Throw away the cares of the 21st century and join us for an old-fashioned Christmas in the heart of the Gold Country! There’s no better way to ring in the holidays.
In this annual family celebration, and annual fundraiser for Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, local volunteers recreate an 1850s country Christmas. Enjoy 19th century Christmas programs and plays. Pick up a freshly-made wreath to decorate your home, or go to the wreath-making booth and build your own. Costumed volunteers will be happy to share the art of corn-husk doll making or rope making with you and your children, and vendors will sell you beautiful hand-made crafts and products — great for gifts and for your own house.
Of course our old-fashioned Santa Claus will be there to talk with your children. This is the place to get your photographs with Santa! Your kids can enjoy trying out old-fashioned children’s games, including our pioneer bowling lane. They can also play on our hill of snow brought fresh from the mountains for their enjoyment!
When you get hungry, visit the food vendors for pioneer cooking or old-fashioned goodies, or try some fresh, hot roasted chestnuts. All funds raised over the weekend go right back into programs at the Park – come back all year round!
The Nature Center of the American River Conservancy, located on Hwy 49 in the Park, will have hot apple cider available, along with music and crafts activities for young people.