Enjoy the festive holidays decorations at wineries like Ledson in Sonoma Valley
Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Kenwood

Great Holiday Events in Sonoma Wine Country

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Spending the holidays in Sonoma Wine Country promises great fun. Wineries are decked out for the holidays, and many magical events and activities await visitors of all ages. You'll also find more current festivals and events on our Sonoma County Calendar of Events.

Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza

Thousands of lights decorate the palm tree in front of city hall in Sonoma
Sonoma Plaza

On Saturday, November 20 from 5-9 p.m., come see the lighting of thousands of brilliant holiday lights shine throughout all eight acres of the historic Sonoma Plaza at the heart of downtown Sonoma. 

Petaluma's Holiday Food & Fun Fair

On Tuesday, November 24 from 4-7 p.m., Barber Cellars at the Hotel Petaluma will host the 5th Annual Petaluma Holiday Food Fair, an indoor farmer’s market where folks can purchase directly from local food artisans to prepare for Thanksgiving and beyond. It's free to attend, but tickets, reservations, and masks are required.

Gualala Arts Winter Wonderland

Gualala Arts Winter Wonderland
Festive decorations at Gualala Arts Center's Winter Wonderland

The holidays return to the Gualala Arts Center for Winter Wonderland, opening Friday, November 26 and continuing daily (except Christmas Day) through Thursday, December 30, 2021, from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recorded carols and holiday classics will fill the halls while you shop in a wonderfully decorated arts & crafts holiday boutique of handmade crafts, jams, mustards, olive oils, and more.

Scandinavian Christmas at West Wines

A jug of spiced wine, cookies, and raisons on a festive table
West Wines

Celebrate the advent of Christmas with Glögg, cookies and Swedish Christmas decorations in the pavilion at West Wines from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28. Glögg is a hot mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, raisins and more, traditionally served the four weeks leading up to Christmas in the Scandinavian countries. Find gifts for the holidays such as genuine Swedish Christmas decorations; figures of Swedish Christmas gnomes; wine glasses and charms; and of course, wine.

Santa's Riverboat Cruise

Santa and Mrs. Claus' riverboat arrival in Petaluma
Santa and Mrs. Claus' riverboat arrival in Petaluma

Mr. and Mrs. Claus' tugboat cruise starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 27 at Lind Marine on D Street. The boat will sail south on the Petaluma River toward Shollenberger Park, where it will turn and sail north towards the Turning Basin, arriving about 12 noon. The tugboat will dock by the River Plaza near Taps, and Santa will disembark for photos. 

"Holidays in Healdsburg" Tour

A group exploring Healdsburg with Wine Country Walking Tours, Sonoma County
Healdsburg Wine & Food Walking Tours

This popular annual tour from Healdsburg Wine & Food Walking Tours will be offered from Friday, November 26 to Thursday, December 30. At the heart is a guided fine wine and foodie walking tour that begins at the festive tree lit Healdsburg Plaza (voted as one of the Top 10 Plazas in America according to Travel & Leisure). Then, stroll the decorated tree lined streets throughout downtown, stopping at restaurants, tasting rooms, and boutiques to savor freshly baked artisan breads, delicious chocolates, Ports, warm holiday spiced teas, and delectable bites paired with wines all along the way.

Sonoma Sterling Limousines' Holiday Lights Tour

Sit back and relax as Sonoma Sterling Limousines' friendly drivers take you to light displays in Sonoma County, with a soundtrack of Christmas carols along the way. Offered throughout December, this 2.5-hour-long, mid-week tour is a fun and affordable way to celebrate the holidays with family, friends or office colleagues. Rates include hot chocolate for children and "spiked" peppermint cocoa for adults. Please email or call direct for weekend rates.

Holidays with Rodney Strong

Holiday wreath making
Holiday wreath-making at Rodney Strong Vineyards 

Join Rodney Strong Vineyards for two festive holiday events on their concert green. On Saturday, November 20th from 12-4 p.m., start your holiday shopping at the Fall Makers Market, supporting local artisans while enjoying mulled wine, some delicious bites, and live music. On Sunday, December 5th at 2 p.m., embrace the season with Lacey Davis from Stacey Goods Farm & Events, who will lead a holiday wreath-making demonstration; tickets to this event are $65 ($60 for club members).

Miracle Pop-Up Christmas Cocktail Bar 

Miracle Pop-Up Christmas Cocktail Bar at Brewster's Beer Garden in PetalumaThe infamous Miracle Pop-Up Christmas Cocktail Bar is back at Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma, continuing through January 8th, 2022. Kitsch, cocktails and holiday cheer are in store this season, with an over-the-top festive, fun atmosphere for a drink or dinner with friends and family. Secure your reservations today!

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular"

Transcendence Theater Company's Broadway Holiday Spectacular
Some of the cast of Transcendence Theater Company's "Broadway Holiday Spectacular"

Transcendence Theatre Company will brighten your holiday season with its all-new “Broadway Holiday Spectacular,” performed live onstage at Belos Cavalos, an equestrian estate in Kenwood. At this magnificent temperature-controlled location, Broadway performers will fill the season with music, dancing, and holiday cheer in a show suitable for all ages. 

Larson Family Winery Holiday Open House

Logo for Larson Family Winery Holiday Open HouseOn Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Larson will celebrate the holiday season with specials on magnums, a sale of great stocking stuffers, tasting through Larson Family Winery's new Holiday Flight, and a visit from Santa! More details to come on the winery's website. 

City of Lights Driving Tour

A house covered in Christmas Lights shines at night
Zayda Lane, Petaluma

Hop in your sleigh and enjoy a self-guided tour of fabulously decorated homes and businesses all across Petaluma. Download the map, then ooh-and-aah at families who decorate their homes so lavishly that Santa might need to put sunglasses on his reindeer. Generally, homes are lit from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. 

Rodney Strong Vineyard Dance Series presents Posada Navidena A Virtual Celebration

Posada Navidena at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Posada Navidena at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Friday, December 10th through Sunday, December 12th, starting each night at 7 p.m., join Calidanza and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts  for a virtual celebration of the magical Christmas and holiday traditions across Mexico. Posada Navideña showcases the beautiful folk culture of Mexico through dance, music, and song. Dancers enchant from the stage with vivid costumes and lively choreography, while musicians serenade the audience throughout the show. Experience the joy of Christmas in Mexico and in the community! 

Lavender Holidaze Weekend at Bees N Blooms

Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th, the Bees N Blooms Farm Stand will be open for holiday shopping. They'll have lavender gift sets produced from their own lavender fields, as well as Sonoma County honeys and delicious olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They'll also have books for the labyrinth-lover, flower fan, or naturalist on your holiday gift list. No reservations required, free admission.

Find more things to do over the holidays on the Sonoma County calendar of events!