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What's Up in Windsor - December 2015 - Tina Castelli


What's Up in Windsor - December 2015 - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

There is a lot to do in Windsor at Holiday Time! 

The Town of Windsor comes out to the Heart of the Community, the Windsor Town Green for their annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 3rd from 5-8 pm. In addition to the lighting of the Town tree and the arrival of Santa there is plenty to keep the whole family busy. Live Holiday Concert on the Sparks Stage from 5-7, horse and carriage rides $3, Jingle Bell wagon rides and train rides only $1, craft workshops and gingerbread cookie decorating for children and photos with Santa for $8. The Windsor Farmers Market vendors will be supplying dinner and treats for the evening. Choices will include meat pies from BurtoNZ Bakery, Hot Dogs from the WHS Boosters, Hot cups of soup from the Market and Santa Rosa Seafood, cookies, cakes, hot coffee and cocoa from Cavaliere’s Bakery & Café Noto and Kettle Korn made on site from Just Popped Up!

Windsor People4Parks will be presenting the opening of the annual Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove with 200 locally decorated trees. The Grove is open from December 3rd to the 31st with colorful lighting and holiday music while you meander through all the decorated trees. The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special movie and the release of the new “Peanuts Movie” with special activities. “Family Fridays” are planned for December 4th, 11th and 18th. These 3 Friday evenings will include live holiday music from 5-7 pm with WHS Jazz Band, Memory Lane Trio and Vintage Revival quartet. Many old downtown businesses are open for shopping and dining. There will be Crafts for Kidz with the Windsor Farmers Market Kidz Dig It Club and mulled cider and treats. On Friday night the 18th at 7 pm there will be a free showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” TV movie in the Huerta Gym. WHS Boosters will have popcorn and drinks available. On the weekends participate in Family Scavenger Hunts and win prizes like 2 for 1 skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice and discounts from local Downtown merchants. Check the website for all the details and like the Facebook page at Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. 

Santa’s Red Mailbox on the Town Green

Kids drop your letters to Santa in the big red mailbox on the Town Green starting Dec 3rd. Please address to Santa at the North Pole and include a return address. Santa will do his best to answer every letter he receives.

Windsor’s own Santa Tim – Making a Difference,  One Child at a Time - That is the motto for a non-profit charity founded by Windsor contractor Tim Oxford that helps families in Windsor and all over Sonoma County at holiday time. You will always be greeted with a smile and a hug when you meet Tim (aka Santa Tim). Don’t let his tall strong lumberjack build fool you. He has the demeanor of a friendly elf and it seems there is sweetness in his blood. Hey, maybe he really is Santa? Santa Tim was raised in San Diego and came to Windsor in 1983 and has owned his own contracting company for 32 years. He is well known in Sonoma County for stepping up when he hears of a need that he is able to fill. The Santa Tim program works annually with organizations like The Living Room, a relief spot for homeless women and children, California Children Services and Sonoma County Maternal Child in addition to local churches and other non-profits who need the Holiday expertise of Santa Tim.

The Santa Tim program provides gifts, food and other support to children and their families that have limited resources and to many who are living below the poverty level. His biggest holiday appearance is with California Children Services where he provides gifts to hundreds of families of special-needs and disabled children. Last year Santa Tim gave over 1,700 gifts with the help of his Elf friends who help him collect and wrap the gifts. Many testimonials on his website show what a blessing the program has been to many in Sonoma County for the last 24 years.

Santa Tim hosts an annual fundraising event in October called, “Christmas in October Dinner Dance”. The event includes cocktails, dinner, live band, dancing and lots of giving by local individuals and businesses. Santa Tim relies on the support he gets from the community to make his giving goals a reality. Visit his website at, if you would like to join in the happy giving experience that Santa Tim provides. Windsor thanks Tim Oxford for being the spirit and hard work behind the Santa Tim program. He lives with the true meaning of the Holidays in his heart year around.