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Susan George: Holiday fun is coming to Nevada County

Susan George
Venders line the streets of Downtown Nevada City during the annual Victorian Christmas.
Submitted photo to The Union

Christmas street fairs in historic downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City bustle with holiday jingles, dazzling lights, and home-grown artists selling one-of-a-kind gifts. Carolers stroll the festivities in period costume, dancing Tommyknockers clog to spirited music and the sweet smell of chestnuts roasting over fire pits on street corners floats in the night air.

Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley and Victorian Christmas in Nevada City rekindle and connect us with the Cornish Miner and Victorian Era holiday traditions. Our rich history is delightfully brought to life setting the stage for an enchanting holiday experience!

Presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Victorian Christmas will be held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 19, and from 1:30-6 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9, 16 and 23.

For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 530-265-2692, or visit

Cornish Christmas, presented by the Grass Valley Downtown Association, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 23 and 30 and on Dec. 7, 14, and 21.

For more information contact the Grass Valley Downtown Association, 530-272-8315, or visit

Penn Valley Chamber lights up the Village Center

The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, working with the Martines family and other community partners have raised the funds to illuminate the Penn Valley Village center with white winter lights.

The inspiration for the lights came from the example set by both Grass Valley and Nevada City and the Chamber’s ongoing desire to revitalize the Village Center. About 15 buildings will be aglow for the winter season.

Penn Valley’s Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Chamber is teaming up with Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe to present Penn Valley’s annual “Small Business Saturday,” a day that highlights local restaurants and retail establishments.

Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe and Penn Valley True Value Hardware will be the official “Small Business Saturday” headquarters. Chamber representatives will be onsite to greet guests and provide lists of participating businesses, detailing special holiday offers.

A punch card will be given to shoppers. Those with cards punched by all the participating businesses will receive a free Christmas Tree ornament and a chance to win a $500 True Value gift certificate.

To help kick-off the holiday season, the Wildflower Nursery Garden and Gift Shoppe will have a Christmas Tree lot in full operation and has announced that a portion of the proceeds of tree sales will be donated to help Penn Valley Village Center revitalization efforts.

Cowboy Christmas

Small Business Saturday will culminate with the 14th annual Cowboy Christmas Celebration. The celebration is set to begin at 4 p.m. in the Penn Valley Shopping Center located on the corner of Penn Valley Drive and Spenceville Road.

Jamie Hogan, DJ, will spin some tunes and give western dance lessons. Other activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, games for children and a visit with Santa Claus.

A Complimentary cowboy supper, soft drinks, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. Admission is free. This annual holiday event is generously hosted by the Martines family of Penn Valley. Be sure to dress warmly in your favorite Western attire.

For more Information about Penn Valley Holiday events please contact the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 530-432-1802.

Susan George is a co-founder of The Nevada County Regional Chambers of Commerce. She can be reached at

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