Looking to celebrate the season’s festivities with friends and loved ones Wine Country-style? Northern California may not have much in the way of winter weather, but we sure know how to celebrate the season! For all the best activities and events happening in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and surrounding communities this winter, check our list below. Be sure to leave a comment if we missed your favorite local Christmas event!
Breakfast with Santa
Where: DoubleTree Hotel and Spa
When: December 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Say hello to the big guy in red and enjoy a hearty breakfast the Saturday before Christmas at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Where: Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
When: December 7 – December 25th, Thursday – Sunday
Contact: (707) 433-4231
Enjoy a trip back in time and celebrate Christmas Charles Dickens-style at Madrona Manor! Complete with a five-course prix fixe menu and the Twelfth Night Singers, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience in this romantic and historic Healdsburg inn.
Judd Hill’s 12th Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny
Where: Judd’s Hill Winery
When: December 9, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $55 (free for members of the wine club)
Contact: (707) 255-2332
Enjoy a delicious meal of carefully selected wines and delicious treats, from beef brisket sliders, delectable jelly donuts, and a jaw-dropping latke bar. All proceeds benefit the Community Health Initiative of Napa County. You can even bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable canned food; the good folks at the winery will take all donations to charities in the local Napa area.
Where: Napa Valley Wine Train
When: November 19 – December 28, 5:00 PM and 7:15 PM
Cost: $39 and up
This time of year, the famous Napa Valley Wine Train turns into the Santa Train, an enchanting Christmas 1.5-hour ride to Yountville (aka the North Pole). Friendly for all ages, book yourself a ticket and enjoy live characters, photos with Santa, and games while sipping cocoa and enjoying fresh-baked cookies.
Napa on Ice
Where: Napa Valley Exposition
When: November 16 – January 6, 12:00 PM – 10 PM (hours may vary)
Enjoy some seasonally-appropriate outdoor exercise on Napa’s inaugural outdoor skating rink! With 6,300 square feet of ice and affordable tickets, it’s the perfect day out for the whole family. (Pro tip: Pay an extra $2 for VIP tickets, which let you skate all day and facilitate in and out access.)
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Trolley Holiday Lights Tours in Napa Valley
Where: Napa Valley Wine Trolley (starts at the Oxbow Public Market)
When: December 7 – 23, 2018, Fridays – Saturdays, 6:30 PM
Cost: $30/adults, $10/children (10 and under)
Contact: (707) 252-6100
You can enjoy all the best views of the season’s lights in vintage holiday style from a festive open-air cable car. A joyous 1.5-hour trip, the Napa Valley Trolley tours the Victorian neighborhoods in downtown Napa and other spots throughout the city to enjoy the best lights the town has to offer, serving up plenty of Christmas music, candy canes, a4nd holiday cheer!
Where: Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
When: December 15 – 16, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Cost: $35 – $45
Contact: (707) 944-9900
Nothing says Christmas like watching the Nutcracker ballet in Yountville! A visual treat for all ages.
Sonoma Holiday Plaza
Where: Sonoma Plaza
When: November 17 – December 31, 2018
After the official lighting ceremony on November 17, the Plaza stays decorated and festive throughout the rest of the season for you and your loved ones to enjoy! From eight full acres of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights to musical performances, hot drinks, and holiday treats, it’s the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit.
Holidays in Healdsburg Tour
Where: Healdsburg Plaza gazebo
When: November 25 – December 31, Starting daily at 11:00 a.m.
Duration: 4 hour and 2 hour options available
Contact: (707) 758-4287
Hosted by Wine Country Walking Tours, the Holidays in Healdsburg tour begins at the Healdsburg Plaza—named one of the Top 10 Plazas in the USA by Travel & Leisure! After that, you’ll enjoy a walk through the beautiful and festive downtown Healdsburg with plenty of stops for boutiques, tasting rooms, and eateries in order to enjoy holiday teas, fresh baked bread, chocolate, port, and carefully selected wines all the way.
St. Helena Jingle All the Way
Where: Lyman Park
When: December 1 – December 28, Thursdays and Fridays (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM), Saturdays and Sundays (12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Enjoy ice skating, food trucks, wine, music, and plenty of other holiday festivities in St. Helena’s Lyman Park throughout the season.
Christmas Town: Yountville
Where: Yountville, CA
When: November 18 – January 1
With thousands of sparkling holiday lights and a continual stream of events, celebrations, and activities, the whole town of Yountville loves to celebrate the holidays! From festive performances to Christmas movie screenings to carriage rides, you’ll be sure to catch the Christmas spirit when you visit Yountville.