• Pose for a picture with Santa.

Family Past Times

Tree Treasures

On Saturday, December 2, children will discover the treasures of a Victorian Christmas tree during Tree Treasures. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., your family can prepare for an old-fashioned holiday season by creating their own Victorian ornaments.

At 1 p.m., join us for a Courthouse Docket presentation--a performance by the San Francisco State Handbell Choir in our Historic Courtroom A.

Tree Treasures is held in conjunction with Redwood City's Hometown Holidays celebration.

According to legend, the first Christmas tree was decorated in Germany. While German immigrants brought the tradition to North America, it did not become widely popular until the Victorian period. Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, a German prince, introduced the idea in England. 

People made their own ornaments for early Victorian Christmas trees. They hung fancy cakes, gingerbreads and cornucopias filled with sweets and nuts on their trees. By the late 1800s, people decorated trees with many store-bought ornaments such as metal Dresdens. 

Hands-On Activities

During Tree Treasures, kids can:

  • Paint “gingerbread” ornaments
  • Make glittering gewgaws and Dresdens
  • Create cornucopias to fill with treats
  • String garlands to hang on the tree.


Family Past Times

A Family Past Times is a fun-filled exploration of history featuring arts, crafts and hands-on demonstrations at the History Musem.