Ready or not, nearly two months of holiday fun and cheer are coming your way. To help navigate the season and keep your spirits bright, we present our select guide to multi-denominational holiday fun.
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. 14– Jan. 1. Various Locations in Sonoma County. Registration required. farmtrails.org.
WinterBlast The South of A arts district in Santa Rosa turns into a dazzling wonderland for the 14th annual holiday art party. 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. 17. 312 South A St., Santa Rosa. 5–9:30pm. Free entry. sofasantarosa.com.
Friendship Circle Hanukkah Party Annual gathering gets you ready for the Jewish holiday and includes a shopping bazaar full of artisan gifts, candle-lighting ceremony with special guests, traditional latke lunch provided by Park Avenue Catering and live music by Klezmer Creek ensemble. Nov. 19. Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 11am–2pm. $20; RSVP required by Nov. 15. 707.528.1182.
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. 19–Jan. 1. 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. 21. Veterans Park, Third and Main streets, Napa. 6pm. Free. donapa.com.
Healdsburg Turkey Trot Family-friendly Thanksgiving morning 5k run and walk awards prizes for first place and favorite costumes, and benefits the Drew Esquivel Scholarship, which helps Healdsburg high school students and athletes attend college. Nov. 22. Race starts at 333 Center St., Healdsburg. 8am. $25–$35. healdsburgturkeytrot.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 in the wake of last year's fires. Nov. 23. 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. After, attendees can take advantage of "small business Saturday" at the shops throughout downtown Petaluma. Nov. 24. River Plaza Shopping Center, 72 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 11:30am–1pm. Free. 707.769.0429.
Napa's Christmas Parade This long-running, family-friendly evening parade features creative floats built by Napans themselves, focusing on the theme "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas." Nov. 25. Second and Third streets in downtown Napa. 5–7pm. Free. donapa.com.
Italian Christmas Festival Bring the family for a festive day featuring artisan vendors, Italian cafe, wine and beer bar, silent auction, historical exhibit of Italians in Sonoma County and live entertainment. Dec. 1. St. Rose Hall, 320 Tenth St., Santa Rosa.11am–5pm. $5; kids 12 and under are free. 707.591.9696.
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. 1. Cornerstone Sonoma, 23667 Hwy. 121, Sonoma. 4pm. Free admission. 707.939.3010.
The Reindeer Run Eighth annual run or walk covers Thompson Trail on Wetlands Edge Trailhead and encourages participants to dress in festive holiday gear. Dec. 1. Eucalyptus Drive, American Canyon. 8am. $37–$47. khopeinternational.org.
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade Twenty-third 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. 1. Lincoln Avenue between Stevenson and Cedar, downtown Calistoga. 7pm. Free. visitcalistoga.com.
Luther Burbank Holiday Open House A popular holiday tradition in its 39th 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. 1–2. Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 10am to 4pm. $3; kids 12 and under are free. lutherburbank.org.
Hands-On Chanukah Join the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County and the Charles M. Schulz Museum to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with dreidel-spinning contests, marshmallow-dreidel decorating, menorah crafting and more. Dec. 2. Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 11am–4pm. Free admission when you say "Hands-On Chanukah!" 707.579.4452.