November 20-22, 2015Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire – Napa, CA
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free
The Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire brings together 85 local and regional artists showcasing their crafts, artwork, holiday wares, and gourmet foods. Find holiday gifts for friends and family while trying food from some of the best local chefs. For the guests with a sweet tooth, the bake sale is a must. Get cookies, brownies, cakes, and other tasty treats baked fresh by the local non-profit Napa Valley Lion’s Club.
November 25, 2015“An Irish Christmas” Musical – Napa, CA
Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.; $35 – $55 for select seating
Napas’ Uptown Theatre blends the holiday spirit with Celtic history in this musical performance. Learn about Irish holiday traditions in a folk theater setting. This production showcases Irish music, dancing, and mythology. You will leave the show with tapping feet and a newfound taste for the catchy tunes from the Old Country!
November 27, 2015Annual Festival of Lights in Yountville – Yountville, CA
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Tasting bracelets available for $25 and include a souvenir wine glass. Designated drivers and under 21 visitors get food and non-alcoholic beverages for $15. Free for children under 12.
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride with friends or family during the Annual Festival of Lights held in downtown Yountville. The festival features carolers, photos with Santa and the elves, and lots of prizes that you could win donated from local shops. Give back to the community through the silent auction that benefits children’s programs in the Yountville area and bring extra toys to donate to the Napa County Toy Drive.
If you are into great food and wine, this is the festival for you. Food samples from Yountville restaurants are paired with decadent wine tastings from over 24 award-winning Napa wineries. Finally, the town counts down to the namesake event: Lighting up thousands of strands of holiday lights throughout the town at the end of the festival.
December 5, 2015Winter Wonderland: A Clif Family Holiday Party – St. Helena, CA
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; $35 for club members, $50 for general admission
Join Clif Family Winery for their annual holiday party, where you can taste their first release of a sparkling wine along with some of their classic vintages, including the 2013 Bici Rhone Style Red Blend. Live music fills the air as Chef John McConnell, the on-site culinary master for the vineyard, gives tips and techniques on mastering some of his favorite seasonal recipes. Guests can sample these small bites while enjoying carefully curated wine pairings. Wear your favorite winter white outfits and deck yourself in some seasonal sparkles to get into the holiday spirit at this Napa Valley event.
December 5, 2015Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga – Calistoga, CA
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Free
Celebrate the agricultural history of Calistoga with trucks, tractors, and other farm equipment parading down Main Street, all decked out in festive lights and garland. Bring the kids to meet Santa, shop for gifts at local Calistoga businesses, and enjoy a warm cup of cider. While the parade only lasts an hour, Calistoga shops participate in the holiday celebration all day long.
December 5, 2015Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event – Napa, CA
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; $75 per person
Tour through eight of Napa County’s most luxurious bed and breakfasts, enjoying wine and food from Napa restaurants and vineyards as you go. Proceeds from the tour go to several local charities, including Clinic Ole, Community Resources for Children, Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter, Napa Food Bank, and ParentsCAN. Pamper yourself and make a reservation to stay in one of these Napa Bed and Breakfasts after the event.
December 5, 2015The 5th Annual Reindeer Run – American Canyon, CA
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; $35 for 3 miles, $40 for 6.5 miles. Price includes race T-shirt.
Put on your antlers and dress up in holiday costumes for this festive marathon. Take the kids and participate in the 3-mile run (walking is absolutely fine, too!) or test your endurance with the 6.5-mile distance. Proceeds benefit KHOPE International, a nonprofit that helps support women and children living in poverty both locally and worldwide.
December 5, 2015Viader Vineyards & Winery Holiday Open House & Special Tasting – Deer Park, CA
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Free
Savor limited edition wines at Viader Vineyards & Winery during their holiday open house, paired with homemade sweets by Executive Chef Mariela Viader. While the open house is free of charge, this is a great chance to take home a few bottles of your favorite reserve wines. The vineyard offers special discount pricing during the event.
December 12-13, 2015Santa’s Helpers Napa Holiday Gift Faire – Napa, CA
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Free
More than 100 local artisans gather at the expo center, displaying art, home goods, foods, jewelry, crafts, and antiques. Get in the holiday spirit with live music performed by groups of wandering carolers. After shopping, take the kids over for pictures with Santa and finish the day with ice skating in the public rink located right across the street.
Follow our guide of holiday events in Napa Valley to plan your trip to this classic wine region. The area hosts a wide array of seasonal events that are fun for the whole family. However, if you need a break from Santa, you can always take a romantic tour of the local vineyards to sample some of the best wines in the country.