Imagine stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting for the holidays. That’s the kind of magic we offer up here in Calaveras County when our small-towns are illuminated by fairy lights, lighted parades and Christmas-tree lightings. Here you’ll enjoy caroling, street musicians, free goodies from downtown businesses and wine strolls. To top it all off, we’ve even got chestnuts roasting on an open fire – oh yes we do. And it’s all happening over the next two weekends. Read on for details:
Old Fashioned Holiday, Copperopolis Town Square
You can’t get much more old-time-Americana than horse-drawn carriage rides around the square. Copperopolis Town Square’s Old Fashioned Holiday free annual event offers that and much more. For one thing, those free carriage rides feature a special guest you’ll love to ride with… good old Santa Claus himself. And he’s happy to feature in your photos of you and your family from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Festivities begin at 11 am on Saturday, November 26th and continue all day until 7:00 pm. So, if you have little ones that struggle to stay up past dusk, here’s your perfect opportunity to get them started on their holiday celebrations with maximum enjoyment and minimal fuss.
Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, an artisanal holiday food and craft fair, Mr and Mrs. Claus available for photo ops, and live music by The Shakers Christmas Band. Tree lighting takes place from 5 – 7 pm and all of the shops and restaurants in the picturesque town square will be offering holiday specials and staying open late.
This is an event guaranteed to brighten the hearts of children and adults alike.
Angels Camp Lighted Christmas Parade, Open House & Wine Stroll
This free annual event taking place on November 26th is now in its fifth year and kicks off at 4:00 pm. Caroling in front of the Calaveras Visitors Center at 4:15 serenades the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4:30 p. Next up is the Parade of Lights through historic downtown where locals and visitors alike line this classic Gold Rush street to enjoy the pretty sights.
Here Main Street merchants are open late serving up treats, discounts on merchandise and wine tasting. Santa is available for photos on the porch at the Visitors Center, immediately following the parade and food trucks will be selling pizza, hot chocolate and other toasty goodies for an evening’s entertainment of carols from Mountain Melody Women’s Choir. It’s the kind of classic, small-town-America-celebration that will warm your heart and jump start your holiday spirit.
Murphys Holiday Open House
This free annual event, which takes place on Friday, December 2nd from 5 – 8 pm, is an old-fashioned celebration featuring a lighted holiday parade, treats, and local wines hosted by Main Street merchants, restaurants, wineries and the Murphys Business Association.
Musicians and carolers fill the streets of charming, historic Murphys with the sounds of the season. Santa arrives with the parade, lights the tree and stays for photos with the kids in the Native Sons Hall and a good time is had by all.
Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire at the Spice Tin…make sure to stop by and try one. You’ll see why they’ve been a traditionally delicious part of winter festivities for centuries.
Here’s to experiencing the holiday spirit of Murphys for an evening of pure enchantment.
More Holiday Celebrations This Weekend & Next
Check out our calendar of events for more holiday festivities taking place this weekend & next locally including (but not limited to):
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25: White Pines Parade of Lights | Bear Valley Winterfest
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26: Mountain Ranch Christmas in the Country | Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa | Bear Valley Winterfest
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27: Bear Valley Winterfest | Sonora Christmas Craft & Music Festival | Columbia’s Nelson’s Candy Kitchen – candy cane making
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3: Valley Springs Christmas Parade, Santa Visit & Craft Faire | Ironstone Vineyards’ Breakfast with Santa | Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus Holiday Season Performance
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4: Valley Springs Holiday Home Tour | Murphys’ Sounds of the Seasons Christmas Carols