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 (12/7)
Buena Vista Winery: Holiday Open House (12/8), 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, 4 pm to 7 pm
Coppola: Holiday Open House (12/7 & 12/8), festive weekend of wine and shopping, free admission, reservations are not required, 11am to 6pm
Family Wineries Dry Creek Cooperative: Holiday Open House (12/7), enjoy small bites, wine, and complimentary tastings all day, from 12:30 pm to 4 pm
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Holiday Crab Feed (12/7), kick off the holiday season at this annual event at Gloria Ferrer, enjoy a crab feast and sample their bubbly wines in their wine cave, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, prices at $135 for general admission and $125 or $130 depending on club level
Jordan Winery: Holiday Tour & Tasting Season (12/2 - 12/12), enjoy wines paired with small bites as you tour through the winery and vineyards, taste library wines and olive oils, starts at 2 pm to 3:30 pm each day from 12/2 to 12/12, tickets are $70 per person
KORBEL Champagne Cellars: Holiday Shopping Spree (12/6 - 12/8), get your holiday shopping done in early December at KORBEL, sample ciders and cookies, enjoy caroling from 1 pm to 3 pm, and say hi to Santa from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, event runs from 10am to 4:30pm, complementary and no reservation required
Larson Family Winery: Holiday Open House & Photos with Santa (12/7 - 12/8), taste wines, eat small bites, and get your photo taken with Santa from 11 am to 3 pm
Longboard Vineyards: "Z" Sparkling Party (12/14), enjoy delicious wines paired with small bites, live music and more, RSVP required
Poseidon Vineyards: Annual Cellar Holiday Party (12/7), celebrate the season in the wine cellar as you drink great wine, eat Cioppino and listen to live music, starts at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm, $40 per person and free for club members
Red Car Wine: Red Car Holiday Dinner (12/7), food, wine and fun
Sbragia Family Vineyards: Holiday Cocktail Party (12/6), holiday celebration including food, wine and more, prices to be decided
Sonoma-Cutrer: Holiday Open House (12/14), from 12 pm to 4 pm, complimentary bites paired with wines, music provide by the Dickens' Carolers, rare wine specials, 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: 11/29 - 12/22
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.
12/7 & 12/8: Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair at the Finley Community Complex in Santa Rosa
11/29 - 12/1: Monte Rio Holiday Craft Faire at the Monte Rio Community Center from 10am to 6pm both days
12/7 & 12/8: Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House
12/5: Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at the Town Green in Windsor starting at 5pm
12/7 & 12/8: Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire from 10am to 5pm both days at the Occidental Community Center
12/1: Holiday Crafterino in Petaluma at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building from 10am to 4pm
Dates: 12/13 - 12/15
Head back over to Petaluma for this three-day event on December 13 - 15. 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.
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.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Admire Sonoma County from above on a Hot Air Balloon Ride, you will spend an hour cruising high above the vineyards as you learn more about the region, the entire experience is about 3 to 4 hours with set up, an hour in the balloon, landing and deflation, and a champagne toast to celebrate the day, find discount availability for this tour on Groupon
Sonoma Food Tour: Sample some of Sonoma's tastiest dishes on this 3-hour food walking tour around the Sonoma Square, it will include tastes at up to seven stops, tours are available Tuesday - Saturday and start at 11am, find discount availability on Groupon
*Note: Most Groupon deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.