Horse-Drawn Tours of Novato's Holiday Lights with Indian Valley Carriage
Want to tour Novato's spectacular holiday lights the old fashioned way this winter? Book a trip via horse-drawn carriage or wagon from Gary Sello and Indian Valley Carriage. Novato residents have probably seen Gary and his team cruising the streets at Christmas time, especially near the famous Rombeiro Christmas House on Devonshire Drive.
50-minute tours start at Center Road and Wilson Avenue (across from Miss Sandie's School) at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm, and include a pass by the Rombeiro house (and maybe even a stop to tour the inside, depending on schedule and how busy the house is). Reservations are required, and tours do sell out during the holiday season, so reserve your spot early!
This season Gary is offering wagon rides only; the large covered wagon seats 12 and has rain protection, although tours will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or wind.
We've ridden in Gary's covered wagon before, and it's spacious and comfortable with plenty of room, and it's also a lot of fun. So get your friends and family together and book a tour before they're sold out.
Wagon rides cost $350 and available Wednesday through Sunday the weeks prior to Christmas and Monday through Sunday the week of Christmas. Available dates include December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30. The wagon ride seats 12 adults or kids. Small children and infants on laps don’t count toward the total number of passengers.
Make sure you bring jackets, blankets, and whatever food and drink you might want—there's plenty of room for coolers and picnic baskets and we often see riders toting wine glasses when we run into one of Gary's carriage tours around town. (If you brought some apples and carrots for horses Bo and Honey they definitely wouldn't complain.) It will definitely be an experience you won't soon forget, and who knows—you might find a new holiday tradition for you and your family.
To make reservations for a tour call (415) 309-8618. For additional information and to see pictures of the carriages, visit www.indianvalleycarriage.com. You can also read about our ride with Gary in his wagon here.