Get in the Holiday Spirit with Christmas Performances in Nevada County

In addition to Victorian Christmas and Cornish Christmas, there is so much to do in Nevada County to celebrate the holiday season!  This area is well known as a hub for the arts, as evidenced by the California Arts Council designating both Grass Valley/Nevada City and Truckee this year as official Cultural Arts Districts, and throughout the holiday season we kick it up a notch to provide a wide variety of quality Christmas performances to delight the entire family.

Caroling, Caroling

Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini and singer China Forbes. Photo submitted by Peter Wilson

With an eclectic charm and repertoire spanning from jazz to classical to pop, Pink Martini – the self-described “little orchestra” – featuring singer China Forbes returns to Grass Valley thanks to The Center for the Arts this Saturday, December 9, at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Their unique multilingual music traces its many influences through a genre-defying collection of cultures, times, and styles. This performance will feature tracks from their 2010 holiday album, Joy to the World, with classics like “White Christmas” alongside Hebrew prayers, Chinese New Year tunes and a samba-inspired version of “Auld lang syne” as well as crowd favorites from the band’s other non-holiday albums.  Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Music in the Mountains Orchestra and Chorus kicks off “the most wonderful time of year” with Happy Holidays, a festive, family-friendly concert that features traditional holiday classics, favorite sing-a-long carols, special guest soloists, and the region’s premier of Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity.  There are two opportunities to see Happy Holidays, with an evening concert Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m.  An abbreviated, 45 minute performance will be free to families on Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m.  All three performances welcome the entire family to celebrate in the magic of the holiday season through the beauty of its music.  Click HERE to learn more about this special performance.

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Photo courtesy of Sierra Master Chorale

Next weekend, bring joy and inspiration to your holiday season with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra.  The 75-member auditioned choir presents its annual holiday concerts Dec. 16 and 17 in Grass Valley. Conductor Ken Hardin has selected a program that captures the beauty of the holidays, as celebrated worldwide. From African to Bohemian carols, from Hanukkah to time-honored Christmas carols, there will be new discoveries and old favorites to savor the season this year. Click HERE for details.

Clara & The Nutcracker

This holiday season the Holt Ballet Conservatory and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present “Clara and The Nutcracker,” Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Marius Petipa. The evening of dazzling dance showcases an array of dancers, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to professional guest artists, and all levels in between.  Performances are Thursday & Friday, December 7 & 8 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m.  Box office opens one hour before each performance.  For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Get Scrooged

Photo courtesy of LeGacy Presents.

Photo courtesy of LeGacy Presents.

LeGacy Presents is proud to present Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE once again as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre.  The original production of SCROOGE opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, SCROOGE has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California, with last year’s debut at the Nevada Theatre by LeGacy Presents.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, December 14th & 21st at 7p.m., Sunday December 17th, and 24th at 2 p.m.  For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Heartland Holiday at Off Broadstreet

Join Off Broadstreet Theater for a unique holiday experience every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23.  Operators of Radio Station KEEN in Keene, CA (pop. 431) hope that their annual Christmas Eve broadcast will carry a message of unity that will grow from their tiny foothill community near Bakersfield, “The Heartland of California,” and spread good will across the nation. Through their unique broadcast, they celebrate not just Christmas, but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, The Hindu Festival of Lights, St. Lucia’s Day and other Winter Solstice observances that can trace their roots back to our primitive ancestors. Their message is simple: People are the same the world over.  Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances. For further information or for show reservations, click HERE.


Lights in the Park

Photo courtesy of the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce

Holiday Lights in the Park
Almost everyone has memories of driving around after dark to see the Holiday lights, and outdoor decorations in the neighborhood. Now it’s even easier to experience Holiday lights with friends and family-all in one drive through location. Visit the 3rd annual Holiday Lights in the Park from 5:30-9:30 p.m. only on Friday, December 15, and Saturday, December 16, at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley; only eight minutes from Grass Valley. The first 50 cars each night will receive swag/goody giveaways provided by local businesses. Post pictures on Facebook and spread the word to your friends, then drive through a second time. The more the merrier!