The Nixon Library presents 

“A Holiday of Hope”

Tis the season for celebration!


All Aboard! Trains are Back!

Every week, Nixon Library visitors will enjoy rotating sets of model trains chugging up mountains and rolling across the American plains. Visit the Nixon Library throughout the Holiday season to keep up with the latest rotating model! New trains every week! Purchase museum tickets here!

The train clubs schedule is as follows:

November 18th – ’20s, ’30s, and Beyond Model Railroad Club

November 23rd – N-Trak Express

November 30th – Southern California Traction Club

December 7th – Orange County Module Railroaders

December 28th – California South Coast On30 group

This December marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s signing of the National Cancer Act. In honor of this landmark legislation, the Nixon Library will display a “Holiday of Hope” Christmas tree featuring 26 colored ribbons, sparkling symbols of the fight against cancer.

Nixon Library visitors are invited to decorate the tree by writing names of loved ones on ribbons and placing them on the tree.

This year’s official Nixon Library ornament features the iconic “President and the King” photo of President Nixon and Elvis Presley, taken in December 1970 in the White House Oval Office. There won’t be a Blue Christmas at the Nixon Library; instead, enjoy a celebratory Rock n Roll-themed Christmas Tree and a gingerbread house modeled after Graceland. You can purchase this special ornament here.

Special programming begins on Thursday, November 18th, and will continue nearly every Thursday until Christmas. Step into the Christmas season with sounds of carolers, family photos with Santa Claus, and a series of programs listed below:

Thursday November 18, 2021: Kicking off Christmas!

Join us in kicking off the Christmas season at 10:00 a.m. with carolers from Bonita High School, photos with Santa Claus, Christmas ornament decorating, and Toys for Tots donations! The first 100 guests will receive a RN Christmas ornament for free! This program concludes at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday December 9, 2021: Jazzy Noel

While you won’t be able to roast some chestnuts by an open fire, we invite you to come listen to classic Christmas Jazz music at the Nixon Library. The program is from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and begins with Santa Claus photo opportunities and a strolling magician. Our Christmas Jazz concert will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring Esperanza High School Jazz Band. RSVP Here.

Thursday, December 16, 2021: A Very Tiki Christmas

Prepare to be swept away to a tropical paradise! Once you step foot into the Nixon Library, you’ll be greeted with a Hawaiian Lei and hear the island sounds of Martiki, a musical tiki duo. From 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., guests can take photos with Santa Claus and hear a concert from the Orange High School choir at 3:30 p.m. in the East Room. RSVP Here.

Thursday, December 23: A Not So Blue Christmas with the King

Join Elvis in his celebrations of a Not So Blue Christmas. Guests will hear the sweet croonings of his holiday hits and take photos with Elvis and Santa Claus before visiting Santa’s Reindeer in the Nixon Library Amphitheater. This program is from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. RSVP Here

Guests are required to purchase museum admission tickets or be a Foundation Member to enjoy this program. 

They are also included with membership purchase.