Nov 28, 2017
by Vesta Copestakes
Come on out to support Sonoma County farmers & producers who are opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet your farmers, vintners and artisan producers; cut down your own Christmas tree; shop for home-grown and handmade gifts; source ingredients for your holiday meals; see how cheese is made; greet farm animals; sample delicious food; and discover some of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets! Most of the stops are Free. All you need is transportation, a map of your route, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure. Register for free to Save The Date, and as we get closer to the event ticket holders will receive the list of participating farms with a link to an interactive map highlighting all of the offerings and destinations for each weekend. Your attendance will directly support our community and contribute to tangible wildfire relief efforts at participating destinations.
707-837-8896, Samantha Harmon, eventbrite.com/e/holidays-along-the-farm-trails, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa’s River Boat Arrival & Small Business Saturday by Petaluma Downtown Noon - 2p Enjoy live entertainment while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive by tug about noon. Stay for photos and Christmas wishes. After meeting Santa head downtown for some Christmas Shopping. When Santa arrives in Petaluma, he leaves his sleigh at home. Instead, he and Mrs. Claus make a uniquely Petaluma arrival. They sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat and dock at River Plaza Shopping Center on E.Washington to the cheers of hundreds of excited children. Petaluma Pete will be master of ceremonies. Families will enjoy live entertainment by the Pacific Empire Chorus while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive at noon. The Christmas couple are welcomed by costumed dancers from the Petaluma School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Then Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way across the shopping center parking lot where they are available for family photos in their special tent. Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list! Don’t let the fun stop there! Keep the festive mood flowing by making the short walk to historic downtown Petaluma for Shop Small special offers and activities.
Fri 6-9p & Sat 3-9p The Fabulous Women welcome you to their holiday extravaganza. Bid on magical trees decorated by local businesses, listen to Christmas Music, enter our raffle, shop at the holiday marketplace, enjoy the sweet shop, and take photos with Santa. Proceeds support charitable causes. thefabulouswomen.com Dec 1-28 - Petaluma City Lights Driving Tour ~ Take a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma. Maps available at the Petaluma Visitors Center or online by the end of November. Petaluma Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St. FREE.www.visitpetaluma.com/events/city-lights-driving-tour
11-5p - All day long, we’ll have fabulous shopping deals, festive holiday treats, horse & carriage rides from Putnam Plaza, balloon art, face painting & so much more. We hope to see you there 2016 Activities Included:Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from Putnam Plaza (129 Petaluma Blvd N.) from 12-4pm. Take an old-fashioned scenic ride through Historic Downtown Petaluma! Sponsored by Bradley Real Estate. Face painting in Putnam Plaza from 12am-4pm. Get in a festive holiday mood with complimentary face painting, courtesy of the Petaluma Downtown Association.Balloon Art Creations from Oliver Green Balloon Machine in Putnam Plaza from 12-4pm. Complimentary balloon art for the kids courtesy of the Petaluma Downtown Association.Pictures with Santa at the Lan Mart Building from 10am-5pm! Live Music at Flower Child Consignment featuring Brook & the Caterpillar Cookie Exchange with Sonoma Spice Queen beginning at 2pm sharp! Bring at least a dozen of you family favorites to share. Must bake to take. Santa Paws pet photos with Santa at Hotel Petaluma from 11-3pm. A free event, donations of $5 or more are accepted for the Petaluma Animal Service Foundation.The Apple Tree Morris Dancers will be performing downtown at the following locations:11:30am - Western Ave at Keller St. (210 Western Ave)12pm - Putnam Plaza (125 Petaluma Bld N.)1:50pm - Kentucky St. near Copperfield’s (140 Kentucky St.)
Start time TBA (707) 769-0429 www.visitpetaluma.com Dec 15-17 - Petaluma’s Annual Gingerbread House Showcase and Competition - Join in this delightful holiday tradition, now in its second year! Everyone is invited to participate in this festive three-day community event. Amazing Petaluma-made gingerbread houses will be on display all weekend - a delight for kids and adults alike! Vote for your favorite and help award the People’s Choice Award. An awards party wraps up the weekend on Sunday with lots of holiday fun. FREE Admission all three days. Open House 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, awards party Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St.FREE
Have you ever sat through A Christmas Carol and begged for a plot twist? A Christmas Carol meets Noises Off in this hilarious hit. A small professional theater company striving to maintain funding mistake an amateur actor for an NEA inspector and fawn all over him while still trying to mount their tired, yearly fundraiser production of A Christmas Carol. As more and more things go wrong, hilarity ensues. NOV 29 - DEC 10 Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. VIP tickets include a complimentary dessert and a glass of wine or other beverage. On Opening Night, enjoy a pre-show Victorian Holiday Celebration from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring carolers and traditional English punch, puddings, pies and cakes. You’ll need to purchase a VIP ticket to attend the pre-show festivities.
Sebastopol Downtown Association Nov 30 ` Tree Lighting & Santa Claus in Town Plaza - 5-8p Dec 9 ~ Demo Day & Tasting at Cultivate Home 186 N Main St Suite 120, Sebastopol Dec 9 ~ Bay Area Made Holiday Market at the Barlow Dec 16 ~ Sebastopol Holiday Fair - In the Town Square: Activities throughout the day including the Love Choir @ noon; a Menorah Lighting with Latkes & music at 7p; Food Truck and more. In Downtown - Free Tarot Readings at Milk & Honey, Live Music at Sagestone and Mazzy’s closet. Free activities for kids at Retrograde Coffee and Copperfield’s Books and many more activities around town. In the Barlow: Holiday-themed events and activities. During the month of December - Gift wrapping at the library. Find the Chrismas Gnome - returns to Downtown and the Barlow. FREE sebastopoldowntown.com/,email@example.com
When Marie’s godfather gives her a toy nutcracker for Christmas, she puts it under the Christmas tree just as a mouse scampers by. As we watch, the Nutcracker grows to life-size as a handsome soldier, the mouse grows into a man-size Mouse King, and Marie is transported to the land of the Sugarplum Fairies, where duels are fought and romance blossoms. Dec 1-2, 8-9 ~ 7:30p Dec 3, 10 ~ 2p
The public is invited to this popular annual community event! Enjoy a 37-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. NOTE: This event is entirely done in-house, with our Volunteers. We do not have space for outside vendors.
Special Celebrity Judge Nellie from Little House On the Prairie ~ Alison Arngrim For information on Float Entries or to Volunteer, please contact the Chamber at (707) 869-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come celebrate the spirit of the holiday season Saturday, December 2nd 10:30am - 3:30pm Shop for Local Arts and Crafts 11am - 3pm Family Holiday Faire 12pm, 1pm, 2pm Puppet show: The Wandering Travelers 3:30pm Circus Waldissima Performance Shop local artisan vendors, make crafts, enjoy live entertainment, along with warm food, beverages, and treats. The Snowflake Shoppe will be open for children to purchase small handmade treasures for loved ones. Admission is $2 at the door (cash or check only), Craft Activities range from $1 to $6, Circus Admission is $7 per person Parking information: Once the school parking lot is full, a shuttle will be available from Willowside Middle School on the corner of Hall and Willowside Roads.
Heavy Hors D’oeuvresHot Chocolate ~ Spiced Apple Cider, all furnished & served by the staff & owners of D&G and RRVH. Monetary donations for the Russian River Community Food Pantry are welcome! D&G and RRVH contribute 100% of the proceeds… and no deductions are made for the cost of this event. One Place for All Your Rental Needs: Vacation Short Term/Furnished Long Term Commercial Office/Retail Over 30 Years’ experience providing Residential & Commercial Property Management and Vacation Home Rentals. Modern Cloud-based Management Software Fast Tenant Screening & Maintenance/Repairs Convenient Online Access for Owner & Tenant Connected with over 30+ rental networking sites
Feel the joy of holiday music performed by the renowned Petaluma Chorale, a community choir sponsored by SRJC Community Education. Enjoy a variety of choral music certain to be entertaining and uplifting for your entire family.
$12 general; $10 senior/students; Children 12 & under free; Tues. 7:30pm; Sat. 3pm;, Petaluma Valley Baptist Church,580 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy, Petaluma, 480-226-9157
Ring in the holidays again this year with the 7th 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). Dec 8 ~ 6:00-9:00pm Night Tour:Enjoy the lights of the season, festive music and treats. Friday tickets include Saturday, so you can take your time enjoying the homes and boutique! Dec 9 ~ 10:00 AM-5:00 (rain or shine) Day Tour Tickets: • $45 Friday night and Saturday (limited to first 75 sold)
• $35 Saturday adult, $10 kids. Saturday all day. (After Nov. 30 adults are $40)
• Family Special: Buy 4 or more tickets for $30 each (until Nov. 30)
• Buy tickets online:http://sebastopolholidayhometour.com
• Buy tickets by phone: (707) 829-1729
• Buy tickets via email:email@example.com
• On the days of the event, buy tickets at the school Dec 8 ~ 5:00 PM-9:00 PM; Dec 9 ~ 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Dec 10 ~ 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Free Artisan Boutique open all weekend.
Polar Express- A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter.Popcorn, cookies and drinks will be available to purchase.
Featuring performances by the Guerneville Elementary Band and Choir, the West County Charter Band and Choir as well as the El Molino High School Band and Choir. The Winter Concert includes Holiday favorites as well as some classical and pop songs.
$10, 7:00p El Molino High School,7050 Covey Rd, Forestville, 707-824-6550, elmolino.org/
Come join Santa and his elves for a yummy breakfast of eggs, sausage, & pancakes! Finish it off with delicious coffee and hot cocoa. Each child will also have the opportunity to do arts & crafts, and will receive a gift from the Mr. Claus before they leave. This is sure to be a fun family event and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. This year, we will be offering two breakfast times. Please indicate which time you’d like to attend when you register. Choose which time you would like to have breakfast and then use the rest of the time to visit with Santa and make crafts with the elves.
$12 (Children 2 and under free), 9:00 AM Cotati Room, 216 East School Street, next to the Police Dept., Cotati, 707-795-5508
Join us for the 12th 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!
WHERE: Rancho Mark West - 7125 St. Helena Road, northeast of Santa Rosa. From Santa Rosa: take Highway 12 towards Sonoma and go left at Calistoga Road. Take Calistoga Road 3.3 miles up and over a short grade (approx. 5 minutes from intersection with Highway 12). Turn right at St. Helena Road. 7125 St. Helena Road is approximately 2.6 miles from the intersection with Calistoga Road. You will know you are almost there when you emerge into a clearing of Christmas Trees on the right. From Sonoma take a right on Calistoga Road and follow the above instructions. Turn into the driveway and look for LandPaths staff to direct you to parking. Allow 25 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa.
CARPOOL OPTION (highly encouraged): An UNSTAFFED carpool to the Rancho Mark West will be leaving the Maria Carrillo High School parking lot, 6975 Montecito Blvd in east Santa Rosa. Please arrive by 11:45 to arrange a ride. CARPOOLING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AT THE EVENT. To get to Maria Carrillo from downtown Santa Rosa, take Hwy 12 east to Calistoga Road. Go left on Calistoga Road to Montecito Blvd. Turn left and look for open gate at second school lot entrance. Turn into lot and meet other carpoolers at corner of the lot closest to Rincon Valley Community Park and the Library—on Montecito Blvd. Side (away from Maria Carillo buildings). Rancho Mark West is about a ten minute drive from the high school.
WHEN: We’ll meet at 12pm on Saturday, December 9th, and plan to finish our holiday gathering by 4pm.
DETAILS DETAILS: 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. This is an “Open House” style event. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver when you arrive. No pets or smoking are permitted and absolutely no smoking pets! There are outhouse/portolet restrooms on site.
WHAT TO BRING/QUE TRAER: warm clothing in layers, water, snacks, Your own re-useable cup, plate, & utensils, chair, potluck dish to share, clippers (we recommend you label yours!), wreath-making additions, instruments if you wish. Give our planet a helping hand & help us make this a “no waste” event! Don’t forget your re-useable plate, cup, & utensils! Please also plan on taking your potluck dish home with you so that our staff are not overloaded with leftovers ;).
Join us for the Santa Rosa Santa Run! The Santa Rosa Santa Run brings a day of fun for the whole family with a 5k Run/Walk (timed) and Merry Mile (not timed), and a festive finish in Santa Rosa with cookies, milk and music. We encourage all participants to dress up as Santa Claus (one Santa suit is provided per registration entry) or one of your favorite holiday characters or traditions. Costume ideas include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidels, menorahs, ornaments, trees, and candlesticks. The ideas are limitless, and can even be done as a group! 5K run/walk begins at 9:00am; Merry Mile starts immediately following the 5K. Register online at: http://santarosasantarun.com
Let’s get together and partake in one of the largest holiday parties to hit most major cities. Grab your Santa hat and get as festive as you want as we support local businesses and continue to raise money for fire victims across Sonoma County. Let’s help spread some holiday cheer with some beer and be safe while supporting the rebuild of Sonoma County! Ticket profits will go towards a number of relief funds in order to help rebuild Sonoma County and ensure a joyful holiday season! PLEASE READ THE EVENT GUIDELINES HERE:www.santacon.info/about.html
$10, 3:00p - 7:00p, Beer Baron, 614 4th Street, Santa Rosa, eventbrite.com/e/santa-rosa-santacon-tickets-39536628119
Join with our community at this traditional and festive holiday event! “Christmas at the Mission” is on Saturday, December 9th. Program times: 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm. All ages welcome. Ticket Release for “Christmas at the Mission” ~ Saturday, November 18, 10:00am-Noon. Ticket distribution is at the Mission. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. A suggested donation of $2.50/per ticket supports interpretation and preservation of the Sonoma State Historic Park.
5:00p Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 East Spain Street, Sonoma
Museums of Sonoma County present a winter crafts event for families! Try a woodworking project, make wooden elves, pomanders, and beeswax candles. See the History Museum’s annual woodworking exhibit, Artistry in Wood, and shop the Art Sale at the Art Museum. General admission applies. Museum members and children 12 and under are free. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
You’re invited to a free holiday celebration for the entire family at the Charles Schulz Museum! Join us for a multi-activity Chanukah-themed event for families with young children. Decorate a marshmallow dreidel; get your picture taken with David the Dreidel; make your own menorah; color your own menorah drip mat, see how many dreidels you can spin at the same time, taste delicious gourmet olive oils by BR Cohn, and more. Enjoy a live interactive performance with the amazing Octopretzel Children’s Musical Troupe. Adults will have a chance to enter the FREE raffle for three gift baskets. All are welcome! FREE! 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane. Santa Rosa95403 Contact: Carol Appel, CarolA@sfjcf.org, 415-847-2992 https://jewishfed.org/
FREE, 11:00 AM - 1:30p, Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 415-847-2992
God Jul and Happy Holidays! Linnea Lodge #504 celebrates its 90th year with their yearly Santa Lucia Festival in Petaluma. A smorgasbord dinner will be served and there will be a traditional Santa Lucia procession along with a visit from Santa! Open to members and non-members alike. Children are encouraged to participate in the pageant procession.Come celebrate the Christmas season with some Scandinavian tradition! Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 415-990-3882. We hope to see you there! Price: $10 - $28 Members $25. Non Members $28. Children 6-14 $10. 5 and under FREE
Enjoy Food; wine; hot cider and Music by New Grange Jam Band. Bluegrass with a holiday theme.
A Chanukah Celebration with live music, grand menorah lighting, hot latkes, gelt, dreidels, and more!
FREE, 5:00p Oakville Grocery, Healdsburg, jewishsonoma.com/
A three-day holiday event for the whole community, featuring a gingerbread house showcase and competition. Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win! Showcase opens on Friday, festivities wrap on Sunday with a big bash.
FREE, Hotel Petaluma, 205 Kentucky St, Petaluma, 707-559-3393
Swirling snowflakes. Brave toy soldiers. Dancing dolls. Whether you are seeing it again or for the very first time, The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to the magical world of a girl named Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky and featuring new choreography by incoming Artistic Director Joshua Trader, you’re invited you to spread the joy, share the magic, create an annual tradition, and make memories to cherish for years to come. Friday, Dec 15 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, visit the Spreckels Performing Arts Center Box Office or call 707-588-3400.
Petaluma School of Ballet presents a full-length Nutcracker Ballet December 15-17 at Evert B. Person Theater at Sonoma State University. For dates and times and ticket information call 707-762-3972 or visitwww.petalumaschoolofballet.com.
During Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies in to the Pacific Coast Air Museum on a helicopter to greet all the kids and listen to their Christmas wishes. There are lots of additional things to see and do during this very popular event. Look inside these vintage aircraft, and learn about their history from the crews who have lovingly restored them. Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are your chance to get up close to selected aircraft and look inside. We raise the canopies and open the doors to give you an unobstructed view so you can see what a genuine fighter plane, attack plane, transport, helicopter, or other type is like from the inside!
Free, 10:00 AM - 4:00p, Pacific Coast Air Museum, One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa, 707-575-7900, pacificcoastairmuseum.org/events/open-cockpit-december-16/
A Chanukah Celebration with live music, grand menorah lighting, hot latkes, gelt, dreidels, and more! FREE, 7:00p Downtown Plaza, Sebastopol,jewishsonoma.com/
Celebrate the season with performances by the choir, bell choir, worship ensemble and small groups. Join in the singing of your favorite carols. Works range from Gregorian chant and Vivaldi to traditional spiritual and John Rutter
FREE; 6:30p, 6:30pFirst Presbyterian Church of Petaluma, 939 B Street., Petaluma, 707-762-8269, petalumafirst.com
Join us for the third annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma River! ✡ Mega-Nine-Foot Menorah ✡ Spectacular Fire Juggling Performance ✡ Latkes, Donuts, and Chocolate “gelt” ✡ Chanukah Craft, Music, Grand Raffle ✡ Special Chanukah Giveaway for first 50 Kids!
Bundle up, and come down to Main Street to enjoy the second annual Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 17th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. You’ll 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. Please show up an hour early at the park. To join us in this event, go to JavAmore Café or contact Kim for your entry form at 794-1516 or email email@example.com 6:00p - 7:00p,Main Street, Penngrove, 707-794-1516
As of 11/7/17 there are 20 tickets left! Join Starhawk and friends for this ritual where we honor the turning of the wheel.At the darkest time of the year, when all hope seems lost, we can support each other and work with our communities to improve ourselves and the world around us.We will call upon Freya as the compassionate warrior to help bring justice, change, and revolution.
When: December, 17th doors open at 6:30, ritual begins at 7pm
Where: Sebastopol Grange Hall
Tickets: In advance tickets are $10 to $20 sliding scale available now through the link below OR in person purchase at Milk & Honey, 123 N Main Street Sebastopol. IF tickets remain at the door prices will go up $25 to $50.This event will sell out, please make sure you purchase tickets in advance! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095687
$10 to $20 sliding scale, 6:30p - 9:30p, Sebastopol Grange #306, 6000 Sebastopol Rd. Hwy 12, Sebastopol, 707-573-6049, Dani Phoenix Oatfield, brownpapertickets.com/event/3095687, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the 26th annual presentation of the Sebastopol Nutcracker at Analy High School Theater. This production of The Nutcracker ballet features professional guest artists and over 75 local dancers.The Sebastopol Nutcracker has been a family tradition since 1992. Members of the audience have often described the production as “the best in Sonoma County” and a “must see tradition to kick off the holiday season.”
THE NUTCRACKER STORY: The ballet takes place on Christmas Eve many years ago and tells the story of a girl named Clara. During a party with family and friends, she receives the gift of a Nutcracker from the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer. Later that night, the Nutcracker and other toys come alive and enter into a battle with the Mouse Queen and her minions. After vanquishing the mice, the Nutcracker transforms into a Prince and takes Clara on a magical adventure through the Land of Sweets.
SHOW: SFriday, December 22, 7:00pmSaturday, December 23, 11:00am and 4:00pm Sunday, December 24, 11:00am
SUGAR PLUM PARTY: Enjoy the complimentary Sugar Plum Party for children before each matinee show. Meet the dancers in their costumes and indulge in sweet treats! The Party starts at 10:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am on Sunday.
TICKETS: $15-25 in advance and $20-30 at the door.
MORE INFORMATION(707) 824-8006
$15-$30, Analy High School Theater, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol, 707-824-8006
Join with your neighbors to sing Christmas carols led by the First Presbyterian Flute Choir. Dress warm and bring a flashlight.
FREE; 7:30p, 7:30p First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma., Walnut Park,4th & D Streets, 707-762-8269, petalumafirst.com
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