Best Things to Do in Wine Country 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, New Year celebrations, and caviar! Less researching and more having fun. (And getting into the holiday spirit!) Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Calistoga Tractor Parade, courtesy of Visit Calistoga
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Photo: Courtesy of Harmon Guest House

“Histories/Futures” Art Installation at Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg

Now through March 2022

A series of murals by multi-disciplinary artist, curator and educator, Jessica Martin, fill the property’s hallways with warm colors and shapes inspired from nature.

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Photo: Courtesy of Bardessono Hotel & Spa

Latkes Throw Down at Bardessono Hotel & Spa

December 2

Who makes the best latkes in Yountville? Head to Bardessono Hotel & Spa to find out. Watch the friendly competition, then taste latkes prepared by Executive Chef Jim Leiken and other Napa Valley favorites. Attendees are asked to RSVP by emailing

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Photo: Courtesy of MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

12 Nights of Marvel at MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

December 3 – 19

Open to guests of the hotel as well as the public, events include a stollen cooking class, bulb garden floral workshop, gold leaf workshop, S’mores making, candlelit sculpture tour, and meet-up with Santa!

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Photo: Courtesy of Bacchus Landing

Holiday Bazaar at Bacchus Landing

December 4

Get your holiday shopping out of the way and taste wine from a handful of small, family-run wineries.

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Photo: Courtesy of Visit Calistoga

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 4

Cancelled last year due to the pandemic, this Napa Valley holiday favorite is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Expect more twinkle along Lincoln Avenue than ever before.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Healdsburg

Holiday Tea at Hotel Healdsburg

December 4 – 19 (Saturdays & Sundays)

Enjoy custom blend teas, wine and classic cocktails served with housemade pastries, (think brown butter scones, chocolate biscotti, and pistachio-blueberry financiers) savory finger sandwiches, (How does truffled egg salad and Dungeness crab tart sound?) and other holiday fare from the hotel’s Dry Creek Kitchen restaurant. There’s also cider and hot chocolate for kids and kids at heart.

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Photo: Courtesy of J Vineyards

The Caviar Collective at J Vineyards & Winery

December 5

Six different caviars presented on prepared dishes, paired with the Healdsburg winery’s sparkling wines. Bubbles and caviar — how can you go wrong?

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Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Winery

Holiday Tour & Tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery

December 6 – 16

This festive wine tasting experience includes caviar and hors d’oeuvre wine pairings, artisan cheese, Jordan’s Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, holiday cookies and homemade ganache TCHO hot cocoa.

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Photo: Courtesy of River Terrace Inn

River Terrace Inn Santa Paws Yappy Hour

December 15

Round up your four-legged friends and come out to a beautiful riverfront setting for cocktails and snacks for people and pups. Costumes are definitely encouraged. Be sure to RSVP as event space is limited.

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Photo: Courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

Kenny G

December 30 & January 1

Iconic downtown Napa jazz club, Blue Note Napa is celebrating its reopening with a fantastic December lineup including GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G. All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated to enjoy the performance.

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