Top Festive Holiday Activities Near Fortuna

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us, which means the winter holiday season is soon to follow. Humboldt County has typically been THE place to be due to our variety of parades, and spectacular lighted tree displays. Now in this new age of “COVID,” some of our events may look a little different, but will continue all the same. Here are the top festive holiday activities in Fortuna, CA.

First of all, The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel in Fortuna makes a great home base for your holiday season getaway – close to events in our community, Eureka’s Old Town, Garberville and Ferndale’s Victorian Village, surrounded by the natural splendor of the redwood forests.

Night time view of a Christmas parade with Santa waving from a horse-drawn fire truck.

Ferndale CA Lights Up the Holidays

Holiday greenery wrapped with a red velvet bow.

The Victorian Village of Ferndale is a special place during the holiday season, and 2020 is no different with one minor exception: The town will have its annual Lighting of America’s Tallest Living Christmas Tree, but this year it will be a virtual event. However, Ferndale will  have its annual Lighted Tractor Parade! Local farmers and ranchers parade fancifully decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes down the Victorian Village’s historic Main Street for a sparkling country Christmas celebration! Tractors line up at 4:30 p.m. for judging at 5, and start parading at 6. Also, Ferndale Community Church (712 Main Street) will be open during the parade and serving free cookies with cocoa and cider! Their restrooms will also be accessible.

  • Ferndale Tree Lighting: Sunday, December 6, 2020 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Ferndale Lighted Tractor Parade: Sunday, December 20, 2020 6 – 7 pm

Fortuna CA Festive Holiday Events

Downtown Fortuna will plan to host their Annual Holiday Open House to coincide with Al & Edie Gray’s Electric Lighted Truck Parade –visitors can enjoy the parade, refreshments, and do some holiday shopping. Redwood Village Shopping Center, 735 S. Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna.

  • Fortuna Holiday Open House: Friday, December 11, 2020 5 pm

Eureka CA Lighted Truck Parade Returns

The Annual Lighted Trucks Parade returns to Eureka at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris Street.

  • Eureka’s Lighted Truck Parade: Sunday, December 12, 2020 6 – 8 pm

Garberville CA Christmas Events

A little farther away from us, about 50 miles south, downtown Garberville and Soroptimist International of the Redwoods present the Annual Lighted Truck Parade. Details are forthcoming. Later in the month, Garberville will host The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce “Small Town Christmas”, featuring fun for the entire family including face painting, carriage rides, hay rides, food and drink. For up to date information, visit Garberville’s website.

  • Lighted Truck Parade: Sunday, December 4, 5 – 7 pm.
  • Small Town Christmas: Saturday, December 19 3:30 – 6:30 pm

We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel, conveniently located near these festive holiday activities near Fortuna, CA. Come enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, beer and wine, and free parking and Wi-Fi. Call 707-725-5500 or book direct online to reserve your stay.

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