Bright lights bring Christmas cheer to Nevada County (Map) |

Bright lights bring Christmas cheer to Nevada County (Map)

The Union staff
A light-lined path leads the way to Eddie the Elf's cottage at 12106 Pasquale Road in Nevada City.
John Hart/ | The Union

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all throughout western Nevada County.

With Christmas just four days away, and the holiday lights shining bright in the night, The Union offers some suggested favorite Christmas decorations and light displays from our readers.

As Eddie the Elf hosts his final Christmas in Nevada City, be sure to make a visit to his Pasquale Road cottage for a unforgettable experience.

Of course, both downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City set the mood for the season’s spirit once again with their classic white lights topping the buildings.

Two of the larger light displays are in Grass Valley, including a bit of a hidden gem off French Avenue and, of course, one of the largest displays presented each year on Butler Road.

Stop by Penstock Drive in Grass Valley for a show synchronized to Christmas music or head off for another on Rattlesnake Drive, which boasts 80,000 lights and dozens of inflatables as part of Santa’s Transportation Department

Readers also suggest that Siesta Drive in Penn Valley is worth the short trip down Highway 20 to take in the displays of several homes in the neighborhood.

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Grass Valley

283 Horizon Circle — Off Morgan Ranch Drive, a large display with “ho, ho, ho” on the rooftop and Santa in a tugboat on the lawn.

323 Horizon Circle — Bright white lights displayed with more just across the street.

115 Woodcrest Way — Lights display.

127 Horizon Circle — Off Morgan Ranch Drive.

121 Hollow Brook Way — Frosty the snowman and Santa welcome you to this display on Hollow Brook Way in the Morgan Ranch area.

12919 Ridge Road — Lights display.

10829 Alta Hill Mine Road — Large lights display.

10703 Alta Hill Mine Road — Large inflatable pig with a Santa hat, along with frosty the snowman.

Downtown Grass Valley — All of downtown’s buildings are lined with white lights and decked out with holiday wreaths celebrating the city’s Cornish heritage.

357 Mill St. — Large light display.

343 French Ave. — Very large light display with inflatables, along with Santa and his sleigh high above the rooftop. Turn up French Avenue off Mill Street for a surprisingly large light display atop the hill.

527 Brighton St. — Two neighbors have brightened up Brighton Street with very large displays.

10859 Walker Drive — Light display.

11322 Butler Road — One of the largest light displays each year with thousands of bulbs burning bright in the night.

626 Linden Ave. — Full display of Christmas lights, a dancing Santa, along with a Santa in a convertible and even a real-life Santa on Friday nights that greets visitors.

602 Penstock Dr. — Synchronized Christmas lights and music show every half hour from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday. Tune your radio to 107.1.

239 Cornwall Ave. — Christmas on Cornwall.

South Auburn Street — Charlie Williams has multiple figures and lights with a Christmas tree lot.

11165 Brunswick Drive — Light display.

Sherwood Forest — Several very nice light displays. Check out Archery Way, Friar Tuck Road, Nottingham Lane and Robinhood Drive.

15756 Rattlesnake Road — Gary and Heather Fosburg present Dove Cottage at Christmas Time. It now has 80,000 lights with 26 deer (Deer Park) and 35 inflatables (Land of the Giants), featuring Santa’s Transportation Department. 15766 Rattlesnake Road is just down from Wheeler Cross Road. Tune your radio to 96.1 FM and drive through circular driveway.

Nevada City

Eddie the Elf — 12106 Pasquale Road: You can walk through the yard where there is a little elf cottage, very cute. Visit

643 E. Broad St. — Beautiful classic bright white light display with another directly across the street at 635 Broad St.

575 E. Broad St. — The Outside Inn has its white icicle lights burning bright across the top of the main office.

554 E. Broad St. — Along with 534 E.. Broad St. and the Emma Nevada House at 528 Broad St., all have Nevada City’s classic white lights on full display.

504 E. Broad St. — A pair of neighbors have the decked the halls of their homes with angels on high and a bright red star adorning their light displays.

Downtown Nevada City — The buildings are lined with white lights, including the United Methodist Church high above on Broad Street, along with the city’s Christmas tree at the bottom of Broad Street in Calanan Park.

230 Commercial St. — The Crazy Horse Saloon is all decked out in red and white lights.

108 Union Alley — Robinson Plaza has a large Christmas tree with bright white lights topped by a snowflake, along with a water wheel adorned with a colorful display.

143 Nevada City Hwy. — Light display

10894 Ridge Road — Light display.

10910 Ridge Road — Light display.

15457 Ridge Estates Road — Large light display.

Penn Valley

18747 Lodestone Court — Light display

Siesta Drive, several homes — Light display.

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