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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Amista Vineyards: Amista Sparkling Holidays (12/1)
Benziger Family Winery: Holiday Sip, Sample & Shop (12/1 & 12/2), sample wines, get discounts and try their tasty olive oils
Buena Vista Winery: Holiday Open House (12/2), food, wine and holiday cheer, bring along a gift for Toys for Tots for 10% off wine purchases, $20 per person, Complimentary tickets for members and up to 3 guests
Chateau Diana: Ugly Sweater Holiday Party (12/8), 12pm to 5pm
DeLoach Vineyards: Holiday Open House (12/1), celebrate the season with food and wine, bring along a donation for Toys for Tots too, 4pm to 7pm, $15 per person, members get up to 4 tickets free
Coppola: Holiday Open House (12/1 & 12/2), festive weekend of wine and shopping, free admission, reservations are not required, 11am to 6pm
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Holiday Crab Feed (12/8), kick off the holiday season at this annual event at Gloria Ferrer, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm enjoy a crab feast and sample their bubbly wines
KORBEL Champagne Cellars: Holiday Shopping Spree (12/7-12/9), get your holiday shopping done in early December at KORBEL, sample ciders and cookies, enjoy caroling from 1pm to 3pm, and say hi to Santa from 2:30 to 4 pm, event runs from 10am to 4:30pm, complimentary and no reservation required
Imagery Estate Wines: Sip, Sample & Shop (12/1 & 12/2), holiday treats, entertainment and wine, 10am to 5:30pm both days
Sonoma-Cutrer: Holiday Open House (12/15), from 12pm to 4pm, complimentary bites paired with wines, music provide by the Dickens' Carolers, rare wine specials, complimentary and reservations are not needed.
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.
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.
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.
Dates: 11/23 - 12/16
This amazing annual event is not to be missed if you enjoy physical and mental feats that go beyond anything you can imagine! Located at Sunset Magazine's Cornerstone Garden, you will experience jugglers, tight rope walkers, acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists, and so much more as you venture back into the 1930s during this classic circus event.
Here are just a few of the top Sonoma events in December in Santa Rosa.
Here are a few additional holiday Sonoma events in December to check out during your visit.
12/1 & 12/2: Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair at the Finley Community Complex in Santa Rosa
12/1 & 12/2: Monte Rio Holiday Craft Faire at the Monte Rio Community Center from 10am to 6pm both days
12/1 & 12/2: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House
12/6: Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at the Town Green in Windsor starting at 5pm
12/8 & 12/9: Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire from 10am to 5pm both days at the Occidental Community Center
12/16: Holiday Crafterino in Petaluma at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building from 10am to 4pm
TBD: Christmas Craft Fair at the Faith Lutheran Church of Sonoma Valley
TBD: Artisan Craft Faire and Holiday Festival at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa
TBD: Festival Holiday Wreath Workshop in Petaluma at Garden Valley Ranch
Dates: 12/7, 12/8 & 12/9
Head back over to Petaluma for this three-day event on December 7-9. 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.
This year's Glen Ellen Stroll will be held in downtown Glen Ellen. Sample wines from local wineries and mingle with local winemakers and wine lovers. It's another one of the Sonoma events in December that will donate all proceeds to those impacted by this year's Northern California fires.
Trione Winery presents the world premier of A Vintage Christmas starting on 12/1. Dominic's family has been in the wine business for over 100 years, but he is thinking of selling the business and moving on. Much like It's a Wonderful Life, Dom's grandfather returns to show him what life would be without the business.
There is a special Opening Night Bubbly celebration on 12/1 for the release of the film. Cast and crew will be available following Sunday shows to answer your questions. A Vintage Christmas starts at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and $12 for Thursday night shows.
All shows are at the Trione Winery at 19550 Geyserville Avenue in Geyserville.
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.
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