Grass Valley, CA Holiday Events

Do you feel the Northern California Christmas spirit?

I love this time of year here in Grass Valley. It seems everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit. People have a twinkle in their eyes and a lightness in their steps to rival any jolly old elf! If you’ve recently moved to the area or you plan to visit this month, I urge you to take in one of our many fabulous Christmas events and displays. Two in particular always get me in the spirit.

In Nevada City, you’ll step back in time to a Victorian Christmas. As if by magic, this little Gold Rush town comes alive like a scene from 19th century England. Roasted chestnuts. Horse-drawn carriage rides. Shops and vendors laden with hand-crafted treasures. Plus minstrels and music that would warm the heart of Scrooge himself.  If you like, don your Victorian attire and join others who help bring an air of authenticity to this enchanting event. It runs Sundays (1:30 pm to 6 pm) and Wednesdays (5 pm to 9 pm) through December 21. There’s no admission, but you’ll need to pay a $5 shuttle fare (kids under 15 ride free).

Cornish Christmas happens Friday evenings (6 pm to 9 pm) starting the day after Thanksgiving until the Friday before Christmas. You’ll find it in downtown Grass Valley at Main and Mill Streets. As you stroll the shops you’ll see carolers, jugglers, musicians, dancers, and, of course, everyone’s favorite elf in red. You’ll also see the handiwork of many of California’s fine artists and artisans for sale. And you’ll find plenty of good things to eat and drink. Like the Victorian Christmas, it’s family friendly and it’s free, including the shuttle service from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

Speaking of Cornish, be sure to sample the Cornish pasties Grass Valley is famous for. Originally from Cornwall, England, they are baked with a variety of fillings—meats, veggies, and cheeses. Yum!  Two of my favorite places to enjoy these treats: Cousin Jack Pasties and Marshall’s Pasties. They are “scrumtrulescent”!

These are just a few of the attractions you’ll see this time of year . . .  lots of others are worth checking out, including these:

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Nevada City:

I hope you’ll feel the Christmas spirit this season—and all year long. Happy holidays!


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