Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2020

A Hometown Victorian Holiday

Due to COVID-19, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Victorian Christmas will be reimagined as a hometown Victorian holiday.

In keeping with public health and safety guidelines, there will be no street closures, large crowds, or street vendors. Instead there will be an emphasis on showcasing Nevada City’s charming retail shops and restaurants, along with the town’s beautiful and festively decorated streets, homes, and buildings.

Beginning Friday of Thanksgiving weekend and running through the end of December, shops and restaurants in downtown Nevada City will extend their hours to 8pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Wednesdays and Sundays, which would have typically been Victorian Christmas, participating downtown businesses will offer shoppers dressed in Victorian or other festive attire a 10% discount. Father Christmas will make his annual appearance on Sunday afternoons. Craft vendors from the popular Nevada City Craft Fair and other favorite long time Victorian Christmas vendors will create an unique artisan’s market selling “Nevada City Made” goods at the former City Council Coffee building located at 233 Broad Street. For those wishing to do curbside pickup from their favorite local small business, ten-minute parking spots will be designated for quick pick-ups and drop offs. For those who’d prefer to do their shopping online, participating merchants will offer an online tour of their shop via their website and social media, where you can then either purchase goods from their online store or call the shop directly. Starting December 11, visitors can take a self-guided audio tour -either in person or virtually – of the various local Nevada City locations that served as the backdrop to the internationally popular Hallmark movie The Christmas Card, narrated by the film’s writer Joany Kane. These and many more COVID compliant activities will be offered throughout the month of December.

Because Nevada County now falls into the State’s most restrictive purple “widespread” tier, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is asking everyone to remain vigilant and adhere to the State and County’s public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our small business owners and community:

  • Visitors outside of the County are being asked to please show their love and support of Nevada City by shopping online. Many of your favorite shops have made the pivot to create an online retail store, while others are offering Facebook and Instagram stores, and even taking phone orders. To thank folks for staying home the Chamber will be sending Nevada City postcards (a la The Christmas Card) to the first 250 online orders made to our local Nevada City retailers – yep, they are keeping track!
  • Retail shops are now required to operate at 25% capacity. Signage will be posted outside businesses asking for your help in self-regulating this capacity limit. Masks should be worn anytime inside a business, public space, or public bathroom. Additional PPE will be offered including holiday themed masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Restaurants along with bars, breweries and tasting rooms offering food, will only be operating outside. So dig out those puffy and shearling lined jackets, to enjoy a holiday cocktail and meal al fresco. Or choose to enjoy a delicious holiday meal to-go! Almost all local restaurants are offering to-go options.
  • Continue to practice social distancing and stay at least six feet (two arms lengths) from other people who are not from the same household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Shop or go out to eat on midweek days or off hours when there are less people and more parking spots!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce understands that this year has asked more of us than we could have ever imagined. Our hope is that this low-key but equally warm, welcoming and joyous hometown holiday celebration will retain the historic charm and holiday spirit that brings so much joy to our community.