Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. And that means nearly two months of holiday fun and cheer are coming your way. To help you navigate the season, and keep your spirits bright, we present our select guide to holiday fun from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Wine Country Turkey Crawl Taste and pick a wine to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner with the fundraising winery tour. All of the ticket sales will be donated to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire relief fund, and each of the neighboring wineries will show off their best vintages to complement turkey and cranberry sauce. Nov. 12. Dutton Estate, 8757 Green Valley Road; Furthermore Wines, 3541 Gravenstein Hwy. N.; Marimar Estate, 11400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. 11am. $15; tickets include a tasting at all three wineries. duttonestate.com.
Napa on Ice Napa's outdoor skating rink, located on the grounds of the Napa Expo, is back for another year of holiday fun. Recreational ice skating on 6,300 square feet of real ice is open daily with lessons, parties, private ice time and special events offered. Nov. 17–Jan. 7. $13 general admission; $15 VIP admission. napaonice.com.
Winterblast Annual holiday art party turns 13 and takes over the South of A arts district in Santa Rosa. Open studios showcase dozens of artists in their element, an electric sofa parade lights up the streets and live music kick the holiday spirit into gear. Magic, belly dancing, food trucks, beer and wine and merriment abound. Nov. 18. 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. 5–9:30pm. Free entry. sofasantarosa.com.
Santa Train & Wine Train Thanksgiving The Napa Valley Wine Train welcomes Santa aboard for a season of magical fun in a nostalgic railroad setting. Sip cocoa, enjoy musical entertainment, tour the Napa Valley and get a photo with Santa. Nov. 18–Dec. 29. $49. On Thanksgiving, guests are invited to dine in style and enjoy a traditional feast with all the fixings while riding the train. Nov. 23. $171 and up. 800.427.4124.
Holidays Along the Farm Trails Celebrate the season with the local agricultural community, as farmers and producers offer a view of life on the farm. Find farm-stand gifts, cut a Christmas tree to take home and enjoy DIY workshops. Hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails. Nov. 18–Jan. 1. Various Locations in Sonoma County. Registration required to save the date. farmtrails.org.
Holidays in Yountville Skip the big-box stores this Christmas and join the people of Yountville for six weeks of food, wine and holiday cheer. As the town transforms into a magical winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights, visitors can enjoy a full schedule of live entertainment, art shows, workshops and classes, along with unique shopping choices, food and wine tours, carriage rides and more. Nov. 20–Dec. 31. Downtown Yountville, Washington St., Yountville. Full schedule and info at yountville.com.
Napa's Christmas Tree Lighting The mayor of Napa flips the switch and welcomes the Christmas season to Napa in this traditional community event. Sip on hot chocolate, nibble on cookies and enjoy local entertainment. Nov. 22. Veterans Park, Third and Main streets, Napa. 6pm. Free. donapa.com.
Winter Lights Santa Rosa's downtown Courthouse Square shines with the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony that includes activities for all ages. Enjoy local eats, see Santa arrive on a fire truck and partake in the Remembrance Candle Lighting. This year's Winter Lights theme is "I Believe in Santa Rosa," to highlight the town's resilience and strength in the wake of October's fires. Nov. 24. Third Street and Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. 4pm. Free admission. 707.545.1414.
Santa's Riverboat Arrival Santa and Mrs. Claus give the season its start when they arrive by tugboat at the Petaluma River Turning Basin and disembark to hand out candy and take holiday photos with kids while live entertainment from the likes of the Pacific Empire Chorus and Petaluma School of Ballet entertains the crowd. Nov. 25. River Plaza Shopping Center, 72 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 11:30am–1pm. Free. 707.769.0429.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House Toast the holiday season on a tour of 20 wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley. Weekend includes access to wineries and winemakers, wine cave tours, holiday gifts and wine country holiday cheer. Nov. 25–26. 11am–4pm. $45–$55 per person; designated driver, $10–$15. heartofsonomavalley.com.
Holiday Tea Service Hotel Healdsburg hosts weekend tea services to provide a relaxing atmosphere in the midst of all the holiday madness. Enjoy custom teas, pastries, petite sandwiches, even classic cocktails. Festive piano music and décor add to the ambiance. Nov. 25–Dec. 24. 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Saturdays and Sundays, noon–2pm. 707.431.2800.
- CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS West Coast jazz star Jessy J performs two days of holiday delights at the Blue Note in Napa, Dec. 15–16.
Napa's Christmas Parade This long-running, family-friendly evening parade features creative floats built by Napans themselves, focusing on the theme "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Nov. 25. Second and Third streets in downtown Napa. 5–7pm. Free. donapa.com.
Lighting of the Snowmen Annual tradition lights up Cornerstone Sonoma with decorative snowmen coming to life amid live music and entertainment. Get a photo with Santa and enjoy the seasonal spirit in the picturesque setting. Dec. 2. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23667 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. 4pm. Free admission. 707.939.3010.
The Reindeer Run Seventh annual run or walk covers Thompson Trail on Wetlands Edge Trailhead and encourages participants to dress in festive holiday gear. Dec. 2. Eucalyptus Drive, American Canyon. 8am. $37–$45. khopeinternational.org.
Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event The B&Bs of Napa invite you inside their historical inns, decked out in festive decorations, to savor select wines and tasty holiday treats. Transportation and entertainment included. Proceeds benefit local charities. Dec. 2. 3–7pm. $75. napaholidaytour.com.
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade Twenty-second annual small-town celebration of the holiday season and Calistoga's agricultural heritage boasts vintage tractors, antique trucks and other rustic autos lit up in dazzling displays. Dec. 2. Lincoln Avenue between Stevenson and Cedar, downtown Calistoga. 7pm. Free. visitcalistoga.com.
Luther Burbank Holiday Open House A popular holiday tradition in its 38th year, this open house features Victorian-era finery and a charming tour of Burbank's historic home and gardens, with free parking at First and D streets and free rides on Rosie the Trolley to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center. Dec. 2–3. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 10am to 4pm. $3; kids 12 and under are free. lutherburbank.org.