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Dec
17
Sun
39th Annual Victorian Christmas @ Downtown Nevada City
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2017

Sundays – Dec 3, 10 & 17 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 13 & 20 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!

Victorian Christmas costumes

Entertainment at Victorian Christmas

At locations throughout downtown, Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree and a living nativity scene can be found, along with hot roasted chestnuts and horse drawn carriage rides.

December 14th Entertainment Schedule

Why not add to the party by dressing as a Victorian?

We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian nature of the event. You’ll find costume tips and ideas costume tips and ideas here.

Victorian Christmas Parking

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General Information

Parking can be difficult in Nevada City during Victorian Christmas. Broad and Commercial Streets are closed to through traffic. The Police Dept have asked us to let you know that parking is not allowed on “On Ramps” or “Off Ramps” of Hwys 49 and 20. Cars parked on the ramps will be ticketed and may be towed.

Take the Shuttle

Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959.

  • Shuttle costs $5 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 ride free.
  • Return journeys are free for all.
  • Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.

Tour Buses

The Broad Street Overpass is for bus loading and unloading only.  No bus parking on the overpass!!

Bus parking available at the Nevada County Government Center. Bus drivers will be allowed to ride local shuttle from the Government Center into town for FREE if they desire.

For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.  Victorian Christmas is a Rain or Shine event.

InConcert Sierra Presents: SMC & Orchestra – Holidays 2017 @ Seventh-day Adventist Church
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SMC & Orchestra – Holidays 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017 • 2 pm

Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra

Ken Hardin, Conductor

Bringing joy and inspiration to the holiday season with some old favorites and some new discoveries – as well as a chance to sing along. If you’re looking for good holiday cheer with something for everyone, you’ve found it. Make SMC your holiday tradition! 

Conducted by InConcert Sierra’s Artistic Director Ken Hardin, the SMC and Orchestra will be making spirits bright for the holidays!  This is always one of those concerts from which you leave full of the spirit of the season and with a smile on your face.

The Sierra Master Chorale is an auditioned high-level community choir with 80 singers. The chorale always performs with the InConcert Sierra Orchestra, which is comprised of local and regional musicians, including Concertmaster Richard Altenbach.

$35 general / $17 youth (+$4 online fee)

 

 

Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

Book a room at our Official Hospitality Partners:  Courtyard Suites package or Lamb’s Victorian Inn


 

CFA Presents: Brandi Carlile Winter Acoustic Tour @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

Brandi Carlile Winter Acoustic Tour

with opening support from Savannah Conley

Sunday, December 17th, 8:00 PM, Veterans Memorial Auditorium

  • Premium seating
  • $71  (Rows A-K)
  • Tier 2 seating (Rows L-EE)
    $56 Member, $63 General public
  • Tier 3 seating (Rows FF-KK)
    $43 Member, $48 General public
  • Tier 4 seating (Rows LL-QQ)
    $33 Member, $38 General public

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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Everyone needs to be risking something,” says Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. She’s discussing the M.O. behind The Firewatcher’s Daughter, her stunning new release – her first for artist-friendly indie label ATO. The 12-song collection marks a triumphant return after a three-year recording hiatus, and her strongest, most rock & roll album to date.

“Rock & roll music as a genre always has a sense of erratic recklessness to it,” she says. “It can’t really be rehearsed – in fact, rehearsal can kill it. On this album, each song has its honest rock & roll moment, even the ballads; it’s between the point where you’ve learned the song enough to get through it, but you don’t have any control over it yet.”

Since her heralded, genre-defying 2005 Columbia debut, Carlile and her indispensable collaborators, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, aka The Twins, have always offered listeners both control and abandon, often within a single song. The most well-known Brandi Carlile tunes, 2007’s “The Story” and 2012’s “That Wasn’t Me,” are dynamic journeys in themselves, encompassing myriad emotions and varied stylistic touches; “The Story” morphs from understated balladry to epic stadium rock, while “That Wasn’t Me” effortlessly straddles country soul and pop gospel. Infused with Carlile’s clarion voice, The Twins’ tight sibling harmonies, and stellar musicianship from everyone, it all simply sounds like Brandi Carlile.

Yet, over four acclaimed Columbia albums, countless sold-out tours, and fruitful relationships with top producers Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett, something was missing: Carlile and The Twins hadn’t yet captured the distinctive spark of old friends working up new tunes, a slippery magic born of years touring together, and often caught only on raw demos made at the behest of the label. The Firewatcher’s Daughter, by contrast, is a full-on Carlile/Twins co-production, cut live in Seattle’s Bear Creek Studio, with complete artistic control granted by ATO. With this new freedom, Carlile and The Twins, intent on capturing the elusive essence of a song’s spirit, tracked the album live, with little or no rehearsal.

Ironically, during this time of liberation, Carlile and The Twins all transitioned to married life; the Hanseroths became dads, and Carlile’s wife, Catherine Shepherd, was pregnant during the making of The Firewatcher’s Daughter. So when the engineer hit RECORD, the stakes were higher than usual: Carlile and the Twins producing, kids underfoot or on the way, and three years since an album. But true to form, they wrangled it all into song, catching many, many lightning-in-a-bottle moments; the crackling Lucinda Williams-meets-Fleetwood Mac of “Wherever Is Your Heart,” the CSN-meets-Bonnie Raitt of “The Eye,” to the dark folk-punk of “The Stranger at My Door,” the Elton John-meets-McCartney of “Beginning to Feel the Years,” and more – all executed without a net.

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Savannah Conley

It’s easy to find talent in a place like Nashville Tennessee, with its ebb and flow of bright-eyed hopeful songwriters and musicians melting into its very fabric. 20-year-old Savannah Conley knows this first hand having grown up immersed in the music business from a very young age
while keeping Nashville just at arm’s length in her farming suburb home of Kingston Springs. With her father, an accomplished studio and touring guitarist and her mother a hardworking background singer there was no escaping the countless spins of records from a genre-less household; the Its easy to find talent in a place like Nashville Tennessee, with its ebb and flow of bright-eyed hopeful songwriters and musicians melting into its very fabric. 20-year-old Savannah Conley knows this first hand having grown up immersed in the music business from a very young age
while keeping Nashville just at arm’s length in her farming suburb home of Kingston Springs. With her father, an accomplished studio and touring guitarist and her mother a hardworking background singer there was no escaping the countless spins of records from a genre-less household; the musical influencers reverberating from every single corner of the house.

At age seven, Conley was being hired for studio vocals that eventually led to her start on songwriting at the age eleven. Upon winning the John Lennon Songwriter’s award in 2016 it became very clear that it was time to release something new. “Prior to this, I seemed to write with the lens of a girl who was looking out the window at life being lived,” she says. “Now I’ve had some life to live and have drawn from it for my writing. A coming of age piece, I guess you could say.”

18th and Portland, the debut EP from Savannah Conley was released subsequently on September 8, 2017. No Country For New Nashville writes“The surest introduction to Conley is EP opener and arguable standout track “Midnight Train.” Conley’s voice rings out like a train whistle in the black of night, and it lingers in your head long after the song is over…leaving us anticipating Conley’s next move.”

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Dec
20
Wed
39th Annual Victorian Christmas @ Downtown Nevada City
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2017

Sundays – Dec 3, 10 & 17 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 13 & 20 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!

Victorian Christmas costumes

Entertainment at Victorian Christmas

At locations throughout downtown, Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree and a living nativity scene can be found, along with hot roasted chestnuts and horse drawn carriage rides.

December 14th Entertainment Schedule

Why not add to the party by dressing as a Victorian?

We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian nature of the event. You’ll find costume tips and ideas costume tips and ideas here.

Victorian Christmas Parking

map

General Information

Parking can be difficult in Nevada City during Victorian Christmas. Broad and Commercial Streets are closed to through traffic. The Police Dept have asked us to let you know that parking is not allowed on “On Ramps” or “Off Ramps” of Hwys 49 and 20. Cars parked on the ramps will be ticketed and may be towed.

Take the Shuttle

Drop your group off in town and then park your car and catch the Shuttle from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City CA 95959.

  • Shuttle costs $5 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 ride free.
  • Return journeys are free for all.
  • Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:30 pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.

Tour Buses

The Broad Street Overpass is for bus loading and unloading only.  No bus parking on the overpass!!

Bus parking available at the Nevada County Government Center. Bus drivers will be allowed to ride local shuttle from the Government Center into town for FREE if they desire.

For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.  Victorian Christmas is a Rain or Shine event.

Dec
22
Fri
50th Annual Cornish Christmas @ Downtown Grass Valley
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

50th Annual Cornish Christmas

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Visit Santa

Visit Santa at the Center of Movement Pilates Studio
There is stroller parking, and the nest will be open.

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration.

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

   A Grass Valley Cornish Christmas view down Mill Street

The Cornish Christmas celebration is truly an overload of the senses. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans.
The Cornish Carol Choir performing during Grass
Valley’s Cornish Christmas.

Pause at the steps of the historic Union Building as the Cornish Carol Choir performs traditional homeland Christmas carols. A long-standing Cornish tradition, some members are actually descendants of original Grass Valley Cornish Miners.

Young musicians perform amidst ladies in traditional
garb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas you’ll see kids and adults dressed in period costumes while you discover one of California’s best kept secrets as you shop the amazing collection of merchants that call downtown Grass Valley their home.

Cecil roasting chestnuts is an annual Grass Valley
Cornish Christmas event.

 

Dine in one of the many world-class restaurants found in downtown Grass Valley. Sample local wines at one of three wine tasting rooms in downtown Grass Valley or just enjoy the simple pleasures of chestnuts roasted on an open fire.

The Ingersols performing during the Grass
Valley Cornish Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the wide selection of holiday music offered by local Grass Valley musicians amongst the trappings of an historic gold rush town. Imagine life in another era where men and women worked hard, had little, but cherished the simple pleasures of hearty food and drink, a good song, and a warm fire with family and friends.

 

Click here for the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas Parking Map

 

Dec
28
Thu
Ribbon Cutting – Twelve 28 Kitchen @ Twelve 28 Kitchen
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Twelve 28 Kitchen and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cordially Invite You to Attend 

New Chamber Member Ribbon Cutting

and 1 Year Anniversary

Please join us on Thursday, December 28th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM

10118 Commercial Avenue, Penn Valley, CA 95946

For more information call (530) 446-6534 or (530) 273-4667
Dec
31
Sun
CFA Presents: NYE Masquerade Party with Fleetwood Mask @ Center for the Arts
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

NYE Masquerade Party with Fleetwood Mask

Sunday, December 31st, 9:00 PM, Main Stage Theatre

  • $27 Member Standing
  • $32 General public Standing
  • $47 Member Seated
  • $52 General public Seated

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Fleetwood Mask is a Fleetwood Mac tribute band from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band formed out of a mutual love and respect for Fleetwood Mac’s music and story. Replicating one of rock’s most successful bands is a passion for Fleetwood Mask and each band member is committed to performing the music of Fleetwood Mac with authenticity and style.

With over 25 years of professional music and theatrical experience combined, Fleetwood Mask is dedicated to providing audiences from festivals, wineries and clubs a fun and exciting Fleetwood Mac musical experience! Don’t just take our word for it, click on the promotional video link to hear from the founder of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood.

Don Oberempt
Drums and Percussion
Introduced to Fleetwood Mac in the mid 70’s, Don was attracted to the rhythmic beat drumming style of Mick Fleetwood and the syncopated drum patterns of his music. Having the opportunity to re-create Fleetwood Mac’s music is both an honor and a privilege. Don plays DW, Paiste, Zildjian , Vic Firth, and Latin Percussion.

 

Claudette Rodrigues
Vocals and Percussion
Singing since she was five years old, Claudette learned she had a talent for vocal performance. Claudette has studied opera and theater, has a natural, quick-vibrato, and has found amazing costume designers to replicate Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks outfits. Having the opportunity to perform Fleetwood Mac’s classic songs live is her “dream come true”.

 

Barbara Martin
Keyboards and Vocals
Barbara, our music director, has studied and taught classical, jazz and blues piano, and can play just about any instrument. Barbara has always been inspired by the singing/songwriting skills of Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and thanks to that inspiration, she has performed and published many songs of her own.

 

 

Mark Blasquez
Guitars and Vocals
Mark is an accomplished performer who has worked with artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Guns and Roses, Berlin, and Ministry. His original music can be heard on movie trailers and TV shows such as CSI, Burn Notice, Smallville, and many others. Mark’s signature musicianship channels the spirit and sound of Lindsey Buckingham.

 

Paul Jones
Electric and Acoustic Bass Guitars
Paul was the one who had the vision to unite the band back in 2011. He started playing bass before he was a teenager and was influenced by 70’s and 80’s rock, soul, funk and punk sounds of the Bay Area. True to the John McVie sound, Paul plays Alembic, Fender, and Rick Turner basses and enjoys the role of the dedicated bass player and drives the business side of Fleetwood Mask.

 

Jason Moss
Guitars
Jason has been playing guitar for over thirty years, his seminal work being his 18 years as axeman for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. In all, Jason recorded six album with the ‘Daddies from 1994 through 2009, including their 1997 double-platinum hit Zoot Suit Riot. He toured extensively with the band, including the Vans Warped Tour, stints opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and international routes through Australia and Europe. After moving to the bay area from Eugene, OR in 2012, Jason taught at Walnut Creek’s Red House Music School and gigged with a variety of local bands. He’s now happy to call himself “The Sixth Mask.”


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Miners Foundry Presents: New Year’s Eve Bash @ Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Dec 31 2017 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 1:00 am

New Year’s Eve Bash

December 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm – January 1, 2018 @ 1:00 am

 $30 – $40

Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present Earles of Newtown with special guests the Bob Woods Trio at the New Year’s Eve Bash, Sunday, December 31, 2017.  Earles of Newtown is a powerhouse Americana band, crafting tight arrangements of infectious original music around early era Harlem, New Orleans and “Hot” Jazz, along with Texas and Western Swing.  Bob Woods is a Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee who has been playing music since 1971.  Doors open at 8:00 and the show begins at 9:00 p.m.  General Admission tickets are $30 and Reserved Cabaret tickets are $40.  General Admission is the standing / dancing section with limited seating.  Reserved Cabaret tickets include a reserved cabaret table and a complimentary glass of champagne.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or in person at BriarPatch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees do not apply for purchases made through the Miners Foundry Box Office by phone or in person.

Earles of Newtown is a powerhouse Americana band crafting their tight arrangements of infectious original music around early era Harlem, New Orleans, and “Hot” Jazz, along with Texas and Western Swing, creating a sound all its own called simply Swingin’ Dixie.  The nine piece band has been shaking dance floors all over California, including recent gigs in San Francisco.  The Earles inject energy into the swing scene across Northern California.

Bob Woods started playing in 1971 with the Sacramento Western Swing band, Tokpela.  A Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee, he’s shared the stage with the Surfaris, Tiny Moore, Bill Kirchen, Albert Lee, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Billy Joe Shaver, and many others.  You never know who might share the stage with Bob Woods!  Woods has released seven original albums:  Hillbilly Cadillac, The Night We Stole the Last Steam  Engine, Don’t Forget the Trains, Almost Live, Railroad Money, This Town, and Swampbilly.  

Jan
6
Sat
CFA Presents: An Evening With the Girtons: Concert and CD Release Party @ Off Center Stage
Jan 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Strings Concerts Presents

An Evening With the Girtons: Concert and CD Release Party

Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 8:00 PM, Off Center Stage

  • $12 Advanced
  • $15 at the door

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The father/daughter team of Cat Girton and John Girton will debut new and vintage material together and separately in the Off Center Stage at The Center for the Arts.

Cat has been writing and performing music for most of her life. At age 7, she first sang onstage as a part of the Girtons Three, with her father John and her mother Linda Girton.

At 13, she recorded and produced her first original album, Soundtrack of Your Life, which included vocals, guitar, and synthesizer.

She continued to perform music throughout her time in high school, writing several more original songs including “2-Faced”, “Just a Dream” and “Break Me Like Glass”. She performed at multiple school events, open mics, and parties.

After taking a hiatus from music in order to study chemistry at UC Santa Cruz, Cat went on to self produce a second studio album, Local Vocals and Bizarre Guitar. This album features several different genres, with heavy pop-rock and 80’s influences.

She has performed her original music at bars, restaurants, wineries, weddings, street fairs, and at the Burning Man festival in 2016. Cat is diligently working on her third studio album, and has performed with folk duo Faces & Aces and the Crackerjack Jazz Band.

John Girton is well known throughout the world for his work as lead guitarist with the group Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. John recorded 3 albums with the group, and also wrote and arranged material for them.

He was also featured as guitarist, saxophonist, clarinetist, and occasional mandolinist with the popular vocalist, Maria Muldaur for many years.

After numerous international tours, John started his own group in the San Francisco area. This group, the Girtones played a blend of jazz, swing and blues in Oregon and California, sometimes including singer Maria Muldaur as a member.

John has made several solo tours of England, where he performed in concerts and clubs throughout the country. These days he performs locally and is quite active in the Nevada County Music scene.

He currently performs solo jazz guitar at various venues in the Foothills area of California and has recently released a new CD called You Are There, which was produced at John’s Nugget Studios in Grass Valley, CA.

John has been playing music professionally for over 20 years as an instrumentalist, vocalist, recording artist, studio musician, and composer. His original songs are a mixture of jazz, swing, blues and folk music, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. You can hear some of these tunes on his latest CD, Greatest Hits.

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Jan
11
Thu
16th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival @ Nevada City & Grass Valley
Jan 11 – Jan 15 all-day

Wild & Scenic Film Fest Press Release 11_15_17

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