Business Scene for the week of 12/4/19

The wonderful holiday season is in full swing and there is plenty happening around the region this weekend for families of all ages to enjoy. Our local merchants are again rolling out the red carpet and invite you to enjoy the refreshments, entertainment and some terrific deals for your holiday shopping.


The Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portola come together Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the twinkling lights parade starting at 6 p.m. Experience the magic of the season in Old Town Portola with wagon rides, a roaring bonfire, food, hot beverages, prize drawings and an old-fashioned outdoor holiday craft fair.

The Christmas tree lighting will take place directly following the parade, and Santa will be in attendance to pass out goodies, warm season’s greetings and Golden Tickets to children as well.



Quincy Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sparkle festivities are this Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. As has become a community holiday tradition, merchants invite you to stroll through their stores enticing you with sales, prizes, live music and snacks and refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. An array of entertaining events in front of the courthouse begin at 5:30 and includes the third annual Raindog Revue with prizes for the “top dog” at 6; A spectacular light parade down Main Street at 6:30; Santa’s arrival at 7, and the traditional tree lighting ceremony at 7:25. The final performance for the evening takes place at 7:45 featuring Samantha Williams and Lance Barker, who will be topping off the Sparkle celebration with some beautiful Christmas duets.


The annual Graeagle holiday festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m. Activities include merchant open houses, merry roving holiday carolers, horse carriage rides through town, and pictures with the jolly old saint himself for those that bring a camera.


There will also be a Graeagle Bucks giveaway, live music and a crackling bonfire in Graeagle Park, and the magical lighting of the Christmas tree at 5 p.m. at the park. All are invited to enjoy the holiday spirit and refreshments with the community, hosted by the Graeagle Merchants Association.


On Saturday, Dec. 7, it is the annual Festival of Trees in the Indian Valley Community Center. Christmas trees are decorated by local businesses and organizations, competing for a decorating prize.

The evening includes booths and craft tables for children of all ages to build wreaths, make cards and other crafts. There will be holiday music and a stew for sale and plenty of baked goods.

Santa Claus makes an appearance, too, and is available for photos. He will have a gift ready for each child who visits. The event begins at 5 p.m.

The annual memorial tree lighting takes place at 5:45 p.m. in front of the Indian Valley Community Center.



The annual Santa Train is returning to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum and the community is invited to bundle up for a festive ride on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4-9 p.m. with trains to begin running at 5 p.m.

The Santa Train will also run on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13-14 and 20-21, with the museum open from 4-9 p.m. and trains depart starting at 5 p.m. Activities also include special exhibits, free cookies and hot drinks and photos with Santa. Admission is $10 per car or $5 with a 3 can donation of food for the EPCAN Food Bank.


The 44th annual Eta Alpha Holiday Craft Faire is this Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This time-honored affair includes handmade items, baked goods, door prizes, food, a 50-50 raffle and pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (the old timer gets a short break for lunch at noon).



The annual Christmas in the Mountains takes place Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown Westwood’s Community Center. Activities for this fun-filled family event begin at 5 p.m. and continue to 8 p.m., and include vendors, crafts for kids, lots and lots of goodies to enjoy and, of course, a visit by Santa and the spectacular light parade at 6 p.m. The Westwood Chamber of Commerce brings this annual event to you.


This year’s special Christmas dinner at Coventry Gardens inside the historic Walker Mansion in Westwood is Saturday, Dec. 7. Proprietors Rob and Linda Hart are serving your choice of a complete turkey or top sirloin roast dinner. Seating start at 4 p.m.; Reservations required: 258-2133.