Time to shop at Sonoma County’s many wonderful holiday craft fairs. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, Sonoma’s artisans sell precious handmade presents, from fluffy soft and beautiful sweaters, to homemade confections, to lovely knickknacks, and lots of wine souvenirs.
Handmade Crafts at the Finley Center, Santa Rosa
Browse more than 70 booths brimming with handcrafted creations, shown by the artists themselves. A few highlights include pottery, hand-decorated candles, fine jewelry, holiday decorations, and hand-painted wine glasses. As a bonus, attendees can enjoy food from a local restaurant, plus live music and visits from Santa himself.
Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair, Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-543-3737.
Annual Holiday Open House at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa
The gorgeous gardens are worth a visit all on their own, spanning acres across a lavish park at Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues. But an even better excuse is this festive community tradition, when Luther Burbank’s historic home is decked out in Victorian holiday finery, and guests can wander about enjoying live music, tea and cookies, the museum, a fun kid’s craft center and of course, the wonderland gift shop with all things good and garden-y. You can ride for free on Rosie the Trolley to and from this event to the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair!
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-524-5445
Annual Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire, Occidental
You can not only shop for gifts at this arts and crafts bazaar, you can win free gifts, too. More than three dozen local and regional artists come together in a lovely showcase of unique crafts, many with holiday themes.They also add special pieces to the traditional bucket raffle (where you chose the prize you want to win). There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, with live entertainment, delicious menu items, and jolly appearances by Mr. Claus. In a spirit-of-the-season touch, proceeds from the sale are returned to the community through programs funded by the Occidental Community Council.
Annual Occidental Holiday Craft Faire, Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental, 707-874-9407
Gualala Arts Festival of Trees, Gualala
Festively decorated booths displaying handcrafted wares and demonstrations highlight the annual Festival of Trees held each Thanksgiving weekend at the Gualala Arts Center. Fantasy Trees are decorated with exquisite ornaments, which are sold to benefit the arts center. A Magical Gingerbread House offers children’s activities and crafts, and there are daily visits from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch. Holiday cookies, breads, puddings, fruitcake, and other confections are on sale at Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shoppe & Confectionery, and sandwiches and other refreshments are available.
Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, 707-884-1138
Holiday Crafterino, Petaluma
This annual event takes over the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall with more than 1,000 attendees turning out to explore the delights of hundreds of artists. Items for sale range from jewelry and bath products to clothing, art, ceramics, and more. Live music and refreshments add to the party atmosphere. A $1 donation at the door benefits COTS (Committee on the Shelterless), the local homeless services provider.
Holiday Crafterino, Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd S., Petaluma,
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Members Show & Art Sale, Sebastopol
The annual non-juried Members Exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts includes a bonus: the ability to buy the paintings, sculptures, pottery and other items that are on exhibit. All medias are eligible for the competition and come complete with price tags.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol, 707-829-4797
Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique, Sebastopol
Tour decorated homes and a historic school in and around scenic Sebastopol on this annual fundraiser by a local private school. Each location displays holiday spirit in its own unique way, showcasing collections and family traditions. And the Artisan Boutqiue features dozens of local Sonoma County artists and crafters.
Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique, Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road, Petaluma, 707-829-1729
Windsor Holiday Celebration, Windsor
Each year the Windsor Town Green comes alive with this family-friendly event celebrating the oepning of the holiday season. It features wagon rides, train rides, holiday arts and crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, live entertainment, and photos with Santa.
Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor, 707-838-1000
Check the events calendar on www.sonomacounty.com for this year's dates, venues, and info.