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Historic inns present Christmas candlelight tour

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Each year as December draws near, the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City take on an historic ambience as shopkeepers, restaurants, and lodging facilities begin to paint on a bright face reminiscent of “Christmas Past.” The towns come alive when the twinkle of white lights intermingle with the picturesque gaslights that normally light the narrow streets of these enchanting historic villages.

Both Nevada City and Grass Valley start early to prepare for their annual Victorian and Cornish Christmas events. The Victorian Christmas celebrations of Nevada City take place on Wednesday evenings Dec. 4, 11 & 18 and the Sunday preceding Christmas, Dec. 22nd.

Grass Valley boasts that the Friday nights belong to the Cornish Christmas participants, starting on Nov. 29 and continuing Dec. 6, 13, & 20. These highly publicized holiday activities draw thousands of local people as well as visitors from around the world. Given an opportunity to “dress-up” many wear beautiful costumes of the period and stroll through the streets with our visitors.

Naturally, the main streets of the towns are closed to vehicular traffic, however, we’re sure you will see an occasional horse-drawn carriage or hay wagon. Hundreds of vendors show their Christmas ware, while quaint shops and stores offer a haven for shoppers to come out of the cold to sip a warm tea. Everything always seems to be so perfect. The occasional light snow always blends beautifully with the melodic tones of period instruments and many of the Christmas carolers will keep you mesmerized for longer than you expect.

Let’s not forget the food. Most of the restaurants – along with street vendors – will be offering holiday delights that will bring you back to grandma’s kitchen. Turkey drumsticks, season sausage and sourdough tubs filled with various stews can all be washed down with some good old fashioned mulled wine, or something lighter, like hot chocolate. The mixed aroma of all these delights will make your head spin with wonders of what’s next.

Our traditional Christmas season continues with the Historic Inns of Grass Valley and Nevada City Annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. These occur on Thursday evenings: Dec. 5, 12 & 19. Call for location on each date. Check with us for participating Inns. All showings are from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. We open our doors to extend Seasons Greetings and welcome visitors from far and near to feast in the luxury of an era long past. And feasting it does become, as each Inn offers select finger foods with hot or cold beverages. All of our Inns put on their best face indoors and out. After all, every grand lady should dress when someone comes a ‘callin. Many innkeepers dress in period costumes, which add to the season’s charm.

For tour ticket and reservation information, call (800) 250-5808 or (530) 477-6634 between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Tickets are $10 – complimentary to Inn guests. Or write Historic Inns, P.O. Box 2060, Nevada City, CA 95959.

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