10 Ways to Get the Most out of Christmas Vacation in Calaveras

Heading to Calaveras County or Bear Valley Resort for the holidays? Enjoy this quick guide for the 10 top things to do during Christmas vacation in Calaveras County. From festive downtowns, to cozy fireside games, wine tasting, candy shops, and more, get in on the holiday spirit with one of the most hygge holiday regions California has to offer–Calaveras County!

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Mokelumne Hill Holiday Charm I Courtesy of Calaveras Visitors Bureau – Kaedence Eaton

Ready to get the most out of your Christmas Vacation in Calaveras? Let’s go!

1. Christmas Vacation in Calaveras Let Us Do the Cooking

CAMPS Restaurant, Angels Camp, Calaveras County
Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp, CA is the perfect place to unwind over the holidays.

2. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasCatch a Movie

Angels Camp Theater, Angels 6 Theatres, Cinema West
Angels Camp Theater Courtesy of John Slot Photography

CHRISTMAS EVE BONUS: Watch It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen Christmas Eve at Angels Theater.

Take advantage of Angels Theater’s Flashback Cinema event featuring limited showings of holiday favorites (including It’s a Wonderful Life on December 22nd and Christmas Eve December 24th) Sundays and Wednesdays during two convenient times: 12:30pm and 6:30pm. View the full 2019 Angels Cinema West Holiday Flashback schedule here.


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3. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasEnjoy Festive, Quaint and Charming Downtown Atmosphere

Mokelumne Hill, Hotel Leger, Historic Downtown, Gold rush
Enjoying the ambiance in historic downtown Mokelumne Hill, CA I Courtesy of Instagrammer @ehhleee

4. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasEnjoy Holiday and New Years Eve Events

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Don’t Miss the Lighted Boat Parade at Lake Camanche I Courtesy of Instagrammer @simplylauriephotography

From Lake Camanche’s Winter Wonderland Lighted Boat Parade on December 28th to the annual Bear Valley New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, and more laid back events in between, use our on-line calendar of Calaveras events to see what’s happening throughout Calaveras and the surrounding area during your Christmas vacation in Calaveras County.

5. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasEnjoy Local Bakeries and Sweets

Sugar Bakery scones & brownies
In Angels Camp? We never miss a chance to enjoy Sugar Bakery.

6. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasGet Cozy Indoors

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Instagrammer @meganhollyclouse getting cozy with friends in Arnold.

7. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasExplore Gold Rush History

Living History Days at Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House. Photo courtesy Kim Arth, Museum Director
Living History Days at Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House. Photo courtesy Kim Arth, Museum Director

In Calaveras or Angels Camp on the second Saturday of the month? For a little something extra, don’t miss Living History Days at the Angels Camp Museum

8. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasExplore the Great Outdoors

Calaveras Big Trees,
Calaveras Big Trees State Park I Courtesy of Calaveras Visitors Bureau

9. Christmas Vacation in CalaverasGo Wine Tasting or Explore Local Vineyards

Feeling festive at Lavender Ridge Tasting Room in Murphys, CA

10. Christmas Vacation in Calaveras Hit the Slopes – Find Nearby Snow Play

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Hit the slopes at Bear Valley Resort I Courtesy of official Instagram account @bearvalleyresort.

Looking for more fun things to explore in Calaveras County or need help finding something in particular? We’re here to help! Explore our website by town at, reach out via email at, give us a call at 1-209-736-0049, or visit us in person at 753 S. Main Street in Angels Camp, CA.

Happy vacation!