Sonoma & Napa Wine Country Family Holiday Fun
Don't miss the annual Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival at Cornerstone Sonoma
One of the benefits of living in the North Bay is having the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa right in our own backyard. It's a short trip from Marin but a world away, especially during the holidays, when the area does itself up in style.
Here are some selected family-friendly holiday events and happenings in Sonoma and Napa, as well as a few of our favorite places to visit in the Wine Country. Some of these events require tickets or advance reservations, so make sure you check for availability before you go.
Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza
Saturday, November 17, 5–8 pm
The kick-off to the popular Holidays in Sonoma, join thousands of residents and visitors as we fill the historic Sonoma Plaza with the bright glow of a quarter-million lights. The evening will include music, performances, food trucks and the chance to visit the holiday displays around the 8-acre Sonoma Plaza. Event details
Cirque de Bohème presents "Yesterday"
November 23, 24, 25 & December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 1, 3 & 5 pm
Created in Paris during a period called “les Années Folles,” this old style show is based on the French tradition of a 1920’s Circus. Cirque de Bohème transports audiences back in time for an hour of mystery and entertainment. This November and December, Cirque de Bohème will presents their new show called “Yesterday” with an amazing cast of world class performers including: Magician, Rola-Bola Acrobat, Hooper Aerialist, Chain Aerialist, Hand Chair Balancing, Cyr Wheel, Mime, Juggler and more. Event details
Holiday Open House & Photos with Santa at Larson Family Winery
Larson Family Winery, Sonoma
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 11 am–3 pm
Larson Family Winery near Sonoma, is a great family-friendly winery. Take your family photos with Santa and get your holiday shopping done! Enjoy samples of exclusive estate wines and gourmet food items, music, and special prices on gifts! Bring your camera, and letters for Santa to drop into the mailbox to the North Pole. For every letter in Santa’s mailbox, the winery will donate $1 to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center. Larson Family Winery is located at 23355 Millerick Road in Sonoma. Event details
Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 1, 4–8 pm
Bring the family to watch the annual 13th annual Lighting of the Snowmen. Enjoy live holiday music, lights and decorations, wine and beer tasting, delicious food, kids' crafts, and much more. Free admission. Parking $10 (benefits local charities). Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Event details
Christmas at the Mission
Saturday, December 8, 4–8 pm
Four candlelight choral sessions take place in the Sonoma Mission Chapel, with a campfire in the Barracks courtyard along with live music and refreshments served in the breezeway. Tickets for the Mission Chapel performances will be distributed on Saturday November 17 at 10 am in front of the Mission and at the Plaza lighting event from 5–7 pm. A donation of $2.50 per ticket is suggested, maximum four tickets per person. More information
Other Places to Visit for Family Fun
While you're in Sonoma Valley, check out some of our favorite family destinations, including Cline Cellars (where you can feed the fish) and the Missions Museum, Larson Family Winery, which offers outdoor games and even ride-on toys for kids, Sonoma Train Town (open Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm), Jack London State Historic Park, and the Sonoma Plaza with its historic sites.
Napa Valley Wine Train Santa Train
Mondays–Thursdays November 19–December 28
Napa Valley Wine Trains' Santa Express Trains are a magical experience for the whole family. Trains run daily at 5 and 8 pm. Santa and some special friends will be on board, of course. Tickets do sell out very early, so check for availablity at (800) 427-4124. Tickets start at $49 per person. Refreshments available for purchase on board. Event details
Napa's Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 24, 5–7 pm
The theme of 55th annual Christmas parade is “'Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas”, which lends itself to all kinds of creative interpretations. Napans build floats, decorate cars, animals and children, and march down the street in full Holiday spirit. Free admission. Event details
Calistoga Holiday Village & Christmas Faire
Friday, November 30, 4–8 pm & Saturday, December 1, 9 am–4 pm
This event at the Napa County Fairgrounds includes Breakfast with Santa, live music, Santa Paws, children's crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday contests, and an old-fashioned cake walk, as well as the opportunity to shop for artwork and crafts. Holiday Village tree lighting takes place at 5:30 pm. Event details
8th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration at Robert Mondavi Winery
Saturday, December 1, 3–5 pm
Welcome the holiday season with Robert Mondavi Winery's 8th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration. Festivities include a tree lighting celebration, 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. New this year – Jingle Bell Jazz in the To Kalon Reserve Room! Admission: $25 per person; free for children under 12, Wine Club Members, and guests who bring a non-perishable food donation for Napa Valley Food Bank. 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville. Event details
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade and Holiday Village
Saturday, December 1, 7–8 pm
This small town holiday celebration features vintage and modern tractors and other vehicles decked out in dazzling lights on Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's charming main street. Santa will make a special appearance, of course. Faire: 9 am–4 pm; parade: 7 pm. The weather forecast is 100% chance of snow! Admission is free. Event details
Pioneer Christmas at Bale Grist Mill
Saturday, December 8, 10 am–3 pm
Every Christmas season, Bale Grist Mill hosts a 19th-century Christmas celebration, pioneer style. Make a clove pomander or wreath of rosemary for your home, or string popcorn and cranberries for the tree. Write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal with red wax. Children especially enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies, cutting paper snowflakes and making “leavings dolls” out of scraps of fabric. There are demonstrations throughout the day: lace making, wool spinning, waxed egg decorating and milling demonstrations. Cookies and cider too! Admission $5, kids under 5 free. Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park is located between St. Helena and Calistoga along Highway 29/128. Event details
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