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Scene From the Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade.
Scene From the Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade.

Tree Lighting and Light Shows

Nov 21, 2019


Nov 19 - Winter Lights Downtown Tree Lighting ~ Winter Lights, downtown Santa Rosa’s annual tree lighting event, brings the community together to celebrate the holidays with activities for all ages. The evening starts with the arrival of Santa Claus on top of a fire truck. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone’s invited to have their picture taken with Santa in the City of Santa Rosa’s Out There Welcome Wagon. There will be delicious food and beverages from local hot spots and food trucks, including beer and wine for the grown-ups and free hot chocolate and cookies for the kiddos. Ornament painting, cookie decorating, storytime with Mrs. Claus, live performances … there’s a lot see and do before the main event. The festivities are particularly special to those who participate in the Remembrance Candle Lighting and Tree Lighting portion of the night. Over 30 years ago, Sutter Care at Home began the person-to-person candle lighting tradition in honor of loved ones who are no longer with us. After all the candles are lit, the countdown begins to illuminate the grand tree with thousands of color-changing LED lights. This beloved celebration is traditionally held on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Head downtown for the fun and lights.

Nov 28 ~ Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony~ We invite both guests and locals to join us at sundown (5:30pm) the evening of Saturday, November 28, 2019 for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Join us around the 100- year old historic sycamore tree that graces the resort’s main entrance, for a spectacular “light show” featuring thousands of snow-white twinkling LED lights, entertainment, and hot beverages. Be sure to check out the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers 365 wine bottle 10’ Christmas tree in the adorned resort lobby. Our guest of honor will be an exceptional student ambassador from our local Adopt-A-School, El Verano Elementary. Don’t miss the Inn’s annual Tree of Hope fund-raising campaign benefitting Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. 5pm. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma. INFO. 707-938-9000 or 800-257-7544 or,  Michelle Heston, 707-939-2407

Nov 30 ~ An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Duncans Mills ~ Visit the Many Shops for Gift Giving Ideas. Enjoy Wine Tasting, Music, Food & Good Cheer. Santa Arrives By Fire Truck at 1p, Christmas Caroling at 2pm Sat. 1-5pm at Duncans Mills.    707- 865-1318

Nov 30 ~ Holiday Tree Light Ceremony ~  Petaluma Pete and the jolly presence of Santa Claus. 5:30p-7:30p, Theater Square, 2nd & C St, Petaluma,  707-762-9348,

Theater square Plaza treel lighting event in Petaluma.

Nov 30 ~ Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade ~ Come see the tree light up and stay for the Tractor Parade. Don’t forget to stop by and get some gifts for you or a friend at the Downtown Merchants’ open house. Caroling and Santa. 4:30-8p, Downtown Geyserville Park and Ride Plaza, Geyserville,  707-276-6067  or,

Forestville Tree all lit up.Dec 1 ~ Forestville Tree Lighting ~ Hosted by The Forestville Chamber of Commerce. Bring your donation of cookies to share and join us as we light the tree and visit with Santa Claus! There will be music and good cheer under our town oaks! 4pm. Downtown Forestville. More info:

Nov 29 - Dec 22 ~ Festival of LightsEach winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 10th annual Festival of Lights will run rain or shine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 29 through December 22. Adult tickets are just $10 and children age 16 and under attend for free thanks to the funds raised by our spectacular annual benefit, the Festival of Lights Gala. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway 1,Fort Bragg, CA 95437 INFO:

Dec 1-30 ~  City of lights driving Tour~ Take the self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma. Map available at the Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St. and online. Free. INFO. 707-769-0429 

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

Dec 5 ~ Sebastopol Holiday Tree Lighting ~ We will have carriage rides, cookies, hot drinks, music, ballet and our tree will be lit at 7pm followed by Santa arriving on a fire  truck. Please bring your camera if you would like a picture with Santa. We will be collecting donations for our local Humane Society  5-8p, Sebastopol Town Plaza,707-823-3032, INFO.  or,


Dec 7 ~ Traditional Healdsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony~ This ceremony is to signify the start of the Christmas season. Free. 5p at Healdsburg Ave & Matheson St, Healdsburg. INFO., It is put on by St. Joseph Hospice. 

Dec 7 ~ 37th Annual Holiday Lights Celebration ~Free pictures with Santa Claus on his sleigh courtesy of the Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers Association. Holiday Music provided by Rancho Cotate High School Marching Band and Choir. Complimentary holiday treats and refreshments. Lots of fun kid's activities too! Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6p. 5-7p at City Center Plaza, 475 City Center Dr., Rohnert Park

Parade of lights truck in downtown Guerneville.Dec 7 ~ The 18th Annual Russian River Holiday Parade of Lights ~ Theme "Cartoons on Main”. 7p at Downtown Guerneville, Main Street. 

Windsor town holiday celebration.Dec 5 ~ Windsor Tree lightning ~ Come watch the tree light up and take some photos with Santa. Arts and crafts, Snow and more. 5-8pm at Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor. INFO.707-838-1000 or707-838-5942

Dec 6 ~ Winter Festival & Holiday Tree Lighting~ Presented by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Cloverdale Lions Club, Cloverdale welcomes the holidays with the annual Winter Festival & Holiday Tree Lighting. Activities include gingerbread "people" decorating in the Plaza, live music, vendors with homemade wares, carolers, holiday open houses at downtown businesses and a myriad of other things. Family friendly and will definitely get you into the holiday spirit! 4:30-8:30p at Downtown Cloverdale, Downtown Plaza and Cloverdale Blvd. INFO. Neena Hanchett,  707-894-4470 or or .

Dec 6 ~ Cotati Holiday Tree Lighting ~ Food and booths. 4-8p at Downtown Cotati, 8167 La Plaza, Cotati

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.  INFO. 707-794-1516 or email, enrty form at,  Media Contact: Lyndi Brown 707 795-1107   Kim Hanson, Parade organizer.  707 764-1516.



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