Holidays in Nevada County

No one does up the holidays like Nevada County! In fact, the town of Nevada City itself is the star of a Christmas movie! The small towns sometimes dusted in snow, friendly locals, and nationally renowned events are just a part of the charm of Nevada County during the holiday season. So head on up to the beautiful Sierra foothills for a big dose of holiday cheer!

Here is a list of seven great ways to enjoy the holidays in Nevada County:

Victorian Christmas

Downtown Nevada City comes alive with history and holiday cheer at Victorian Christmas. Photo courtesy of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

In books and movies, “Gaslamp Fantasy” is a popular fictional genre combining history, fantasy and Victorian settings – but at Victorian Christmas, it’s real life in Nevada City as The Walking Christmas Tree, Toy Soldier, chimney sweep Cecil Snow, Father Christmas, and other actors descend upon the downtown historical district like time-travelers from a bygone era.

Cornish Christmas

Cornish Christmas celebrates Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage every Friday until Christmas. Photo by Jackson Starr

Just four miles down the road in historic downtown Grass Valley is another fabulous holiday event, Cornish Christmas. Enjoy the wide selection of holiday music offered by local Grass Valley musicians amongst the trappings of an historic gold rush town.  Imagine life in another era where men and women worked hard, had little, but cherished the simple pleasures of hearty food and drink, good song, and a warm fire with family and friends.  Downtown shops are open, food and craft vendors abound.

Celebrate the Sounds of the Season

The Center for the Arts and Music in the Mountains are gearing up for holiday celebrations and concerts featuring local and international talent.  As The Center enters the final phases of their renovations, they are excited to team up with Music in the Mountains to bring a variety of musical events to the community. From choirs to bluegrass and fiddles to jazz, there is something for everyone. You can celebrate among the pines of The Nevada County Fairgrounds, atop the hill at Foothills Event Center or in the heart of downtown Grass Valley at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Holidays at the Miners Foundry

Celebrate holidays at the Miners Foundry from early December through New Years Eve. The historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center located in the heart of downtown Nevada City shines brightest during the holiday season.  From its beautiful granite stone walls and hand-hewn timber beams to its dazzling antique chandeliers and wood-burning fireplace, the Miners Foundry hosts an exciting array of holiday events that bring cheer, good tidings, and the promise for a happy new year! 

Nevada County Nutcracker

Each year, Center Stage continues to bring together one of the largest casts of dancers in the area through the dedication of performers ages 4-70, a community of dedicated volunteers, and a full production staff headed by Director Wendy Fritzinger and Artistic Director Hollie McGovern. The past sixteen years, Center Stage has created a production of The Nutcracker that provides a transformative experience for its participants and audience. The delightful ballet –with its elaborate party scene, Clara’s dream, and the Land of Sweets –expands the imagination of not only the child dancer, but also the children who come to watch it.

Step Into a Hallmark Christmas Card Adventure

John Newton plays Cody Cullen, a soldier serving in Afghanistan, who is deeply touched when he receives a homemade Christmas card simply addressed to “a member of the U.S. Army.” Upon his discharge, he decides to meet the sender and say thank you in person. What he finds is totally unexpected.

Follow the adventure of Hallmark Blogger Kerry, who began the year with a post for her I’ve Scene it on Hallmark blog about her recent trip to Nevada City to visit the locations from the 2006 Hallmark film The Christmas Card. You, too, can come and have The Christmas Card experience, although the snow in downtown is hit or miss.

Hit the Slopes

Hit the slopes at one of Nevada County’s best kept secrets. Photo courtesy of Truckee Chamber of Commerce

The winter storms have begun, and all Nevada County ski resorts are open for business!  It’s perfect timing to come to Nevada County for a quick (or extended) ski getaway, especially since The Wall Street Journal recently named Truckee as one of the four Coolest Under the Radar Ski Towns in the US!

Whether you want to do some double diamonds, cross country ski, snowboard, take the kids tubing, or just enjoy the warmth of the lodge with a mug of hot cocoa, Nevada County is a great option for your winter wonderland getaway.

No matter what you’re into, you can find great joy in the holidays in Nevada County. Looking for somewhere to stay? Click HERE for a complete list of lodging in Nevada County.