ELKO, Nev. – Enjoy holiday music, design an old fashioned lantern, and create ornaments at the California Trail Interpretive Center. The Trail Center will present a Pioneer Christmas for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The celebration is free and open to everyone. Visitors are encouraged to bring non perishable food items to benefit F.I.S.H (Friends in Service Helping) and families of Elko County. “Pioneer Christmas for Kids is a community holiday celebration,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose. “We are offering a variety of family-oriented, educational and fun activities. No electricity or batteries required.” The event features holiday music by Southwind and free hot chocolate in the Trail Center lobby.

Activities include:

Create a lantern. Make your own old fashioned Christmas lantern.
Design Christmas cards. The best Christmas cards are made from scratch.
Make a clothespin doll. Design clothes for your own clothespin doll.
Carve a snowflake. Visit the snowflake station, and cut out your own paper snowflake.
Create ornaments. Make your own ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree.

For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call (775) 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at  www.californiatrailcenter.org or on Facebook. The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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