WinterScape Celebration in Yountville

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holidayStar.jpgThe town of Yountville is full of holiday surprises. This year the town launches their first month-long winter wonderland featuring a host of activities, attractions, and special hotel deals. Bring the whole family, make a romantic couple's escape, or just getaway with friends. See what's on the town's Holiday Hot List this winter season:

Vintage Winter Pavilion - Spin into the season skating under the stars in a clear-top tent infused with holiday music, festive trees and elaborate d├ęcor at V Marketplace.   This new attraction is certain to spark holiday cheer with a lively sidekick of food and drink venues.  After 6 p.m., the Hot Toddy & Holiday Cocktail menu debuts. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily, December 11 - January 2nd.  $12/adults; $8/children 8 & under. Yountville Chamber/707.944.8008.
 
Carriage Rides - Saddle up this season with a team of stout Percheron and Shire horses leading a holiday-decorated carriage through Yountville's main artery - Washington Street - on weekends throughout December.  (Nov. 27; Dec 4, 11, 18, 31). Complimentary.
 
North Pole "Drink & Clink" - Weekends around the rink will include select Yountville AVA wine tasting (Fri./Sat.) showcasing the area's top producers and a Santa sommelier to keep the cheer flowing.  A seasonal grazing menu will showcase heady roasted chestnuts, dim sum and pulled pork sliders - a perfect complement to the region's cabernets.

WinterScape Hotel Packages - From Villagio Inn & Spa to the newly-minted LEED platinum Bardessono, deals for December are stocked with goodies including skating passes, prix-fixe dinners and a savings of up to 20 percent across the board.

Dreams of Toyland Exhibition - Inspiring the wonders of childhood past, renowned collector Dolph Gotelli brings The Napa Valley Museum alive with a magical holiday exhibition of Old World toys, games, decorations and Victorian ornaments. Dreams of Toyland features a series of vignettes certain to inspire and transport. Nov. 20, 2010 - January 23, 2011. $10/adults; member/children free. 707.944.0500.

WinterScape Wine Tasting - With 10+ wine tasting venues along Washington Street, a taste of Yountville AVA is as easy as linking holiday lights.  Many wineries are offering VIP tastings and specials during December.  The new Somerston wine tasting room's "WinterScape" deal includes complimentary tastings and food pairings for up to four people and 15 percent off all wine and merchandise.  Special wine deals are also on tap at Goosecross Cellars and Girard Winery, to name a few. 
 
Biking in a Vineyard Wonderland - Kick-start the morning with a guided bike tour to four boutique wineries and a tasty catered picnic lunch via Napa Valley Bike Tours. Ride departs at 9:30 a.m., and are set at a casual pace of three- to five-miles between wineries on a verdant stretch of vine-swept country road.  $125/person (normally $139; tasting fees not included),  707.944.2953, book "WinterScape package."  
 
Lincoln Theatre Holiday Performance
- Cap off a day of play with a performance at the Lincoln Theater, home to the Napa Valley Symphony and a world-class venue seating 1,200.  This season's line-up includes the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show (December 8) and the 10th anniversary of Napa Regional Dance Company's Nutcracker. (December 18 & 19).  707.944.9900.

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I would love to check out the Lincoln Theatre one day. Capable of sitting 1,200. Wow!

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