‘Tis The Season: Events Calendar, Oct.-Dec. 2017

Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 13 & 20, 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; “The Amazing Fezziwig” a Golden Retriever dressed in traditional Victorian era garb; and Father Christmas.

It is a magical setting outlined with twin- kling 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. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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. DowntwonGrassValley.com

Grass Valley

Nov. 24-26 Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds. One of the top handcraft shows in Northern California, the Faire features unique gifts and crafts.

Nov. 11 Nisenan Heritage Day
Sierra College’s Nevada County campus Educational speakers, Native Artisans and Indian tacos

Nov. 11 Downtown Holiday Market

Nov. 24-25 Holidays at the Empire Mine

Dec. 13 Eat Latkes for Hanukkah
Tess’ Kitchen Store

Nevada City

Oct. 8 Annual Shindig Harvest Festival
North Columbia Schoolhouse

Dec. 9 Christmas Party
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Dec. 2-3 Holiday Craft Faire
North Columbia Schoolhouse

Dec. 10 Winter Craft Fair
Miners Foundry Cultural Center


Oct. 13-29 Pumpkin Nights

Nov. 17-19 Mountain Mandarin Festival

Dec. 9 & 16 Country Christmas
Old Town Auburn

Penn Valley

Oct. 22 Bridgeport Fall Festival
South Yuba River State Park


Oct. 19-20 Haunted Historic Tour

(Photo: Thomas Thompson)

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