Celebrate the Holidays in Sonoma County

Sonoma Plaza illuminated for the winter holidays

The winter holidays are magical in Sonoma County, with good cheer, a warm welcome, and of course, twinkling lights aglow in town squares, gardens, and even vineyards. Whether you plan to attend special holiday events around the county; shop for locally sourced gifts at holiday arts & craft fairs; enjoy a holiday meal from one of our favorite Sonoma County restaurants; or bring joy to others by donating toys, money, or your time, you’re sure to make memories (and even new traditions) in Wine Country this winter!

Attend Holiday Events

Below are some of the fun, feel-good events of the holiday season, from music performances to a parade of sofas (you read that right!) to simply enjoying twinkling lights in the crisp December air. 

Winter Lights Skating on the Square

December 1-4, 8, 10, 11, 15-18, 22-31, see times below

Winter Lights Santa Rosa holiday skating rink

Now in its second year, Winter Lights is downtown Santa Rosa’s destination for holiday fun on Courthouse Square. You can skate on the drought-conscious, eco-friendly Winter Lights Rink on Thursday and Friday nights from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Weekends will also see regular holiday markets with food, gifts, and music. Skating sessions are 45 minutes long and include a skate rental (sizes run from toddler 9 through men’s 15). Skate helpers will be available for children and adults. Tickets are $8.50 apiece.

Sebastopol Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration

December 1, 5-8 p.m.

Sebastopol Christmas Tree Lighting

Held annually on the Sebastopol Downtown Plaza, this seasonal celebration includes a magical Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m.,  live music and dance performances, festive refreshments (e.g., hot chocolate, cookies, and more), Santa Claus, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a holiday sing-along. 

Windsor Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting

December 1, 5-8 p.m.

Windsor Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting 2022

The 21st Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting will be held on the Windsor Town Green. There will be musical performances by local youth, food and gift vendors, children’s holiday activities, and much more. The evening concludes with the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus himself, and kicks off a month of lights and cheer at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. 

Northern Lights

December 1-January 1, open daily, dusk to 9:30 p.m.

Northern Lights at Luther Burbank Center

This self-guided tour of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ illuminated sculpture garden exhibition, “Thousand Ways,” leads you through tunnels of twinkle lights, plus colorful lighted sculptures by local artists. (Opening reception is on Thursday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m with live music and light nibbles.)

Merry Healdsburg Tree Lighting

December 2, 5-8:30 p.m.

Merry Healdsburg Tree Lighting 2022

Healdsburg’s downtown plaza (Healdsburg Avenue & Matheson Street) will transform into a winter wonderland fit for the whole family. The fun kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., followed by family activities, carolers, live music, hot chocolate, carriage rides, and a visit from Santa.

Transcendence Theater Company’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular

December 2-4, 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 2 & 3; 2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 3 & 4

Transcendence Theater Company's Broadway Holiday Spectacular

Join Sonoma’s Transcendence Theater Company at Jack London State Historic Park for the all-new 2022 edition of the annual holiday show!The company’s Broadway performers will create an intimate, cozy experience perfect for the entire family, toasting the season with music and holiday cheer.

Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawaii

December 3, 8-10 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaiian music star Jake Shimabukuro can play anything on his ukelele, from jazz to rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical — so be sure to catch his Christmas concert at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux French Bakery

December 3, 10 & 17, 9-11 a.m. 

Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux French Bakery

Available every Saturday in December except the morning of Christmas Eve, the Breakfast with Santa Program at Costeaux French Bakery (417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg) includes a global collection of nutcrackers and a digital photo with Santa Claus. 

Luther Burbank Holiday Open House 

December 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens in Santa Rosa - Holiday Open House

Enjoy a 42-year community tradition by touring the historic Home & Gardens of Luther Burbank, decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. Enjoy games and activities for children, and indulge in homemade cookies in the Greenhouse. Tickets are $3 for those aged 12 and older. 

Holiday Piano Concert at Jack London State Historic Park

December 4, 2-4 p.m.

Holiday Piano Concert at Jack London's House of Happy Walls

For its winter concert, members of the Jack London Piano Club will present a varied program of holiday music and vocals from around the world, with classical, jazz, and popular tunes in the spirit of the season. Held at the House of Happy Walls in Jack London State Historic Park, this program will be performed on Charmian London’s 1901 Steinway piano (pictured above). Tickets are $20 per person, including the parking fee (regularly $10 per car).

Latke MasterChef & Adult Social

December 4, 6-9 p.m.

Latke MasterChef and Adult Social Chabad Petaluma

In the ultimate Chanukah cookoff at the Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma (205 Keller Street #101) create the best gourmet latkes by joining a team or making your own — and compete to claim the coveted Latke Trophy. All supplies and ingredients will be provided, and there will be gluten-free options available. Price is $18 per person, or $30 for two. 

Sonoma Sterling Annual Holiday Lights Tour 

December 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 6-9 p.m.

Sonoma Sterling Annual Holiday Lights Tour

Sonoma Sterling Limousines will once again offer their popular Holiday Lights Tour from December 5 to 22, Mondays through Thursdays. During this fun two-hour tour, cozy up in your private, luxury vehicle and enjoy complimentary sparkling apple cider for children and chilled Champagne for adults. You’re welcome to bring your own peppermint schnapps or Christmas treats on board, and your chauffeur will provide you with Christmas carols to sing along.

Holiday Wreath Making + Wine Tasting at Region Sonoma

December 10, 1-3 p.m.

Holiday wreath making at Region Sonoma

Head to Region Sonoma at the Barlow for a lovely winter Saturday afternoon and learn how to make your own holiday wreath. All supplies will be provided for this engaging and fun class led by Alé Rodriguez of Pollen Floral. Enjoy a wine tasting of DRNK wines while you create! You have the option to add on a Shareable Cheese & Charcuterie box for $25. There are only 20 seats available for this event, and the cost is $75 per person. 

Christmas at the Mission

December 10, 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.

Christmas at Mission San Francisco Solano

This year’s program is titled “Holidays on the Northern Frontier” and will feature the annual holiday sing-along with the Sonoma Valley High School Madrigal Choir. Three performances will be held inside the chapel at Mission San Francisco Solano (pictured above), at 5, 6, and 7 p.m., and each attendee can purchase only four tickets. $2.50 per ticket is the suggested donation.

Winterblast

December 10, 4-8:30 p.m.

Winterblast in the Santa Rosa SoFA Arts District

Held annually in Santa Rosa’s Arts District (SoFA, on South A Street & Sebastopol Avenue), Winterblast is a free, kid-friendly street party that includes open art studios, food vendors, and live music in four different locations. The main focus is a rolling “sofa” parade with lighted, decorated sofas, as well as stilt-walkers and a marching band. Everyone is welcome to dress up, make a sofa float, and join the parade!

Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade 

December 10, 5:30-8 p.m.

Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade

Watch the magic happen as beautifully decorated boats (as well as kayaks, yachts, and stand-up paddleboards) make their way down the Petaluma River. This boat parade leaves the Petaluma Marina at 5:30 p.m., and the boats arrive at the Turning Basin around 6:15-6:30 p.m.

Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band

December 10, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars

Performing at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, this all-brass ensemble of trumpets, French horns, trombones, and tubas with a jazz rhythm section will present fiery big band arrangements of classics like the Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, Greensleeves, and Motown Jingle Bells with an energy that will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets range from $25 to $75. 

Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor Workshop

December 11, two sessions, 10 a.m.-12 noon & 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Winter Wreaths and Nature Decor at Sonoma Garden Park

Register in advance for one of two sessions (both bilingual, in English and Spanish) of this free workshop at Sonoma Garden Park. Learn how to make wreaths and other festive nature decor at this outdoor event; bring hand-clippers or scissors and a mug for hot drinks, and be sure to dress in layers.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

December 17, 5-8 p.m. 

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at the Green Music Center

Singing and dancing their way into your hearts with holiday antics, traditional carols, and some new surprises, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform merry renditions of classic seasonal songs at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. Tickets range from $25 to $85.

Kids Night at the Museum: Holiday Tales

December 17, 5-9 p.m.

Kids Night at the Charles M. Schulz Museum: Holiday Tales

Kids will have the Charles M. Schulz Museum to themselves for a pizza dinner, games, cartooning, and holiday crafts! Recommended for ages 5­–10. Advance registration is required, and cost is $35 per child; museum members receive 20% off.

The Raven Theater’s Holiday Sing-Along

December 17 – 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Raven Theater's Holiday Sing-Along 2022

Join the Raven Theater community for their free Holiday Sing-Along, where no singing experience required—just come with joy in your heart and a desire to have fun! The theater’s concession stand will be open, serving up traditional holiday treats for your enjoyment.

Chanukah Celebration & Drone Gelt Drop 

December 18, 4:30-6 p.m.

Chanukah Celebration and Drone Gelt Drop Petaluma

In its eighth year at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma), this community holiday event will include a mega 9-foot menorah, an amazing gelt drop from a drone, a spectacular fire-juggling act, latkes and jelly donuts, a live DJ spinning Chanukah music, face painting, and the world’s largest dreidel!

Dave Koz and Friends: 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour 

December 21, 8-10 p.m.

Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Dave Koz and Friends return to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts for a holiday concert, performing fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites in a high-energy show for the entire family. Tickets range from $49 to $179.

Bubbles & The Bard

December 21-23, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Bubbles and the Bard at Hotel Petaluma

For three nights at the Hotel Petaluma, the Petaluma Shakespeare Company will present Bubbles & The Bard, an intimate, enchanting evening of bubbles, music, and the seductive, witty sonnets of William Shakespeare. Tickets to this festive holiday event are $15 per person. 

Christmas Tree Lighting at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

December 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

At this annual, family-friendly event, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa will light up the iconic sycamore tree while you enjoy hot cocoa and cider, festive carolers, and photos with Santa. 

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

December 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown Balloon Drop Charles M. Schulz Museum

At the Charles M. Schulz Museum, enjoy fun crafts for kids, make a balloon Snoopy, and watch Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! on the big screen. Plus, ring in 2023 with an Up Down Balloon Drop and Baby Balloon Drop (for children 4 and under and their families) at 12 noon, and a second Balloon Drop at 3 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.; admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

NYE Celebration at Region Sonoma

December 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Glass of sparkling wine with golden holiday decor

Clink + Pop with Region Sonoma for the 9 p.m. ball drop! This New Year’s Eve celebration includes a glass of Benovia Winery’s Sparkling Wine, a delightful array of bites from Park Avenue Catering, and live music from Nick Foxer. Join anytime from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for your reserved seat. Region Sonoma will also be open for further enjoyment on its self-serve wine-wall and from its Barlow food partners. Cost is $55 per ticket. 

NYE British Invasion Costume & Dance Party

December 31, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

NYE British Invasion Party at the Flamingo Resort

Close out 2022 with a big New Year’s Eve bash at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa! Get down with DJ Armin as he plays music from all of your favorite British artists and bands, and dress in your best for a costume contest; there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The $80 admission price includes a glass of Champagne for a midnight toast to ring in 2023.

Shop for Gifts

Holiday Markets

Throughout the month of December, holiday markets all around Sonoma County will offer unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Have yourself a merry little time browsing for locally made arts, crafts, bath products, home decor, food items and more at the following markets.

Nutcracker Collection at Costeaux Bakery Healdsburg
Crane Christmas Boutique, Santa Rosa

December 1-4, 7-10, 11, 14-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Abbot’s Passage Winter Market, Glen Ellen

December 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Downtown Cotati Shop & Stroll, Cotati

December 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Open Studios at Atelier One, Graton

December 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Petaluma Merchant Holiday Open House & Kentucky Street Marketplace, Petaluma

December 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sip, Shop & Stroll at The Barlow, Sebastopol 

December 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair, Santa Rosa

December 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Crafts Market, Sebastopol

December 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar at Bacchus Landing, Healdsburg

December 3-4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Craft Market, Healdsburg

December 3, 10 & 17, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon

Sip & Shop at Fairmont Spa, Sonoma 

December 10, 5-7 p.m.

Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire, Occidental

December 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (10th) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (11th)

Head West Holiday Marketplace, Sebastopol

December 10-11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bricoleur Vineyards Holiday Market, Windsor 

December 11, 1o a.m.-3 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fest at Art EscapeSonoma

December 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Other Holiday Shopping Ideas

If you’re looking for Sonoma County shops and purveyors when sourcing your holiday gifts, read on for a windfall of resources.

Duncans Mills Holiday Shopping Sonoma County
Great Gifts for the Holidays in Wine Country
8 Sustainable Shops in Sonoma County
Downtown Petaluma 
Downtown Sebastopol & The Barlow
Duncans Mills
Healdsburg Plaza
Santa Rosa
Williams-Sonoma in Sonoma 
Windsor Town Green

Dine In or Take Out

Geyserville

Cyrus
The New Year's Eve menu at Cyrus will include Krug Grand Cuvee
The New Year’s Eve menu at Cyrus will include Krug Grand Cuvee

Reopened in 2022 after its widely lamented closure in 2012, Cyrus is celebrating New Year’s Eve with great flair. The evening will begin with a glass of Champagne or martini from the Bubbles Lounge cart, followed by an elegant canapé service. The tasting menu includes Ossetra caviar, fresh black and white truffles shaved at the table with your entreés, and a wine pairing featuring both local and global selections. This magical evening will conclude with a glass of Krug Grande Cuveé and a trip to the Chocolate Room, where you’ll be gifted a box of house made bon-bons to take home. $295 per person; reserve your table on Tock

Healdsburg

Dry Creek Kitchen
Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg
Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg

DINE IN: At Charlie Palmer’s splendid Wine Country restaurant, full Holiday Tea will be served Saturdays and Sundays from December 3 to 18, 1-2:30 p.m. Prices are: $69 (tea service, food, and a wine or cocktail selection); $55 (tea service and food); and $25 for kids under 12 years (food, tea, cider, and hot chocolate). On December 31, you can also ring in New Year’s Eve with a five-course meal from 5 to 9 p.m. for $185 per person (+$95 for wine pairings), or with a three-course meal from 5 to 6 p.m. for $90 per person (+$46 for wine pairings). Book on Open Table

Spoonbar
Spoonbar in Healdsburg
Spoonbar in Healdsburg

DINE IN: Served from 2 to 8 p.m., the three-course Christmas Day menu at this stylish, Californian-meets-Italian spot will include Dungeness crab salad; duck breast with polenta cake, huckleberries and melted leeks; and tableside Baked Alaska for two. The cost is $89 per person for adults, and $35 for kids; book your meal on Open Table.

Bravas Bar de Tapas & Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg will be open Christmas Eve and NYE
Bravas Bar de Tapas is one of two Stark Reality restaurants in in Healdsburg that will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 

DINE IN: At these two members of the Stark Reality restaurant group, dinner will be served on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, both from 4 to 9 p.m. (The restaurants will be closed, however, on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.) Reserve your tables here.

Jenner

Coast Kitchen 
Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove Resort in Jenner
Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove Resort in Jenner

DINE IN: The Timber Cove Resort‘s onsite restaurant will serve special menus for Christmas Eve (three courses with options, $85 per adult, $35 per child 12 and under) and New Year’s Eve (five set courses, $145 per person). Seafood is a highlight here, but there will be plenty of poultry and red-meat offerings as well. Reserve for either holiday meal on Resy

Petaluma

Stockhome Restaurant
Julbord menu at Stockhome in Petaluma
Julbord menu at Stockhome in Petaluma 

DINE IN or TAKE OUT: This Swedish treasure invites you to enjoy its traditional Julbord (Christmas menu) one of two ways. Book a table for December 4, 11, or 18 from either 12-3 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. ($90 adults, $50 kids 5-12, free for kids 4 or under). For an at-home Julbord (each $180 meal serves two), reserve a pickup time on Friday, December 23 between 4 and 7 p.m. Stockhome’s Julbord includes both cold and hot items, such as dill-cured salmon, mustard-baked ham, Swedish meatballs, and Santa’s rice pudding. 

Santa Rosa

John Ash & Co.
John Ash and Co. at Vintner's Resort in Santa Rosa
John Ash and Co. at Vintner’s Resort in Santa Rosa

DINE IN: The restaurant at the Vintners Resort will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four-course menu with choices such as Hog Island oysters with lemon vodka granita, duck foie gras three ways, and chanterelle and porcini strudel. The cost is $150 per person, reserve on Open Table

Bird & The BottleMonti’sStark’s Steak & Seafood and Willi’s Wine Bar 
Willi's Wine Bar is one of four Stark Reality restaurants open on Christmas Eve and NYE
Willi’s Wine Bar is one of four Stark Reality restaurants in Santa Rosa that will be open on Christmas Eve and NYE

DINE IN: At these four members of the Stark Reality restaurant group, dinner will be served on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, each from 4 to 9 p.m. (The restaurants will be closed, however, on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.) Reserve your tables here.

Sonoma

Sante at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will offer four-course menus for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Sante at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will offer four-course menus for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve

DINE IN: Christmas Day from 1-7 p.m., enjoy a decadent four-course menu for Christmas Dinner, with optional wine pairings for each course. The extensive Adults Menu ($125+) includes options of roast chestnut soup with dark chocolate creme fraiche, honey glazed Christmas ham, family-style veggie sides, and gingerbread pecan pie; the Kids’ Menu ($39) includes a Christmas ham dinner and Christmas sundae. New Year’s Eve will also be celebrated at Sante and the Fairmont Mission Inn from 5 p.m. – 1.a.m. on New Year’s Day. Expect a four-course dinner (which can include optional truffle and cheese courses), J Vineyards bubbly, and dancing ($149+). 

Volunteer & Donate

Want to donate toys, time, or money this holiday season to kids, teens, and adults who would be grateful for your help and support? Check out these Sonoma County organizations for opportunities to provide some holiday cheer for local folks. (The organizations marked with an * enable you to both volunteer and make donations.) 

Spread some holiday cheer by donating to / volunteering with charitable organizations in Sonoma County
Spread some holiday cheer this season via charitable organizations in Sonoma County 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin*
Corazon Healdsburg*
Friends in Sonoma Helping*
Petaluma People Services Center*
Santa Rosa Corps Salvation Army 
Sonoma Family Meal
Sonoma Valley Holiday Gifting Program
Speedway Children’s Charities (Sonoma)
Teen Services Sonoma*
Toys for Kids 
Toys for Tots
Wreaths Across America*

Places Mentioned

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