Sonoma Events in December 2022: Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Holiday Celebrations

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: November 29, 2022

Top Sonoma events in December include several wine tasting activities, festivals, and tree lighting ceremonies. You can also wineries parties with special holiday twists.

This month's calendar includes options in Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and other towns around the county.

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Sonoma Events in December

Sonoma County Wine Events in December 2022

Here are just some of the wine tasting events during the month of December 2022 in Sonoma County. They are all great fun!

Amista Vineyards: Sparkling Holiday Soirée (12/3) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $85 per person

B.R. Cohn: Holiday Open House (12/3) from 1 pm to 3 pm

Bartholomew Estate: Holiday Gathering (12/3)

Buena Vista Winery: Holiday Open House (12/4), food, wine and holiday cheer

Cline's Vineyard Estate: Wreath Workshop at Cline (12/3) from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. $75 per person

DeLoach Vineyards: Holiday Open House (12/3) from 4 pm to 7 pm

Dutton-Goldfield Winery: Dutton-Goldfield Holiday Cooking Class (12/3) from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. $125/pp, all Inclusive

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards: Ferrari-Carano Holiday at the Estate (12/3- 12/4) $45 per person

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard: Club Holiday Open House (12/8) from 6 pm to 8 pm.

J. Rickards Winery: Wine Club Pick Up Party (12/3) from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Jordan Winery: A Gold & Glamorous Christmas at Jordan (12/3)

La Crema: Sparkling Holiday Soiree (12/3) from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Landmark Vineyards: Holiday Open House (12/4)

Mutt Lynch Tasting Room: Holiday Ugly Sweater Yappy Hour (12/9) from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Papapietro-Perry: Wine & Brazilian Brigadeiros! (12/8) from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.

Ram's Gate Winery: Holiday Gala (12/10) from 6 pm to 9 pm. This year's theme is "A Night in Monte Carlo." $250 per person.

Rodney Strong Winery: Winemaker For a Day: Pinot Blending Seminar (12/10) from 11 am to 1 pm.

Simi Winery: Holiday Celebration (12/11 & 12/12), from 11 am to 3 pm both days

Taft Street Winery: Holiday Paint & Sip (12/11) from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.

Viansa Sonoma: Holiday Festa (12/10)

Annual Lighting of the Snowmen

Date: 11/30 - 12/11

Sunset Magazine's Cornerstone lighting of the Snowmen has become an annual treat and must see event. This festival starts at 4 pm on Saturday and ends at 8 pm.

The light display will stay up at Cornerstone Sonoma throughout the holidays and incorporates hundreds of snowmen displayed in different scenes each year.

Food, drinks, kids' craft and decorations will be available for purchase as the festival is free.

Downtown Holiday Open House in Petaluma

Date: 12/3

This one-day free event, starts at 11 am and ends at 5 pm. The pretty city of Petaluma invites anyone that wants to experience it while enjoying events like horse and carriage rides, caroling, drinking hot cider and buying local goods from downtown merchants.

Make sure to take your time as you stroll around the town and explore everything Petaluma has to offer.

Stay in Sonoma this December

One of the best ways to enjoy these Sonoma events in December is to spend a few days in this gorgeous wine county area. Click the links below to find the perfect hotel for your stay today. Save on your Hotel in Sonoma with, Planet Earth's #1 Accommodation Site. No booking fees ever!

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Cirque de Boheme Presents "Gypsy"

Dates: 12/3, 12/4, 12/11, 12/17/12/18, 12/24 & 12/25

This year's performance is a new show called "Gypsy." It features music, mystery, and poetry.

The show features a magician, contortionist, juggler, and so much more. 

It will run on weekends starting on 11/25. Each days, there are shows at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm with just 100 people per show.

Part of the proceeds benefit The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

All shows are at the Cornerstone Sonoma at 23570 Arnold Drive in Sonoma.

Santa Rosa Events in December

Here are just a few of the top Sonoma events in December in Santa Rosa.

More Sonoma Events in December

Here are a few additional holiday Sonoma events in December to check out during your visit.

12/3 & 12/4: Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair at the Finley Community Complex in Santa Rosa

12/9 - 12/11: Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique for the Pleasant Hill Christian School. The boutique at the school is free to attend. The Holiday Tours feature five decorated homes and the historic school. Tickets for this are $10 to $45. This event runs on Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

12/3 & 12/4: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House

12/1: Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at the Town Green in Windsor starting at 5 pm

12/10 & 12/11: Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire from 10am to 5pm both days at the Occidental Community Center

Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

Dates: 12/17

Head back over to Petaluma for this three-day event on December 17 - 19. Enter your best gingerbread house for the competition or stop by to admire those that do! The event is being held at the Petaluma Hotel at 205 Kentucky Street. It's free to enter, so make sure to stop by this weekend.

Additional Activities in Sonoma

Are you visiting for one of these Sonoma events in December? If so, make sure to check out some of the other fun things to do this month. You can head out on a hot air balloon ride, bike around the region, or go hiking. Here are just a few of my favorites this month.

Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour: Ride through Sonoma Wine Country on this 4.5 hour tour, starts in Santa Rosa and takes you to visit two to three wineries, entire trip is about 16-miles (25.7 km), route is mostly flat, check for availability

Food & Wine Walking Tour: Walking and food tour of Sonoma which stops at several gourmet spots for tastings, check for availability

Sonoma Events: December Calendar of Festivals, Wine Tasting, and More

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