The Heart of the Gold Country

Saturday, December 9, 2017

All day
Before 1am
Olde Tyme Christmas at Preston Castle

Olde Tyme Christmas at Preston Castle

2nd Saturday
of December
Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle and find lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other gift items while listening to Christmas Carols.
Santa will be available for your wish lists and photos, starting at Noon.
You may take a self-guided historical tour of the Preston Castle.
For more information, an to purchase tour tickets in advance, visit
Preston Castle
900 (end of) Palm Drive
Ione, CA  95640
12/09/2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sutter Creek Craft & Gift Fair

Sutter Creek Craft & Gift Fair

Crafts and gifts for all ages. Food, Fun and Raffles!!
Bring the family to come support local Vendors.
Wood Carvings, Jewelry, Clothes, Soaps, Purses, Candles and much much more!!
Sutter Creek Auditorium
18 Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA  95685
12/09/2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Knight Foundry Open House

Knight Foundry Open House

Monthly, 2nd Saturday
Tours Start at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm


The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop. Established in 1873 by Samuel Knight, this extraordinary facility includes the unique historic equipment and machinery, still in place in its original context, just as it was during its gold rush-era heyday.

Knight Foundry never significantly modernized; the original machinery is still powered by patented Knight Water Motors via a system of line shafts and belt drives. In addition to a full complement of tools and machinery, no other site preserves an unbroken line of nearly extinct foundry skills down to the present. These skills associated with the foundry craft are another unique element of the site’s historic fabric.Samuel N. Knight (1838-1913) and the other skilled artisans who worked there were a major, albeit unsung, source of technological invention, innovation and engineering for early California industry.

Knight Foundry is nationally recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and a California Registered Historical Landmark. The Foundry is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s eleven most endangered historic places.  

TOUR FEES: Adults 18 and over, $10, students 5-17, $5, children under 5, free.

Knight Foundry Alliance
81 Eureka St.
PO Box 1392
Sutter Creek, California 95685



12/09/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ione Christmas Parade and Open House

Ione Christmas Parade and Open House

Annually 2nd Saturday of December
Ione Christmas Parade and Open House is family-fun!
Everyone is welcome to join in the parade on historic Ione's Main Street.  Entrants include horse groups, music groups, classic cars, and much more.
Free pictures with Santa.
Bundle up if it's cold and bring your folding chairs if you aren't walking in the parade.
Cash prizes will be awarded for entries including $300 for the Best in Show Youth Group, and $200 for the Best Float. Entry forms online at
Sponsored by the Ione Business and Community Association.
Historic Main Street
Ione, CA  95640
12/09/2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
"12 Days of Cheer" at Iron Hub Winery

"12 Days of Cheer" at Iron Hub Winery

December 1st-18th
Every Friday through Monday from December 1st through the 18th come up to Iron Hub Winery and join in the CHEER and finish up your holiday shopping for the wine buff on your shopping list, while sipping on our latest vintages or a little Hot Mulled wine.  Pick up a Gift Certificate or give the gift that keeps on giving and give a Inner Circle wine club membership.
For any questions, please reach out to
Iron Hub Winery
12500 Steiner Rd
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-6307
12/09/2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Holiday Adornments Show

Holiday Adornments Show

Saturdays and Sundays only
With this exception: Chistmas Eve, Saturday, 12/24, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
ClosedChristmas Day


AmadorArts’ Holiday Adornments Show and Sale offers a wide variety of clever and affordably-priced gift ideas including ornaments, holiday decorations and cards, jewelry, wearable accessories and much more. Many local artists have been selected. Get a head start on the season because this event opens November 4th and continues through December.

Saturday, November 4th, is not only the 1st Saturday Art Trek Artist Reception from 3-6 pm, but the time to place special orders for Millie Butler’s wreaths for pick-up later.

On Saturday, November 11, the gallery will be open until 7:00 pm because it’s one of the stops on the Winefest.

The extended hours in November and December will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday.

 Usually on weekdays, excluding Wednesdays, the gallery is also open when the admin. office is open, generally 10-3. Best to call ahead.

Remember, AmadorArts members receive 10% discounts, and you can join the day you shop.

Put AmadorArts Gallery on your list of where to holiday shop for unique, affordable items.

Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street 
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038


12/09/2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Holiday Carriage Rides

Holiday Carriage Rides

1st three Saturdays of December
Noon to 4:00PM
December 2nd, 9th & 16th, 2017
Experience the magic of the holidays in the small town atmosphere of Sutter Creek.  Echanting carriage rides will be available through the streets of the town.
The free carriage rides will be departing from the Sutter Creek Visitor Center Noon-4 pm.
Sponsored by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association to help make our Holiday Season as wonderful and memorable as possible for all.
Sutter Creek Visitor Center
71A Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
12/09/2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Amador Choraliers Holiday Concert

Amador Choraliers Holiday Concert

2nd Saturday
Amador Choraliers - A Musical Tradition Since 1963
Tickets:  $10.00. Purchase tickets online:
Doors Open 1/2 hour before concert times
Limited tickets are available at the door
Argonaut High School
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA  95642
12/09/2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
11th Annual Parade of Lights

11th Annual Parade of Lights

Annually the 2nd Saturday Saturday of December
Roads Close at 5:30. Parade Starts at 6:30

December 9, 2017

Sutter Creek comes alive in twinkling lights, as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers, and more, parade down historic Sutter Creek Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening.
All the wonderful Gold Rush buildings are decked out in holiday splendor. Everyone loves this evening of old fashioned hometown fun.

Anyone can be in the parade, you can print out an entry form (link below), or pick one up at the Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71A Main Street.

This year, we have FREE Shuttles on both ends of town to take you to Main Street to enjoy the time without the hassle of parking!  The Shuttles run from 3:00 - 6:30 and then again for an hour after the Parade is over. 

We are asking everyone to use this Shuttle Service to keep cars out of town that night.  .

For more information contact Toni Linde
(209) 256-1750
12/09/2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm