Rain or Shine, Murphys will be hosting our Annual Open House from 5-8 pm on December 2nd from 5-8pm complete with a parade at 5:30pm!  Thankfully, it appears as though Mother Nature is going to cooperate, though.  The storm is over, the skies are blue this Friday morning, and our volunteers will be out getting ready for you.

So plan to join us to kick off the winter holiday season in downtown Murphys.  The road will be closed, the firepits will be blazing, 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, admire our town tree, get a moment with Santa, enjoy the entertainment, and find your holiday spirit!  Whether you are a local, a second home owner, or simply a Murphys lover, let us thank you for your support all year long!

Be here early to grab a good spot to watch our hometown, lighted parade starting at 5:30pm.  The parade begins in the Black Bart Playhouse parking lot on Algiers, comes up to Main Street by the Murphys Historic Hotel, and continues down Main Street to Big Trees Road, so there is plenty of room to spread out. Several businesses have patios on the street where you can enjoy food or drinks while watching the parade.

After the Open House Parade, stop in at Cedar Creek Realty, grab a treat, and enjoy their Christmas Polaroid Photo Booth! Most importantly, consider donating to the 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.

Live Music abounds in Murphys.  Stop by the Jazz Cellars Tasting Room between 7-8pm to hear Ras Beeken Dan, wander up to the rooftop deck at Boyle-McDonald, or step into the Murphys Irish Pub during and after Open House. The Watering Hole on Big Trees Road will have Norm & Pam of Sequoia on hand playing holiday tunes. There’s also a rumor that Newsome Harlow may have one of Murphys’ favorite singer-songwriters in their courtyard later in the evening.

V Restaurant, Bistro & Bar will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus during Open House as well as collecting toys, so make sure to stop by and let the kids share their wishlists with Santa and drop off a toy to help make sure someone else’s holiday is equally bright.  You can also drop off toys at Jane & Jean and Chloe from now through mid December.

You can sign up to volunteer to help with Open House here.  Or simply show up with your friends to entertain us with some holiday music.  Carolers are welcome, no need to schedule anything.

If you want to get in the spirit early, stop by Hovey Tasting Room lawn on WEDNESDAY, November 30th at 9am to help decorate the town tree.  The Garden in Murphys with help from the Gold Country Roasters will be providing drinks and treats, Ironstone Vineyards will have donated another beautiful tree, and the Murphys Business Association members will be organizing the whole show.

We always need your help to make sure our events happen each year.  Please consider helping with the tree decorating, or on the evening of the event with the parade, or as an event greeter!


And, thank you to all of this year’s firepit sponsors:

Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed
Cedar Creek Realty
Century 21 – Sierra Properties
DEA Bathroom Machineries
Ebbetts Pass Accounting
Gateway Press
Gold Electric
Gorilla Dirt
Murphys Pourhouse
Murphys Vacation Rentals
Newsome Harlow
Shelby French – ReMax Gold

One last reminder, parking can be a little difficult at Open House.  Please remember that the Black Bart Parking Lot will be unavailable until after the parade.  Free public parking, including accessible parking, is available at the Masonic Hall Parking lot (corner of Church, Church & Surrey near the Pourhouse), the Old School House Parking lot (60 Jones Street), and in the parking lots of businesses, and on the streets.  Main Street is closed to traffic during this event, and we require that all cars be moved prior to the start of the event to allow for the parade.  Please be considerate and don’t block driveways or park in areas marked with No Parking signs.  Our streets are narrow, and parking along the sides could prevent our public safety vehicles from getting through in the case of an emergency.  We’d really hate to see anybody get towed!

Have a great time!