Rancho Los Cerritos is at 4600 Virginia Road in Long Beach. The 1844 adobe home will be adorned with Victorian greenery and decorations throughout the holiday season and can be toured during public hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Rancho will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2012, and January 1, 2013.

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