Over the years, we've loved sharing Napa Valley hot spots with our loyal followers. These popular "live like a local" posts have featured everything from hiking trails, to best breakfasts, to blow out dinners, and many in between. Now we're thrilled to bring you our very first Wine Country Holiday Events Guide! So much is happening in the area, that we just had to share our favorites with you (and the kids!) so that you too can live like a local...in Wine Country. Don't forget to tell them Round Pond sent you!
1. Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful Downtown Napa! Thursdays Dec. 8, 15, and 22 between 4:30 and 7:30. Carriages depart every fifteen minutes from the Napa River Inn at the Hyatt Building on Main Street. Enjoy the holiday lights and decorations along the storefronts as you enjoy the brisk, open air and cuddle up!
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2. Lighted Boat Parade
The Napa Yacht Club members will be in the holiday spirit Dec. 3rd at 5:30pm as they "parade" their lighted vessels along the Napa River from the Club to the 3rd Street Bridge Downtown. The Riverfront Promenade is the best place to catch a view of this yearly spectacle.
3. Tuba Christmas
In Downtown Napa, Veteran's Park is such a good time! Traditional Christmas music will be performed on Sunday Dec. 4, at 2pm & 4pm by over 50 tuba and euphonium players, organized by local musician and music teacher Alan Parks. Bundle up and come and support local musicians as they play all your favorite Christmas tunes. » Learn More
4. Napa Holiday Gift Faire
Santa's Helpers Napa Holiday Gift Faire is in its 25th year of existence, and it just keeps getting better. On Dec. 10th and 11th, come shop for unique handcrafted gifts, gourmet foods, jewelry, fine art, home decor, and holiday-themed collectibles. Sip hot apple cider from the Santa's Helpers Cafe whilst you browse, and you just might finish all your holiday shopping in one afternoon. » Learn More
1. Holiday In Vienna
Holidays in Vienna is coming to the Napa Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 11th for performance evocative of Vienna and Old Europe, with seasonal works by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Handel and others. The program will include music from the Nutcracker, Messiah, Blue Danube, as well as traditional Christmas carols to inspire the spirit of the season in you. » Learn More
2. The Nutcracker
Watch the magic unfold as dancers from Napa Regional Dance Company present the 16th Annual production of The Nutcracker. Returning to the Napa Performing Arts Center on Dec. 17th & 18th, this quintessential classic is the perfect holiday event for the whole family to celebrate together. » Learn More
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1. Mondavi Tree Lighting
The 6th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Mondavi Winery is on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 3pm-5pm. This festive holiday party will include horse & buggy rides through the vineyards, wine tasting, charcuterie appetizers, hot apple cider, and caroling with the Vintage High School Chamber Singers. » Learn More
2. Christmas Eve Dinner @ Harvest Table
If you're planning a Christmas Wine Country getaway, join Harvest Table at the Harvest Inn for Christmas Eve Dinner, and enjoy Chef Levi Mezick's creative menu that draws on the Inn's winter garden and locally-sourced ingredients to create a singular Christmas feast. » Learn More
1. Holiday Village
The Calistoga Holiday Village on Friday Dec. 2nd from 4pm-8pm is a wonderful "kick-off" to the season in Downtown Calistoga! Shops and tasting rooms will be open late and most will be participating in the People’s Choice Window Decorating Contest and Gingerbread & Wine Pairing contest, so make sure you stop in to taste and vote while you stroll. » Learn More
2. Tractor Parade
Have you ever seen farm equipment in the holiday spirit? Get ready for the 21st Annual Lighted Tractor Parade! Celebrating the agricultural heritage of the area, farmers and vintners alike drape and decorate their biggest tractors, tillers, and rigs with twinkling lights and holiday decor to parade down Calistoga's main street on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. It gets bigger and more spectacular every year! » Learn More
3. Pioneer Christmas
Ever wonder how the pioneering Californians would celebrate the Christmas season? The Pioneer Christmas at Bale Grist Mill on Saturday Dec. 10th is your chance to see. Learn old-fashioned craft-making techniques, see the miller grind grain and tour the old grist mill as you're guided through your activities by skilled artisans and volunteers in 1850's style dress. Enjoy carols, apple cider and cookies as you visit the past and celebrate the season, pioneer style. » Learn More
4. Christmas Faire
The 47th Annual Calistoga Christmas Faire on Saturday Dec. 3rd is a day filled with holiday cheer! This free event at the Napa County Fairgrounds begins at 9am with a Breakfast with Santa, and then you can browse and shop from a variety of artisans, crafters, and local vendors, participate in the Cake Walk, or bring your family pet for his photo with Santa. Afterward, head over to Main Street and grab a good spot to watch the 21st Annual Lighted Tractor Parade. » Learn More
1. Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus
The Circus is coming to Sonoma! Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus for the Holidays will be performing at Cornerstone Sonoma Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, with show times at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Delight in work of world-class performers in this 1920’s old-style French circus featuring acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists, hoop aerialists and more! » Learn More
2. A Mission Christmas
It's amazing to see history come to life, and experiencing Christmas at the Sonoma Mission is like stepping back in time. Join in the traditional singing of Christmas carols and enjoy the Mission and Barracks lit by candlelight and luminaries, and decorated as it may have been during its heyday. This traditional holiday evening takes place on Saturday Dec. 10th at 4:30pm. » Learn More
3. Wine Country Winter Festival
The Wine Country Winter Festival on Dec. 3rd & 4th promises to be a fantastic event that will continue for years to come. In this, its inaugural year, it will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Featuring fine crafts, gifts, fantastic food options, 3 stages of great entertainment, expansive wine, microbrew, and cider tastings, as well as holiday craft workshops and a visit from Santa and his elves for the little (and big) kids. » Learn More
4. Lighted Boat Parade
Petaluma’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will return this year on Saturday Dec. 17th at 6pm. The historic downtown riverside location provides a unique setting for the flotilla of lighted and decorated boats that stream into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in celebration of the holiday season. These fantastically decorated boats stay docked throughout the evening, so grab a hot chocolate and cruise the waterfront at your leisure. » Learn More
for the kids
1. Santa Wine Train
The Napa Valley Santa Wine Train is coming into the station through Dec. 29th! Passengers will embark on an all-new musical and interactive journey to Santa's Workshop accompanied by some of Santa's best friends. Throughout the journey, magical wristbands will light up periodically bringing holiday cheer across the entire wine train, while guests enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. » Learn More
2. Santa's Brunch
Ramekins Annual Santa's Brunch is a meal not to be missed! Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events & Inn in Sonoma presents a host of delicious brunch options, including a waffle and omelette station, cookie decoration for the kids, and a chance to take a picture with Santa. What better way is there to spend the morning?
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3. Napa on Ice
It's just not the holidays without ice skating! Just because our beautiful valley doesn't get any snow, it doesn't mean we can't skate outdoors. Thanks to Napa on Ice at the Napa Expo, we can all enjoy the feeling of gliding across the ice with the cold air nipping at our noses. Open through Jan. 9th, General Admission includes unlimited skate time and skate rental. » Learn More
Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below!
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