Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sutter Creek’s 7th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 14

Sutter Creek comes alive in twinkling lights on Saturday, December 14th, as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers, and more, are decorated in twinkling lights and parade down Historic Sutter Creeks' Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening. Everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical parade. Children and adults enjoy this evening of old fashioned hometown fun.
Main Street itself is beautiful to behold. All of the wonderful, historic Gold Rush buildings are decked out in Holiday splendor, with twinkling lights and wreathes. Bubbles float down from the Hotel Sutter's balcony and gives everyone the feeling of snowflakes. Vintage lighted Garland sways high above over Main Street and the classic Store front windows are decorated and displaying unique gift ideas.
The parade starts at 6:30 on the North end of Sutter Creek and will last about an hour and a half. Be sure and be in town before 5:30 when the street will be closed off. There is plenty of parking downtown, just don't park on Main Street, so everyone will have a good view of this wonderful parade! Remember to dress warm and have fun. Come early and enjoy the old town Holiday charm of Sutter Creek!
For more information or for applications to be in the parade, visit

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Historic Downtown Jackson welcomes the holiday season with annual “Christmas Delights” Open House – Nov 29 & 30

JACKSON, CA - Gather up the family, invite your friends and neighbors, and join the community as the spirit of the holidays brightens downtown Jackson, California’s annual Christmas Delights Open House! The festivities will be held on the evenings of Thanksgiving Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, 6-9 p.m.
Meet in front of the Jackson Fire Department at 6 pm both nights for Santa’s traditional lighting of the town Christmas tree and carriage ride down Main Street to the newly renovated historic National Hotel. Santa will be in the hotel lobby for wish lists and free photos from 6-9 pm Friday and Saturday, and Jake Guidi will entertain little ones with favorite holiday tunes.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be running both evenings, fire dancers will light up Main Street, Mrs. Claus will be at Hein & Co. bookstore reading holiday stories to children, and Father Christmas, Merry Holly, and the Outlaws and Old Dawgs will add old fashioned fun to Main Street and Leslie Vasquez will practice her face-painting magic at Davenport Properties. Friday evening, families can take photos with beautiful Great Pyrenees dogs at the Firehouse, graciously provided by the Great Pyrenees Club of California
On Friday or Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm, kids grades 1 – 8 can create gifts for family and friends at ACRA’s Santa’s Workshop at The Hub (above Hein & Co. at 204 Main St.). There’s a $10.00 cost per child, with a rebate offer for shopping in Jackson. See ACRA’s website,, for details.
The whole family will enjoy the cheerful holiday atmosphere as Jackson’s downtown merchants pull out all the stops to make this year’s Christmas Delights something special.  In addition to keeping their doors open after hours on both nights and offering refreshments, shopkeepers will offer holiday specials to visitors browsing through festively-decorated gift shops and specialty stores!
Start off your holiday season with Christmas Delights, a treasured downtown Jackson tradition. Sponsored by the Jackson Business & Community Association,, and hosted by Jackson’s downtown merchants.
For information on lodging and dining in Jackson, or contact the Amador Council of Tourism at 877-TOUR-AMADOR (868-7262) ; or the Amador County Chamber of Commerce at (209) 223-0350;

Santa Claus lights Jackson’s Christmas Tree at the Firehouse at 6 pm Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, then heads to The National Hotel for wish lists and free photos, courtesy of The National Hotel.
Jackson’s historic Main Street will be closed to cars but open for free horse-drawn carriage rides at the Christmas Delights Open House, 6 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
Costumed characters, music, fire dancers and more will entertain on Jackson’s Main Street at the old-fashioned Christmas Delights Open House, 6 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Photos by Farrell Photography