Greater Grass Valley Chamber Holiday Events in Nevada County
Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun in the Nevada County Foothills
THE HOLIDAY SEASON arrives with arts, crafts and old-fashioned fun, beginning Thanksgiving weekend, in the Northern Sierra foothill villages of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Three days of Nevada County festivities open the Friday after Thanksgiving, with a pair of regional arts and crafts festivals and other community events.
Historic downtown Nevada City hosts the annual Aritsans Festival at Miners Foundry (325 Spring Street). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $3, with children under 12 free.
In Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fairgrounds (11228 McCourtney Road) presents its Annual County Christmas Faire one of Northern California’s top-rated handicraft shows, With more than 130 artisians scheduled to participate. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10-3 Sunday. Admission is $4; ages 12 and under are admitted free.
Other Thanksgiving weekend activities include the annual Holiday Open House At Empire Mine State Historical Park (10791 East Empire Street), Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be in period attire enacting a day at the mine. Santa & Mrs. Claus will greet children. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 16.
The Friday after Thanksgiving brings the opening night of downtown Grass Valley's Cornish Christmas, a 4 decade old local tradition, is held on five Friday evenings, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through the Friday before Christmas. Mill and Main streets in the colorful Turn of the Century gold mining town are closed to cars and filled with fun, music, food and holiday shopping.
Also scheduled Thanksgiving weekend is the Christmas Craft Faire & Sandwich Shoppe at the Nevada City United Methodist Church (433 Broad Street) 10-4 Friday and Saturday and noon-4 Sunday.
Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas will be held on three Wednesdays before Christmas from 6-9 p.m., and on two Sundays before Christmas from 1:30-6 p.m. Streets in the downtown historic district are closed to vehicle traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas. A special Children’s Shopping at Victorian Christmas will be held Dec. 12, from 11-3 p.m., at Miners Foundry Cultural Center (325 Spring Street).
Music in the Mountains hosts itsHoliday Pops Concerts in December at the Amaral Family Festival Center, 11228 McCourtney Rd., GV. Dec. 8 & 9, Sat., 7:30pm, Sun., 2pm. 265-6124.
The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir is going to have their annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 19th at 7:00pm at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City (corner of Ridge Rd./Zion St.) The concert will include traditional Christmas music along with some audience sing-a-long caroling and is a family oriented event. This year a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hospitality House.--Concert goers are asked to bring non- perishable food items to help replenish their stock. COST FOR ADMISSION: $15; 18 and under are free.
Woman of Worth is sponsoring their 8th Annual HO! HO! HO! Helping Out! Helping Others! Holiday Outreach! Here's you can help this year - Adopt a Family, select a child's name on The Union's Giving Tree, or donate money or a gift certificate from a local store. Mail monetary donations to Woman of Worth, PO Box 213, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 or drop off your gift at one of numerous locations in the area. Call Rose at 268-1131 or email@example.com or
Sandy at 878-1183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Sacramento, take eastbound I-80 and northbound State Route 49. From Marysville-Yuba City, take eastbound SR 20. From Reno and Truckee-Tahoe, take westbound I-80 and westbound SR 20.