Become a Victorian Christmas Vendor

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Please be sure to review the requirements on this page first.


Traci Hescock
(916) 402-8885

2018 Dates

  • Sundays,
    December 9, 16, & 23
    1:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays,
    December 12 & 19
    5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


A new 2018 requirement:

You are required to submit 2-5 photos or jpegs of your products and 1 of your booth.

Please be sure to list all of the items that you will be selling!

The Victorian Christmas Committee will accept new craft & merchant vendor submissions based on

originality, quality of workmanship and marketability.

Returning vendors are exempt from submitting photos



All fees include a city impact fee of $20 for all vendors to help with traffic, trash, and public safety expenses.

  • Craft Vendors – $450
    All items handmade by the vendor.
  • Merchant Vendors – $275 (Must be Chamber member)
    All items mass-produced and/or imported, including pre-packaged foods.
  • Food Vendors – $500 (Must be Chamber member)
    All food vendors must apply before November 16, 2018 or a County fine will be added to your amount due.
    Before registering all food vendors must have a Temporary Food Facilities permit from the Nevada County Environmental Health Department. To apply download and return the Nevada County Food Vendor Application and Risk Assessment.

Deadline for all vendors is November 16th

Booth Regulations

  • 10×10 space
  • Electricity Prohibited
  • Food Vendor vans/booths on wheels (when permitted by chamber officials) must pay an additional out-of-compliance-size fee.

Vendor Requirements

  • Insurance. The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Nevada City must be named as additionally insured on your insurance policy.  A certificate must be submitted to the Chamber no later than 10 days before the event.
  • Resale license. This is required to complete the online registration. For more information on acquiring a resale license see Be aware that it can take two weeks from submitting your application to receive your license.
  • All food vendors are required to have a Temporary Facility Permit – Environmental Health Temporary Food Facility Permit Application. This is required to complete the online registration.
  • Participate in all five events.
  • Dress in clothing suggestive of the (1800’s) Victorian era.
  • Decorate your booth festively with pine boughs, red bows, etc.
  • Take your trash with you after each event.


Prior to November 16th, your fee, minus $25 for processing, will be returned. After November 16th, no refunds will be granted.

Downtown merchants may request a reserved street location prior to October 31st. Restaurants outside the downtown area will be assigned a Food Court location.

The Christmas Card

“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

Screenwriter Joany Kane had never even heard of Nevada City when she wrote the screenplay for “The Christmas Card.” The story was originally set in a mill town in Vermont. Budget constraints led the production team to look for sites in California, and one of the producers, Lincoln Lageson, suggested Nevada City. He was familiar with the town because his parents grew up in Nevada City. Alice Evans (who portrayed Faith in the movie) talks about Nevada City:

“But there is one that looks even better; so perfectly preserved and warm and welcoming that you have to pinch yourself the first time you take that walk up the hill towards the church, just to make sure it’s real.

Well, this town turned out not only to be the perfect town, but to have the perfect inhabitants, who were delighted not only to welcome “The Christmas Card” to their town, but also to loan out their diner (Nevada City Classic Cafe), hotel, church and of course their people, who served as the most brilliant supporting artists all through the film.”

“It was a match made in heaven,” Kane said. “The city really is a character in the movie.”

December 2017 Showtimes

christmas card showtimes 2017For more information about “The Christmas Card” and air times, please visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Visit Screenwriter Joany Kane’s website, and purchase some of her other un-produced screenplays.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Nevada City at Christmas

Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! The event is held in December, two Wednesday nights, and three Sunday afternoons. There is no admission charge.

Lodging: Overnight visitors are encouraged to book local accommodations early. A dozen historic and charming bed and breakfast inns and several comfortable hotels and motels are located within walking distance of downtown Nevada City, or a short drive from nearby Grass Valley.

For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.


Nevada City Farmers Market 2018


Downtown Nevada City Winter/Summer Farmers Market

Summer Market – Saturdays, June 2nd – November 17th 2018

Hours 8:30am – 1:00pm

August Evening Market at Pioneer Park – Wednesdays 5 – 8pm (August 1, 9, 16, 23 & 30)

Other Local Farmers Markets


Western Gateway Park (Nevada County Certified Growers Market)
May 3rd – November 1st (Every Thursday)
9:00am – 1:00 pm
18560 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley

Thursday Night Market
June 28th – August 2nd (Every Thursday)
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Downtown Grass Valley


Historic North Star House (Nevada County Certified Growers Market)
April 14th – November 17th 2018
8:00am – 12:30 pm
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley

Live Music each week/Free Kids Activities 2nd & 4th week monthly

Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2018

Sundays – Dec 9, 16 & 23 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 12 & 19 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.

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


General Information

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.


City Hall
317 Broad St. Wheelchair accessible

Chamber of Commerce Robinson Plaza
132 Main Street Wheelchair accessible

Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking spots available:

Spring Street
Union Street

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.

Tour Buses

The Broad Street Overpass is for bus loading and unloading only.  No bus parking on the overpass!!

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.

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