Embrace the Spirit at the Placerville Christmas Tree Lighting

Bundle up for colder weather as days grow shorter, but cozier, here in Placerville, California. We are looking forward to a wonderful winter season filled with festivals and lots of fun things to do, one of our favorites being the Placerville Christmas Tree Lighting! The annual Festival of Lights, held downtown, is one of the most exciting events of the year with both visitors and locals celebrating the season of joy and giving. Join in on the excitement this year with our guide on how to make it part of a great getaway that’s away from the crowds and bustle of the holiday rush.

tree at the Placerville Christmas tree lighting

Kick Off the Holiday Season with Fun Activities

Taking place the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Festival of Lights is the perfect opportunity to get in the spirit of the holidays with fun activities and beautiful glittering lights. Witness the lighting of the Christmas tree, go on a stagecoach ride through town, or take a walk down Main Street and enjoy musical performances from local talents and the El Dorado High School Jazz Band and Choir.

woman Christmas shopping in Placerville

Browse the Shops in Downtown Placerville

One of the best parts of the Festival of Lights is that shops around the festival stay open late! Take the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and find gifts for your friends and family, all the while supporting local businesses and exploring some of our unique storefronts like clothing boutiques, specialty gift shops, and so much more!

couple having a romantic dinner in Placerville at Christmas

Enjoy a Delicious Meal at Local Restaurants

Feeling hungry? Stop by for a delicious bite to eat at some of our favorite local establishments. Places like Pizza Bene, Bricks Eats and Drinks, and Heyday Cafe are all conveniently located on Main Street and serve great food in delightful surroundings. Explore and discover culinary surprises of your own as Placerville has many more excellent eateries both along Main Street and elsewhere in town.

Cottonwood Bathroom at our Placerville Inn

Experience the Ultimate Winter Getaway at Eden Vale Inn

After a fun evening of taking in the sights at the Festival of Lights, you can come back to your comfy and warm room at Eden Vale Inn for a relaxing stay. We are a short drive from downtown and offer guests a retreat in Placerville, California that has everything you need for a fantastic stay. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond with our amenities, with gourmet breakfast served each morning, concierge services, luxurious rooms with king and queen beds, and jetted tubs for warming up after being out in the cold.

The Cottonwood Room is a showcase of our commitment to excellence, with a tranquil atmosphere and beautiful decor. Cozy up by the fireplace, lounge on the king bed, or relax on the brick patio and stargaze on clear California nights. Reserve one of our rooms today and plan the perfect California winter getaway in the Sierras. Don’t forget to check out our specials and packages for exclusive deals and amenities for your upcoming stay. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas this season.

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