The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Menlo Park, CA
Annual Christmas Festival

Join us for our annual Christmas Festival and Luncheon!

Date: First Saturday in December, 10 AM - 4 PM

Location: 1220 Crane St., Menlo Park

Traditional Food

All our food is made with lots of love, from recipes passed on from generation to generation! The food will include our famous borsch(t), meat and cabbage pirozhki, meat-filled or vegetarian golubtsy (stuffed cabbage), salads, buckwheat with mushrooms, traditional desserts, Napoleon Cake and much more! We serve it piping hot to eat at the festival, and many items can also be bought frozen to take home.

Family-Friendly Events for Children and Parents

Join us for interactive puppet shows, as well as arts and crafts workshops. Plus our Lucky Barrel raffle drawing at 3pm!

Live Music

Enjoy a collection of traditional Russian songs and Christmas carols, performed by folk ensembles, children's choirs, and more.

Souvenirs and Christmas Presents for Sale

Local vendors will be selling art, crafts, dolls, handmade Christmas cards, and other festive goods.

2017 Festival Schedule

Live Music:
10:00 Russian music (Olga Vasiliev, piano and vocals; Alexey Bubnov, guitar)
11:00 Christmas carols
12:00 Russian folk songs (female duet)
12:30 String ensemble (Pacific Music Academy)
12:45 Accordion music (Alexander Piskov)
1:15 Folk group "Kedry" - songs and games
2:00 Children's Cossack choir "Sivka-Burka" (director Janna Wilson)

Children's programs and workshops in the theater tent:
10:30-12:00 Clay toy workshop (by Art School of San Francisco Bay, Maria Zhalnina)
12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 Interactive puppet shows for children and their parents (by students of Elena Jelvis' art school)
12:00-2:00 Arts and crafts workshops for children.

Annual Rummage Sale

Come support us by attending our annual summer Rummage Sale.  The date varies each year.

Easter Picnic

To continue the joy of Pascha, we hold an annual potluck Easter Picnic on the Sunday of Pascha after the Agape Vespers. The picnic usually starts around 1 or 2pm. The location is different each year, so ask a church member where it will be!