"Hands on History," Sutter Fort's ongoing series of historical tours, celebrates the season with two programs this Saturday.
"A Simple Emigrant Christmas" features docents in period garb demonstrating various holiday traditions as practiced by California emigrants in the 1840s. Visitors will get to try out activities such as dipping candles, making corn husk dolls and crafting holiday ornaments.
Later as dusk falls, the docents will lead small groups by candlelight through the Fort's rooms where one can overhear pioneer families and tradesmen discussing the challenges of living, working and doing business during Sacramento's early years.
What: Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas & Candlelight Tours
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento
When: Dec. 8. A Simple Emigrant Christmas -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candlelight Tours -- 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: A Simple Emigrant Christmas -- $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under. Candlelight Tours -- $17 per person
For more info: 916-445-4422 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Candlelight Tour. Courtesy Sutter's Fort State Historic Park