We were so disappointed that we were not able to host you in 2020 but we are busy planning a 2021 event.  Things could still change but we are currently planning to close the street, light the firepits, and invite you all downtown where the businesses will be staying open to help you find your holiday spirit.  Unfortunately, there will not be a parade or Santa photos this year.  Keep your fingers and toes crossed for 2022!

Please note that the following description applies to our usual annual event, this year’s event will not include all aspects described below.

Every year on the first Friday in December, Murphys celebrates the start of the holiday season with a Community Open House from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is free, the streets are closed and we are ready to celebrate. Open House is a great time to peruse Murphys’  shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants, see what’s new, visit with old friends, admire the community tree, and appreciate our small-town spirit.

A favorite of locals, the annual event is an old-fashioned community celebration featuring a holiday parade, treats, and local wines hosted by Main Street merchants, restaurants, wineries, and the Murphys Business Association.

Musicians and carolers fill the streets with the sounds of the seasons, Santa arrives with the parade and stays for photos with the kids in the Native Sons Hall.

Chestnuts will again be roasting on an open fire at the Spice Tin…make sure to stop by and try one so you can tell everybody you’ve actually tasted a chestnut roasted on an open fire.

The Murphys Congregational Church will be participating again this year with carolers on Main Street as well as music and treats at their Church on Church Street just one block off of Main Street.

Those folks wishing to participate in the parade this year should contact Sue Friedman at 209-728-8183 or murphysopenhouseparade@gmail.com. Everybody is welcome and we’d love to see your organization, musical group or children’s group participate.  Carolers are welcome to join us on the street throughout the event.  We traditionally pass out lighted wands to parade participants so make sure you get there early to get yours.