Parks and Rec

Time Travel to the 1800s for a Rancho Christmas

Want your kids to set aside those electronics for at least a short time?

Promise them a trip back in time to the mid-1800s and transport them to an old-fashioned Rancho Christmas at Rancho Guajome Adobe in Vista.

The kids will see how San Diego County celebrated the holidays during simpler times. The little ones can make their own cornhusk dolls, dip candles and experiment with weaving. They’ll be able to watch a blacksmith ply his trade and draw even nearer to see how artists create lace or wood carvings.

The historic adobe itself will be a sight to see with its 22 rooms and two large courtyards festooned with more than 100 wreaths, garlands and centerpieces – all made from natural materials. Visitors can stroll through the 7,000-square-foot building and once they’re back outside, sit for a spell for some Native American storytelling or colorful Ballet Folklorico dance performances. They can also hop on board a tractor-drawn wagon for a tour of the 112-acre park.

The day will close with carolers singing traditional holiday music and luminarias casting their soft light across the grounds.

The cost of tickets for this trip back in time will be $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and $5 for those 13 and older. The children’s activities are free with paid admission and parking is also free.

Rancho Christmas runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Rancho Guajome Adobe is located at 2210 North Santa Fe Ave. in Vista. For more information, call (760) 724-4082 or email Senior Park Ranger Hector Live at

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