Placerville Bell Tower at night by Paul Cockrell

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Placerville with Events All Season Long

It was here that Thomas Kinkade got his inspiration for his “Hometown Memories”. Every shop and restaurant in this has something unique and different and the holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the small town charm.

Downtown merchants wish you a joyous holiday season and appreciate every time you chose to shop locally. Enjoy two hours of free parking on your next visit!

Visits with Santa

Friday, November 29, 2019 – 6:30 pm

TW Bonkers

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 2019 – All Day

Merchant Open House. Shop & support local businesses!

Toys For Tots

Sat & Sun December 7-8, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

Located at the Bell Tower

41st Annual Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 8, 2019, begins at 1 pm rain or shine

This year’s theme is “A Frosty Christmas.” The categories are vast and varied, with everything from fine equines decked out in their best tack to high school bands in bright uniforms and the eagerly awaited special floats that grace the Hangtown Christmas Parade. The Parade winds its way down Broadway and through Main Street.

Free Stagecoach Rides

Davey Wiser, his Overland Stagecoach, and his crew haves been giving FREE rides on Historic Main Street and at other locations in El Dorado County for over 20 years. Come and be part of a great tradition on Main Street at the Bell Tower and take a FREE ride on a real stagecoach!

Holiday Stagecoach Ride Schedule

November 29 – (Festival of Lights) – 2-4pm
December 7 – 12-3pm
December 14 & 15 – 12-3pm
December 21 & 22 – 12 – 3pm

Hayrides on Historic Main Street

Take your kids for a festive Christmas Hayride in Downtown Placerville. Starting at the Bell Tower on Saturdays at 5pm, you and your family can enjoy a holiday cruise around town and enjoying lights of the holiday season.  Cost is $4 per person.   

Holiday Hay Ride Schedule

December 7 – 5 – 8pm
December 14 – 5 – 8pm
December 21 – 5 – 8pm
December 28 – 5 – 8pm

late night shopping