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December 4, 2012 > Scrooge and Santa Claus to visit Victorian Hayward

Scrooge and Santa Claus to visit Victorian Hayward

Submitted By Myron Freedman, Photo by Cathy Breslow

The holiday spirit is alive and well at McConaghy House this year, Hayward's favorite Victorian era house museum, all decked out in a new holiday theme, Stories of the Season. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the house to discover their favorite story of the season in one of the many rooms where decorations inspired by a classic and beloved holiday book evoke scenes and characters from its pages. Through December 23 the house will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

And don't miss the grandest Christmas story of them all in a truly unique holiday experience that can only be found in Hayward: a theatrical performance of "A Christmas Carol" staged inside the 1886 house. Audiences will follow actors throughout the rooms to watch Dickens' timeless tale unfold as musicians underscore the action with carols, tunes and airs from the Victorian period. The one hour show will perform six times on December 8, 15 and 22 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Seating is very limited and reservations are required. Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" are $25 and $15 for HAHS members. Call (510) 581-0223 to reserve tickets.

On December 8, Santa Claus will be visiting the McConaghy House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To celebrate Santa's visit we will make snow globes and paper garlands for little crafters to take home, and everyone is welcome to enjoy cookies and cider. The house will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free that day.

McConaghy House is located at 18701 Hesperian Boulevard, next to Kennedy Park. For more information, contact Hayward Area Historical Society at (510) 581-0223, or visit the website at

Stories of the Season
November 24 - December 23
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students/seniors, free HAHS members and children under 10
A Christmas Carol
December 8, 15, and 22
4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
McConaghy House
18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223
Tickets: $25, $15 for HAHS members

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