Good reasons to include American River Resort in your holiday plans.

Reasons to Include American River Resort in Your Holiday Plans

Off-season rates

Until April 15, 2017, off-season rates are in effect! Book a luxury cabin at a discount and enjoy the resort’s “down time.” A weekend away makes a great holiday gift!

ARR is NO boring hotel

Not enough room at Grandma’s house for the holidays? Avoid a boring hotel and book your stay where the beautiful American River flows just outside your door. Careful though, you may find yourself too anxious to leave relatives behind and get back to your American River Resort paradise!

A Holiday at ARR is NOT same old, same old

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or weekends in-between. Change up your tradition, or start a new one. Bring your celebration here.

Have an unplugged holiday surrounded by nature’s wonderland. Our secluded and romantic cabins are cozy and provide full kitchens. Take this chance to get away and do something different. Focus some special time this season without busy distractions on people who matter most to you.

ARR makes holiday traditions extra special

Planning a trip to Apple Hill for your Christmas tree? Here’s how to make a truly memorable weekend of it. 1) Stay with us Friday night. 2) Get your Apple Hill tree early Saturday and beat the crowds. 3) Return here for hot cocoa and s’mores around the campfire. 4) Travel home unhurried on Sunday.

ARR is away from it all, but not THAT far away

Sure you’d love to spend your holidays at an expensive resort far away from it all. Well, at American River Resort it’s easy to pretend.

We’ve got cozy accomodations surrounded by nature. But we’re not expensive. And getting here is just a short drive from Sacramento (or from anywhere in Northern California). Major highways in both directions means less time traveling, more time relaxing!

And don’t worry, there’s enough civilization conveniently nearby when you want a good restaurant, shopping, or even some casino fun (Red Hawk Casino is just down the road).

Local Holiday Events

Historic Holiday Houses – December 10, 11, 2016 – 10am to 4pm

For two days each year, Coloma transforms into an 1850s Gold Rush town to celebrate the holidays as the early California pioneers did. Make your visit complete and convenient by booking one of our riverside cabins. No parking hassle, just walk to Coloma from here! Costumed volunteers will show visitors an assortment of traditional Christmas crafts, including candle-making, wreath-making, rope-making, corn husk doll-making and ironware blacksmithing. There will be holiday plays, music, games and food and craft vendors. And Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to meet children and pose for photos.

November 19

Old Fashioned Christmas Faire * in Cameron Park * Get a jump start on your holiday shopping! This Christmas Craft Faire, held inside the Cameron Park Community Center, features hundreds of hand-made crafts specific to the Holiday season. You’ll find and array of one-of-a-kind gifts and decorations. Doors are open from 10-4pm. Food and beverages available for purchase. Come to the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr, More info: 530-677-2231 and

November 25 – December 21

A Christmas Story * The Musical * Based on the classic 1938 movie, A Christmas Story the Musical captures holiday wonder with funny and heartfelt songs, show-stopping dancing, delicious wit and a heart of pure gold. Special early bird pricing online only. The theater is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. More info: Order tickets (Brown Paper Tickets): 1-800-838-3006.

November 25

Festival of Lights * Main Street in Historic Placerville * Old-fashioned festivities, 5:30-8pm, will close Historic Main Street and start around 5:30pm at various locations up and down Main Street with music, entertainment, Santa, stagecoach rides, and the tree-lighting at 6pm at the Courthouse. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. More info:, 530-672-3436.

November 25 & 26

Merchants Open House * Main Street in Historic Placerville * merchants extend their open hours and welcome visitors with coffee, cider and seasonal goodies. Enjoy hometown holiday shopping and hospitality in one convenient setting. Free parking, entertainment, stagecoach rides and visits with Santa. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. More info:, 530-672-3436.

November-December Weekends

Stagecoach Rides * Main Street in Historic Placerville * Davey “Doc” Wiser and his crew provide FREE rides (in good weather) starting from the Bell Tower on these dates: Nov. 25th (4pm for 1st 100 riders); Nov. 26th (12-3pm); Dec. 3rd (12-3pm); Dec. 10th & 11th (12-3pm); Dec. 17th & 18th (12-3pm). Call or vist website to double-check the times (especially Nov. 25): or 530-672-3436.

December 4

38th Hangtown Christmas Parade * Main Street in Historic Placerville * The big parade starts at 1pm on Broadway in Placerville and continues down Main Street. This event is a McIntire Family tradition and is sponsored by The Mountain Democrat newspaper and The City of Placerville. More info: 530-344-3436.

December 10

Visit with Santa * Main Street in Historic Placerville * Santa will be arriving in Downtown Placerville to listen to those special wishes from children at CandyStrike Emporium, 398 Main St., 1-4pm. Photos available for purchase, but are not required to visit with Santa. More info: or 530-672-3436.