‘Tis the Season

Sundays, Dec. 9, 16 & 23, 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 12 & 19, 5-9 p.m.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life.

This annual tradition features carriage rides, food and drink, craft vendors, a Walking Christmas tree, and Father Christmas. It is a magical setting outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers, jugglers and magicians.

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls and over 100 different items in all. NevadaCityChamber.com

Fridays, Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 6-9 p.m.

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration.

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of the region’s most popular events.

Mill and West Main Streets are closed to traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and Santa Claus.

Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

Grass Valley
Oct. 31 Safe Trick or Treat
Free candy and treats from downtown merchants
Nov. 23-25 Country Christmas Faire Nevada County Fairgrounds. One of the top hand craft shows in Northern California.
Nov. 3 Nisenan Heritage Day Sierra College’s Nevada County campus Educational speakers, Native Artisans and Indian tacos
Nov. 10 Downtown Holiday Market
Visit downtown merchants for discounts, deals, snacks, music and more
Nov. 23-24 Holidays at the Empire Mine
Dec. 1 Holiday Tree Lighting Downtown Grass Valley with food, the Cornish Choir, a “winter brew” beer and Santa Claus.

Dec. 8 Christmas Party
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Dec. 1-2 Holiday Craft Faire North Columbia Schoolhouse
Dec. 9 Winter Craft Fair Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Oct. 27 The Typewriter Revolution
985 Lincoln Way
Oct. 31 Safe Trick or Treating Old Town Auburn
Dec. 8 Classic Christmas Old Town Auburn

Oct. 18-19 Haunted Historic Tour

(Photo: Foothill Flowers)

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