Best Things to Do in Sonoma County This December

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in Wine Country? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated the top events this month including holiday lights, spirited sips, and Santa! Less researching and more having fun. (And getting into the holiday spirit!) Enjoy!

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Drag on Ice

December 1

You can’t miss the 2nd annual Drag on Ice performance at Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square. Presented by MILK, the ice skating diva and former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show will include Bay Area local queens Princess Panocha and Tia Pila, along with the duo act of Shania and Maria Twampson.

More info: Eventbrite 

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Holiday Tea at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen

December 2 – 23, Saturdays & Sundays

Enjoy tea, wine, and cocktails served with pastries, dainty finger sandwiches, and holiday fare from Dry Creek Kitchen. A non-alcoholic version is available for accompanying kiddos.

More info:

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Sippin’ Santa at the Flamingo Resort & Spa

Now through December 31

Celebrate the holidays with a tropical twist at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa. The SippinSanta pop-up bar boasts festive decor, kitchy drinkware, and, of course, Tiki-inspired cocktails. 

More info:

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Photo: Courtesy of Tenaya Fleckenstein

Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux French Bakery

Every Saturday in December

Grab a photos of the kids (or kids-at-heart) with Santa and pick up some holiday goodies. Feel like you need more time to discuss your Christmas list with Santa? Email him directly at

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Petaluma’s Annual Holiday Maker's Fair

December 5

One-stop-shopping for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by wine country artists. Organized by the folks from Barber Cellars and Barber Lee Spirits. Admission is free, but timed tickets are required.

More info:

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Photo: Courtesy of Ram’s Gate Winery

A Night in Monte Carlo at Ram’s Gate Winery

Walk down a red carpet, drink wine, dine on delicious food and play games of chance while listening to big band sounds of Radio Gatsby. Guests who bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Redwood Empire Food Bank will be entered to win a magnum bottle of wine.

More info:

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Petaluma

Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

December 15 – 17

The creativity and architectural prowess is smile inducing. Previous year’s events at Hotel Petaluma have attracted more than 100 sugar covered entries.

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Sonoma County? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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