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Holiday Gathering at Rancho Mark West, Russian River Parade of the Lights and local youth participating in wreath making event. Photos:,
Holiday Gathering at Rancho Mark West, Russian River Parade of the Lights and local youth participating in wreath making event. Photos:,

Sonoma County Holiday Parties,
Parades and Festivals -2019

Nov 8, 2019


By Elisabeth DeGoff-Pedroza 


You won't want to miss the Geyserville Annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade.

Nov 30 ~ Geyserville Tractor Parade of Lights, Tree Lighting and Downtown merchants’ open house  ~ Parade will at start 6:15pm at the north end of town and will proceed slowly through downtown, making one pass. Santa & Mrs. Claus will again make an appearance before the parade. They will arrive at their temporary workshop in the Park & Ride Plaza near the Christmas tree beginning at 4:30pm (before the start of the parade). For best viewing, the parade takes place after dark. Downtown shops and restaurants will be open special hours before, during, and after the parade for your convenience. Caroling and Santa. 4:30-8pm, Downtown Geyserville Park and Ride Plaza, Geyserville, 707-276-6067 or 

Nov 29-30 ~ Festival of Trees ~ Cozy, cheerful fun for the family! Santa Claus visits both days. Treelighting, Fri at 5p. Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Hwy, Gualala,

Nov 29-30 ~ Gualala Arts Festival of Trees ~Artists and food artisans fill the Arts Center with handcrafted goods, homemade jams, mustards, olive oils, and more. Mrs. Claus' Bake Shoppe is filled with home-baked goodies. Ornate Christmas trees decorate the Coleman Hall stage and are available for purchase, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a list of children’s wants and wishes throughout both days of this old fashioned, Winter Wonderland event! It’s cozy, cheerful fun for the family that puts everyone in the holiday mood! Fri 10am-4p and Sat 10a-6p at The Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala,. INFO. 707-884-1138 or

Dec 5 ~ "THE GREAT" Tree Lighting ~ Merchant Open House. 5-8p at Downtown Guerneville on Main Street. INFO. 707-486-9907 or 

Annual holiday extravaganza, The Festival of Trees. Stroll through the grand ballroom of the Petaluma Hotel and bid on magical trees decorated by local businesses. Photo:

Dec 6-7 ~ Festival of Trees ~ The Fabulous Women and Hotel Petaluma welcome you to their annual holiday extravaganza, “The Festival of Trees.” Stroll through the grand ballroom and bid on magical trees decorated by local businesses, listen to live Christmas music, enter our raffle, shop at the holiday market place, enjoy our sweet shop, and take photos with Santa. It’s a festive occasion for the entire family!  All proceeds support charitable causes and admission is free.  Donations are gladly accepted.  The grand announcement for the grant winners will take place on Friday night, December 6th at 7pm. Petaluma Pete and Santa Claus will be present to announce! We hope to see all of you there! Let’s make this the best Festival of Trees ever! December 6, 6-9 m, December 7 3-9pm at Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma. INFO. or 

Dec 14 ~ LandPaths’ Annual Holiday Gathering~ Join us for the 14th annual Holiday Gathering at Rancho Mark West! All ages are invited to join in on the seasonal fun at this 120-acre forest property protected by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District. Enjoy a walk and tour along beautiful Mark West Creek, followed by music, hot cider, wreath-making, & other holiday crafting. Fun for everyone! Bring a potluck dish to share if you like. Pre-registration is required for this event! What if it’s raining? We’ll go in a light to medium rain but a heavy rain may affect our plans - if in doubt, call our Outings Line at 544-7284 (then press one) after 10 am. If no special message, it’s a go! There is no charge for this outing. It is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax, in partnership with the District’s non-profit partner, LandPaths. We do have a carpool option - please call us for more info. about carpooling. Bring: warm clothing in layers, water, snacks, Your own re-useable cup, plate, & utensils, chair, potluck dish to share, clippers, wreath-making additions. FREE, 11:30a - 4:00pm, Rancho Mark West,  7125 St. Helena Road, Santa Rosa. INFO:  707-544-7284  or info@landpaths

Dec 7 ~ Guerneville Annual Holiday Parade of Lights ~ Colorful, creative and brightly lit floats, marching contingents, horses, and other holiday themed entries. Holiday cheer abounds in Guerneville for this spirited event enjoyed by children of all ages. 7pm Downtown Guerneville on Main Street. INFO. 707-869-9000 or

The Annual Lighting of the Snowmen has become a Sonoma Valley holiday tradition! Mark your calendars now, you don't want to miss this. Photo: www.sonomavalley.comDec 7 ~ Annual Lighting of the Snowmen Festival~ The Annual Lighting of the Snowmen has become a Sonoma Valley holiday tradition! Mark your calendar now, you don't want to miss the 2018 festivities! This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on SATURDAY, December 1st and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy! The event began in 2004 after David Allen, owner of Artefact Design & Salvage at Cornerstone, discovered hundreds of decorative snowmen at a factory in Boston. The factory, which manufactured the snowmen exclusively, was closing, and Allen decided to purchase the stock to use at the gardens. Each year since then, the snowmen have been arranged into a creative and stunning scene that is different each year. The festival will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations, an appearance by Santa and more! Parking will be available at Cornerstone (until the lots are filled) and then at the Sonoma Valley Airport, located next to Cornerstone (shuttle service will be provided). Admission to the festival is FREE and there is a $10 parking donation to charity. All Cornerstone shops, tasting rooms, and Park 121 Café & Grill will be open, and in addition, we will have some special guests joining us too! Check back soon for the list of guests and festivities!  4-8pm at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23667 Highway 121, Sonoma. INFO. 707-933-3010


Dec 1-Jan 1 ~ Charlie Brown Adopt-a-Tree ~ Meander through over 200 trees decorated by local classrooms, service groups, families, and businesses. View the beautiful lighted trees with chasing rainbow icicle lights. Listen to streaming Holiday music, shop and dine at local businesses around the Green. TheCharlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove is an annual holiday event located on the Windsor Town Green, the premier central gathering place for Windsor residents and visitors. The event highlights 200 lighted individually decorated holiday trees lining the walkways of the Green. Students, families, groups and local businesses showcase their talents in design and decorating with their themed trees which draw thousands of visitors to Old Downtown Windsor for the Holidays. The event runs throughout the month of December each year. All the trees first light up on the first Thursday of December and are a highlight of the annual Town of Windsor Holiday Celebration starting at 5 pm with performances by local youth, live music, Photos with Santa, Wagon and train rides and more. Tree Lighting is at 7 pm. Treats and food choices will be available for purchase. Snowfall Nightly at 5:30 and 7:30. 701 McClelland Dr, Windsor

Dec 7 ~ Red Umbrella Holiday Open House~Red Umbrella Consignment, 120 A Kentucky St. Join Red Umbrella for holiday shopping, in-store sales, refreshments and holiday cheer! 3-5pm. Free. INFO.707 778-3499  or

Dec 7 ~ Annual Holiday Party & Social ~ Hosted by D & G Management and Russian River Vacation Homes. Enjoy Dinner on us! With Hot Chocolate, Spiced Apple Cider and Wine. All furnished & served by the staff & owners of D&G and RRVH Tea and Coffee provided by and served by Higher Ground. It’s a time of year where we all re-connect.  Also, we chose a charity to receive donations during our social.  It is not required, but we feel that this is our way of bringing the community together and supporting a good cause.Weather Permitting. 6:30pm at 14080 Mill Street, Guerneville. INFO.

Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. Photo:

Dec 7-8 ~ 40th Annual Holiday Luther Burbank Gardens Open House. The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 39-year community tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. See the latest exhibit and shop for unique Burbank-related items in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. FREE PARKING is available at First & “D” Streets, and enjoy FREE RIDES on “Rosie the Trolley” to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair held at the Finley Community Center. 10a-4pm at Luther Burbank Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa. INFO.  707-524-5445  or

Dec 14-15 ~ Festival of Christmas ~ Hosted by  Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, Enjoy Christmas music performed by the PVBC choirs, Casa Grande High School jazz band & Petaluma Junior High choir and jazz band; children’s crafts and games, Living Nativity, Tea Room, food court and more. 4-8pm at 580 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy. Petaluma. Free. Info.707-763-2277 or 

Dec 5 ~ The Environmental Center of Sonoma County Holiday Networking Party  ~ Food; wine; hot cider and Music. Donation: $30 includes dinner and one drink! Open to the public, family and friends welcome! RSVPs requested. 5-8p, Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, On Hwy 12, Sebastopol. INFO. 707-544-4582, Wendy Krupnick,

Dec 5 ~ Windsor Holiday Celebration ~ Each year the Windsor Town Green comes alive with this family-friendly event celebrating the opening of the holiday season. It features wagon rides, train rides, holiday arts and crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, live entertainment, and potos with Santa. 5-8pm at Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor, 707-838-1000  or  707-838-5942

Dec 13 ~ 4th Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition ~ Petaluma’s favorite holiday tradition is now in its third year. A festive, three-day community event featuring gingerbread houses on display and holiday cheer galore. Located in the beautiful, historic ballroom of the Hotel Petaluma. 1p at Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St. Petaluma. 707-559-3393 or 

Dec 6-8 ~ Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend ~ Korbel Champagne Cellars is known for its elaborate gift shop, complimentary tours and tastings, gourmet deli, gardens and gift packs.  Get your holiday shopping done early!  Great discounts on many of the best sellers. Santa’s visit, Sat & Sun from 2:30-4p. 10am-4:30pm at Korbel Champagne Cellars, 13250 River Road, Guerneville. INFO. or

Proceeds from 2019 Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique go to Jacob’s Fund, a scholarship fund at Pleasant Hill Christian School in Sebastopol. This is a self-guided tour, you will receive a map once you have purchased tickets. Photo: Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique

Dec 13-14 ~ Annual Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique! Ring in the holidays again this year with the 9th Annual Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour! Proceeds go to Jacob’s Fund, a scholarship fund at Pleasant Hill Christian School in Sebastopol. This is a self-guided tour, you will receive a map once you have purchased ticket(s). Tickets: 707-829-1729. See Description for price and times at   Sebastopol. INFO. 707-829-3722, Dennis Bolt,  or707-829-1729

Dec 14 ~ Holiday Celebration Party ~ Stop by the farm for your holiday gifts: wine tasting and sales, olive oil tasting and sales, seasonal produce, dried goods, olive oil soap, and so much more! 11a-3p at SRJC Shone Farm - Santa Rosa Junior College 7450 Steve Olson Ln, Forestville,707-535-3707

Dec 15 ~ 4th Annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights ~ Bundle up, and come down to Main Street to enjoy the 3rd annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights. See glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights. It will be fun for the whole family. All participants must register, and there is no fee to enter. Rain or Shine. Please show up an hour early at the park (start location). 6-7pm at  Main Street, Penngrove. NFO. 707-794-1516 or  email,e nrty form at  penngrovesocialfiremen.orgMedia Contact: Lyndi Brown 707 Kim Hanson, Parade organizer. 707 764-1516.


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