Every year on the first Friday in December, Murphys celebrates the holiday season with a community Open House from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is free, the streets are closed and we are ready to celebrate the season. Open House is a great time to peruse Murphys’ wonderful shops, tasting rooms and restaurants, see what’s new, visit with old friends, admire the community tree, and appreciate our small town spirit.
A favorite of locals, the annual event is an old-fashioned community celebration featuring a holiday parade, treats, and local wines hosted by Main Street merchants, restaurants, wineries and the Murphys Business Association. Musicians and carolers fill the streets with the sounds of the seasons, Santa arrives with the parade, lights the tree and stays for photos with the kids in the Native Sons Hall and a good time is had by all. A local photographer will be on hand to take professional Santa photos.
Chestnuts will again be roasting on an open fire at the Spice Tin…make sure to stop by and try one so you can tell everybody you’ve actually tasted a chestnut roasted on an open fire.
The Murphys Congregational Church will be participating again this year with carolers on Main Street as well as music and treats at their Church on Church Street just one block off of Main Street.
Those folks wishing to participate in the parade this year should contact Jenny Baxter at 209-736-0567. Everybody is welcome and we’d love to see your organization, musical group or children’s group participate. Carolers are welcome to join us on the street throughout the event. We traditionally pass out lighted wands to parade participants so make sure you get there early to get yours.
Come experience the holiday spirit of Murphys for an evening of pure enchantment.
Saturday and Sunday, Calaveras wineries present the Holiday Festival of Wines. Taking place 11 am to 5 pm at all Calaveras Winegrape Alliance member wineries, The Festival of Wines offers “get-into-the-mood” holiday music, culinary delights and award-winning Calaveras wines, with sales and specials.