The annual Festival of Trees returns to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, with Friday afternoon, Dec. 3 set aside for senior citizens. Micke Grove Park is at 11793 Micke Grove Road, Lodi.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children aged 2-12. Children under 2 are free. The Senior Preview Day runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Pre-purchased tickets include free parking. For tickets or information, contact the Museum at (209) 331-2055 or visit www.sanjoaquinhistory.org.
This unique San Joaquin County Christmas tradition is celebrated at the museum with more than 60 decorated trees, children’s activities and make-and-take crafts. Santa visits, rides on a tractor-driven wagon, historical exhibits and live entertainment highlight the two-day affair. Food is available for purchase.
The Festival of Trees is a project of the museum’s Docent Council. They are the volunteers who support the museum’s educational programs, visitor services, maintenance and fundraising. Net profits from The Festival of Trees benefit Valley Days, Pioneer School, Grandmother’s Trunk, Farm to Fork, and museum educational programs.
The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings. It is home to the very popular Valley Days, an award-winning living history educational program for third, fourth and fifth graders. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path.