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.

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 and a living nativity scene 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

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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.

Restrooms

City Hall
317 Broad St. Wheelchair accessible

Chamber of Commerce Robinson Plaza
132 Main Street Wheelchair accessible

Porta Potties located by the Chinese Monument, Commercial St Parking Lot 412 Commercial St. Wheelchair accessible

Disabled Parking

Disabled Parking spots available:

Spring Street
Lower Broad 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 Methodist Church 433 Broad Street
  • 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!!

Bus parking available at the Nevada County Government Center. Bus drivers will be allowed to ride local shuttle from the Government Center into town for FREE if they desire.

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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