Victorian Christmas celebrates its 25th year |

Victorian Christmas celebrates its 25th year

What started as a small community event in 1978 has grown into one of the most popular holiday events in the Gold Country. Victorian Christmas, sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and due to celebrate its 25th anniversary, will be staged Dec. 4, 11, 18 & 22; the first three on Wednesday evenings (6-9 p.m.) and the final segment on a Sunday afternoon (1-5 p.m.).

The downtown business district will be filled with vendors, music and holiday spirit. And as in past years, there will be three Wednesday evening street closures, with a Dec. 22 Sunday afternoon event for last-minutes shoppers.

Barbara Tanner, longtime chair of the event, promises another big turnout of crafts vendors and musicians, inspired in part by Nevada City’s inclusion in last year’s airing of “A Small-Town Christmas,” produced and aired by the Home & Garden Television Network.

“The national publicity was tremendous,” Tanner said, “and has definitely resulted in greater interest by potential vendors.”

This year, in recognition of the event’s silver anniversary, merchants, vendors and musicians are encouraged to dress in Victorian attire.

And while some might rent costumes, the chamber office has ideas for slight modification to modern attire that will allow participants to capture the essence of the late 19th century. Call 265-2692 for


Strolling carolers will be making their way through the crowds, with roasted chestnuts available in the parking lot behind Broad Street Furnishings. In addition, street vendors will be selling hot food and hot drinks to keep you warm on the anticipated brisk days of December.

Victorian Christmas is one of the most unique outdoor holiday street fairs in California, drawing upwards of two-dozen tour buses for the Sunday street closure.

“People come here from all over the region,” said Cathy Whittlesey, executive manager of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, “and the publicity generated by Victorian Christmas pays dividends for our merchants throughout the year.”

Free parking and shuttle service will operate from the Eric Rood Government Center on Highway 49, above town. The shuttle bus service is provided courtesy of the downtown merchants.

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