Carriages return to Nevada City for Victorian Christmas |

Carriages return to Nevada City for Victorian Christmas

FILE - The carriage parked in front of the National Hotel at 2012 Victorian Christmas on Broad Street.
John Hart/ | The Union

Victorian Christmas is here once again and the Nevada City Carriage Company will be providing horse-drawn carriages to accent that old-time Victorian Christmas feeling that is Nevada City at Christmas. The carriages will start on Friday and operate each Victorian Christmas event through New Year’s Day.

Drivers Dave Vertin and Chuck Shea will be there to take you on your holiday ride with sleigh bells ringing and the clip-clop of hoofs that bring you back to those days of early California in the mountains.

Shea, who owns The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast, says it’s his favorite time of the year. He enjoys meeting new folks who come to town and guides them to area restaurants and historic sights.

“My two favorite spots are The Tinman’s House and the old Factory Road, along Deer Creek behind Miners Foundry Cultural Center,” Shea said. “It is a special ride that takes you back 150 years.”

You can catch up with Vertin and Shea in front of the National Hotel. What’s the fare? It’s been the same for 10 years, $40 for up to six people.

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