Here’s a round-up of some of the events and activities coming up this holiday season.
— Napa’s Christmas Parade
Napa’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade, is Saturday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m.The parade begins and ends at Second and School streets.Following the parade, Santa Claus will be in the “Big Chair on the Riverfront” to hear Christmas wishes.
— Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa for breakfast at the Silverado Resort and Spa Grill on Saturday, Nov. 25, , from 8 to 10 a.m. for annual holiday photos and wishes for Santa. Details, silveradoresort.com.
— The return of the Santa Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train is bringing back the Santa Train for children and adults from Nov. 18 to Dec. 29 (trains do not run on Dec. 24 or 25, ). A ride on the Santa Train includes games, sing-alongs with a cast of holiday-inspired characters, and hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. Details, winetrain.com/package/santa-trains/
— Holidays in Yountville
Through Dec. 31, Yountville lights up with thousands of twinkling holiday lights and holiday-related events, activities and performances, carriage rides through town, holiday movies, photos with Santa, wreath-making classes a Santa’s Workshop, gourmet food and wine walking tours, holiday cooking and cocktail classes, theater performances, ugly sweater parties, and SantaCon Yountville. Details, visit yountville.com/events/holidays-in-yountville/.
— Napa Bed and Breakfast Inn Holiday Tour
Innkeepers of Napa will hold their annual Bed and Breakfast Inn Holiday Tour on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit local charities. Ticket holders will be able to tour seven inns and the Capp Heritage tasting room and Deco Lounge all decorated for the holidays. At each stop there will be food, wine and entertainment. Tickets and info, napaholidaytour.com/
— Calistoga’s Christmas
Calistoga Holiday Village is on Friday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a community tree lighting, traditional carols, and photos taken with Santa Claus at Mount View Hotel.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Calistoga Christmas Faire at the Napa County Fairgrounds features artisan crafts, food and holiday activities to enjoy before heading downtown for the lighted Tractor Parade from 7-8 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue. Celebrating Calistoga’s agricultural heritage, vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment are bedecked with dazzling lights.
— The Reindeer Run
The seventh annual Reindeer Run on Saturday, Dec. 2, is a family-friendly three- or 6.5-mile run that begins and ends at the Wetlands Edge View Area Trail Head in American Canyon, and benefits KHOPE International, a local non-profit supporting children living in poverty here and abroad. Registration includes T-shirts for all participants. Pre-registration guarantees T-shirt size and availability will be limited the day of the event). Details, khopeinternational.org/ReindeerRun/
— Voices of the Season
VOENA children’s choir presents “Voices of the Season...Wonderland,” on Saturday, Dec. 9, , at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Details, lincolntheater.com
— Night Lights
Up to 10 original art works will light up the night sky for nine nights during the new the Napa Lighted Art Festival. A walking path of artwork shows light displays projected onto a variety of buildings throughout downtown Napa and the Oxbow district every evening from 5–10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 17.
— Trolley Tours
The popular Napa Valley Wine Trolley Holiday Light Tours return to downtown Napa, as a vintage cable car takes a ride through downtown Napa, accompanied by classic carols from the 1890s-1940s. The trolley departs from Oxbow Public Market on Fridays through Sundays, on Dec. 8, 9, and 10; Dec 15, 16, and 17; and on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from each tour will be donated to the Foster Children of Napa Valley. Details, NapaValleyWineTrolley.com
— Holiday Candlelight Tour
Napa County Landmarks presents the 28th annual Holiday Candlelight Tour on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2-6 p.m. This year’s tour is a self-led open house tour of eight houses of varying styles in the Riverside, Brown Street, Cross Street and Coombs Street neighborhoods that display historical or architectural significance, with help from homeowners and Napa County Landmark volunteer docents. Each house is decorated for the holidays, and refreshments and music will be offered at some of the properties. Advance tickets are $30 per person for members. A limited number tickets will also be available the day of the event at $40 per person and can be purchased at the ticket booth at the corner of Elm Street and Riverside Drive. NapaCountyLandmarks.org or call 707-255-1836.
— A Pioneer Christmas
The Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park holds its annual Bale Mill Pioneer Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in the handcrafts and old-time traditions to make pomanders and rosemary wreaths, string popcorn and cranberries, decorate gingerbread cookies, try your hand at writing a Christmas letter with a quill pen, twist jute into a rope or cut paper snowflakes. Visitors can watch demonstrate of pioneer crafts of lace making, wool spinning, and waxed egg decorating, gather around the woodstove to enjoy hot apple cider and cookies, help decorate the Mill’s Christmas tree and sing along with musicians and carolers. Admission is $5. Children under 6 are free. The Bale Grist Mill is located between Calistoga and St. Helena on Highway 29.
- A Hanukkah Hootenanny
Join Judd’s Hill Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny on Dec. 10, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sip current vintages and library wines, enjoy beef brisket sliders, an extravagant latke bar and traditional jelly doughnuts. Guests are encouraged to bring unwrapped new toys and canned (nonperishable) food items for donation to local Napa charities. Details, www.juddshill.com
— Teddy Bear Tea
Silverado Resort and Spa offers its annual Teddy Bear Tea Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional treats such as tea, scones, petit fours and sparkling wine. The tea includes a holiday puppet show, bear balloon twister and each child takes home a teddy bear stuffed toy. Details, silveradoresort.com.
— A Cool Yule
Mike Greensill, Sandy Riccardi and Kellie Fuller recreate a retro holiday special on stage with a mix of humorous, heart-warming and jazzy songs to get you into the holiday spirit on Thursday, Dec. 14, with two shows at Blue Note Napa at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$25. Advance reservations are recommended at www.bluenotenapa.com.
Blue Note Napa is at 1030 Main St. Napa.
— The Napa Valley ‘Nutcracker’
The Napa Regional Dance Company presents its 17th annual “The Nutcracker.” Enjoy the magic of this holiday tradition for audiences of all ages at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Performances are scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Details, lincolntheater.com.