Annual Tree Festival offered at Micke Grove

The annual tree festival returns to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Park on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, with Friday afternoon, December 3, for seniors only. Micke Grove Park is located at 11793 Micke Grove Road, Lodi.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 2-12. Children under 2 years old are free. Senior Preview Day runs from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, December 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 crafts. Visits from Santa Claus, tractor wagon rides, 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. It is the volunteers who support the museum’s educational programs, visitor services, maintenance and fundraising. Net proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit Valley Days, Pioneer School, Grandmother’s Trunk, Farm to Fork and museums educational programs.

The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum reveals the area’s rich heritage, from the Miwok and Yokut Indians to Charles Weber (Stockton’s founder and the area’s first farmer) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibition buildings and four historic buildings. It is home to the hugely 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 exhibit of native habitats and the Delta Water Path.

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