Sonoma County Holiday Events 2016
From Christmas to Chanukah to New Year's Eve, there are all sorts of holiday happenings in Sonoma County to get you in the festive mood.
For that hometown flavor, go to a tree lighting or holiday parade. Take in a holiday performance, concert, or see one of several renditions of The Nutcracker. Stock up on artist- and artisan-made gifts found in many craft fairs around the area. Check out events at area wineries. Visit a tree farm to get a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Turkey Waddle - After Thanksgiving Day Hike
Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Extend the spirit of Thanksgiving by gathering friends and family and enjoying a refreshing, 4-mile, moderate hike at Jack London State Historic Park.
Gualala Arts Festival ofTrees
Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road
Take a step back in time to the ambiance of Christmas past. Handmade crafts, a gingerbread house contest, activities, live music, and more. There will be daily visits from Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus, his sleigh and reindeer and a snow flurry direct from the North Pole!
Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
River Plaza Shopping Center
Get in the festive spirit with live entertainment while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive at noon by tugboat in central Petaluma. The special holiday guests will make their way across the shopping center parking lot where they will be available for family photos and Christmas wishes in their special tent.
All Aboard for Toyland
Nov. 25-Jan. 8
The historical Healdsburg Museum presents a fun, annual holiday display of antique toys. Enjoy the nostalgia and get a sense of local history.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24
Historic Railroad Square
Fourth Street and Wilson Street
Each weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a complimentary horse-drawn carriage ride around Santa Rosa's charming, historic Railroad Square. Take a ride between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 11 and 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Weather permitting.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove
Stroll through a fun and inspiring grove of decorative Charlie Brown Christmas Trees on Windsor Town Green.
Petaluma City of Lights Driving Tour
Take a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma. Maps are available at the Petaluma Visitors Center or online by the end of November.
Ring the Bells
SOFA Arts District
South A Street
SOFA Art District’s Wintertime Open Studios event is fun way to ring in the holiday season. Take a bell to serenade the walk. Visit open art studios and galleries and meet the artists.
Wine Country Winter Festival
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
This first annual event will feature beautiful art and fine crafts that will make great gifts, lots of delicious food, three stages of live entertainment, a big dance floor, and a giant tasting of wine, brews, and spirits. Fun for all ages! Visit with Santa and his elves, join in craft workshops, sing-along caroling, gingerbread house competition, and more!
Petaluma Holiday Open House
Historic Downtown Petaluma
4th and Kentucky
Join Downtown Merchants for a festive and fun day around town. Great shopping deals, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse and carriage rides through scenic downtown, Morris Dancers, hot apple cider, face painting, balloon art, treats, and more.
Luther Burbank Holiday Open House
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
204 Santa Rosa Ave.
Corner of Santa Rosa Ave. & Sonoma Ave.
Tour the Burbank home decked out in Victorian holiday finery inside and out. See the latest exhibit and shop for unique items in the Carriage House Museum and Gift Shop. Free parking is available and you can take a free ride on Rosie the Trolley to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts fair held at the Finley Community Center.
Santa Rosa Santa Run
The Santa Rosa Santa Run brings a day of fun for the whole family with a 5k Run/Walk (timed) and Merry Mile (not timed), and a festive finish in Santa Rosa with cookies, milk and music. Participants are encouraged to dress up as Santa Claus - one Santa suit is provided per registration entry - or one of your favorite holiday characters or traditions.
Dickens Dinners at Madrona Manor
1001 Westside Road
A step back in time, this beautiful, historic wine country inn will be decked out in Victorian Splendor for the holidays. Enjoy an evening of fine dining along with carols.
Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour and Artisan Boutique
Pleasant Hill Christian School
1782 Pleasant Hill Road
Each of the homes and the historic 1909 schoolhouse on this tour will display holiday spirit in its own unique style, showcasing family history through collections of holiday artifacts, and family traditions. Shop for unique gifts crafted by local artists at the Artisan Boutique, running all weekend at Pleasant Hill Christian School. Local food will be available for purchase.
Santa Claus Helicopter Fly-In
Pacific Coast Air Museum
1 Air Museum Way
Don't miss Santa Claus flying in to the Pacific Coast Air Museum in a shiny turbo-powered “sleigh.” Check out the vintage aircraft and enjoy the festivities. There will be treats for the kids, a chance to sit on Santa's lap, and fun for the entire family.
Kids' Holiday Treats Workshop Hands on Cooking Class
Relish Culinary Center
14 Matheson Street
Kids will create a variety of seasonal goodies from scratch, and a big mess that you don't have to clean up! The kids will do it all: measure, mix, stir, roll, bake, decorate and taste, plus decorate a take-home goodie box.
Chanukah Festival at Montgomery Village
Montgomery Village Shopping Center
Celebrate Chanukah with fun, festive Jewish music, delicious latkes, fun prizes and Galt. There will be a 9-foot tall Menorah, thrilling performances, and activities to entertain all. The Chanukah Festival will take place in Village Court.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Ring in the New Year with Snoopy, hands-on crafts for kids, and Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drops at noon, and root beer toasts at noon and 3:00 p.m.! The Museum opens at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31.
NYE Rivertown Ball
Petaluma Veteran’s Building
1094 Petaluma Blvd. S.
San Francisco's pioneering psychedelic soul band Monophonics will be joined by Point Reyes Station's genre-defying possessed pop group El Radio Fantastique and Sonoma County's own ragtag purveyors of old time party music, Oddjob Ensemble. In true Rivertown Revival fashion, the evening will be bolstered by a wide variety of artistic creations and daring libations as your vaudevillian spectacular host, Tobias the Mystic Man, performs magic and circus acts to delight patrons at every level of sobriety!
Graton Resort and Casino
288 Golf Course Drive West
This New Year’s Eve, head for the Ballroom at Graton Resort and Casino for music by local DJ George. Step out onto the terrace to take in the evening sky before a countdown to midnight and balloon drop to welcome the New Year. When other parties shut their doors shortly after midnight, this party will still be going until 2 a.m. and the casino is open 24/7.
NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNERS
John Ash and Co.
Vintners Inn / John Ash and Co.
4350 Barnes Road
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
3555 Round Barn Blvd.
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
2777 4th Street
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
100 Boyes Blvd.