• Take pictures with Santa in our Rotunda!

Family Past Times

Holiday Traditions from Around the World

On Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the History Museum will celebrate Holiday Traditions from Around the World. Since the Gold Rush, immigrants came to the county from countries around the world. When they came, they brought with them customs from their homelands. The day’s craft activities explore some of the holiday traditions that immigrants brought with them to the Peninsula.

Holiday Traditions from Around the World is held in conjunction with Redwood City's Hometown Holidays celebration.

Hands-on Activities

Among the crafts, kids can create the following:

• Tambourine from Portugal.  

• St. Nicholas Day Shoes from Germany.  

• Parol from the Philippines.  

• Dreidel. A four-sided spinning top, played during Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

• St. Lucia Crown from Sweden.  

• Hagoita, a piece from a traditional Japanese New Year’s game.

Handbell Performance

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. 

Pictures with Santa

Free photographs with Santa are available in museum rotunda in cooperation with Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays celebration. There will be a special entrance on the Middlefield Road side of the History Museum for those wishing to take pictures with Santa. Entrance to the crafts and general admission will remain through the main entrance on Broadway.