Festivities are abundant here in Northern California as the holiday season makes a warm arrival. One celebration that continues to leave us charmed is Victorian Christmas in the lovely town of Nevada City. Lighting up the streets and spreading good old-fashioned holiday cheer, this holiday festival looks like something straight out of a Christmas movie! Hey, did you know that Nevada City is, in fact, the star of a Hallmark Christmas movie? We digress. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s magical Victorian Christmas:

While you’re in Northern California, take a lovely road trip to see a ton of magical Christmas lights. Have you ever attended Victorian Christmas in Nevada City? Tell us about your favorite memories in the comments below!

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Northern California Is The Place To Be During The Holidays

What are Northern California’s most festive Christmas towns?

There are several towns in Northern California that go all out for the holidays. Eureka has horse and carriage rides for an old-fashioned fun tradition, and the Carson Mansion looks like something out of a Disney movie with how it is lit up. There’s also the annual Snowball Drop that shouldn’t be missed. Fort Bragg has an unconventional Christmas tradition called the Skunk Train, where you take a decorated and lighted train past majestic redwoods as storytellers regale you with holiday tales. You’ll end up at a decorated redwood known as Mr. Skunk’s Giant Christmas Tree. Bring the whole family!

What are Northern California’s most amazing Christmas lights displays?

The stupendous forests of Northern California are already stunningly beautiful, but some areas come alive with Christmas lights to really dazzle you! For something truly special, go to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights where the beauty of nature is accented by multicolored, sparkling lights. It looks positively otherworldly. Every year, the city of Sacramento hosts Fairytale Town, with gorgeous light displays that match the name. This fantasy park becomes like a magical land in a storybook during the holiday season. 

What are the best holiday festivals in Northern California?

Everyone loves to visit the Six Flags amusement park, however, imagine driving through it in your car where all the rides are lit up with amazing Christmas lights! Vallejo’s Six Flags Discovery Kingdom hosts Holiday in the Park and every tree, ride, and building is aglow with countless lights. Drive the route through all 135 acres and have an amazing experience! For some old-fashioned festivities, head to Grass Valley where you can take part in Cornish Christmas, a lovely Christmas village that looks like something from a Dickens novel. Fill up on fresh holiday treats and shop for local crafts, with no admission!

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