Ready for the holidays? Yuletide is almost here!

Added THU, NOV 7TH 2013

The holidays at Montalvo:
Yule have a grand time!

Yuletide at Montalvo

The leaves are changing color and winter is approaching, which means it's time to celebrate the holiday season with us! The Montalvo Service Group hosts its annual Yuletide events from November 22-24 and December 6-8 with a series of fun and festive activities for all to enjoy.

The Yuletide Marketplace is an indoor/outdoor European style market in the beautiful historic Villa featuring handcrafted gifts, gourmet foods, and holiday decor. Beat the Black Friday crowds by doing your shopping a week early (November 22 & 23, 9:30am-3pm)! Admission is free, and lunch items, coffee, and more will be for sale at our charming pop-up bistro.

On Sunday, November 24, at 5pm, don't miss the "And All That Jazz" Gala, a fun and classy fundraising cocktail party where you can get dressed up in your holiday best. Expect food, drinks, a live auction, and plenty of cheer!

Finally, don't miss two opportunities to enjoy a light afternoon respite inside the Villa with our Champagne High Teas on Friday, December 6, and Sunday, December 8, both from 2-4pm. These intimate gatherings feature small sandwiches, pastries, and - of course - champagne!
Yuletide decorations
Organized by our dedicated volunteer service members, Yuletide has become an annual tradition that you don't want to miss! Funds raised at all Montalvo Service Group events go toward our arts education programs and important improvements that help preserve the Villa. Join us!

November 7, 2013


  • Start the holiday season right at our Yuletide events!
  • Montalvo earns top charity rating
  • Traditional, beautiful, functional: bring home your own Mexican Pottery from a coming workshop
  • Upcoming events at a glance


Montalvo is a member-supported
non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

Three cheers:
Four Stars!

Savoring the Remains

Great news! For the first time, Montalvo has been honored with a Four-Star Rating from the prestigious nonprofit evaluation service Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator provides ratings for over 5,000 American charities based on financial health, accountability, and transparency. A rating of four stars means that Montalvo "exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause."

Every day, we work to ensure that the dollars you give go into providing important arts, education, and public programs that enrich our community. We are proud to be recognized as an organization worth supporting!

For more information on Charity Navigator and their rating system, visit their website at


Workshop and film screening:
The Exquisite Table and Brilliant Soil, Nov 10

Brilliant Soil

On Sunday, November 10, join us for an amazing chance to learn how to make Mexican folk art with internationally recognized artisans!

Herlinda Morales, a member of Dignicraft and current fellow in the Lucas Artists Residency Program, creates intricate glazed ceramics with her family in the small Mexican village of Santa Fe de La Laguna. In her unique workshop The Exquisite Table (November 10 1-4pm), you will learn to make your own tableware, incorporating Herlinda’s signature design, the "whimsical butterfly."

The workshop is open to all ages and levels of experience. It's just $40 ($30 for Members) and you'll come away with your own beautiful ceramic works! Space is limited, so register today: Click here or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858.

Join us after the workshop in the Carriage House Theatre for a screening of the award-winning documentary Brilliant Soil. This film delves deeper into the lives and challenges of artisans like Herlinda. If you can't attend the workshop, don't miss the screening - it's FREE!

See you there! 


at a glance:

Sat, November 9, 11am & 1pm
Henry & Mudge

Sun, November 10
The Exquisite Table and Brilliant Soil <

Sat, November 16, 7pm
Savoring the Remains 

Sun, November 17, 3pm
The Saint Michael Trio: "The Sonata Yesterday & Today"

November 22-23, 9:30am-3pm
Yuletide Marketplace

Saturday, November 23, 8pm
Vienna Teng  SOLD OUT!

Friday, December 6, 8pm
Crystal Bowersox  SOLD OUT!

Friday, Dec 6 & Sunday, Dec 8, 2-4pm
Yuletide Champagne High Teas

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours




On view thru Feb 9: Mountains in My Spoon 


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