Holiday Events in Sonoma & Napa Valley

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safariWestholiday.jpgFrom the Serengeti at Safari West, to the Heart of Sonoma, to a tractor parade, to a day with're sure to find something that will keep you, your family and your friends happily entertained this holiday season. You may even decide to make a day, weekend or entire season of it!

In Sonoma, for instance, why not spend Thanksgiving day the fun and easy way by taking advantage of Safari Wests Thanksgiving feast. The following day, instead of braving "Black Friday", do something more festive....choose between a Holiday Open House at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, a Holiday Party in Healdsburg, or Heart of Sonoma Valley's Annual Holiday Open House. And there are plenty more events to follow in the coming days and weeks!

In Napa, events begin as early as November 21st with Holiday in Carneros, Thanksgiving dinner at etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon  (just received Michelin star) and continue all the way up to Christmas Eve. This means, there are more days to fill with holiday cheer, beautiful lights and the kind of exhileration that comes only once a year. 

However you choose to enjoy this season, just make sure it's with the family and friends you cherish most. From all of us at to you...Have a VERY happy holiday!

November 26 -- Thanksgiving on the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West
Holiday, Celebration: Dine amongst the giraffes and playful lemurs, delight at our swift and sleek cheetahs, you may even run into a few anxious-looking wild guinea fowl! Join Nancy and Peter Lang and all of us here at Safari West for a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast served with a touch of Africa. Reservations are essential. 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
Location: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
Fee: $$50 Adults/$22 Children 4-12; Time: Two Seatings: Noon & 3 p.m.
Phone Number: (707) 579.2551

November 27 - 28 -- 26th Annual Holiday Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House
Celebration: Join us for our Annual Holiday Open House! Join over twenty wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer!
Fee: $30/person for both days; Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Phone Number: (866) 794.9463

November 27 -- Healdsburg's Downtown Holiday Party!
Holiday, Celebration: A Healdsburg Tradition! This celebration in and around Healdsburg's charming Plaza will have plenty of refreshments, holiday cheer and entertainment including jazz, a brass quintet, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. It is also a perfect time and place to get a jump on Christmas shopping at scores of unique shops.
Fee: Free; Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 433.6935

November 27 -- Holiday Open House
Holiday, Celebration: Ring in the Holidays at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center with a reception, wine tasting & hors d'oeuvres. November 28-30 Art Show & Sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste limited release wines while shopping for holiday gifts, view artwork by local artists and tour our culinary gardens. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton
Fee: Free; Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 571.8100

December 12 -- Santa Saturday on the Plaza
Holiday, Family Fun: Santa arrives via fire engine at noon and will lead a parade around the Healdsburg Plaza then visit with children on his throne. Music, arts and crafts for the kids, face painting, hot cocoa, cookie decorating, story telling, horse carriage rides and a Santa treasure hunt. Many of the stores will also be serving goodies.
Location: Healdsburg Avenue and Matheson Street, Healdsburg
Fee: Free; Time: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 433.6935

December 19 -- Nutcracker at the Wells Fargo Center
Holiday, Performing Arts: This full length, professional production offers the finest acting, dancing and music with a full live orchestra led by Gabriel Sakakeeny of American Philharmonic, Sonoma County
Location: 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa
Fee: $25, $45 & VIP $65; Time: Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m./Sun. 2:30 p.m.;
Phone Number: (707) 546.3600


November 21 - 22 -- Holiday in Carneros
Holiday, Celebration: Join more than 20 Carneros wineries for this fun winery open house weekend. Sample and purchase great wines, enjoy tasty treats, browse interesting arts and crafts, listen to lively music, meet the winemakers and winery owners and much, much more! Admission includes a Holiday in Carneros logo glass and access to all the fun! Proceeds fund scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College.
Fee: $40 per person for both days; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (800) 909.4352

November 26 -- Thanksgiving at etoile Restaurant

Holiday, Dining: Celebrate Thanksgiving with us at ├ętoile Restaurant! Enjoy a three-course menu created by Chef Perry Hoffman for $7 per guest (with wine pairing for $95 per guest); five-course menu for $90 per guest (with wine pairing for $110 per guest). Childrens options available.
Location: One California Drive, Yountville, CA
Fee: $75-$100 per person; Time: 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 204.7598

December 5 -- Napa Valley Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga
Holiday, Family Fun: Napa Valley Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga held just after dark, is a salute to our agricultural heritage and features a wide range of small to gigantic equipment lighted and decorated bearing every thing from kids to Santa. This weekend begins Calistoga's Classic Christmas Season, which runs thru December. Downtown Calistoga
Fee: Free; Time: 6 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 942.6333

December 10 -- Wine Train Seven Courses of Christmas
Holiday, Dining: This is a feast straight out of a Dickens' novel. You will be overwhelmed by the culinary delights available for this train-wide event. Each of the seven courses is based on traditional holiday foods. Guests will not be moved between cars for their courses and a glass of sparkling wine is included.
Location: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa
Fee: $172 to $192 per person; Time: 5:55 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Phone Number: (800) 427.4124

December 19 - 24 -- Wine Train Santa Express
Holiday, Family Fun: The Santa Express Train is a magical experience for the young and the young at heart. Ride the express train with our special guest, Santa! Ole' Saint Nick is going to bring some friends (including one with a nose that glows so bright) and carolers on board. This is a fabulous holiday experience for the whole family.
Location: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa 
Fee: $20 - $40. ; Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Phone Number: (800) 427.4124

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