Cornish Christmas

Cornish Christmas Dates:

November 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd-6:00pm-9:00pm Friday Nights

Friday Dec 22nd for Cornish Christmas we will have CHP horses by the Holbrook Hotel. The Grass Valley Downtown Association, with the help of the Grass Valley police department and the California Highway Patrol, will bring the CHP’s majestic horses to Cornish Christmas this year.  Approximately 6:30 to start.

Photo courtesy Douglas Hooper


If you need to reach someone we are in the office at 530-272-8315

During the days of the event, if we are not in the office we are setting up the event

Call 530-798-9690


Parking Maps and Activity Map of Downtown Grass Valley during Cornish Christmas

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Activities Map

Visit our FaceBook Page for Cornish Christmas for details, photos, videos and updates



Insight with Capitol Public Radio interview

Cornish Choir

The Cornish Choir performs at 6:30pm and 7:30pm every Cornish Christmas

at the steps of the historic Union Building, next to 151 Mill Street

Listen online here for the interview with Cornish Bards

Photo by Jackson Starr



Download and Return:

Cornish Christmas 2017 Vendor Application

Based on availability for 12/22, the last Cornish Christmas

Cornish Vendor ap cover letter 2017

2017 Cornish Christmas Vendor Application 

  *Online Cornish Christmas Vendor Application/ Submit here*



Thank you to our 2017

Cornish Christmas sponsors! 

Title Sponsor: City of Grass Valley








Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration. 2017 is our 50th anniversary!

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

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A Grass Valley Cornish Christmas view down Mill Street.

The Cornish Christmas celebration is truly an overload of the senses. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans.

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The Cornish Carol Choir performing during Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas.

Pause at the steps of the historic Union Building as the Cornish Carol Choir performs traditional homeland Christmas carols. A long-standing Cornish tradition, some members are actually descendants of original Grass Valley Cornish Miners.

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Young musicians perform amidst ladies in traditional garb.

At the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas you’ll see kids and adults dressed in period costumes while you discover one of California’s best kept secrets as you shop the amazing collection of merchants that call downtown Grass Valley their home.

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Cecil roasting chestnuts is an annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas event

Dine in one of the many world-class restaurants found in downtown Grass Valley. Sample local wines at one of three wine tasting rooms in downtown Grass Valley or just enjoy the simple pleasures of chestnuts roasted on an open fire.

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The Ingersols performing during the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas.

Enjoy the wide selection of holiday music offered by local Grass Valley musicians amongst the trappings of an historic gold rush town. Imagine life in another era where men and women worked hard, had little, but cherished the simple pleasures of hearty food and drink, a good song, and a warm fire with family and friends.