Parks and Rec

Get into the Holiday Spirit at Rancho Guajome Adobe


Hark back to simpler times and discover what the holidays were like in San Diego County in the mid-1800s.

Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista will revisit those days with its annual Rancho Christmas celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1.   

The historic adobe’s 28 rooms and two large courtyards will be festooned with more than 100 wreaths, garlands and centerpieces, all made from natural materials and setting the scene for an old-fashioned holiday.

Children will get a chance to make corn husk dolls and experiment with candle dipping and weaving. They can also get their faces painted and then hop on board a tractor-drawn wagon for a tour of the park.     

The little ones can stand back and watch as blacksmiths ply their trade and get a little closer to see how wood carvers and lace makers create their works of art.

The celebration will also include live music, Ballet Folklorico performances and even Native American storytelling. Visitors who linger Saturday will find a special treat in store at 4 p.m. They can enjoy hot cider as Christmas carolers fill the air with holiday music and luminarias light the night with a soft glow. 

Tickets for the Rancho Christmas festivities are $5 for those who are age 13 and older, $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 3 years old. Parking is free.

Rancho Guajome Adobe is located at 2210 North Santa Fe in Vista. For more information, call (760) 724-4082.






Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact