The Geminid meteor shower is set for its annual show on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14. This is usually a spectacular shower with plenty of falling stars to make wishes upon but this year a fat gibbous Moon might diminish the show. Either stay up all night or get up early after the Moon has set to see two meteors per minute.
The folks at Edwin Markham School are wishing for a good turnout at the annual Winter Arts Festival on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the MP Room, 2800 Moulton Drive in Placerville. This is a nice place to shop for jewelry, books, crafts, art and food supporting local crafters plus there will be entertainment by the Markham Band. For more information contact Elizabeth at 530-622-0403 ext. 5647. All proceeds stay local and a portion goes back to the school!
Santa in El Dorado County
The Cameron Park Fire Department is parading Santa around Cameron Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13, 14 and 15. He will be stopping a various spots to hear Christmas wishes and talk to the children. For a parade route call 530-677-2231 or visit cameronpark.org. By the way, the rain or snow dates are Dec. 20, 21 and 22.
Santa will also be at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for Christmas in Coloma. This seasonal favorite offers craft vendors, food, music, wagon rides, wreath making and more — all with an old-time feel. There is an $8 parking fee. For more information call 530-622-3470.
Port and chocolate fanciers who couldn’t make it out to Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, for the Port and Chocolate Festival last weekend because of the snow have another chance Dec. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The great wine and chocolate are waiting. For more details call 530-620-5303.
David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is having a Holiday Open House and Ugly Sweater Contest on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop by to enjoy Dickens Carolers, holiday treats and baked goods and wine and wear that ugly sweater. You might even win a prize. To get more details call 530-295-1833.
Mr. Cinnamon Bear and The Friends of Old Hangtown are presenting Tea in Toyland on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. There will be many story book characters, tea and refreshments and entertainment. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the tea begins at 1 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, 542 Main St., 621-5885, and at The Bookery, 326 Main St. in Placerville. Tickets are $5 per child and $8 per adult. Adults should be accompanied by a child.