Catch the Holiday Spirit at History Museum Event

By October 26, 2021Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Oct 26, 2021) As County restrictions lift and hopes for happy holidays return, Los Altos History Museum brings back a much-loved live community event, with some sensible precautions. Titled “Catch the Spirit,” the program will still include gift shopping, home-baked goodies, and live music, with masks required indoors, and the music pivoting to outdoors. The program is slated for Wed, Nov 17, noon-4pm.


Vicki Holman, the Museum’s Store manager, has been stocking up for shoppers. Two boutiques, one in the historic J. Gilbert Smith House and one in the Museum, will offer a range of gift items, including books, household items, children’s toys, puzzles, unique Christmas ornaments and decorations, and more. “Shelves may be empty in some of the big stores, but ours are full,” she said. Docents will monitor the number of shoppers allowed inside at one time.


Caroling by members of choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will be held in the courtyard at 1:30pm. For the safety of our visitors and the choir, the singers will wear masks.


Visitors may tour the Craftsman-style Smith House, decorated for a 1930s Christmas, browse an exhibit of orchard art on display in the upper gallery, and enjoy refreshments on the porch and in the Museum. The Museum’s Main Gallery will also be open, featuring a display artwork by Annie Knapp Fitz depicting views of Los Altos and Mountain View when El Camino Real was surrounded by farms and orchards.


The Museum is hoping the spirit of giving will extend to families and individuals in need. “We’re encouraging people to bring donations for the Community Service Agency barrel we’ll have in the lobby,” Holman said. “Gift cards and non-perishable, wrapped or boxed food items are needed.”


The program is free to attend. For more information, go to


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours subject to docent availability. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,