7 Christmas Towns In Northern California That Will Fill Your Heart With Holiday Cheer
When we talk about Christmas towns in Northern California, we mean towns that are walkable, have historic downtowns with beautiful architecture, and put up a lot of Christmas swag and decor. There are many beautiful small towns in Northern California, but the ones on this list do Christmas like no others. To get in the Christmas spirit, plan a road trip to one or more of these Christmas towns.
This mountain town becomes a winter wonderland in December. Downtown Truckee is
the place to be
in Northern California during the winter months, but it is especially fun during Christmastime. Starting with a Christmas tree lighting festival in late November and ending with the Christmas Eve celebration in downtown Truckee, this town just north of Lake Tahoe is a must-visit winter destination. And it’s not far from some of the best ski resorts in the nation!
2. Nevada City
Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
This town has gained notoriety in the past few years. What was once a secret among locals is now known as a
beautiful mountain town
to all Northern Californians. Especially at Christmastime,
looks like something out of a Thomas Kincade painting.
3. Grass Valley
We love exploring downtown
! This beautiful Gold Rush town has many top-notch restaurants and some super cute boutiques. Starting on November 24, 2023, each Friday until Christmas will be an outdoor faire called
. The event features food, kids activities, carolers and musicians, as well as Santa Claus himself.
4. Folsom Historic District
Folsom Historic District, 915 Sutter St #110, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
Historic Folsom is a compact area overlooking the American River. This
goes all out for the holiday season. There are some excellent restaurants, a few boutiques, and even
5. Sutter Creek
Not only is this a
to visit, but there are many boutiques where you can find great gifts, and maybe buy a thing or two for yourself. Break up your Christmas shopping by having a tasting at one of the wineries in
downtown Sutter Creek
. We recommend staying overnight in this charming town. There are many beautiful B&Bs within walking distance to downtown, as well as
some charming rentals
Placerville, CA 95667, USA
This Gold Rush town is located right off of Highway 50 about an hour from South Lake Tahoe.
Placerville’s historic downtown
has many shops, restaurants, and bars. In late November, Placerville hosts a happening tree lighting event. Locals from near and far come out to shop, eat, and socialize for this event that kicks-off the holiday season.
The town of Auburn is a California Historical Landmark. The
meanders through the hilly region, with the
Historic Auburn Courthouse
being the centerpiece of this lovely town. Auburn hosts numerous Christmas events– including an arts and crafts faire, and a Christmas lights parade.
So get in the spirit of the season and visit some of these beautiful
Christmas towns in Northern California. Did we miss any Christmas towns? Tell us what town in Northern California goes all out for Christmas.
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