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2016 Tree Lightings, Holiday Lighted Parades in Wine Country


Are you looking for a fun holiday lighting event in your area? Or are you looking for something unique like a Tractor Parade? We created a listing by location first, of special tree (and other) lightings happening in our community. Click on the pink bold writing to be directed to their event page, for more details!

American Canyon

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony  Friday, December 2, 6:30 pm Shenandoah Park, American Canyon Bring your family and meet your friends for a magical parade, with a special chance to take pictures with your favorite holiday characters, and Santa! Refreshments provided by the Lions Club. This is a free event, open to all! NOTE: Shenandoah Park is the new location for this annual event.


Lighted Tractor Parade You do not need a ticket to attend but we ask that you cast your vote daily to make the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade the #1 USABest Holiday Parade! 


Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in La Plaza Park! This year, we will also be adding a craft faire, starting at 5:00 p.m. The night will be full of music, hot cocoa, entertainment, and “special” guests! Come join us for a fun filled, magical holiday evening! 


17th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield Saturday, November 26, 5–8 pm Celebrate the Holiday Season with Jelly Belly, and mark your calendar for this annual event. Santa, puppet shows, and live music are all part of the fun. Watch us light our 20-foot Christmas tree. PLUS, catch our character parade! Santa photos available after Tree Lighting Ceremony until 8:00pm. Location: One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 


Geyserville’s 2016 Lighted Tractor Parade will be Saturday, November 26th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.–the parade is scheduled to start 6:30pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance before the parade. They will arrive at their temporary workshop in the Park & Ride Plaza near the Christmas tree before the start of the parade–5:00 p.m. For best viewing the parade takes place after dark, so the parade will begin at 6:30. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open special hours before, during, and after the parade for your convenience. Reservations are recommended for dining. There will be chili and cornbread available at the firehouse for $5 or an unwrapped toy donation. There will be hot dogs available at the Odd Fellows. 


Parade of Lights  December 3rd, 7 p.m. This is easily Guerneville’s brightest tradition. Bring the family out for a good old fashioned parade featuring more than 100 entries of floats, horses, marching bands, antique cars, trucks and more all decorated with Christmas lights. Spectacular and so incredibly beautiful, just watching it will put the joy and warmth of the holidays in your heart. Hot drinks and snacks will be available. Address: Downtown Guerneville 

Mill Valley

Winterfest Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley Sunday, December 4, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mill Valley’s annual celebration of the holiday season features a snow hill, the one and only Santa Claus, great food and drinks, an array of fun games, and a bounty of great musical performances. This is one of Mill Valley’s hallmark events. Depot Plaza, downtown Mill Valley. 


Christmas Tree Lighting  Wednesday, November 23, 6-8 pm Veterans’ Park, Napa Join your neighbors the night before Thanksgiving in Veterans Park, at the north east corner of Main and Third Streets, when Mayor Jill Techel lights the 29-foot tall Christmas tree. It’s become a Napa tradition, and for good reason. Hot chocolate and cupcakes, courtesy of Downtown Joe’s and Kara’s Cupcakes, are the perfect accompaniment to enjoy children singing and dancing.

Tree Lighting-Mansion Circle Friday, November 25, 6-7 pm  Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa This tree lighting ceremony features caroling by Vintage Choir, a visit from Santa, and hot chocolate, hot toddies and cookies. Guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots toy drive.

Napa Lighted Boat Parade  Saturday, December 3, 5:30-8:30 pm Members of the Napa Valley Yacht Club decorate their vessels with lights and parade their way from the Yacht Club to the Third Street bridge. It all begins at the Napa Valley Yacht Club at 5:30 p.m. and will continue north to the 3rd Street Bridge. Festive holiday entertainment will be offered along Napa’s Riverfront promenade, the best spot to view the flotilla.

Annual Tree Lighting  December 7, 4:30-7 p.m. Let’s ring in the holiday season together! Join Queen of the Valley Medical Center as we ring in the holiday season with our annual tree lighting ceremony. It’s the perfect way to share the spirit of Christmas. We will share the story of the first Christmas, the Napa High School Chamber Choir will serenade us with Christmas carols and Santa will arrive to light our majestic tree and greet Napa children with his holiday magic.


Lighted Boat Parade Watch a flotilla of festively decorated boats illuminate the Petaluma River Turning Basin. Individual boaters and the local yacht clubs join in the Lighted Boat Parade every year. Boats aglow with colored lights and holiday decorations start from the Petaluma Marina at dusk (about 5:30 p.m.) to sail into the Historic Downtown Harbor against the darkening sky. The flotilla remains on view all night long in the Turning Basin. Following the Lighted Boat Parade, visitors and local residents mingle in Historic Downtown, gathering to dine, drink hot chocolate, snack and enjoy the remainder of the evening entertaining themselves at the many nearby restaurants & clubs. 

Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Center Park Friday, December 2, 7–8 pm Now in its 30th year in Sonoma County, this evening includes community tree lighting, music, inspiration and remembrance during the holiday season. Thousands of bright lights will shine to symbolize the lives, hopes and dreams of the community. With a $10 donation, a light can be dedicated in memory or honor of a loved one. Hospice will also send an acknowledgment card to your family and friends sharing your gift of light. Contact Hospice of Petaluma at (707) 778-6242 to name a light or for additional event details. Location: 21 Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.

San Rafael

Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland In its 37th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area.The event is attended by people from all over the Bay Area. It also enjoys a very “local” feel and is known as a great destination for people of all ages. The event starts at noon with free snow sledding and kids’ activities and a Holiday Marketplace. The Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Festival of Lights, Sunday, December 11, 11:30–2:30 pm This all-ages fun family festival is free and all are welcome! Enjoy traditional Hanukkah treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), live music, an artisanal marketplace, face painting, holiday songs and stories, arts and crafts, a bounce house, and more. You can also experience the JCC fitness center and pools! Location: 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

San Anselmo

Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony Imagination Park, San Anselmo Saturday, December 3, 5–6:30 pm This old-fashioned evening of warmth and spirit is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Santa Claus arrives in a fire truck, then the young and old are treated to free pictures with St. Nick himself. Enjoy delicious refreshments donated by local businesses along with holiday music and children’s activities. Location: Imagination Park, 535 San Anselmo Avenue. 

Santa Rosa

On Friday, November 25th, from 4:30-8:00 pm, Downtown Santa Rosa’s annual tree lighting event – Winter Lights – brings together the community to celebrate the holidays with activities for all ages. Free and open to the public, this beloved celebration will take place just off Old Courthouse Square where B and Fourth Streets meet, spanning the front of Santa Rosa Plaza as well as Fourth Street to Mendocino Avenue.

St. Helena 

Christmas Tree Lighting Thursday, December 1, 6-8 pm  Harvest Inn, St. Helena The Harvest Inn hosts a holiday tree lighting with festive bites, hot cocoa and mulled wine. Get into the holiday spirit with the St. Helena Catholic School choir and help support St. Vincent de Paul’s Ministry of St. Helena Catholic Church with the Sharing Christmas in St. Helena program.

 6th Annual Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration  Saturday, December 3, 3-5 p.m. Robert Mondavi Winery hosts its 6th annual holiday tree lighting and celebration, which includes horse and buggy rides through the To Kalon vineyard, wine tasting, hot apple cider, carols with the Vintage High School Chamber Singers, Italian cookies, cheese and charcuterie appetizers. $25 per person Complimentary admission for Wine Club Members and children under 12


Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza Downtown  Sonoma Saturday, November 12, 5–8 pm Experience Sonoma Valley and celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights plus music and holiday treats! Free to the public and family friendly. Bring a picnic, including wine and beer!

Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival Saturday, December 3, 4–8 pm Bring the family to watch the annual 12th annual Lighting of the Snowmen. Enjoy live holiday music, lights and decorations, face painting and ornament making, pictures with Santa, hot soup, beer and wine, and much more. Free admission. Parking $10. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.


Holiday Festival Downtown Tiburon Saturday, December 3, 2:30–6 pm Tiburon’s Mayor and Santa Claus make the holiday season official by lighting the town’s Christmas tree after Santa arrives by fire truck. Come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols! Santa photos from 2:30–6 pm, gingerbread house decorating from 2–4 pm, and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.


Come get in the holiday spirit and enjoy free entertainment from the Windsor Unified School District Choirs, Arts and Crafts for Kids, Gingerbread cookie decorating, $10 Photos with Santa (including a digital print), $1 Horse-drawn wagon rides, $1 Trackless Train Rides. 9291 Old Redwood Hwy, Bldg 300D, Windsor, California 95492


Yountville Festival of Lights Friday, November 25, 3-6 pm Yountville Community Center The entire town will be twinkling with merriment to rival any Dickens fantasy – a welcome diversion from Black Friday madness. This feel-good family event features food and wine tasting, Santa and his elves (who will arrive via fire truck), the town and tree lighting by Santa and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar, and carriage rides down Washington Street (businesses stay open late with special holiday shopping offers).

Annual Town Tree Lighting & Chamber Mixer  Thursday, December 8, 5:30-7:30 pm  Yountville Mayor John Dunbar and Santa will light the Town Tree and then everyone will move inside for food, drink and entertainment. There will be a holiday performance by students from Yountville Elementary School as well as the opening the new art show in the Gallery @ Community Center featuring kids art! You will also have the chance to talk with Santa and visit the elves’ workshop. Yountville Community Center

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2 Responses to 2016 Tree Lightings, Holiday Lighted Parades in Wine Country

  1. Rhianon December 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Great list! I love going to local holiday festivities! If you’re looking for something festive yet very different to do, check out Sally Tomatoes’ PaintNites- you can have a drink and learn painting techniques. And even better, you can gift your paintings if you’re looking for something unique for someone.


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