Great Holiday Events in Sonoma Wine Country
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.
From Nov. 26, 2020 through Jan. 9, 2021, come see the brilliant holiday lights in the historic Sonoma Plaza in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Thousands of lights adorn the eight-acre plaza at the heart of festive downtown Sonoma. Wine tasting, shopping, dining and enjoying seasonal cheer are all part of the holidays in Sonoma Valley.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents their annual Holiday Pottery Sale on November 21st from 10 am-3pm. Local artisans will be offering a great selection of fabulous handmade ceramics for purchase. This is a great opportunity to purchase that unique holiday gift while supporting your local artists and art center. The sale will be outdoors in the parking lot. Masks required.
On Nov. 24, the Petaluma Holiday Food Fair is an indoor farmer’s market where folks can purchase directly from local food artisans to prepare for Thanksgiving and beyond. It is free to attend, but tickets and reservations are required.
Enjoy magical tasting experiences under the winter tent at Muscardini Cellars, where visitors are surrounded by a dazzling display of 2,000 sparkling lights, stunning silver snowflakes, and twinkling olive trees. Celebrate the holidays with the Muscardini family’s seasonal wine and sensory jar experience, a delicious wine and chocolate pairing from Master Chocolatier Chef Sebastian Beline of Paris, or try your hand at a blind tasting experience of Thanksgiving-perfect wines. The lighting ceremony and toast is on November 7th, 2020, and the Winter Wonderland Tent experience extends through February 2021.
The holidays return to the Gualala Arts Center for Winter Wonderland, opening Monday, November 23 and continuing daily (except Thanksgiving Day) through Thursday, December 24, 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 special hand made items to choose from including handcrafted goods, homemade jams, mustards, and olive oils.
Miracle is a national Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit. Join Brewsters for their second year celebrating! Kicks off on Monday, November 23rd and continues through the holiday season. Special holiday food and drink menus are available.
Celebrate the advent of Christmas with Glögg, cookies and Swedish Christmas decorations in the pavilion at West Wines from Nov. 27-29, 2020. 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, the popular "tomte" the Swedish Christmas gnome, wine glasses, champagne flutes, wine glass charms and, of course, wine.
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, gather the family and find a spot along the Petaluma River – socially distanced from people in other households – and give a shout out to Santa and Mrs. Claus as they sail by. They will miss greeting Petaluma children with hugs but this year, Santa and Mrs. Claus’s biggest Christmas wish is that everyone stay healthy. Their cruise starts at 11 am by Steamer Landing Park, continues south past the Sheraton to Shollenberger Park and then turns north, arriving at the Turning Basin at about noon.
This offering from Healdsburg Wine & Food Walking Tours is so popular that it's now become an annual event. 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. Four-hour day tours and two-hour evening tours are available from Nov. 27-Dec.31, 2020.
Sit back and relax as Sonoma Sterling Limousines' friendly drivers take you to light displays in Sonoma County. Enjoy Christmas carols along the way. The mid-week tour is 2.5 hours and is a perfect and affordable option to celebrate 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.
Join Rodney Strong Vineyards this season for the festivities. On Nov. 22, Sonoma 707 Candle will lead the fun in a candle making experience using recycled wine bottles. On Dec. 6, embrace the season with Lacey Davis, from Stacey Goods Farm & Events, who will lead the fun in a wreath making demonstration. Or, visit the winery throughout November to personalize an ornament to decorate their sponsored tree for the annual Charlie Brown Holiday Tree Grove in Windsor on Dec. 3.
Hotel Healdsburg will host their annual Holiday Tea from 1 to 2:30pm Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, 2020. The set menu prepared by the team at Dry Creek Kitchen includes tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, tea, and holiday-themed cocktails. See full details here.
Broadway Holiday Drive-In at SOMO Village and Sonoma Raceway
Transcendence Theatre Company will brighten your holiday season with “Broadway Holiday at the Drive-In.” From the warmth and comfort of your own car, share in holiday festivities like never before. Enjoy a jolly holiday sing-along, beautiful local wines with seasonal bites, in-car activities for the whole family, dazzling, COVID-friendly LIVE entertainment, and be amongst the first audience to experience a spectacular screening of “Broadway Holiday.”
Sip, Shop & Santa! Larson is celebrating “less mingle with more jingle” this holiday season with wine specials and a visit from Santa. Check out specials on magnums, shop stocking stuffers and taste through Larson Family Winery's new Holiday Flight. Get your wish list together and make a reservation on their website. Santa reservations include high quality digital photos taken by professional photographer, Kara Lofthouse and packages start at $45. Reservations are highly recommended for visiting Santa and for wine tasting.
Join Chateau Cornerstone for a one of a kind holiday marketplace with favorite local makers on Dec. 5-6, 2020. Chateau Cornerstone brings Vintage French style to Sonoma with an eclectic lifestyle mix of French vintage finds and antiques, home accessories, bed and bath products with a dash of local Sonoma artisan products.
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.
Join Calidanza and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Dec. 11, 2020 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! Special guest performance by Mariachi Cantares de Mi Tierra de LBC.
During the weekend of Saturday 12/12 and 12/13, the Bees N Blooms Farm Stand will be open for Holiday shopping. Give the gift of Bees N Blooms this year with items such as fragrant lavender sachets, culinary lavenders for your favorite lavender-themed dishes, pure organic lavender oil and hydrosol, all grown at Bees N Blooms on the Santa Rosa Plain in Sonoma County. They will also have lavender-themed face masks with artwork by Erin Dertner, gift sets, cards, jewelry, coffee cups, honey, and more! This will be the last open day of the year, so be sure to mark your calendars.
Join in the Pacific Coast Air Museum's December Open Cockpit event to see Santa Claus fly in on a helicopter to visit with kids and listen to their Christmas wishes on Dec. 12, 2020. Children can enjoy lots of fun activities and, as with each Open Cockpit event, everyone gets a chance to get up close to selected aircraft and peek inside.
Town Green is the place to gather in Windsor during the holidays to experience the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. Two hundred brightly-lit, individually decorated trees line the walkways of the green throughout the month of December, kicking off with the tree lighting and celebration on December 3. Enjoy holiday music, nightly snowfall at 5:30 and 7:30, and beautifully decorated trees all holiday season long.
Find more things to do over the holidays on the Sonoma County calendar of events.