Events in Napa in December 2018 include the start of Winter in the Wineries, the Reindeer Run, and Calistoga's Holiday Village. Other fun things to do include seeing a show at the Blue Note or the Uptown Theatre.
This month, you will also find some parties at local wineries that feature food, wine tasting, and holiday discounts. Don't miss out on these fun things to do in the Napa Valley.
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You will find a variety of fun events in Napa in December at the Uptown. These are just a few of the top shows this month.
The Calistoga Christmas Faire is located at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Get ready to get all your holiday shopping done all at the same time. There is food, drinks, and gift making booths for kids of all ages. Add live performances, baking demonstrations and more. This free event starts at 9 am and continues
The downtown Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade is one of the many events in Napa in December with a lot of small town charm. Unlike your average parade with floats and trailers, this one truly celebrates the region's agricultural heritage, featuring a variety of vintage and modern tractors, trucks, and construction equipment, all decked out. Even Santa Claus enjoys this unique holiday tradition in downtown Calistoga.
You will find plenty of fun evening events in Napa in December at the Blue Note. This live jazz club features well known acts from around the region and beyond. You can grab dinner during the show or just enjoy the music. It's set in the gorgeous downtown Napa Valley Opera House.
The annual Reindeer Run features both a 3-mile and 6.5-mile walk/run for people to get outside and into the holiday spirit. Pre-registered participants will get a T-shirt, digitally recorded time, and a goodie bag. This fun family event starts at 9am at the Wetlands Edge View Area Trailhead in American Canyon.
Dates: 12/1 - 2/43
For a two-month period in the winter, you can use your Winter in the Wineries Passport to gain access to 17 wine tastings at a variety of selected boutique and well-known wineries in Calistoga. Each passport is valued at an estimated $300 and includes not only discounts on wine and wine tastings, but shopping, lodging, dining, and more.
My calendar of wine tasting events in Napa in December includes some of the top options this month. You will find a variety of open houses as well as some that require tickets in advance.
Ballentine Vineyards: Holiday Release Party (7th), taste some of their best new releases incluing Estate Zinfandels, Cab Sauvigon Reserve and more. members receive two complimentary tickets and additional guests are $25 a person, 1 pm to 4 pm
Beaulieu Vineyard: Holiday Open House (12/8), Enjoy wine and celebrate the season
Benessere Winery: Holiday Party (12/7), to be updated in Fall 2019
Clos Pegase: Fireside Chats with the Winemaker (12/7 and 12/14), learn more about Clos Pegase wines and talk with the winemaker, 11 am to 3 pm
Conn Creek: Winery Tour and Lunch with Elizabeth Delouise-Gant, (12/7), Take a guided tour with the winemaker through the grounds, tank room, and crush pad, taste from the barrel, and finish with lunch, $75 for general admission, $55 for members, from 11 am to 1 pm
Inglenook: Holiday Open House (12/8), information to be updated, 5 pm to 7 pm
Judd's Hill: The Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny (12/8), current and library vintages along with lunch with desserts, feel free to bring unwrapped gifts and non-perishable items as donations to local charities, 12 noon until 2:30 pm
Larson Family Winery: (12/7 and 12/8) taste wines, enjoy small bites, and get your photo taken with Santa Claus from 11 am to 3 pm, no charge for entry
Madrigal Family Winery: Holiday Crab Feed (12/7), information to be updated as available
Merryvale: Holiday Fair in the Cask Room (12/8), do some gift shopping from local vendors as you enjoy the winter releases, live caroling from the St. Helena High School choir, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Pine Ridge: Holiday Open House (12/8) from 10:30am to 4pm, small bites and wine tasting
Raymond Winery: Holiday Open House (12/8), celebrate the season with food and wine, feel free to bring a gift for donation to get a 10% discount on purchases, free for club members and up to 3 guests, $25 for non-members
Robert Mondavi Winery: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting (12/7), watch the lighting of the tree, enjoy horse and buggy rides on the property and sample wines and small bites, $25 per person, complimentary for members, starting at 3pm to 5pm
Round Pond Estate: Holiday Release Party (12/8), taste new wines, small bites, olive oil and more, $35 for members and $55 for non-members, 4pm to 6pm
Rutherford Hill: Annual "Holiday on the Hill" (12/8), festive food, seasonal sounds, and wine samples, $40 per person, $20 for wine club, 11pm to 2pm and rsvp required
Find some great places to stay in the Napa Valley. You will also find some good deals this time of year at hotels, resorts and bed & breakfasts. Click the links below for recent guest reviews as well as some great options this month.
Dates: 11/19 - 1/1
This holiday season head to Yountville for their six-weeks of activities. Events include wine tasting, visits from Santa, carriage rides around town, and so much more. Each week offers a variety of fun activities.
You will also find some good tasting deals around Napa in December. You will find a good selection on Groupon. Click the links below for more information on each offer.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Wineries in Napa