Anytime is a good time to visit San Joaquin County’s historical museum in Micke Grove Park south of Lodi, but December is the “put it on your calendar” time. In December, the museum complex comes alive with both Christmas cheer and the stunning Festival of Trees!
With more than 70 beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s 23rd annual Festival of Trees is Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, from 10am to 4pm at the museum.
Docents in vintage Victorian pioneer clothing will greet visitors, further creating the feeling that guest have stepped back in time to celebrate Christmas. The museum’s exhibit buildings will overflow with scores of festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups from throughout San Joaquin County.
The festival also features holiday exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and many activities including vintage craft demonstrations like woodcarving, woodturning, jewelry making and quilting. Children can partake in numerous hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making cornhusk dolls, dipped candles, and punched tin ornaments. A nominal fee is charged of $1–$3 for children to make the crafts. Kids will be able to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and families can purchase photographs of their children with Santa.
Entertainment fills both days; food and drink will be available for purchase. In addition to all the holiday festivities and decorated trees, visitors will enjoy the museum’s historical exhibits. The county museum features one of the largest collections of tractors, agriculture equipment and tools west of the Mississippi.
General admission tickets are $10, and $1 for children 2 to 12 years old (kids under 2 are admitted free). Tickets may be purchased at the event.