By Adam Sharrock, Select Group Marketing Department
The Holidays have always been a time of rejoice, warmth, fun and tradition. The brilliance of this time of year are the vast traditions that families partake in. Standard traditions may revolve around certain holidays, such as decorating a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, or playing with a dreidel during Hanukkah. However there are many community events that could easily be turned into holiday traditions for the entire family. Here is a list of local events that can become a holiday tradition for years to come.
Chico | Downtown Christmas Preview | Free
Downtown Chico transforms into a holiday wonderland during the Christmas Preview event. Merchants debut their holiday cheer by inviting the community to delight in an evening filled with the sights, sounds and anticipation of the holidays. Stores don beautiful decorations, provide entertainment and offer delicious refreshments. Strolling carolers add a special charm to the downtown streets. Santa will arrive to his station on Third Street & Broadway – a perfect opportunity for a visit and a photo. Other highlights include carriage rides, “Train on Wheels” rides and live music!
Gridley | Gridley Parade of Lights | Free
The annual Parade of Lights brings great joy to the small town of Gridley. Various community organizations and groups march down Hazel Street to bring in the holiday season. Lots of fun for the kids and a joyous time out for all that attend. Downtown will also lit up with bright lights during this time, so the parade itself will be hard to miss.
Gridley | Breakfast with Santa | $5
The Guardian Building next to Gridley High will once again host Breakfast with Santa, a morning long meet and greet with jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself. For $5, families are served a fresh breakfast with pancakes, sausage, eggs and other treats. Arts and crafts along with fun games and activities coincide with children getting a picture with Santa and telling him what they would like for Christmas. It’s always a fun event and a big hit in the community.
Yuba City | Downtown Christmas Stroll | Free
Downtown Yuba City becomes Santa’s Village for the day. Live music from three different stages looks to bring the excitement to the holiday season. A dedicated Reindeer Games Kid’s Zone will be on hand for the children in attendance, as well as story time with Mrs. Claus, a kitchen run by elves to serve delicious food, and a gift shop to take home memories of this great event. Fun for all ages!
Nevada City | Victorian Christmas | Free
Celebrating its 35th year, The Nevada City Victorian Christmas turns a historic town into a celebration of the holiday spirit. Sparkling lights line the streets, carolers in Victorian attire sing Christmas cheer to all, and carriage rides take you to visit Father Christmas himself. Enjoy live music and entertainment while you enjoy delicious treats full of yuletide cheer. This is an event not to be missed!
Grass Valley | Cornish Christmas | Free
Grass Valley is another town full of tradition and joy during its Cornish Christmas celebration every Friday night until Christmas Eve. Enjoy all the shops and restaurants that embrace the holiday spirit and may just have that special gift you’re looking for. Various vendors have special sweet treats and four stages of entertainment consisting of carolers, musicians and choirs will be sure to keep you entertained for hours.
Sacramento | A Very Special Comedy Spot Christmas | $12
A new twist and something for the grown-ups will be on hand at the Sacramento Comedy Spot. A Very Special Comedy Spot Christmas is a Christmas themed variety show featuring improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy performers that appear at the Sacramento Comedy Spot.
Sacramento | The World for Christmas by Sacramento Master Singers | $20
Join Sacramento Master Singers at our 2013-2014 season opener featuring carols from around the world. In a candlelit processional, the event will present the area premier of Philip Lawson’s Evermore, then segue into mysterious carols from Armenia, Canada, France, Spain and England. The roof will lift with a percussive Argentinian villancico, and several African carols. New arrangements of beloved pieces will include Darmon Meader’s We Three Kings.
Sacramento | Theater of Lights | Free
Old Sacramento’s Theatre of Lights blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually-exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of Old Sacramento’s historic buildings.
Auburn | Old Town Country Christmas | Free
For two nights Old Town Auburn will become a winter wonderland of celebration. December 14th and 21st will be home to Old Town Country Christmas, a community event with holiday fun and special deals from crafters and artists. Great food and entertainment, along with pictures with Santa will also be at hand.
Reno | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors
Nevada Opera is proud to present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a musical play featuring young artists from northern Nevada. The performance begins at 7 p.m. This program is the first production of the newly created Nevada Opera Youth Program. The performance will be at the Reno First United Methodist Church, 209 West 1st Street, at the corner of West Street and the RiverWalk.
Carson City | Polar Express – V&T Train | $36 Ages 13 and Up, $25 Ages 2-12
Take this very magical ride on the V&T. Train departs from the Eastgate Depot (Hwy 50 East). Hot chocolate & cookies and a reading of the Polar Express story by the elves enroute to the North Pole. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves greet you at the North Pole. Santa will ride back with you handing everyone their special Polar Express sleigh bells. Train departures are at 5pm, 6:30 and 8pm.
Lake Tahoe | Winter Wine Walk BAHM! | $10 for Chamber members, $20 for prospective members
Another adult take on a great time of year. This wine tour will start at the Marriott Grand Residences. Once inside, you’ll check in to receive your passport of participating businesses, wristband, wine glass, and raffle tickets. Along the tour, participating member businesses will stamp your passport, pour you a taste of an El Dorado County wine and showcase their merchandise. You can expect libations, yummy treats and raffle prizes throughout your village tour.
Zephyr Cove | Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights | Adults $5, Children and Seniors $3
The Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights is scheduled for December 4-8 and will take place at the Montbleu Convention Center. This year Barton Health is celebrating its “Golden Anniversary” and the Festival will be even more magical. Festival attendees will admire designer decorated trees, wreaths and décor, attend our signature events, watch local entertainment, and of course visit Santa Claus.
Zephyr Cove | Teddy Bear Brunch | $20 Adults Age 9+, Children 2-8 $15, Children 2 and under free
Enjoy a delicious holiday buffet in the MontBleu Convention Center surrounded by beautiful trees. Includes a 4” x 6” Santa photo. Every child is encouraged to bring their own personal doll or Teddy Bear which will be whisked away and returned to their table adorned with holiday flair.