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2017 Guide to December Holiday Events in Wine Country

Prepare to get your holiday on with a ton of great holiday events during December in Wine Country! Check out our 2017 Guide to December Holiday Events in Wine Country. The events have been listed by location, and then ordered by date.  Click on the name of the event to be directed to the event webpage for tickets and more information. Cheers to a magical season full of holiday events in Wine Country!

:: American Canyon

Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1, 2017
Shenandoah Park, 100 Sonoma Creek Way, American Canyon, CA

Kick off the holiday season with us at Shenandoah Park! Enjoy a lighted parade, carriage rides, musical performances, food vendors, craft fair, and even pictures with Santa, Grinch, Jack, Frosty and Rudolph! This is a free event, open to all.

Snow Day

December 2, 2017
Shenandoah Park (100 Sonoma Creek Way), American Canyon, CA

With the help of American Canyon Orthodontics, we’re bringing snow back to American Canyon! Enjoy holiday themed snow villages, entertainment and SNOW! Free shuttle service provided from ACHS. Food truck vendors will be onsite for food purchases. This is a free event, open to all!

I Spy Rudolph!

December 12 – 13, 2017
Senior Multi-Use Center (2185 Elliott Drive) American Canyon, CA

Gather a team of your friends and family to search for “I Spy” items at decorated homes around town. All you need is a team name, transportation, and a keen eye for a chance to win a holiday gift basket. This event is free. Pre-registration is required, and may be completed at the Parks & Recreation office, at the Senior Center, or by phone.

Santa Sleigh Visits

December 16 – 17, 2017
Walmart parking lot, 7011 Main Street, American Canyon, CA

Presented by the American Canyon Fire Protection District. Bring your kids for a visit with Santa! When he’s not bringing joy to children, Santa is busy saving lives, so visits will take place based on non-emergency response availability.

:: Calistoga

Calistoga Holiday Village & Christmas Faire

December 2, 2017
Tubbs Building, Napa County Fairgrounds, Calistoga, CA

Don your Christmas apparel while making holiday memories at the Calistoga Christmas Faire. Then head on over to get your seat for the Lighted Tractor Parade in downtown Calistoga.

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 2, 2017
Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA

Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade is the ultimate small-town holiday event in celebration of our agricultural heritage. Feast your eyes on vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, in addition to construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights as they parade down Calistoga’s charming main street. The parade begins on Stevenson Street and ends on Cedar Street. Santa will get in on the fun and make a personal appearance during the parade, rain or (moon)shine. This popular Napa Valley event, which gets bigger and better each year, is perfect for the whole family. Weather Forecast for Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade is 100% Chance of Snow!

:: Cloverdale

Healdsburg Community Band Christmas Concert

December 8, 2017
Veterans Memorial Building, Cloverdale, CA

Free event and donations are gladly accepted!

:: Cotati

Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1, 2017
La Plaza Park, Cotati, CA

Come join us for our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting! This year, we will also be adding food and craft vendors, starting at 4:00pm. The night will be full of music, free coffee, hot cocoa, cookies, and more! There will be crafts for the children, story time, entertainment, and “special” guests. Come join us for a fun filled, magical holiday evening!

Holiday Cheer – Eat, Drink & Be Merry

December 7, 2017
Grav South Brew Co 7950 Redwood Dr, Suite 15, Cotati, CA

Join us on Thursday, December 7th in Cotati as we stroll for holiday drinks (both non alcoholic and alcoholic) with singing and merriment along the way. (21 & over)

Breakfast with Santa

December 9, 2017
Cotati, CA

Come join Santa and his elves for a yummy breakfast of eggs, sausage, & especially pancakes! Finish it off with delicious coffee and hot cocoa. Each child will also have the opportunity to do arts & crafts, and will receive a gift from the Mr. Claus before they leave. This year, we will be offering two breakfast times. Please indicate which time you’d like to attend when you register. Choose which time you would like to have breakfast and then use the rest of the time to visit with Santa and make crafts with the elves. Tickets are $12 per person for anyone over 2.

:: Fort Bragg and Willits

Skunk Train – “Christmas Trains”

December 2 – 23, 2017
Fort Bragg, CA or Willits, CA

Make timeless memories with Santa and his elves aboard the Magical Christmas Train. From Willits tickets include a 90-minute train ride through a storybook wonderland, cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. From Fort Bragg tickets include a 60-minute train ride through a storybook wonderland, cookies, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, and a personal visit with Santa Claus himself. Come dressed in your Christmas morning pajamas, if you’d like, and join us in carols and reindeer games. Have your child’s name inscribed in their very own copy of “Morgan and the Magical Christmas Train” storybook by adding a storybook to your order at checkout and include your child’s name in the “Additional Notes” section.

:: Geyserville

“A Vintage Christmas” Stage Show

December 1 – 10, 2017
Trione Vineyards & Winery, Geyserville, CA

World premiere! Think of a cross between “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” set in wine country: Dominic’s family has been in the wine business for a hundred years but lately the pressure, both economic and emotional, finds him contemplating selling the family winery. On the eve of their annual Christmas celebration, Dom thinks his dead Grandfather is haunting him, showing him what could happen to his family if he sells the business.

:: Healdsburg

Alexander Valley Ladies Aid Christmas Bazaar

December 2, 2017
Alexander Valley Community Church 6650 Hwy 128, Healdsburg, CA

Visit us in the historic Alexander Valley Community Church and find a variety of delicious home-made goodies, live and dried wreaths, ornaments, fleece blankets, painted gourds, kitchen towels, aprons, hand-painted goods, local lavender, and much, much more! You are sure to find many great gifts at this annual event. Proceeds of this sale are used to fund scholarships for local graduating seniors in high school, the Alexander Valley School Library, community charities, and to aid in the maintenance of the church.

“A Frozen Ballet” Stage Show

December 9 – 10, 2017
Raven Performing Arts Center, Healdsburg, CA

Teresa Lubarsky’s Healdsburg Ballet is pleased to premier a brand new ballet with it’s rendition of “A Frozen Ballet.” Racing to save their kingdom from being trapped in winter, Anna and Kristoff set off to find the Snow Queen Elsa and break her icy spell. Based on the ever loved fairy tale, “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, dancers of all ages create a ballet that is sure to delight audiences!

Healdsburg Community Band Christmas Concert

December 16, 2017
Raven Performing Arts Center, Healdsburg, CA

This is a joint fundraiser with the Healdsburg Education Foundation and tickets are $25.

:: Napa

Santa’s Helpers Holiday Gift Faire

December 9 – 10, 2017
Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa, CA

Make your holiday shopping a breeze! We’ll have gifts galore, including holiday themed items, fine art, country crafts, home décor, bath and body products, jewelry, boutique clothing antiques and collectibles, gourmet foods and specialty items. Be sure to keep an eye out for our elves, they also have a little treat for you! Even Santa himself will be making an appearance.

:: Novato

Holiday Crafts Faire

December 1 – 2, 2017
The Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato, CA

Free admission! Over 55 booths selling fresh greens, jewelry, ceramics, specialty foods, wreaths, ornaments, bath and body products, and handmade items. There will be a raffle and live entertainment, too!

Christmas Festival & Tree Lighting

December 2, 2017
City Green, Sherman Avenue, Novato, CA

A great North Bay tradition, Novato’s Annual Community Tree Lighting brings together local residents for a festive event filled with holiday cheer. City Hall is just a short walk from Novato’s quaint downtown shopping area, where locally-owned businesses offer wonderful arts, crafts and other gift ideas that you won’t find in big-box retailers. Combine this with great restaurant and cafe options along Grant Street, and you’ve got the perfect family-friendly outing with none of the hassle of big city crowds. Make this the year you visit Novato for some Holiday cheer.

Breakfast With Santa

December 3, 2017
Margaret Todd Senior Center Novato, CA

Join Novato Parks & Recreation and the Novato Senior Citizens Club for a festive  pancake breakfast with fun-filled activities for the kids!

Sundays on Sherman, Bringing Novato Together, Winter Edition

December 17, 2017
Sherman Ave & Novato City Hall, Novato, CA

Sundays on Sherman is a chance for community members of all ages to participate in all kinds of structured and unstructured play. This years Winter Edition features an ICE SKATING RINK, food vendors, and free on-going activites throughout the day! Please note that we are taking up to 25 pre-registrations for each time slot. Also, there will be 15 spots reserved for walk-ins, first come first served, the day of the event. We recommend you pre-register for the time you would like, to make sure you get your chance to skate! Skating sessions are just $5.00 per participant for 20 minutes of skating, all other activites, excluding food, are FREE!

:: Petaluma

Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House

December 2, 2017
Downtown Petaluma, CA

It’s “From Petaluma with Love” as the downtown merchants host fun and festive activities including carolers, horse and carriage rides, face painting, hot cider and much more! While you’re enjoying the holiday spirit, find the perfect unique gift from one of Petaluma’s charming boutiques.

:: Santa Rosa

An Evening of Jazz

December 1, 2017
Oakmont Golf Club, Santa Rosa, CA

This fabulous fundraising event benefits the Maria Carrillo High School Instrumental Music Department. Help us keep music in public schools while enjoying an amazing evening out on the town. Ticket includes a full course dinner buffet and also 1 drink voucher for a glass of wine. Additional drink vouchers available for purchase at the venue.

Broadway Holiday Spectacular

December 1 – 3, 2017
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA

Bring the whole family to Transcendence’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we invite you to celebrate Broadway-style with this breathtaking holiday celebration for all ages filled with magical moments, and spectacular song and dance.

Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

December 2 – 3, 2017
Finley Park, Community Center & Aquatic Complex Santa Rosa, CA 

Celebrate the season with gifts for yourself or loved ones in this festive shopping experience featuring 80 artisan vendors. Back for its 43rd year, this traditional event offers unique handcrafted wares on display in the Finley Community Center and lobby of the Person Senior Wing. Enjoy live entertainment, food and beverages for purchase, and a kids’ craft area open on Saturday from 10am-2pm. Also, take a ride on Rosie the Trolley for FREE to and from the Crafts Fair to the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Holiday Open House!

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Holiday Open House

December 2 – 3, 2017
Santa Rosa & Sonoma Avenues, Downtown Santa Rosa, CA

The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 38-year tradition by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. FREE PARKING is available at First & “D” Streets, and also enjoy FREE RIDES on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center.

Sensitive Santa Event

December 2 – 3, 2017
Moore Solar/Heating/Cooling, 3242 Airway Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 

Sensitive Santa is BACK for another year! We experienced an overwhelming response to our sensory-friendly Santa experience last year and are returning for an entire WEEKEND of holiday fun and magic in 2017! Sensitive Santa is a 100% FREE event (donations gladly accepted and appreciated). It is an opportunity for kiddos with special needs to enjoy the Santa experience that they might not otherwise be able to. Each 15-minute time slot allows for your family to enjoy an uninterrupted, un-rushed, relaxing visit with Santa. There will also be gluten-free snacks, coffee and cocoa, crafts and activities. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot.

Hands-on Chanukah

December 10, 2017
Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

Discover new ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Join the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County, PJ Library, and Octopretzel at the Charles M. Schulz Museum for an exciting and engaging free Chanukah program for the entire family. Activities include dreidel spinning contests, marshmallow-dreidel decorating, menorah crafting, children’s book fair, Chanukah lights with PJ Library, free gift raffle, and more. Octopretzel offers a children’s show as exuberant as their whimsical name. The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a danceable, singable & super fun experience for the whole family. Get in free when you say “Hands-on-Chanukah”!

Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops

December 16 – 17, 2017
Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

Assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread, complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Advanced registration required.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

December 31, 2017
Charles M Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

Ring in the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down, and Baby Balloon drops at Noon. We will also share root beer toasts at Noon and 3:00 pm!

:: Sonoma

Lighting of the Snowmen Festival

December 2, 2017
Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma CA

The Annual Lighting of the Snowmen has become a Sonoma Valley holiday tradition! Mark your calendars now, you don’t want to miss the 2017 festivities. The festival will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations and more. Parking will be available at Cornerstone (until the lots are filled) and then at the Sonoma Valley Airport, located next to Cornerstone (shuttle service will be provided). Admission to the festival is FREE and there is a $10 donation to charity for parking.

:: Windsor

Windsor Holiday Celebration

December 7, 2017
Town Green, Windsor, CA

Join us for a holiday tree lighting and snowfall at 7:00pm with musical performances starting at 5:00pm. Other activities also include: Hot chocolate, hot soup, Elves’ Craft Workshop, Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, $10 Photos with Santa, Bibliobop Dance Party, Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, Strolling Carolers, $1 Jingle Bell Wagon Rides, $1 “Polar Express” Train Rides.

:: Yountville

The Nutcracker

December 16 – 17, 2017
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Yountville, CA

Napa Regional Dance Company’s beloved production of The Nutcracker is back for its 17th season! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey through the Snow Flake Forest to The Land of Sweets in this timeless holiday classic.

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