It’s December in Sonoma wine country, and the holiday celebration is in full swing. With the mild winter climate and summer crowds tapering off, it’s the perfect time to launch a wine country getaway. Those who love to shop, taste exquisite wine, enjoy fantastic edible creations, will want to check out this list of happenings around Sonoma.
Healdsburg Dine Around
December 7, 8, 14, & 15
Healdsburg Ave & Matheson St,
Healdsburg, CA 95448
The progressive three course dinner is back! Plan the perfect three course holiday dinner and then walk it off in the festive streets of Healdsburg. Sponsored by the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, a total of 20 restaurants will be showcasing a variety of different food selections. All restaurants are located within walking distance or a short drive from Healdsburg’s Historic Plaza. The concept is simple: Pick a date and start time. Then choose the three restaurants you’d like to experience.And don’t wait! Dine Around reservations are filling up quickly!
Make a day of it and discover all the treasures of Healdsburg Plaza
Christmas At The Mission
114 E. Spain St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Holiday time means time for celebration at Mission San Francisco Solano on the Plaza in downtown Sonoma. The barracks are lit with holiday lights, caroling and hot chocolate abound. This family friendly event in downtown Sonoma is a great stop with for the kids, perhaps there will be a Santa siting? A suggested donation of $2.50 helps support interpretation and preservation of Sonoma State Historic Park.
Make dinner reservations before or after you enjoy the holiday lights. Not sure where to eat? Check out our guide
Cirque De Boheme at Cornerstone Sonoma
– Sonoma, CA
December 10th, 17th, 18th, 2016, Daily at 3 PM & 5 PM
: Adults $30, Children (under 15 ) $22
23570 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Take a trip back in time under the big top with a throwback to French circus in the style of the 1920’s with Cirque De Boheme’s presentation of “Somewhere”. Cornerstone Sonoma
hosts this unique event featuring intriguing old word performances such as unicycle, slack rope, mime, aerialists, and other acts utilized to fascinate and tell the story of the “Bohemian in Paris”. Partial proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.
Insider Tip: Cornerstone Sonoma
also hosts a variety of shops, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants. Pop in to Meadowcroft Wines Lavender lounge to taste the 2014 Syrah, then head to Park 21 Café
and try Joe’s Sweet Corn Ravioli.
Sonoma County Living – The Best of Healdsburg Tour
December 14th, 2016, 9 AM – 7 PM
: $525/person all inclusive
Relish Culinary Adventures
14 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Gear up and get educated for holiday entertaining with the Sonoma County Living – Best of Healdsburg Tour presented by Relish Culinary Adventures and their partners Dragonfly Floral, and Wine Country Walking Tours. Spend an entire day immersed in wine country culture where you will gain hands on experience learning how to put together a floral centerpiece, food and wine tasting around Healdsburg restaurants, and an evening cooking experience with Relish Culinary Adventures’ chef educators. Relish Culinary Adventures stands out as the only “roving” culinary program that brings together talented chefs and fabulous cuisine at a variety of captivating wine country locations, including the beautiful Relish Culinary Center, to create one-of-a-kind hands-on and demonstration cooking experiences, culinary tours and catering services.
The event is an all day eating and drinking fest, so consider a spa treatment and an overnight stay at the Hotel Healdsburg
, located across the street from Relish Culinary Center .
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 17, 2016 – 06:00pm
Petaluma River Turning Basin
Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma’s riverside location once again provides a unique setting as a flotilla of decorated boats streams into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in celebration of the holiday season. Bring your camera as the thousands of lights reflecting off the water makes the Lighted Boat Parade a favorite event for photographers. The flotilla remains on view all evening in the Historic Downtown harbor behind the Great Petaluma Mill at 6 Petaluma Blvd. No. and “B” Street.
The night is still young…enjoy great food, drink and live entertainment in historic downtown. Check out the Winter Window Walk to view beautifully decorated windows and shops. Merchants open late for you!