Kid-friendly Holiday Activities in Wine Country

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
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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

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Photo: Courtesy of Cirque de Bohème

Cirque de Bohème at Cornerstone Sonoma

December 2

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

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Photo: Courtesy of Do Napa

Napa Christmas Parade

November 27

Enjoy the parade as it winds through downtown Napa, then head to the Archer Hotel to meet Santa.

More info: donapa.com

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Photo: Courtesy of the Meritage Collection

Ice Skating at Vista Collina Resort

Now – January 2

Glide into the holidays at a seasonal ice rink on the lawn at Vista Collina Resort in Napa.

More info: meritagecollection.com 

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Photo: Courtesy of MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

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

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Photo: Courtesy of Visit Calistoga

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 4

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

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Photo: Courtesy of Larson Family Winery

Larson Family Winery Holiday Open House

December 5

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

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Photo: Courtesy of Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

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

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ackerman Heritage House

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

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Petaluma

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

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