Mark your calendar for the 33rd annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 24, 25 and 26. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state, as well as from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and New York.
Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts.
Visitors to the Faire will enjoy holiday music, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, and a community bonfire. Coloring contest entries will also be on display in Ponderosa Hall. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and the bell ringing RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform throughout the event.
Santa will be available each day at 11 a.m. until an hour before the event closes, so bring your camera to capture that special photo with Santa. Free babysitting and crafts will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be in the lobby of Main Street Center to assist shoppers throughout the event.
On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person). All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.
The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, off Highway 49. For information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Content and photos submitted by Wendy Oaks