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Good Times in the Gold Country

Written by M.A. Paul on . Posted in Visit Auburn CA

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Christmas Tree Lighting - 201423 Festive and Fun Things to do in Auburn, California during the Holidays

  1. Festival of Lights Parade (Dec 6th Downtown). This event tops the list for most Auburn locals. There’s just something so cool about watching all the wonderful entries all lit up and showing their holiday spirit. You just never know what you might see!
  2. Old Town Country Christmas (Old Town Auburn). Rustic scenery complete with Western Music, bon fires, all types of excellent artisan crafts and vendors, great entertainment, and Santa of course! A must to add to your annual holiday traditions!
  3. Sit with Santa on the front porch of the Promenade (Dec 13, 20, & 21 11am-3pm). This is a throwback for anyone raised in Auburn. This long standing tradition is back! It’s a wonderful memory of the holidays to stand in line in beautiful downtown Auburn with the exciting anticipation of sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him that special thing you want for Christmas…
  4. Downtown Auburn Family Christmas Festival featuring amazing vendors, Santa, and that sneaky guy the Grinch! This wonderful event takes place on December 14th from noon till 4pm.
  5. A beautiful tradition to start for young and old alike- the Placer Theatre Ballet performance of the Nutcracker. Everyone must see the Sugar Plumb Fairies at least once in their lives… Dec 6, 7, 13 & 14 http://placertheatreballet.org/
  6. Meeting with friends for dinner at Hanami Sushi, getting Tango Frozen Yogurt, and sitting by the fire and Christmas tree in the Central Square Downtown. I dare you to start your own Christmas caroling around the tree…
  7. Doing a little holiday bling shopping at Ropers Jewelers. You cannot go wrong with a gift from Ropers….
  8. Adult Trifecta- Dinner and drinks at the Club Car, pool at Pistol Pete’s, and a night cap at Bob and Betty’s 160 Club (21 and over).
  9. Going to cut down your own Christmas tree at Pine Valley Ranch, Snowy Peaks Tree Farm, or Little Bear Tree Farm. The hunt for the perfect tree is HUGE! Whether you’re a Douglas Fir or White Tipped Pine kind of person – they have them all in the right size and shape that you’re looking for. You can’t beat the smell of a real tree in your home during the holidays…
  10. Bringing the kids to experience the Auburn Christmas Tree Lighting on November 29th at Central Square in Downtown Auburn. Our beautiful tree is a tradition and the city actually planted one that we can enjoy for generations. It’s a lovely tree and watching the glow of lights shine brightly for the first time is a special memory for all. Most special treat is that Santa actually is there in person to light the tree!
  11. Looking for creative and memorable gifts in Old Town and Downtown Auburn. From the antique shops, restaurants, wine bars, unique gifts of Wildflower, chocolates from the Chocolate Shoppe and Gifts or Aunt Flo’s Chocolates, or a real Irish Soda at the Auburn Drug Co. old fashioned soda fountain. I can go on for days about the cool local shops. Runner? Auburn Running Company. Bikes? There are no less than 4 awesome bike shops. Need some new shoes because you have walked so much? Footpath- they actually help you with the shoes old school style. When is the last time someone helped you slip your foot into a shoe and tied it for you? I’m not kidding. It happens and it’s the best! The cool thing is that when you come in you are treated well! People actually say hello and smile at you. That, my friends, is a gift in and of itself. You seriously cannot go wrong!
  12. Shopping at the Foothill Farmer’s Market for fresh, local grown items and Longhorn Meat Company, taking them home and cooking a beautiful meal for your family. Make sure you include the young ones in this tradition so all of the wonderful recipes can continue for generations to come. Thanks Aunt Sharon for teaching me to make homemade whipping cream when I was little! My daughter is carrying on the tradition!
  13. Catching up with great friends for a delicious meal in the old world, rustic ambience of Bootleggers. YUM! Or Old Town Pizza if that’s more your style. OR, if you’re in the mood for brunch and Bloody Mary’s, I highly recommend Awful Annies…
  14. If Celtic is your idea of a great evening…The Historic Dewitt Theater (built during WWII to entertain wounded soldiers) is hosting the Celtric Trio, Golden Bough. This amazing group will take the stage December 14th at 3pm. Wearing of tartan is optional…
  15. Or if you are a Les Mis (aka Les Miserables) fan then you have the amazing opportunity to see it performed in the intimate setting of the Dewitt Theater. There are 6 shows so you have lots of options to fit it in during your busy holiday schedule. Shows start the 28th of November so get your tickets now. http://visitauburnca.com.18-190-4-152.skorched.com/event/les-miserables-2014/
  16. Enjoying some amazing local wines at Fawn Ridge, Vina Castellano, and more during the Holiday in the Hills on the Placer County Wine Trail Toy Drive. This fantastic event takes place Dec 6 and 7 from 11-5. Free tasting when you bring a toy! (http://www.placerwine.com/)
  17. If festive singing is your thing then you must attend the Auburn Symphony Messiah Sing-Along. The Auburn Symphony presents selections from Handel with nationally recognized guest soloists. Sing along songbooks are available for only $10 at the door. Dec 9th at the Placer High School Auditorium. http://www.auburnsymphony.com/2014/11/messiah-sing-along/
  18. Christmas would not be complete without watching Miracle on 34th You can watch this classic in the completely renovated State Theater on Dec 18th at 7:00pm. Did you know the seats are the genuine seats from the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood? No kidding!
  19. Taking the time out of your busy schedule to capture some beautiful shots during a family portrait session at the many gorgeous back drop locations. The Courthouse, Old Town, the Confluence, and the Bernhard Museum are all excellent options to capture that special moment in time…
  20. Check out the amazing beauty of hand blown glass by visiting the Nicholson Blown Glass Holiday Open Studio and actually watch these amazing pieces getting sculpted! A memorable event and you can get a meaningful, one of a kind gift for someone in your life…of just keep it for yourself…. http://www.nicholsonblownglass.com/index.htm
  21. Giving back at the holidays is so important. You can attend the Children’s Christmas Faire at the Gold Country Fairgrounds on Dec 11th from 1:30-5:30. Games, crafts, face painting, cookies, Santa, and more. The Faire is sponsored by Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and is dedicated to providing children with creative, educational, and fun holiday memories….
  22. If you’re more of an outdoor enthusiast, we have so many options for great hikes. Whether you choose Hidden Falls, any of the 10 plus trails that start from the Confluence, or the Auburn Damn Overlook you will find a sense of peace and contentment as you enjoy the beauty of the area. It’s a great option if you are looking for a way to unplug…
  23. Last but not least, whatever you do, take the time to enjoy the holidays. Take a lovely stroll and enjoy the world around your. Say hello to a stranger. Buy a gift for a child in need. Take cookies to your neighbors. Call your family members you don’t see often. Make this season memorable for the great memories and not just the presents. Next year will be here before you know it!
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