Enjoy Holiday Magic in Calaveras – Open Houses & More

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, parades and Christmas-tree lightings.

Holiday magic in Calaveras County means you’ll be singing along with carolers, enjoying street musicians, munching on free goodies from downtown businesses and warming up with wine strolls. To top it all off, we’ve even got chestnuts roasting on an open fire. And it’s all happening from Thanksgiving weekend through to New Year. Read on for details.

Happy Holidays! Find what’s happening today, or on the day of your trip on our on-line calendar of events here.

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Overview Holiday Parades, Open Houses & Craft Fairs

Looking for an overview of our biggest Holiday Open Houses, parades and more? Use the flyer below to save the date on the biggest Calaveras Holiday events (listed in chronological order), then read on through the rest of this article to learn more about each of these fabulous annual events below! 🎉

Calaveras Holiday Magic Overview 2019

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Angels Camp Christmas Lighted Parade & Wine Hop 

WHERE: Historic downtown Angels Camp, CA
WHEN: Saturday November 30th 4:00pm to 7:00pm (parade at 5:00pm)
LEARN MORE: Contact event organizers through their event listing here.

The weekend of Thanksgiving brings the beloved 29th Annual Angels Camp Lighted Christmas Parade, Wine Hop & Holiday Market taking place on Saturday November 30th. While the main festivities of the event last from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, during and after the festivities, family owned Angels Camp historic downtown businesses serve up treats, discounts on merchandise and wine tasting.

Angels Camp downtown holiday season | Lisa Boulton

Historic downtown Angels Camp in holiday finery | Lisa Boulton

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Copper Valley Square – Tree Lighting & Stuff a Bus Toy Drive 

WHERE: The Square at Copper Valley in Copperopolis, CA
WHEN: Saturday December 7th 4:00pm to 7:00pm
LEARN MORE: Contact event organizers through their event listing here.

You can’t get much more old-time-Americana than horse-drawn carriage rides around The Square at Copper Valley (formerly known as Copperopolis Town Square). This fabulous 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.

Holiday Magic in Calaveras: Santa at Copperopolis Town Square | Charity Maness

Santa arrives by carriage in Copperopolis Town Square | Charity Maness

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Arnold Area – Christmas in White Pines Parade of Lights

WHERE: White Pines Park in White Pines, CA (Arnold Area) 
WHEN: Friday November 29th at 6:00pm
LEARN MORE: Contact event organizers through their event listing here.

The day after Thanksgiving, don’t miss the 5th Annual Christmas in White Pines Parade of Lights (near White Pines Lake within walking distance of downtown Arnold, CA). Featuring a 75 foot Christmas tree lit up at White Pines park, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and greeting children in the gazebo beginning at 6:00pm. At 7:00 pm the White Pines Parade of Lights will begin, lighting up Blagen Road. From people walking, dancing, and  singing to cars and floats, you can view previous parade entries (or submit an entry request for an idea of your own) by visiting the White Pines Parade of Lights Facebook page here.

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Community-built floats in White Pines

Explore shopping in nearby Arnold here: Arnold Shopping

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Valley Springs Holiday Cheer 2019 – Annual Valley Springs Christmas Parade, TWO Craft Fairs, Christmas Tree Lighting & Visit with Santa

WHERE: 189 Pine Street Valley Springs, CA  95252
WHEN: Saturday December 7th; times below
Veteran’s Hall Craft Fair Time:
9:00am to 1:00pm
Parade Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Terrace Plaza Tree Lighting & Craft Fair Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
LEARN MORE: Contact event organizers through their event listing here.

Looking for a little holiday spirit in the Valley Springs tri-lake area? Look no further than the Valley Springs Christmas Parade, Craft Fair and Christmas Tree Lighting this Saturday December 7th, 2019.

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Members of Power Up Fitness’ Hip Hop Class Valley Springs Christmas Parade I Sean Thomas Courtesy of Calaveras Enterprise

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Murphys Holiday Open House

WHERE: Historic downtown Murphys, CA
WHEN: RAIN OR SHINE Friday December 6th 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Murphys Holiday Open House and Parade takes place annually the first Friday in December, which this year falls on Friday December 6th from 5pm to 8 pm. This free annual event transforms Murphys Historic Downtown into a winter wonderland with 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.

Murphys Holiday Open House | Maria Camillo

Murphys Historic Hotel at Christmas | Maria Camillo

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Mokelumne Hill Holiday Open House

WHERE: Historic downtown Mokelumne Hill, CA
WHEN: Sunday December 8th 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Discover small town holiday cheer at Mokelumne Hill’s Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 8th, from 1pm to 7pm. This quaint, historic, gold rush town comes to life with special free activities perfect for adults and children of all ages.  

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Artist Takayuki Harada’s portrayal of the annual Mokelumne Hill Holiday Open House titled “The Joyful Day of our Town”

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More 2019 Holiday Magic in Calaveras

Explore the on-line calendar of Calaveras events by day to find additional holiday events happening through January. Looking for something in particular? Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] or give us a call 7 days a week at 1-800-225-3764.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Winter | Dave Bunnell

Winter snowshoeing at Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Dave Bunnell

Looking for lodging? We recommend booking early during the holiday season. You can explore available lodging and compare prices here:

Happy holidays from Calaveras County to you and your loved ones.

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  1. We are planning to visit Angels camp, Copperopolis and Murphy in late December – 23 -29. What events or activities are available during that time frame in the county?

    • Hi there Ed,

      Thanks so much for reaching out! If you would like to find any event information for any future date you can find it all on our on-line calendar of events here: https://www.gocalaveras.com/calaveras-events-calendar/

      Just click the right arrow next to the month to load the month of your choice, then click whatever day you are interested in visiting and scroll down to see the results. If you see an event that looks interesting to you, you can click that event and it will show you all of the details you might want–including who to contact for further information regarding that event.

      If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to call 1-800-225-3764.

      Calaveras is such a magical place to be for the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful visit to the area.

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