Lots of Entertainment at Victorian Christmas

VicEntertainmentJoin us for Victorian Christmas and enjoy some spectacular entertainment! Victorian Christmas 2010 is scheduled Wednesday nights, Dec. 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Some of the featured entertainers are:
Wednesday, December 8th:
Izzi Tooinsky, Sierranaders, Joe Souza & Friend, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, Sometimes Singers, David Ayala, the NU Band, a walking Christmas tree, a live nativity scene, Santa Claus and more!

Sunday, December 12th:
Ludi Hinrichs, Joe Souza and Friend, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, TommyKnocker Cloggers, Jubilo Minstrels: “Gordy”, St. Ambrose Drama Group, David Ayala, Highland Dancers, Shades of Blue: chorus, the NU Chamber Choir, the NU Band, Santa Claus and more!

Wednesday, December 15th:
Izzi Tooinsky, Joe Souza & Friend, Sometimes Singers, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, David Ayala, a live nativity scene, the NU Band, a walking Christmas tree, Santa Claus and more!

Sunday, December 19th:
Ludi Hinrichs, TommyKnocker Cloggers, St. Ambrose Drama Group, Village Festival Recorders, Victorian Christmas Singers, David Ayala, a live nativity scene, Sage Po (harp), Thunderfoot Cloggers, the NU Band, Dylan Rodrique & Friend, Santa Claus and more!

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“The Christmas Card” in Nevada City

“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:

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Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) and Cody Cullen (John Newton) seem to be hitting it off as they work at her father’s Christmas tree stand. Unbeknownst to her, he is the recipient of a Christmas card she sent to “a member of the U.S. Army.”

“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, 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.”

This December “The Christmas Card,” the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original film of all time, will be aired on the following dates (Pacific Time):

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times***

December 10th at 6 p.m.,
December 11th at 10 a.m.
December 25 at 8 p.m.
December 26th at 10 a.m.
December 31st at 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

For more information visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

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: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! This year the event will be held Wednesday nights, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Lodging: Overnight visitors are encouraged to book local accommodations early. A dozen historic and charming bed & 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.

Victorian Christmas Celebrations

VicXmasNevada City’s famous Victorian Christmas Celebrations start this week in historic downtown Nevada City. The downtown area is closed to cars, and holiday celebrants fill the streets. Sample wonderful food and peruse the many items  offered by downtown shops, restaurants and friendly street vendors. Victorian Christmas 2010 is scheduled Wednesday nights, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

At all the celebrations there will be chestnuts roasting on an open fire in the Lower Commercial Street Food Court area. Much entertainment is planned all through the downtown area, and carriage rides will be available at the National Hotel. There will be a living nativity scene and Kids Fun at the Alpha Building will feature visits with Santa Claus and children’s crafts. More information here.

Dinner for “Christmas Card” Screenwriter

Wednesday, May 19, at the National Hotel in Nevada City, CA.
Social hour at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25— including tax and tip—with a choice of prime rib, chicken marsala or salmon.
Seating is limited, call the National Hotel at 265-4551 to make a reservation.

The Nevada City Chamber received a beautiful letter from Alice Evans, that will be read to screenwriter Joany Kane at the dinner. Below is an excerpt, in which Alice (who portrayed Faith in the movie) talks about the challenge producers had finding a town as beautiful as those featured on Christmas cards:

“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, hotel, church and of course their people, who served as the most brilliant supporting artists all through the film.”

Please join us at the National Hotel to give Joany an old-fashioned Nevada City welcome.

Opening Night of Victorian Christmas 2009

Join us Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Nevada City for the opening night of Victorian Christmas.

Victorian Christmas, the old-fashioned celebration held each year in this colorful California Gold Rush town, evokes holiday memories of an earlier era.

Entertainment highlights for the evening include:

Santa Claus: all evening at the Masonic Lodge Entry
Joe Souza and Friends: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. at 227 Broad Street
IZZI TOOINSKY juggler & raconteur: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Robinson Plaza
Lou & Salvation Army Brass: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Broad Street Bistro
  • Santa Claus: all evening at the Masonic Lodge Entry
  • Joe Souza and Friends: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. at 227 Broad Street
  • IZZI TOOINSKY juggler & raconteur: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Robinson Plaza
  • Lou & Salvation Army Brass: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Broad Street Bistro

Victorian Christmas 2009 is featured Wednesday nights, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, from 6-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Santa’s Workshop new this year at Victorian Christmas

Children and their parents are invited to visit Santa’s Workshop at 212 Broad St (old Alpha Bldg) this Wednesday 6-9pm during Victorian Christmas. Enjoy holiday crafts and games. Make a hand-made Nevada City ornament for your Christmas or manzanita tree this year!

Victorian Christmas is just around the corner. Come enjoy a winter wonderland of lights in Callanan Park plus favorites like Victorian clad carolers, roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, delicious food & drink and lots of holiday cheer! Join us Wednesdays, December 2nd, 9th, & 16th, from 6-9pm, and Sundays, December 13th & 20th from 1:30 – 6pm.