2019 Winter Holiday Events

Through Monday, December 23

  • California State Capitol – Holiday Music Program: Festive music and celebration began at our Capitol as early as December 1869, during its triumphant opening. Since 1996 the California State Capitol Museum, in association with the Legislature, the Governor’s Office and the Department of General Services, has worked to restore holiday traditions inside the Capitol with daily musical concerts and early 20th-century decorations. Daily performances in the Capitol Rotunda. More Information.

Through Tuesday, December 31

  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Holiday Tours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On various days through December 31, the historic Adamson House is offering special holiday tours. Enjoy lighted Christmas trees, yuletide music, historical decorations, hot apple cider and snacks and a tour of the house. $25 for adults, $10 for ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and under. More information.

Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7

  • Columbia State Historic Park – Lamp Light Tours: December 6, begins 6:30 p.m. with last tour at 7:30 p.m.; December 7, begins at 5:30 p.m. with last tour at 7:15 p.m. Tours every 15 minutes. It’s Christmastime in Columbia in the 1850s. Enjoy a reenactment to give you a peek into the actions, conversations and competitive nature of the townspeople, as you travel through a dozen or so interpretive venues and scenes. More information.

Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8

  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – Christmas in Coloma: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy old-fashioned Christmas activities, including wreath-making, live music, wagon rides and warm refreshments. The park’s historic buildings will be decorated and open to the public with costumed docents at each house to relate the history of the buildings. More information.

Saturday, December 7

  • Shasta State Historic Park – “Old Time Holiday” Celebration: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The National Park Service and California State Parks partners for their “Old Time Holiday” celebration, which will feature candle-making, ornament-making, music, treats, Backcountry Horsemen, beverages and more. More information.

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park – Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: 11 a.m. Enjoy a festive 1.5-hour walk with Docent Karen DeMello. Listen to the “Nutcracker Suite” and imagine the forest performing the ballet along the easy, level Redwood Loop Trail. More information.

  • Wilder Ranch State Park – Holidays on the Ranch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century. Enjoy wreath-making, an old-fashioned sing-along, holiday crafts, games, a draft-horse carriage ride, tree decorating and more. More information.

  • Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park – Holidays on the Homestead: 5 to 8 p.m. The museum’s historic grounds will be decorated in vintage holiday style and feature music around a campfire, a chili cook-off, tours of the grounds, a craft boutique, cowboy coffee, hot chocolate and cider. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under. More information.

  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area – Gold Country 4x4 Toy Run: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Event at Nimbus Flat that includes a toy drop-off, kids’ activities, a snack bar, picture displays and a DJ with Christmas music. More information.

  • Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe – Public Open House: Festivos en el Rancho!: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season at the Castro Adobe with Mexican hot chocolate and live holiday music. More information.

Sunday, December 8

  • Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park – Holiday Open House: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances will be at each hour. Enjoy musical performances in the parlor of the mansion and refreshments in the visitor center. More information.

  • Columbia State Historic Park – Christmas Equestrian Parade: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us at the Columbia State Park Christmas Parade and add color and fun to your holiday season! Bring your kids! See horses, mules, donkeys, ponies and draft horses, their riders and drivers, colorfully decked out in holiday style in the parade on Columbia’s Main Street. More information.

Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14

  • Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park – Holiday Tours: 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening tour features the mansion decorated in Victorian holiday style. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in period costumes to provide insight into the history of this special home. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for ages under 12. More information.

  • Monterey State Historic Park – Christmas in the Adobes: 5 to 9 p.m. The 36th annual Christmas in the Adobes is a community celebration to ring in the holiday season. The evening event features 23 historic adobes for you to visit on foot, with volunteers dressed in period attire and many venues offering music, holiday treats and entertainment. Single-night tickets are $25; two-night tickets are $40; for families with paid adult tickets, ages 6 to 17 are $2 and ages 5 and under are free. More information


Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15

  • Columbia State Historic Park – A Miner’s Christmas: Noon to 3 p.m. The park’s docents will be out in costume to offer a unique glimpse at winter in the mining camp. Visitors can try roasted chestnuts, make crafts and visit with Father Christmas. More information.

Saturday, December 14

  • Anderson Marsh State Historic Park – Victorian Christmas at the Ranch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy Christmas decorations, music, a visit from Santa, refreshments and more at the historic Ranch House at the park. More information.

  • Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – “Hands on History: A Simple Immigrant Christmas”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the fort to experience a variety of holiday traditions and activities similar to what early immigrants enjoyed. Also, participate in activities such as dipping and creating holiday candles, crafting ornaments, decorating cookies, tasting apple cider and more. $7 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and under. More information.

  • Sonoma State Historic Park – Holidays on the Northern Frontier: 4 to 8 p.m. Downtown buildings of the park will be open and festively lit. Enjoy live music and discover Sonoma’s Italian roots with a docent tour of Toscano Kitchen. Enjoy holiday refreshments, craft activities and a sing-along in the Mission Chapel with the Sonoma Valley High School Madrigal Choir. More information.

  • Lake Perris State Recreation Area – “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade: 5 p.m. Celebrate the season at this holiday boat parade event. Enter your vessel, and enjoy music, food, coloring contests for kids and a visit with Santa Claus. More information.

  • William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park – Pioneer Christmas Party: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy early holiday traditions of the north valley. More information.

Sunday, December 15

  • Huntington State Beach – Santa Claus for a Cause Race: 9 a.m. Put a healthy kick into your Christmas at this holiday run. View website for fee information and route details. More information.

Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22

  • Columbia State Historic Park – A Miner’s Christmas: Noon to 3 p.m. The park’s docents will be out in costume to offer a unique glimpse at winter in the mining camp. Visitors can try roasted chestnuts, make crafts and visit with Father Christmas. More information.