It’s hard for many folks to believe, but Wine Country loves kids. If you’ve been on the fence about a trip with kids in tow, rest assured, there’s no need for a babysitter. Whether sipping wine or hot cocoa, Napa Valley and Sonoma County make you feel festive. From ice skating and gingerbread, to quality time with Santa, these are some of our favorite family-friendly wine countries events. Enjoy!
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Yountville Chamber of Commerce
Holidays in Yountville
November 21 – January 1
An annual tradition that stretches for more than six weeks, Holidays in Yountville offers the brightest cheer in Napa Valley Wine Country. Amidst the festive glow of tens of thousands of twinkling lights, the big guy himself kicks things off at Town & Tree Lighting, before moving to Santa’s Village in the center of town for endless photo opportunities.
More info: yountville.com
Cirque de Bohème at Cornerstone Sonoma
A fun twist on a French circus tradition, Cirque de Bohème combines magicians, mimes, jugglers and more with music and mystery. Shows are held in a circus tent and are limited to 100 people.
More info: cirquedeboheme.com
12 Nights of Marvel at MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa
Select Evenings Now – December 19
Go one night to enjoy holiday caroling, another to make the ultimate cup of hot cocoa at the Luxe Hot Chocolate & Affogato Cart, and yet again to say hello to Santa. Open to guests of MacArthur Place as well as the public, each of the 12 Nights of Marvel MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa have a different festive focus.
More info: macarthurplace.com
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade
This much-loved tradition is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021! Tractors, floats and farm equipment of all shapes and sizes get decked out in holidays lights and parade down Lincoln Avenue.
More info: visitcalistoga.com
Larson Family Winery Holiday Open House
This should make every parent jolly. Along with booking a wine tasting at Larson Family Winery during the annual Holiday Open House, you can book a professional photography session of your kids with Santa. Images are delivered digitally after the event.
More info: larsonfamilywinery.com
Luther Burbank Holiday Open House
December 4 - 5
Now in its 41st year, the Holiday Open House at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is a Santa Rosa tradition. An abundance of Christmas greenery and big red bows give the historic property a magical feel.
More info: lutherburbank.org
Charles Dickens Christmas with Santa
December 5, December 18
Enjoy some private, one-on-one time with jolly old Saint Nicholas at The Ackerman Heritage House in downtown Napa. The late 1800s Victorian mansion will be adorned for the holidays; 15-minute time slots give families plenty of time to snap photos while little ones remind Santa of their Christmas wish list.
More info: ackermanfamilyvineyards.com
5th Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition at Hotel Petaluma
December 17 – 19
Bakers and creators of all ages are encouraged to showcase their sugar-coated talents at this merry community event. Gingerbread house entries will be showcased in the Hotel Petaluma Goldman Ballroom for all to see; awards will be given in a wide range of age categories.
More info: hotelpetaluma.com