November 29, 2011 > Christmas at Ardenwood
Christmas at Ardenwood
By Nisha Patel
Photos By Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District
Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont will host a weekend filled with holiday activities for families to celebrate the festive season. On December 3 and 4 visitors have an opportunity to visit the beautifully decorated Patterson House within the farm, sing Christmas carols, and make holiday crafts. On both days, there will be train rides, sales of hand-crafted gifts, and visits from Father Christmas celebrating the holiday in a unique Victorian style.
Puppet shows at 1:30 p.m. on both days will be performed by the acclaimed "Puppet Company." Saturday's show will be the dazzling classic "A Time to be Jolly," and Sunday's show the interactive holiday marionette version of "The Nutcracker." A traditional Yule Log hunt will take place on both days as well. After the farmyard bell is rung, individuals will search for good luck for the coming year by finding and taking a piece of the Yule Log home with them.
Another interactive activity at 2 p.m.; a Victorian style community dance led by caller Alan Winston and members of the Bay Area Contra Dance Society complete with live music accompaniment by "Broceliande."
Live performances by "The Jazzinators" directed by John Soulis, and "Christmas Caroling and Wassailing the Orchard" will include holiday favorites. In addition, flute music by Kristin Brooks-Davidman's students at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the train station and Patterson House will fill the air as well as Denis D'Aoust singing and playing accordion at 11:30 a.m. and noon. David Maloney will add to the festivities with a guitar holiday sing-along for children of all ages.
On both days, the cookie baking contest requires participants to bring a dozen of their favorite holiday cookies along with a recipe to share. Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes along with a family pass to Ardenwood. Entries are due by 11 a.m. at the Country Kitchen; winners will be announced at noon.
Christmas at Ardenwood will be a festive event of the holiday season with a Victorian twist. Activities reflect this theme and provide an entertaining atmosphere for families to enjoy and celebrate the season. This is a classic venue with unique charm... not to be missed!
Christmas at Ardenwood
Saturday, Dec 3 and Sunday, Dec 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544- 2797
Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 kids ages 4-17, kids three and under are free