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Love it: An American Christmas

An American Christmas is just lovely at The Reagan Library. (c) the Joyous Living.

The Reagan Library's beautiful An American Christmas display is back and simply stunning! During the day (10am-5pm), guests enjoy a tour through their indoor exhibit featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today. Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1770 and 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America. Through the use of lights, ornaments and decorations, each tree becomes its own piece of magnificent art. Also on display is a collection of beautiful gifts hat were given to President Reagan during his tenure in the White House.

When visitors arrive at The Reagan Library they can also enjoy a touch of the holiday spirit that is included with the admission price (the Pompeii exhibit is also included).

Visit the Reagan Library to see The Oval Office at Christmastime. (c) THe Joyous Living.
The Oval Office at Christmastime. (c) The Joyous Living.
The holiday touches are sprinkled throughout the library starting with a beautiful Menorah and tea set, on display in the Oval Office alongside some poinsettias, that were given to the president during his time in the White House.

Accessible Note: For those who cannot manage the stairs down into the Oval Office, there is a long route the back way. Unfortunately when I was there this last time there were no docents available to show the way or open the heavy doors (!) but thankfully I remembered the route so wasn't looking around like a headless chicken.

There are also some beautiful and unique artifacts on display including a football given to the President signed by the New York Jets and a cabinet with a hand painted nativity scene.
Christmastime at the Reagan Library. (c) The Joyous Living.

Finally we get to the An American Christmas display just prior to reaching Air Force One. This display is separated into two rooms. In each room you will see some of the most beautifully decorated trees on display that each represent a decade in American history starting with 1770 and ending with a blank tree for the current decade.

The design of these trees is simply gorgeous. My dad and I especially loved the use of ribbon on the trees and the decorators' ability to display such unique and awkwardly shaped items as the Wright Brothers' plane and an Oregon Trail wagon. There is no suggestion as to the birth of Jesus in this exhibit but you certainly walk away with a sense of patriotism and even some tidbits about our history that you might not have known about beforehand.

An American Christmas at The Reagan Library. (c) The Joyous Living.

The beautiful An American Christmas will be open to the public through 6 January 2019.

Admission to the exhibit is included in the admission to the entire Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion (and Pompeii Exhibit) making it a great price for all 4 exhibits!

A separate admission charge is required to tour Holiday Lights at night.

For more information, visit or call (800) 410-8354.


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065


Adults (18+): $29
Seniors (62+): $26
Youth (11-17): $22
Children (3-10): $19
Children 2 and under: FREE


  1. I love how places like this decorate for Christmas! So beautiful!


    1. i love Christmas trees :) Getting ours today (yay).

  2. I would love to see all these wonderful Christmas trees! Thanks for sharing!

    1. if you live nearby you definitely should check them out. :)

  3. Oh, your pictures are looks really amazing! And I really appreciate you've provided additional details like prices - very useful information.

  4. Oh that sounds actually nice :)

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  5. Oh i would love to have a tour to see those trees, never thought of trees that can have such historic purposes.

    1. i wonder if other presidential libraries are doing the same? i too had never heard of historical purposes.

  6. Christmas is always my favorite. SO happy so festive so filled with joy! never better, my second favorite holiday

  7. Oh wow, those were really a beautiful Christmas tree. And I like the fact that they are inexpensive.

    1. the tickets are inexpensive but i don't know how expensive the trees were to decorate.

  8. I love that everything is decorated for Christmas <3

  9. Love your pics. So beautiful. Christmas decoration is one of my favorite and it keeps me so happy :-)

  10. I have spent christmas in Italy, England and Germany but never in America. These pictures are awesome.

  11. I love christmas trees! It is so fun to see how others are decorating this year.

  12. We'll be spending Christmas at home here in the UK but the American Christmas Display looks delightful!

  13. Agree!! The American Christmas decorations gives Christmas the significant that it deserves in the American tradition.

  14. American Christmas makes the holiday season even more beautiful; the variety of practices makes for a more interesting celebration each year.

  15. An example of American Christmas decorations on the streets is in New York where apart from the huge Christmas tree that is erected outside the mayor's chamber, there are also some forms of lighting that are placed through out the streets.

  16. The mail reason for I love Christmas season is because of the beautiful decorations everywhere. Glad to know about american christmas. Thanks for sharing this.


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