While the Holidays are a festive time, they can be stressful as well. It’s the perfect time to let go of your daily routine and create some lifelong memories with your family by taking a short break to Nevada County. Our cozy towns take the holiday season seriously. We’re rolling out the sleigh bells, caroling, and mistletoe unlike anywhere else in the Golden State. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, Nevada County is arguably one of the best places to visit in California in December. And here’s how to enjoy it.
November 24th – December 22nd
Starting with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 24th and every subsequent Friday, downtown Grass Valley recaptures the spirit of Christmas past that would impress even Tiny Tim. Giving a nod to the original miners who settled here in the late 19th century, all the vendors will dress in Cornish attire. Stroll the downtown streets and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Purchase homemade gifts and take in all the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas.
December 3rd – December 17th
The first question to pop into your head may be, “Why a Victorian Christmas?” Fun Fact! Victorians were the ones who transformed the Christmas celebration into a family one. This included decorations, gift giving, and even entertainment. On Wednesday and Sundays starting in December, Nevada City’s historic district transports back to that era. Christmas melodies and costumed characters remind visitors of another time and place. There are holiday activities for all ages including live entertainment, yuletide treats and libations, and of course Father Christmas!
How To Park
As you would expect, the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City is popular and street parking is EXTREMELY limited. Your best bet is to park at the Nevada County Government Center (950 Maidu Avenue) and take the shuttle.
Pro tip: Drop your group off at the event, park your car, and catch the shuttle. They only charge for the ride to the event. Everyone can ride back for free. $5 shuttle fee is CASH only.
For those that need to get away from it all and breathe in some fresh mountain air, Visit Truckee-Tahoe is the perfect destination. Go ice skating at the Truckee Ice Rink and sit by a toasty bonfire afterwards. Schuss down the slopes at Tahoe Donner, Palisades Tahoe, Donner Ski Ranch and Sugar Bowl resorts. Inspire and educate your kids about how to maintain the beauty of such a pristine lake and its surroundings by going to the annual Tahoe Film Festival.
From a quiet mountain getaway to unique festive holiday events, these make Nevada County one of the best places to visit in California in December.