Nevada City’s picture-perfect celebration

THE HALLMARK CHANNEL’S HIGHEST-RATED original movie of all time, The Christmas Card, was filmed in Nevada City.

The town is “so perfectly preserved you have to pinch yourself the first time you walk up the Broad St., just to make sure it’s real,” says one of the actors.

Nevada City is a greeting card come to life during Victorian Christmas. The annual family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: children’s pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, yuletide treats and—of course—Father Christmas.

“It’s a magical setting of winding streets, authentic gas street lamps, artisan vendors and Victorian characters,” says Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Nevada City’s shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms will greet visitors with flair. One example: Treats, a popular ice cream store at 110 York St., is now dishing up dessert crepes, such as Chocolate Mousse — a warm treat to ease you into winter.

Victorian Christmas is Dec. 7, 14 and 21 (Wednesdays 5-9 p.m.) and Dec. 11 and 18 (Sundays 1:30-6 p.m). Entertainment will be expanded this year, and the event is being run by the same team that founded the Wild & Scenic Film Festival 10 years ago. There is no admission charge.

A $5 roundtrip shuttle bus service runs from the Nevada County Government Center to historic downtown during the event.

Children under 12 years old ride for free. Nevada City embraces out-of-towners. It recently launched a military discount program to lure visitors from nearby bases. “The local community loves welcoming visitors,” says Chamber President Barbi Jackson.

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