For 41 years, Sutter Creek business owners and residents have staged the Old-fashioned Christmas Open House in the city, encouraging everyone to enjoy and start the Christmas season. The Victorian splendor of the holiday is captured on Friday and Saturday.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Santa and his elves come down Main Street to light the Community Tree. Father Christmas and characters from Charles Dickens tales stroll Main Street and greet all who pass by. Music and good cheer fill the air and downtown merchants keep their doors open late (many until 9 p.m.) with refreshments and goodies for everyone. Inside the Methodist Church on Main Street will be many activities for children, including photos with Santa, arts and crafts and snacks.
Father Christmas and those Dickens characters wander through town on Saturday, too. From 12 to 3:30 p.m., guests can take a free horse-drawn carriage ride through town; sign up at the Visitor Center, 71A Main St.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Joseph and Mary make their journey through the city in search of lodging during the Las Posadas Candlelight Walk. Hundreds of people hold candles, sing Christmas carols and process along Spanish and Main streets as the couple seeks respite.
The festivities are free to enjoy. Visit suttercreek.org or call 267-1344 for more.
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