Sonoma County Sparkles With 2016 Holiday Events

Who needs snow and North Pole weather to get in the spirit? Here in Sonoma County, you’ll find plenty of merry and bright in all of our great little towns and venues, as well as in each of our charming Inns—and without all that pesky shoveling! Here are a few favorite events to add to your calendar.holiday-red-wine-glass-bottle-dt33277481

Sonoma lights up! From November 12 through December 31, 2016, historic Sonoma square is a feast of sparkling lights—eight-plus acres and 100,000 lights! If you’re looking for something to get you “in the spirit,” this is it.

2016 Holiday Open House. 19 Sonoma County wineries, including Chateau St. Jean Winery, Imagery Estate Winery, and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, will toast the holidays with a special two-day event that includes wine tastings, visits with winemakers, wine discounts, gift packages, holiday entertainment and lots of good cheer.
November 25-26, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Two-day tickets:
$45/person, advance; $55/person, at door. Designated driver/$10. Includes a souvenir glass and wine tastings at all participating wineries.
707-431-1137

Wine Country Winter Festival. A new fun event in Santa Rosa, this fest features fine art, great food, wine, cider and beer tastings, and three stages of entertainment. A Holiday Hall hosts Santa and his elves, carolers, gingerbread house makers and cookie decorators.
December 3-4, 2016
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Adults: $12 advance, $15 at gate
Seniors over 60/active or retired military with ID: $10 advance, $13 at gate
Teens 12-18: $8 advance, $11 at gate.
Under 12 free

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Head to historic downtown Petaluma to see a delightful display of festive boats as they cruise through the Petaluma River Turning Basin.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission
10 C Street, Petaluma
707-762-9348

Make your lists, check them twice and then head to our quaint downtowns . Word is, even Santa knows that is where you’ll find some of the best gifts ever.

And for merry stays with nights dreaming of sugarplums, be sure to visit any one of our Wine Country Inns during the holidays. We’ll all be decking our halls, baking cookies and making sure our guests’ visits are everything they wished for.

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