Cornish Christmas

A Nevada County Christmas Tradition!

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2019 Vendor INFO:

Dates: November 29th, December 6th, December 13th, & December 20th  Friday Evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Online Vendor Application HERE

Printable Vendor Application HERE: Cornish-Christmas-Vendor-Application 2019

Printable Entertainment Application HERE: Cornish Christmas Entertainment App 2019

Printable Food Vendor TFF Risk Assessment Guide HERE: TFF-Risk-Assessment-Guide for food vendors only 

Non Food Vendors Release Form to be signed and turned back into the GVDA if you are printing your application: WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT-CC 2019

Vendor prices depend on the kind of vendor you are, must commit to all 4 weeks or be put on a waitlist for week to week placement.

  • Crafters/ Home Cottage Business/ Packaged Food is $128
  • Non-Profit Organizations are $104
  • Corporations are $244
  • Business Improvement District members $40
  • Food Vendors are $244
  • All food vendors need to have a current permit with Nevada County Environmental Health (high risk for food, low risk for hot chocolate and cider)
  • You must have a current permit by November 2nd to be considered for food vending.  Visit Nevada County Environmental Health at the Rood Center in Nevada City to get your permits current.

Mark any notes on your application and or in an email to

Power is not provided.  Vendors provide their own power with batteries or Quiet generators.  No kerosene lamps.

No pets and no smoking downtown per city ordinance


Entertainment Schedule- to be announced

For Parking Maps and Activity Map of Downtown Grass Valley during Cornish Christmas scroll towards the bottom of the page.  During the days of the event, if we are not in the office we are setting up the event: Call 530-798-9690
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A Grass Valley Cornish Christmas view down Mill Street.

Celebrate our 52nd year with us, a Rain or Shine event!

Fridays, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Mill & Main Streets in Historic Downtown Grass Valley

November 29th, December 6th, 13th, and 2oth
Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley, California during the annual Cornish Christmas Celebration.  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, magicians, 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.
Cornish Carol Choir performs at 6:00 & 7:00  every Friday              Photography by:   11: Eleven


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.  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.







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Young musicians perform amidst ladies in traditional garb.
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Cecil roasting chestnuts is an annual Grass Valley Cornish Christmas event!

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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The Ingersols performing during the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas.


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.








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


The CHP Horses will be at Cornish Christmas on 11/29  ans 12/20. Time depends on horses, but is predicted between 6:30-7pm at the Clocktower on Main and Mill Streets.                                                Photo Courtesy Douglas Hooper
Santa will be at Three Lilies Photography at 140 Mill Street. Photo Courtesy 11: Eleven








Activities and spots to see:

  • Santa will take up residence at Three Lilies Photography
  • Mrs. Clause and elves will be handing out candy canes throughout the area
  • Cornish Cousin history booth by The Union steps
  • Annual Downtown merchant ornament and Cornish Christmas button at Foothill Mercantile.
  • Kids’ crafts at the Artists Workshop and the Holbrooke Hotel
  • Holbrooke Hotel will host a fire pit and ac tivity to be announced.
  • Letters to Santa that receive a reply at Tofanelli’s Gold Country Bistro
  • Bounce house will be a part of the festivities on Main Street
  • Chestnuts by Cecil Snow of Snowden drafting on Main Street across from Foothill Flowers
  • Fire pit by Old Town Cafe and at top of Main by the Holbrooke Hotel
  • Toys For Tots will be taking donations at the Clocktower at the Marine Corps Booth
  • Cornish Connection at M3Mall includes free gift wrapping, Cornish Trivia, and Cornish King and Queen photo opportunities & Salvation Army Red Kettle
  • Mulled wine at Lucchesi Winery, Avanguardia and Cork 49
  • Face Painting and Balloons on Mill street
  • Kano police dog ornaments for sale at the GVDA booth at Clocktower on Mill and Main/ a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rüdiger Foundation

Public bathrooms will be at the Elizabeth Daniels Park-125 Neal -Street.   

Kano ornaments for sale at Mill and Main cross at the GVDA booth (look for the Clocktower!)



Sierra Capella Choir Photo Courtesy 11: eleven




Bill Hawking on trumpet.


2019 Sponsors 

Thank you for your time and donations! We can only do this event with your help!

Click on their logos for links to their websites.  Help support these businesses who support us in producing free community events


Title Sponsor, the City of Grass Valley



















Cornish Christmas Sponsorship

You can help make Cornish Christmas great – one of our largest free community events of the year!

Every bit helps us with the costs of putting on the event and maintaining the lights and decorations











Insight with Capitol Public Radio interview

Listen online here for the interview with Cornish Bards from 2017

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Photo by Jackson Starr