Sonoma Plaza Lighting Ceremony November 12, 2016
Among the many historic treasures of Sonoma County, the Sonoma Plaza is particularly significant. While any time is a great time to visit, the destination in downtown Sonoma shines even more brightly on Nov. 12, when at 5 p.m., the switch will be flipped on 100,000+ twinkling lights for the annual Sonoma Plaza Lighting Ceremony.
The Plaza lighting ceremony kicks off a two-month-long series of festivities honoring winter holidays in California Wine Country. Along with the stunning eight acres of sparkling lights, attractions for the gala evening include the acclaimed Transcendence Theatre Company performing a musical tribute, and a live band performance courtesy of Rossi’s 1906 Roadhouse on stage in front of City Hall.
Activities run until 8 p.m., and you can sip hot cider courtesy of The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, savor complimentary hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma, and partake of cookies and gift bags from Sonoma Market.
You can also bring your own beverages, including beer and wine, and picnic foods to enjoy on the vast green stretches of lawn under immense tree canopies.
Prepare for a real party, too – last year, more than 3,000 people attended.
If you can’t make the Nov. 12 event, no worries - just come on back – the lights will be lit each night through Dec. 31, 2016.
There’s plenty to do here all through the winter, since The Plaza's old adobe storefronts, meandering alleyways, sunlit courtyards and historic landmarks charm with an eclectic mix of restaurants, hotels, tasting rooms, cafes, artisan boutiques, galleries, and even a vintage movie house.
Take in the history, too. The Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, established in 1824 as Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma. The Pueblo at Sonoma was established in 1835 by General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Military Commander and Director of the Northern Frontier for the Mexican government, and in June 1846, a party of settlers occupied Sonoma Plaza, proclaimed a Republic of California, and raised the Bear Flag - the inspiration for the state flag of California.
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