Step into the festive spirit with the Victorian Christmas Nevada City event, one of Nevada County’s premier events of the year. This charming Gold Rush town, nestled in the snowy Sierra foothills, becomes a real-life Christmas wonderland throughout December. Alongside Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas, these two events truly shine as the pinnacle of our holiday season.
What To Expect
Nevada City’s historic district closes down to motorized traffic, transporting everyone to a bygone era. Imagine charming hilly streets illuminated by twinkling white lights and genuine gas lamps. Breathing in the scent of chestnuts lingering in the air. Discover artisanal treasures from various vendors for those final Christmas gifts. Encounter bagpipers, minstrels, and carolers dressed in Victorian attire serenading the air with festive melodies. Above all, experience a delightful mix of visitors spreading holiday joy and goodwill.
Don’t Miss Out!
When you visit, consider embracing the Victorian vibe by dressing the part—it’s easier than you think! You don’t need to spend much time or money to create a fantastic costume. Get inspired by the Nevada City Chamber’s guide for tips and ideas on what to wear to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of the era. Don’t miss out on the nostalgic delights: try some freshly roasted chestnuts and take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. And last but not least while wandering the town, keep an eye out for Nevada City’s renowned Walking Christmas Tree and a captivating living nativity scene.
As one of the year’s most beloved events, parking can be a challenge in Nevada City during Victorian Christmas. We suggest dropping off your group in town and then parking your car to catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959. The shuttle fare is $5 for adults and children aged 15 and over; children under 15 ride for free. Return journeys are complimentary for everyone. Shuttle service operates from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
When It Happens
This cherished family tradition happens on two Wednesday evenings (Dec. 6 & 13) and three Sunday afternoons (Dec. 3, 10 & 17). As we said earlier it’s packed with festive fun for everyone: think carriage rides, live entertainment, delicious holiday treats, drinks, and a visit from Father Christmas! To learn more, check out the Nevada City Chamber’s homepage dedicated to this event.