Penn Valley Holiday Events

Penn Valley is off the beaten path, but they know how to do the holidays right!  Just a short drive from Grass Valley and Nevada City, Penn Valley has a rich agricultural heritage that remains a way of life in the rural area to this day.  Come celebrate the holidays Penn Valley style with these three events.

Small Business Saturday


The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Penn Valley’s Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe are teaming up once again to promote and present Penn Valley’s annual ‘Small Business Saturday’ day of activities and shopping for Penn Valley. Saturday, November 24, 2018 is now officially designated as ‘Small Business Saturday’ for Penn Valley. Last year’s event proved to be very successful after the prior year’s inaugural event was hampered by very cold and wet weather.

Small Business Saturday is the day following the most popular holiday shopping day in the country, ‘Black Friday’, where people flock to malls and big box stores in droves to become lost in the sea of crowds, traffic, and madness. Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express to help small businesses do more business. In 2017, an estimated $16.3 billion was spent at small independent businesses on Small Business Saturday.

Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe along with Penn Valley True Value Hardware will be the official ‘Small Business Saturday’ headquarters and host for the Penn Valley Village Center. There will be food and drink provided by Wildflower Nursery as part of the celebration and the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will be onsite to greet guests and provide information about shopping opportunities and specials throughout the Village Center and all of Penn Valley.

Lists of participating businesses, detailing their special holiday offers and other community information will be distributed at the booth hosted by the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Small Business Saturday host, Penn Valley Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe will have a Christmas Tree Lot in full operation and has announced that a portion of the proceeds of tree sales will be donated to help Penn Valley Village Center revitalization efforts. They will have food, beverages, and other treats on hand as well as holiday music throughout the day to enhance the shopping experience. Again this year will be a punch card given to shoppers to have punched at all participating merchants to receive a FREE Christmas Tree ornament and a chance to win a $500 True Value gift certificate. Have fun, shop local and discover more about Penn Valley’s small businesses and all they have to offer!

The topper to this great event and opportunity will be that the day will be capped off by the Martines Family’s  16th Annual Cowboy Christmas celebration at the Penn Valley Shopping Center starting at 4 p.m. Plan on making a day of it at the Penn Valley Village Center and throughout Penn Valley.

16th Annual Cowboy Christmas

Photo by Susan George

The Cowboy Christmas celebration is a perfect way to begin the 2018 Holiday Season and entertain friends and family over the Thanksgiving weekend! On November 24 at 4 p.m., following Small Business Saturday in Penn Valley, the festivities will begin at the Penn Valley Shopping Center.

Dazzling lights and country Christmas melodies set the scene for a memorable evening.  Jamie Hogan of Silver Creek DJ & Dance Productions will be on hand to teach Western line dancing.  Even the clumsiest dancers can learn the steps or have fun trying! Wide-eyed children relish the chance to visit with Santa Claus and the rhythmic clip-clop of horse hoofs attract families to gather for the enchanting a horse-drawn wagon rides, a Cowboy Christmas tradition.

Cowboy cuisine, soft drinks, coffee and hot cocoa will be served.  Be sure to dress warmly in your favorite Western attire and don’t forget to browse the wonderful shops located in the Penn Valley Shopping Center located on the corner of Penn Valley Drive and Spenceville Road in Penn Valley.

Admission, food and all activities are complimentary! This annual holiday event is hosted by the Martines Family of Penn Valley.  For more Information please call the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce: (530) 432-1802.

Experience the Season with Penn Valley’s Holiday Lights in the Park

Save the Dates

Come and visit Holiday Lights in the Park on Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  Penn Valley’s Western Gateway Park is only eight minutes west of Grass Valley.  The first 50 cars each night will receive goody bags containing giveaways provided by local businesses.  Post pictures on Facebook and spread the word to your friends.  Drive through a second time.  The more the merrier!

Magic of Christmas Lights

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 for residents of Nevada County to experience Holiday lights with friends and family-all in one drive through location.

No need to drive all over to see lights and decorations. Come to Penn Valley!

Find many illuminated decoration displays made by your friends, neighbors, and local businesses, all in one location.  This is it!  2018 is the fourth year of a new community tradition at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Holiday Lights in the Park is presented by the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. In past years, an average of over 500 vehicles viewed the lights each night.  2018 will once again be bigger and better that ever!

Enjoy the lights of the Holidays in a wintry, December sky.  Make a night of it by visiting local businesses for great food and drinks, or just drive through the event in the warmth of your own vehicle (you can even wear PJs!).

And it’s FREE!

Content submitted by Mike Mastrodonato, Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce