Your one stop shop for all events, workshops, lectures
and other fun happenings at Rancho Los Cerritos.

Upcoming Calendar:     November - December 2014

 Museum Public Hours:

 Wednesday - Sunday 1-5 p.m.
NOTE: The Rancho will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27th & 28th.

Phone: (562) 206-2040
Fax: (562)


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Old Time Christmas Festival


Sunday, December 7 - 1-4 p.m.


The popular Old Time Christmas Festival is returning to Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site on Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. People of all ages can experience and celebrate Victorian era Christmas traditions while learning about local history in one of Long Beach’s most historic homes. Admission is $3 per person, 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!

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, and joyful holiday music will fill the air. Decorative ornaments, gourmet jellies, old-fashioned children’s toys, and unique handmade Christmas gifts will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

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Holiday Tea


Tuesday, December 9 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Advance Registration Required


Experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions at a Holiday Tea, featuring finger sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 170 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and an opportunity to chat with costumed docents who will bring the history of the season’s festivities to life. The home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms, may be toured throughout the morning.

The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m., and costs $20 per person. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.

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Cocoa With Santa


Tuesday, December 9 - 4-5:30 p.m.
Advance Registration Required


Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 9, when children are invited to have Cocoa with Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and wee marshmallows, make a holiday craft, delight in Christmas stories, and tour the beautifully decorated 170 year old adobe house to learn how Victorian-era kids celebrated the holidays. They will also have a chance to share their holiday wishes with Santa and have their pictures taken. Parents are welcome to take photos, and the Rancho will mail a special photo card after the event.

Cocoa with Santa is ideal for elementary-aged children. The program begins at 4:00pm and admission is $10 per person. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.

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A Rancho Christmas: Illuminating The Past


Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Advance Registration Required


A feast for the senses awaits you as you step back into Victorian-era California to celebrate the Christmas season at Rancho Los Cerritos. The adobe home will showcase extravagant decorations and the museum's collections, with exhibits on Christmas trees, Santa Claus, gift giving, holiday meals, entertainment, charity, and fashion.

Groups will embark every half hour, starting at 6:30. Following their visit throughout the adobe home, guests will enjoy festive holiday music, light refreshments, and shopping for unique gifts in the Museum Shop.

Tickets are $15 per person, and are sold on a first come, first served, basis. Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable. To order tickets, please complete and return the Reservation Form, or call (562) 206-2040 to make reservations over the phone.

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Creation Station - Winter Wonderland


Saturday, January 3 - 1-4 p.m.


Children, ages 6-11, are invited to participate in Creation Station, a free drop-in craft program. January’s theme, Winter Wonderland, will include take-home crafts and activities that feature snowmen, snowflakes, and sparkly candles. The program takes place at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site on Saturday, January 3, and runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for children to explore their creativity in a unique historical setting. Families can choose to drop by anytime from 1-4 p.m.; no reservations required. Garden tours are offered at 2:30 p.m., and house tours are available from 1-4:15 p.m. Creation Station continues on the first Saturday of the month through June.

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