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Victorian Christmas sign at entrance

Dickens Would Swoon Over The Victorian Christmas Nevada City

Victorian Christmas, the old-fashioned celebration held each year in the colorful California Gold Rush town of Nevada City evokes holiday memories of an earlier era. Get in the spirit for the holidays and join revelers in this unique event that you must experience in person.

Tips & Resources

Parking is a challenge in Nevada City during Victorian Christmas drop your group off in town and then park your car at the Nevada County Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue where you can catch the Shuttle to the event

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

By Alex Silgalis

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!

Choir singing carols at Victorian Christmas Nevada City
Image appears courtesy: Nevada City Chamber Of Commerce

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.

Plan Ahead

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.


Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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