November Events & Holiday Celebrations

We're kicking off the season with November events and holiday celebrations to get you in the mood for all the upcoming festivities.

November Events: New adventures at New Melones Lake

You might call it the “off” season, but it’s a fantastic time to explore some of the lesser known aspects of New Melones Lake and its environs. This month, take advantage of the following interpretive and recreational programs: All activities are free of charge, and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.  Please contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 ext. 233 for more information on specific events.

New Melones Dam

New Melones Dam | Courtesy photo

Up close at the New Melones Dam overlook – Get a stunning view of the structure that holds the lake’s water in. A Park Ranger will be available on site to answer questions about the dam and history of New Melones Lake.  The dam overlook is off of Old Melones Dam Rd/Peoria Flat Rd, which can be reached by taking O’Byrnes Ferry Rd from Hwy 108.
Sunday Nov 6, 10:00am-2:00pm

Coyote Creek Kayaking Excursion – Coyote Creek inlet tells the historic story of the town of Melones.  Tour will launch from the Mark Twain Day Use Area and will last about four hours.  Open to experienced swimmers with their own kayak or other non-motorized boat.  Participants need to bring their own boat, USCG approved life jacket (properly fitting and serviceable), paddles, sunscreen, hat, water and lunch.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  Please contact Ranger Hilary at 209-536-9094 ext. 219 to register for this event.
Sunday Nov 20, 10:00am-2:00pm
New Melones Lake Visitor Center
6850 Studhorse Flat Rd. Sonora 95370

November Events: Holiday Open Houses and Tree Lightings

November Events: Angels Camp Parade | Richard Harray

Angels Camp Parade | Richard Harray

November events taking place over Thanksgiving weekend usher in the holiday season and there are festive gatherings throughout the county on Friday & Saturday November 25 & 26. Check out the following listings to make your plans for the night:

November Holiday Events:  Friday Nov 25

Christmas in White Pines Parade of Lights
Start time 7:00 pm
Blagen Road to White Pines Park, Arnold CA 95223
Photos with Santa in the gazebo

Winterfest at Bear Valley
Bear Valley Mountain Opening Day – Projected, weather permitting, call 209-753-2301
Reba Sports Thanksgiving Sale
7 PM: “A Walk in the Park” with David Vassar Film, Benefits Sustainable Future, donations welcome – Limited seating, BUY TICKETS

November Holiday Events: Saturday Nov 26

Mountain Ranch Annual Christmas in the Country
Mountain Ranch Community Hall
8049 Washington Street, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246

Copperopolis Old Fashioned Holiday at the Square and Tree Lighting
Copperopolis Town Square
100 Town Square Road, Copperopolis, CA 95228

Angels Camp Lighted Christmas Parade, Open House and Wine Stroll
4:00pm – 8:00pm, Parade at 5:00pm
Downtown Angels Camp
Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222

Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa
Dorrington Hotel
Hwy 4, Dorrington, CA 95223

Winterfest at Bear Valley
Bear Valley Cross Country Opening Day – Tentative date, weather permitting, call 209-753-2834
12 PM: Wine Tasting in the Meadow  call 209-753-2834,  $10 per person, pre-registration required, space limited, call 209-753-2834
5:30 PM: Winterfest Celebration Bonfire and Family Fun – At the south side of the Bear Valley Lodge across from the main entrance
6:30 PM: Warren Miller Film in Bear Valley Lodge, Benefits youth sports, donations welcome
8–10 PM: Music – In the Cathedral Lounge at the Bear Valley Lodge

Check out our Calendar of Events for a full month of fall festivities!

November Events: Copperopolis Tree Lighting | Jack Forkner

Copperopolis Christmas Tree Lighting | Jack Forkner

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