Another longstanding tradition in Grass Valley changing to accommodate for COVID restrictions. Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Marni Marshall says, Cornish Christmas, which traditionally runs each Friday between the day after Thanksgiving to the last Friday before Christmas will not look the same at all.
Marshall says there will be no live performances from the Cornish Carol Choir or other musicians and street artists to avoid people gathering. There will also be no vendors lining the street. However, to help encourage people to shop downtown throughout the holiday season, especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, the city has decorated the Mill Street Promenade which remains closed to traffic.
Marshall says that businesses have agree to stay open later Thursday through Saturday and many are offering specials, and also selling products on the street because indoor shopping is limited to 25 percent capacity.
She also says to dress warmly for outdoor dining and watch for special visitors like the Town Crier and eventually a Santa Selfie Station. And shoppers can still get mulled wine at businesses along Mill and Main Street.
2020 would have been the 53rd year for Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley.