Nostalgia, sentiment, timeless memories, and the ultimate endeavor to show generosity and love — this is what makes the winter holidays so near and dear to the hearts of many. Want to know how you can keep the holiday traditions aglow this 2022 season? Try something new and exciting with your loved ones by spending your festivities in Calaveras County! Use this thrilling accumulation of Calaveras County events during the holidays to start planning now!


Murphys Holiday Open House

December 2, 2022 | 5pm – 8pm

When you book a room at Dunbar House Inn and Event Property, you can relish in the convenience of staying in the heart of Murphys this winter. Imagine walking out the front door straight into the town’s highly anticipated Holiday Open House. This seasonal event offers free admission and closes the streets to traffic to give you an immersive experience. Get a head start on discounted holiday shopping. Stroll through the shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants. Attend the parade and watch Santa light the town’s Christmas tree. End the evening by heading to Native Sons Hall for Santa photos with your young ones.

A decorated gingerbread house with colorful candies and white frosting


Mokelumne Hill’s Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

December 4, 2022 | 1pm – 6:30pm

This holiday extravaganza offers a colorful variety of unique, free activities for adults and children alike. You’ll have the opportunity to experience horse-drawn hay rides, photos with Santa, face painting, ornament making, reindeer games, gingerbread house decorating, and live musical performances. The event lasts from 1:00 – 6:30 pm, and the tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30pm at the Renegade Winery.


Angels Camp Gold Country Christmas

December 10, 2022 | 5pm

The 30th annual City of Angels Gold Country Christmas Lighted Parade & Downtown Open House is one of the magical holiday events in the foothills. After the parade, children of all ages will delight in meeting and greeting Santa and Mrs. Claus. It’s absolutely a photo opp that results in nostalgic memories for years to come. Angels Camp has some additional festivities including a pine-bough-making party and the citywide open house — shopping local helps build the community.


Christmas at White Pines Lake

November 25, 2022 | Beginning at 6pm

Try something new by heading to White Pines Lake for a spectacular laser light show the day after Thanksgiving. The show features a glistening light display over the lake accompanied by music. Simply bring your lawn chair or blankets, or cozy up in your car with a loved one or the family for a drive-in light show experience. To add to the thrill of the evening, it will also raise funds for White Pines Park Committee. So when you buy some crunchy popcorn or steamy hot chocolate, your purchase will be donated to help the community.


It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play

November 18 – December 10, 2022 | Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

If music and theater usually center your holidays, add this classic American holiday performance to your itinerary. Running from November 18 – December 10, five actors and one sound technician will perform this seasonal favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life. This performance is for the entire family and is centered on humor and humanity. The play will take place at Murphys Creek Theatre; parking will be available.


Whether you’re planning to stroll the streets in town to shop and spread holiday cheer to local businesses, catch a unique light show in the chilly evening by the lake, or sit back for a show, you won’t be lacking options and variety with these Calaveras County events during the holidays. And make sure to add some relaxation and comfort to your winter vacation by reserving a room at Dunbar House Inn and Event Property to decompress after a day of fun and to ensure a good night’s sleep for the next day.

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