Sundays – Dec 8, 15 & 22 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 11 & 18 from 5 – 9pm
The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.
This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!
There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!
Entertainment at Victorian Christmas
At locations throughout downtown, Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree can be found, along with hot roasted chestnuts and horse-drawn carriage rides. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus! $6 for one or two for $10. Santa is in the Old Firehouse at the top of Broad Street.
Why not add to the party by dressing as a Victorian?
We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian nature of the event. You’ll find costume tips and ideas costume tips and ideas here.
Victorian Christmas Parking
Parking can be difficult in Nevada City during Victorian Christmas. Broad and Commercial Streets are closed to through traffic. The Police Dept have asked us to let you know that parking is not allowed on “On Ramps” or “Off Ramps” of Hwys 49 and 20. Cars parked on the ramps will be ticketed and may be towed.
Dogs on a leash are allowed at Victorian Christmas.
317 Broad St. Wheelchair accessible
Chamber of Commerce Robinson Plaza
132 Main Street Wheelchair accessible
Disabled Parking spots available:
Nevada County Government Center 950 Maidu Ave
Parking & Shuttle
Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959.
- Shuttle costs $5 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 ride free.
- Return journeys are free for all.
- Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.
- Shuttle is wheelchair accessible
- Drop off at Veterans Building Parking Lot
- Small dogs on a leash that can be on your lap are allowed on the shuttle bus.
The Broad Street Overpass is for bus loading and unloading only. No bus parking on the overpass!! Bus parking is available on Coyote Street and will be clearly marked!
For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY. Victorian Christmas is a Rain or Shine event.