Events: Sutter Creek Parade of Lights2018-09-04T21:14:10+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Sutter Creek Parade of Lights
December 15, 2018 — RAIN or Shine!

Sutter Creek comes alive in twinkling lights, as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, dogs, marching bands, baton twirlers and more, parade down Historic Sutter Creek’s Main Street. Everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical parade. Young and old enjoy this evening of old-fashioned, hometown fun!

Main Street itself is beautiful to behold. All of the wonderful Gold Rush buildings are decked out in Holiday splendor. Bubbles float down from balconies and give the feeling of snowflakes falling.

The parade starts at 6:30, but the roads close at 5:00. Shuttles will be available on both ends of town. Check back here for details at the beginning of December.

Anyone can be in this Parade, but must be decorated with lights.

Download Entry Form using the button below.

This is a great opportunity for families to do something fun together. Come early to get into the Holiday Spirit and enjoy our great restaurants and unique businesses.

Entry Form

Enjoy the 2017 Parade of Lights!

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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.