Victorian Christmas 2020


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(Updated December 11, 2020)

On December 9, the State announced that Nevada County, along with neighboring counties in the Greater Sacramento region, would be moving into the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order beginning Friday, December 11th. The order will remain in effect for a minimum of three weeks. This means that retail shops are open with 20% capacity and restaurants are only able to offer take-out. Masks are also now required to be worn in downtown Nevada City. 

Recently Nevada City’s annual holiday market Victorian Christmas was nationally recognized by popular travel website Trips to Discover as the “Most Festive Christmas Town in California” and Conde Nast Traveler magazine also named the event one of the “Best European-Style Christmas Markets in the United States”.

Praised for the event’s “warm and welcoming” and “festive” ambiance, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Victorian Christmas has been reimagined due to COVID-19 as a hometown Victorian holiday with 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. There are no street closures or vendors, but Father Christmas will make his annual appearance on Sunday afternoons.

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.

The Chamber has created a Gift Guide which showcases local small businesses and merchants

Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the various local Nevada City locations that served as the backdrop to the internationally popular Hallmark movie The Christmas Card, with comments by the film’s writer Joany Kane, and producer Lincoln Lageson.

Here is map of where to find the best christmas lights in Nevada County.

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.