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Fall on the Pass – Things to Do in December

Planning your weekend or a visit to the area?  Keep an eye on the VisitMurphysGoCalaveras, CalaverasWines, & Alpine County calendars.  Are you hosting an event in the area and wondering why you don’t see it included here?  It’s probably because we don’t know about it.  Please send us an email with all the particulars.

And, of course, the Ebbetts Pass area is a great place for winter recreation, with downhill and cross country skiing in Bear Valley and plenty of places to get outside at the lower elevations.  Don’t forget to support the businesses along the way.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Join the Murphys Business Association at the lawn in front of the Hovey Tasting Room at 9am to help decorate the town tree just in time for Open House.  The Garden in Murphys will be providing warm drinks and treats for the volunteers, and it’s always a good time.

Murphys Jazz All Stars at the Murphys Irish Pub from 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday nights – Pianists Nate Nathan and Graham Richards are often found exploring jazz concepts, or having musically audible “discussions” about gospel & blues sensibilities and sounds. Drummer Steve Hayward provides fire and fury from behind the drumset. Trumpeter Josh Lewicki & Tenor Saxophonist Jason “Bull” Lewis provide horn lines and blistering solos. Guitarist Luke Dunn adds soulful and grimy guitar chords and blues-tinged solos. Almost always featuring special guests, Thursday nights at the Murphys Irish Pub are not to be missed!

Friday, December 2, 2022

Murphys Open House from 5-8 pm – Join us to kick off the holiday season in downtown Murphys – The road will be closed, the firepits will be out, and the shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms will be open.  It’s your chance to visit with friends, check out what’s new in the shops, get a moment with Santa, enjoy the entertainment, and find your holiday spirit!

Be here early to grab a good spot to watch our hometown parade, sparkling with lighted entries, starting at 5:30pm.

After the Open House Parade, stop in at Cedar Creek Realty, grab a treat, and enjoy our Christmas Polaroid Photo Booth! Most importantly, consider donating to our local resource connection food drive!  Just bring a non-perishable food to drop in the CCR collection boxes anytime between Thanksgiving and mid-December at either the Arnold or Murphys offices.  Canned goods are preferable, and self-opening cans are a bonus.

You can sign up to volunteer to help with Open House here or download applications to join the parade here.

Nicholas Lefler First Fridays at the Murphys Irish Pub from 6-9pm – One musician. 6 instruments. any genre. Creating the sound of a modern one man band, Nicholas Lefler mixes live loops of Acoustic, Electric and Classical Guitars, Keyboard, Bass, Drums and Percussion. Never using pre-recorded tracks, Nicholas creates sultry compositions right before your eyes, as he adds over 20 live layers of original music. $5 cover.

It’s a Wonderful Life at Murphys Creek Theatre – 1946. The WBFR radio station recording room. Five actors and one eccentric sound technician perform the beloved American holiday classic. With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast and a wealth of seasonal shenanigans into a heaven-sent performance for the entire family. Directed by Terri Wilson. Content Reflection: Please be advised that a considered suicide is a plot point within this story.  Tickets and times are available here.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

It’s a Wonderful Life at Murphys Creek Theatre – 1946. The WBFR radio station recording room. Five actors and one eccentric sound technician perform the beloved American holiday classic. With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast and a wealth of seasonal shenanigans into a heaven-sent performance for the entire family. Directed by Terri Wilson. Content Reflection: Please be advised that a considered suicide is a plot point within this story.  Tickets and times are available here.

Mountain Christian Fellowship’s Annual Craft Faire & Holiday Boutique – Located at Mountain Christian Fellowship Church at 3488 E. Highway 4 in Murphys, we are excited to host our Annual Craft Fair & Holiday Boutique! Come check out local artisans and get your holiday shopping done early!

Live Music Saturday Nights at the Murphys Irish Pub – The Murphys Irish Pub has great live music every day of the week (yep, that’s right. Live music 7 days per week). On Saturdays, we have live music from 6-9pm. We also generally have Graham Richards at the house piano 1-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Postponed Due to Weather – Join the Greater Arnold Business & Community Association (GABCA) on December 3rd to visit with Santa, get the kid’s pictures taken, enjoy hot chocolate & treats, and check out the businesses of Arnold Plaza from 5-7pm. Arnold Plaza is home to Ebbetts Pass Sporting GoodsHigh Sierra Framing & GalleryLinda’s LoftHinterhaus Distillery, and El Vaquero Authentic Mexican Food. Linda’s Loft is sponsoring a Toy Drive with Toys from Aiyana.  Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation, and all proceeds will be donated to UC Davis and Sutter Memorial Pediatric Units in Sacramento. Drop-off bins are available in Linda’s Loft and will be available through the week of the Winter Wonderland event. Keep an eye on GABCA’s Facebook page for more information.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Alan Drown 1st Sundays at the Murphys Irish Pub from 3-6pm – Alan Drown and the lovely Laura Marion bring sweet harmonies to original songs, folk & rock classics.

It’s a Wonderful Life at Murphys Creek Theatre – 1946. The WBFR radio station recording room. Five actors and one eccentric sound technician perform the beloved American holiday classic. With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast and a wealth of seasonal shenanigans into a heaven-sent performance for the entire family. Directed by Terri Wilson. Content Reflection: Please be advised that a considered suicide is a plot point within this story.  Tickets and times are available here.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Monday Night Blues/Jazz Jam at the Murphys Irish Pub from 5-8pm – Come out to Murphys Irish Pub on Mondays for a good ‘ole jam session. Every 1st & 3rd Monday Rod Harris runs a wonderful Jazz jam and every 2nd & 4th Monday Jeff Chadwick runs a great Blues jam. Tune up your voice, grab an instrument and come sit in, or just come and watch. Always a good time!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Rough Draft/Singer Songwriter Tuesdays at the Murphys Irish Pub – Ah, Tuesdays at Murphys Irish Pub are always great. Rough Draft – Every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays are what we fondly call “Rough Draft Tuesdays” where resident pianist Graham Richards and good friend and Pub owner, Anthony Delaney try out new material with mixed results 🙂 Singer-Songwriter – Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, come out to the Murphys Irish Pub and enjoy a rotation of some of the best local singer-songwriters our area has to offer!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 2022

Trivia Night at the Murphys Pourhouse – Join the Murphys Pourhouse every Wednesday night at 6:00 pm for the weekly Trivia Night!  Come with a team or join a team when you get there. Fun for all ages.

Murphys Irish Pub Open Mic from 5-7pm – At the Murphys Irish Pub, we pride ourselves on being a welcoming environment for musicians of all kinds. Our Wednesday Open Mic is a fun, casual, inclusive place to gather with brand-new performers and old grizzle-toothed road-dogs.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Murphys Jazz All Stars at the Murphys Irish Pub from 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday nights – Pianists Nate Nathan and Graham Richards are often found exploring jazz concepts, or having musically audible “discussions” about gospel & blues sensibilities and sounds. Drummer Steve Hayward provides fire and fury from behind the drumset. Trumpeter Josh Lewicki & Tenor Saxophonist Jason “Bull” Lewis provide horn lines and blistering solos. Guitarist Luke Dunn adds soulful and grimy guitar chords and blues-tinged solos. Almost always featuring special guests, Thursday nights at the Murphys Irish Pub are not to be missed!

Friday, December 9, 2022

Music on the Roof Top at Boyle-McDonald – Enjoy awesome wines and wonderful local musicians every Friday from 6pm-8pm on the comfortable and spacious Boyle MacDonald Wines Rooftop. Wine tasting flights are served from 12pm-5pm. Wines are served by the glass and bottle beginning at 5pm. We do not take reservations. No loitering. 21 and older. Thanks!

It’s a Wonderful Life at Murphys Creek Theatre – 1946. The WBFR radio station recording room. Five actors and one eccentric sound technician perform the beloved American holiday classic. With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast and a wealth of seasonal shenanigans into a heaven-sent performance for the entire family. Directed by Terri Wilson. Content Reflection: Please be advised that a considered suicide is a plot point within this story.  Tickets and times are available here.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Bear Valley Real Estate OPEN HOUSE from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
In the Grizzly Lounge/ BV Lodge – Join them to celebrate their 20th year as owners of BVRE.  Enjoy Complimentary beer/wine/appetizers
Continue your evening immediately after with the annual Bear Valley Winter Sports History Night starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Lounge/BV Lodge – Multimedia presentations illuminating the rich history along the Highway 4 Corridor and the Sierras.  Peter Brinkman award honoree John Hamilton, The Pine Tree.  Spyder Sabich documentary and information about the upcoming World Pro Ski Tour.

Live Music Saturday Nights at the Murphys Irish Pub – The Murphys Irish Pub has great live music every day of the week (yep, that’s right. Live music 7 days per week). On Saturdays, we have live music from 6-9pm. We also generally have Graham Richards at the house piano 1-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

It’s a Wonderful Life at Murphys Creek Theatre – 1946. The WBFR radio station recording room. Five actors and one eccentric sound technician perform the beloved American holiday classic. With humor and humanity, George Bailey’s tale of love, loss, and redemption mixes an exuberant cast and a wealth of seasonal shenanigans into a heaven-sent performance for the entire family. Directed by Terri Wilson. Content Reflection: Please be advised that a considered suicide is a plot point within this story.  Tickets and times are available here.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Monday Night Blues/Jazz Jam at the Murphys Irish Pub from 5-8pm – Come out to Murphys Irish Pub on Mondays for a good ‘ole jam session. Every 1st & 3rd Monday Rod Harris runs a wonderful Jazz jam and every 2nd & 4th Monday Jeff Chadwick runs a great Blues jam. Tune up your voice, grab an instrument and come sit in, or just come and watch. Always a good time!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

NYE & Fireworks in the Village at Bear Valley – Dance. Drop. Pop. Ring in the New Year with Jill and the Giants.
7pm doors open for the party in Cathedral Lounge
9pm Band starts
12AM Balloon Drop in Lodge
12:10AM Fireworks