Events: Sutter Creek – Annual Christmas Open House2018-03-20T23:36:59+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Sutter Creek 42nd Annual Christmas Open Housesutter creek christmas open house
December 7 & 8, 2018

Always the first Friday and Saturday of December. Festivities start Friday at 5:00.
For 42 years, Sutter Creek has hosted a magical “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” for everyone to celebrate and start the Christmas Season. You are invited to enjoy Victorian splendor this Holiday Season and find the spirit of Christmas in this beautiful and quaint little Gold Rush town. On December 7 & 8, 2018. the streets of historic Sutter Creek come alive with Christmas spirit as they are transformed to an era gone by with Father Christmas, Charles Dickens characters in period costume, strolling along the streets of this magical Gold Rush Town. This is the place to be to spark the holiday spirit with the simple beauty of Christmas and small town charm.

To begin the festivities, on Friday Night, at around 6 pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus, led by Star Dancer “Elves”, will come down Main Street to light the community Christmas tree next to City Hall. On Main Street the shopkeepers will be open late to offer a warm and friendly Open House, with snacks, refreshments, and wonderful displays of unique items ready for your Christmas List. Most shops will be open until 9pm so you can really get a jump on your Holiday shopping. For the children, free photos with Santa will be available inside the historic Methodist Church, on Main Street, where Santa will hear their Christmas wishes. Free Arts and Crafts for the children will also be available there. The whole community and beyond is invited to share in the holiday fun on Friday evening from 5 until 9pm.

sutter creek christmas open house

The merriment continues on Saturday with free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, from 12 – 4pm departing from the Visitor Center at 71A Main Street. Holiday music, wonderful shopping, Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters strolling down the street will keep the Christmas Spirit alive all day.

Saturday evening, at 6 pm is the “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk”. The public is invited to participate in this beautiful reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. The parade will begin at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Spanish Street where you will be given a candle to hold and light the way. Mary will mount a donkey and she and Joseph will process down beautiful, historic Spanish Street, lined with flickering luminaria. Then on to Main Street, going from Inn to Inn looking for shelter.Carriage ride in Sutter Creek Narrators will retell the familiar story and musicians will lead in singing familiar Christmas carols that everyone is encouraged to join in singing along. This is truly a heart warming experience for all ages. The Las Posadas Candlelight walk will be an evening you will cherish forever. Dress warmly so you can enjoy the entire evening!

Sutter Creek, with all of its classic Holiday charm, will rekindle the Spirit of Christmas in your heart.

For more information call 209-267-1344.

Friday Schedule
5:00 Shops open their doors with Holiday Cheer for all
6:00 Santa arrives on Main Street to Light the Tree.
6:30 – 9:00 Photos with Santa & Crafts for the children at the Methodist Church.
Father Christmas and other Dickens Characters will stroll Main Street. Shops open until 9:00.

Saturday Schedule
11:00 on Father Christmas and Dickens Characters stroll Main Street
1:00 – 3:00 Music on Main Street
6:00 Las Posadas Candle Light Walk

Las Posadas Candelight Walk
Meet at the Immaculate Conception Church at 6:00pm to join Joseph & Mary as they search for shelter.
Sing Christmas Carols as you walk behind them along historic Spanish Street, beautifully lit in luminarias.

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“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.