December Christmas Events in Wine Country
A Christmas Story, The Musical (through December 22, 2019)
Everybody adores this tale of Ralphie Parker on his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: A Red Ryder BB Gun. Based on the classic movie about the imaginative nine year-old, and set in the 1940s fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the delightful saga produced by the Sonoma Arts Live Theater Company involves Ralphie’s eccentric but entirely loving family, schoolyard bullies who get their due, a burlesque lamp, a cranky furnace, rampaging dogs and an unfortunate turkey, Christmas Peking duck, and so much more that we all can recite pretty much by heart. Making things even more interactive, you are invited to try on the bunny ear headbands in the lobby every performance, and post your selfie. After the run of the show, favorites will be posted for an audience vote, with a grand prize awarded. Tickets: $25-$42, Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma.
Historic Railroad Square Free Carriage Rides (weekends through December 24)
Clip clop, the fancy horses travel around Santa Rosa’s historic district, carrying passengers throughout the shopping and dining neighborhood. Enjoy free hot cider and photos, too. The rides run 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. on weekends, taking off from the Depot Park parking lot at 9 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.
City of Lights Driving Tour (through December 30)
Hop in your sleight 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.
Holidays in Healdsburg Tour (through December 31)
Wine Country Walking Tours is well known for its fun, in-depth experiences, and this guided jaunt gives you an insider’s look at boutique restaurants and wineries around Healdsburg. Take a four-hour day tour ($109) departing at 11 a.m., or a two-hour evening tour ($69) departing at 5 p.m., and sample small bites, sweet treats and fine wines while learning about the area’s charming history. You’ll see colorful street decorations and festive window displays, plus periodic carolers and horse-drawn carriages. Depart from the Healdsburg Plaza Gazebo at Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street.