Winter 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.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Join the Murphys Pourhouse for their 3rd Annual Holiday Party on Friday, Dec 16th. Don your ugliest Christmas sweater, enjoy a holiday-themed pint, and snap a pic with the Grinch!

🎄 Photos with the Grinch by Lovely Lens Photography | 4-7 pm
🎄 Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest | Voting ends at 7:30 pm | Grand Prize: Most Ugly Christmas Sweater |
Honorable Mentions: Best Homemade, Most Festive, Most Funny, and Best Interactive (lights, bells, etc)

Live Music Fridays 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 Fridays we have live music from 6-9pm. We also generally have Graham Richards at the house piano 1-4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Check it all out at

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Angels Camp Business Association Presents: Gold Country Christmas Lighted Parade & Downtown Open House. Saturday December 17th. Parade starts at 5 pm by St. Patrick’s Church in Historic Downtown Angels Camp and heads towards Finnegan Lane. Meet & Greet with Santa Claus after the parade! Visit or call 209-736-1333.

Live Music Saturdays at the Murphys Irish Pub – On Saturdays, we have live music from 6-9pm. Check out our events calendar to see who’s playing , and then come on out for a good time.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Grover Anderson at the Murphys Irish Pub from 3-6pm on Third Sundays. Prolific singer/songwriter Grover Anderson forgoes his backing band “The Lampoliers” to provide an intimate solo performance –

Let Ruby Parlor No. 46 in Murphys take the stress out of your Christmas season… The Ruby Parlor #46 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West will be holding a free gift-wrapping service for Holiday Shoppers on Sunday, December 11 & 18 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Monday, December 19, 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 20, 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 21, 2022

Trivia Night at the 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.

Open Mic Wednesdays at the Murphys Irish Pub 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 22, 2022

Murphys Jazz All Stars at the Pub – Years before Anthony & Jessica Delaney bought the Murphys Irish Pub, bassist Anthony organized a Thursday night Jazz Experiment which quickly became a don’t-miss weekly event in downtown Murphys. Fast-forward to present, and the experiment has grown into a beloved tradition, both for local fans and local musicians.  Almost always featuring special guests, Thursday nights at the Murphys Irish Pub are not to be missed!

Friday, December 23, 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!

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Murphys Friends Free Christmas Dinner – Dine at the Native Sons in Murphys from 1-3pm – Delivery or Drive Thru Pick Up available – Call 209-736-1415 to make arrangements or call 209-736-6177 for more information or to volunteer to help organize this event next year!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

NYE at Sequoia Woods – DINNER will be served in the main dining room from 5:00 to 9:00pm, with chef’s specials in addition to our regular menu. Dinner reservations must be guaranteed with credit card or member account number. Special prices will be in effect on New Year’s Eve in the lounge and dining room. Must be 21 years of age after 9pm. There are two seatings on each table in the dining room; early seatings are restricted to a two-hour time limit; parties of 8 to 10 will be seated in the Cypress Room (very limited tables) – LIVE MUSIC by the Fabulous Off Brothers from 9:00pm to 12:30am. Open seating for music; no bar food available on New Year’s Eve; no table holds.

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