Once marking front and center of an 80 acre ranch, The Christmas House was built in Rancho Cucamonga, CA in 1904 by a very wealthy lumberman and shipbuilder. The original woodwork is still showcased today, in the grand carved redwood staircase, as well as the 7 fireplaces, with each mantle featuring a different wood. The house was built for the purpose of entertaining. Because of the lavish Christmas parties hosted in the early years, the house became known as the Christmas House. The name has endured to the present day.
In the 1920s and 1930s, vineyards gave way to citrus groves, and most of the acreage transitioned to fruit trees. When the Great Depression hit in the 1930s, the Whitsons added egg ranching to help get through those tough economic times.
In 1983, the current owners discovered and fell in love with this grand old house, even in its state of disrepair. Only one acre remained with the house at this point. With much care and love, the Christmas House was brought back to life and has been shared since 1984 as an inn and a romantic setting for weddings.
Weddings have been a part of the history of the Christmas House since its beginning. These walls have witnessed many vows being pledged, many glasses raised, and many tears of joy that come with new beginnings. The Christmas House attracts couples from all of Southern California, as well as many other states and countries.
We feel that much of the house's character is a reflection of the people who have lived here, people who have celebrated here, and people who have passed through, who have imparted something of themselves to this place. That is the patina that builds up year after year, visit after visit, wedding after wedding. We invite you to become part of this tradition, as you plan your celebration.