Rancho Los Cerritos

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Rancho Los Cerritos presents ''Unexpected Guests for the Holidays''

Friday, December 7 &
Saturday, December 8
Tours starting every few minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Advance reservations required

Tickets are on sale now for your magical journey to Christmas past. . . . You won't want to miss traveling by stagecoach to Los Angeles in 1878, only to have the dense fog force an unexpected stop at Rancho Los Cerritos. This turns out to be a pleasant interlude, as the Bixby family, their guests and ranch workers welcome you warmly and share their preparations for the holidays. Costumed docents will guide you through the adobe house by lamplight, where you can compare modern holiday traditions with yesteryear's. Living history presentations will also touch on technological advances in Los Angeles (gas lighting has arrived!), the Chinese community, church and charity, sheep ranching and more, to provide an intriguing glimpse of the Los Angeles region almost 130 years ago.

This is a great way to start the holiday season! Tickets are $10 each, $8 for members, and include the candlelight tour, live music and light refreshments. To purchase, please contact the Rancho at 562/570-1755 or pick up a flyer at your local library.

And plan ahead... Our annual Christmas Open House for families will take place on Sunday, December 16, from 1-4.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach
(562) 570-1755

Travel back in time to December 23, 1878 as the Bixbys host unexpected guests who get lost in heavy fog en-route to Los Angeles. Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch in the years before Long Beach was founded.

A costumed docent will guide guests through the adobe house by lamplight where they compare today's traditions with yesterday's by learning about 19 th century holiday festivities and social attractions. Lively conversations will also bring guests up-to-date on the sheep ranching business, new technological inventions and the latest happenings in Los Angeles, providing a glimpse of daily life 120 years ago.

The evening concludes with hot spiced cider and gingerbread, live music, and a chance to browse our unique holiday gift shop. Don't miss a chance to experience this magical event and get into the holiday spirit at the home where Long Beach began!

$10 per person (children 3 and under are free). Space is limited and reservations are required.To purchase tickets or for further information, please call (562) 570-1755.
Christmas Open House

Sunday, December 16, 1-4 p.m.--Free
Experience 19th century Christmas traditions while learning about Long Beach?¢'s local history at Rancho Los Cerritos annual Christmas Open House.

Guests may explore the adobe home, decorated for the season, and discover 19th century Mexican and American holiday traditions. Children can participate in crafts and activities from the California frontier, and will be able to take home their own hand-made decorations. Pita breaking, storytelling and a visit from Santa will certainly make this a memorable event!

Entertainment will include caroling by The Ovations and traditional Christmas Carolers, Alina Menedez who will share stories and Christmas music of Mexico, and a group of instrumentalists performing on the recorder. Free refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. Decorative ornaments, gourmet jellies, children's toys and handmade Christmas crafts will also be available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop.
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