Tuolumne County Calendar Of Events

December, 1998

Through Christmas Eve

Santa Claus at Courthouse Square, downtown Sonora.
Saturday & Sundays from noon to 6pm and weekdays (December 16 to 23) from 5
to 7pm and December 24 from noon to 3pm.

Through Christmas Eve

Santa Claus at the Junction Shopping Center in East
Sonora. Noon to 4pm Saturday & Sundays through December 18 & noon to 4pm
daily December 19 to 24.

December 4

Winter Wonderland Parade, downtown Twain Harte. Events begin
at 5:30pm at the arch. Tree lighting, parade & Santa visit at 6pm

209.586.6338 or 209.586.5197

December 4

Nutcracker marionette show, Sonora High School in downtown


December 4

Christmas Celebration with the Columbia College Community
College Chorus, Sonora Opera Hall in downtown Sonora


December 4 & 5, 11 & 12

Lamplight Tour at Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia


December 5

Breakfast with Santa. 8:30 to 11am at the Sonora Youth Center on Barretta Street & Mono Way. $2.50 per person


December 5

Annual Children’s Christmas Shop from 10am to 3pm at the
Tuolumne Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Santa will visit from 11am to 2pm.

December 5

Christmas caroling, hot chocolate for all & candy canes for the kids at Wayside Park in Groveland. Santa will arrive at 4pm. In case of rain, Santa will arrive at the fire house next door.

December 5 & 6, 12 & 13

Miner’s Christmas in Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia. Santa will arrive via stagecoach at 11am each day. Attractions include candy cane making & piñata making demonstrations, candle dipping, caroling, old fashioned children’s games and a Yule Time Dog & Cat Choir. Special events on Sunday, December 13 include a Spirit of
Christmas Parade at 11am and Las Posadas nativity procession at 5pm.


December 11

Candlelight caroling & tree lighting ceremony, downtown Sonora.


December 19 & 20

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will host train rides with Santa. Trains leave on the hour from 11am to 3pm for 45 minute round trips. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12 and age 5 & under free. Kids get free candy canes, coloring books & cookies.

December 21 through 23

Christmas Aire with the new Sonora Youth Ballet Company at Sonora High School in downtown Sonora


January, 1999

January 8

Elvis Birthday Bash at Dodge Ridge Ski Area


January 8 & 9

“A Winter Night’s Yeow” concert, Holman Foundry Playhouse, Sonora.


January 9

Elvis Night at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland. The innkeeper was friends with Elvis in Memphis in the 50’s and this annual event is not one to be missed.


January 9 & 10

Polar Bear Open, Dodge Ridge Ski Area.


January 16

26th Annual 4-H Spaghetti Feed, Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.


January 21 through 24

Winter Carnival, Dodge Ridge Ski Area.


January 22 through February 21

“Forever Plaid,” Holman Foundry in Sonora.


January 23

Annual Crab Feed, Tuolumne City Memorial Hall in Tuolumne.


January 23

Snow Sculpture Contest at the Dodge Ridge Ski Area.


January 23 & 24

“The Haunting of the Groveland Hotel.” Lyle, the historic hotel’s resident ghost is saluted on this special weekend at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland. Make reservations early for this very popular event.


January 24

Superbowl Breakfast at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora.


January 28 through 30

“Candle on the Bridge,” at the Sonora Opera Hall in downtown Sonora.


January 30

Poetry Tribute to William Butler Yeats presented by the Central Sierra Arts Council in downtown Sonora.


January 30 through March 21

“The Music Man,” at the East Sonora Theatre, Sonora.


February, 1999

February 1 to March 14

“Masquerade: Mixed Media Exhibition,” Central Sierra Arts Council in downtown Sonora


February 5 & 6

Omega Nu Rummage & Antique Sale, Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora

209.536.9847 or 536.0524

February 6

14th Annual Orient Express in historic Chinese Camp. There are 2 foot races: the men’s event is 4 miles & the “fun run” is 1 mile. Both of these runs benefit the Tuolumne County Special Olympics.

209.532.7974 or 533.5663.

February 6

Take Your Daughter to the Slopes & Brew Fest ’99 at the Dodge Ridge Ski Area.


February 12 through March 14

“Three Tall Women,” Stage 3 Theatre in downtown Sonora.


February 26 & 27

Vocal Jazz Festival, Columbia College in Columbia.


February 26 & 27

Winter Jubilee, Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.


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