Santa Ready to Visit Ely Christmas Marketplace

Santa paid a quick visit this week to the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum to finalize his plans to be at the the Ely Christmas Marketplace this Saturday, December 17. He will be roaming the grounds and joining hayrides with the kids, (weather permitting). Bring your cameras as Santa is excited to be photographed with kids of all ages at the museum’s main house.

Local artists will be selling their handcrafted wares in the barn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. Crafted items for sale will include handmade jewelry, cards, poetry books, cutting boards, handbags, up-cycled and re-purposed items, bath and beauty products, reclaimed furniture and crafts, toys, pencil art, outdoor wood furniture, honey and wax products, and pickles from the Pickle Man. Snacks will be available for purchase from A Passion for Food.

Join the museum volunteers and docents for a fun-filled day on the museum grounds. Pick up that perfect last minute holiday gift and support Lake County artists.

This December event will help promote the growth of the Ely Stage Stop Blacksmith Shop and further the interaction of the local community with the history of Lake County and the Ely Stage Stop.

Note that the museum will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The museum will be open to visitors during normal hours on Saturday, December 31, but closed for New Year’s Day. The monthly Fiddlers’ Jam usually held on the first Sunday of each month will be enjoyed on Sunday, January 8. The event will then revert to the first Sunday in February and subsequent months.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road), Kelseyville, California. For more information, check out,,, or call 707.533.9990, during museum hours, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3.p.m.


Santa making sure all is set in the Ely barn for Saturday’s Christmas Marketplace. Photos by Greg Blinn.