Snowmen, Santa & Snoopy – Kid Friendly Bay Area Holiday Celebrations

From Victorian crafts and carolers to parades featuring lighted tractors, our community offers so many fun kid friendly celebrations this time of year.  Here are a few ideas:

November 19, 5:30-7:30pm – Dreams of Toyland Exhibit at Napa Valley Museum, Opening Reception- Free for members; $5 for non-members.

November 19-20— The Nutcracker @ Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr., Yountville, Cost $20, $25, $30 Call 707-944-9900 for tickets

November 20, 11-3:00pm – Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop, Gen. Vallejo’s Home, Sonoma.  Crafts, music and food.  Adults are 3$, children are FREE, craft projects range from $.25-1.00.

November 25, 2-6:00pm – Festival of Lights, Yountville.  Santa, entertainment, ice carving, wine tastings and more.  For more information visit

November  25, 5:00pm – Downtown Santa Rosa Winter Lights Tree Lighting, Free Children’s Activities in the square beginning at 5pm including interactive exhibits by the Sonoma County Children’s Museum on the Go, crafts, card making and balloon animals by Silly Lilly the Clown!  Don’t miss the Free pictures with Santa at 6.

November 26, 4:00pm – Lighting of the Snowmen, Cornerstone, Sonoma

December 2, 6:00pm – Snoopy on Ice Tree Lighting and Show – Snoopy Ice Arena, Santa Rosa

December 2 – Santa Visits Sonoma Square

December 3, 6:00pm – Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, Petaluma River – Viewing best at Petaluma Mill or Golden Eagle Shopping Center

December 3, 7:00pm – Holiday Parade of Lights, Gurneville, CA – Parade of lights with more than 100 entries.

December 3, 7:00pm Napa Valley Lighted Tractor Paradein Calistoga

December 4 – Santa’s Workshop, Tim Cain Concert and Raffle hosted by Sonoma Valley Mother’s Club.  With a play area for mini elves, crafts for little elves, and libations for big elves, there are crafts, music, entertainment and food for elves of all sizes. This event is for Club Members only, so be sure to sign up for the club at and RSVP to this amazing event

December 4, 11-1:00pm – Santa and Friends Brunch, San Francisco Zoo; for more information visit

December 4, 12-3:00pm — Hanukkah Hootenanny, Judd Hill Winery, Napa, Latkes and libations.  Call (707) 255.2332 for information

December 7, 4 – 8:00pm – Altimira Holiday Gift Faire, Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

December 9, 7:00 pm — A Victorian Christmas with John Doan, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville – Holiday, Performing Arts: Emmy-nominated guitarist and composer John Doan puts a new twist on the standard Christmas concert with original American instruments including the harp guitar, ukelin, chartola and classical banjo. Fee: $10 Adults/$5 Members/$2.50 Children, Call 707-944-0500

December 10, 4-6:00pm – Carolers, Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma

December 10, 10-2:00pm – Santa at Gazebo in-front of Whole Foods Market, Sonoma

December 10, 2-5:00 pm – Ringing in the Seasons at the Napa Valley Museum – Enjoy music by Covenant Chimers, make ornaments and decorate cookies.  Call 707/994-0500 for reservations.

December 10, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 pm – Christmas at the Mission, Sonoma, Must get tickets (free) on November 19.  For more information visit

December 11, 11:30am – Christmas Party & Kids Concert, Unity Church, 4857 Old Redwood Hwy. Santa Rosa

December 11, 4:00 pm – Festival of Carols Concert St. Helena, 1428 Spring St., St. Helena.

December 12, 3-5:30 pm Napa Valley Wine Train Santa Express, Ride the express train with Santa.  Fee: $30 – $40 per adult; Call 8004274124 for reservations.

December 17, 11:30 and 1:00 pm – Dream Circle Holiday Concert with Tim Cain, Judy Nee, Cindy Cohen & Christoper Smith – Discovery Museum, Sausalito.  Call (415) 339-3900 for tickets.

December 16&17 – 4-6:00 pm – Carolers, Lobby of Sonoma Mission Inn

December 16 – December 23 – Children’s Fairyland Winterland, Oakland’s Fairyland, holiday themed storytelling, arts and crafts; with appearance by Santa.  Fee:  $8 each adult & child over 1

December 21 & 22,  8-1:00pm – Breakfast with Santa, Big 3 Restaurant, Sonoma – Call 707/938-9000 for reservations

December 23, 4-6:00 pm – Carolers, Sonoma Mission Inn

December 24, 4-6:00 pm – Carolers & Mrs. Claus, Sonoma Mission Inn

December 26 – 9-4:00 pm –  Kwanzaa Celebration, Discovery Museum – Free concert 11 and 1

December 28 -30, 4:30-5:30pm – Free children’s activity and tastings for parents (wine, port, desserts), Sonoma Mission Inn

December 31, 9-12:00 pm – New Year’s Noon Celebration for Kids, Discovery Museum


November 19 – January 29  (Wed-Monday 10am-5:00pm) — Dreams of Toyland Exhibit at Napa Valley Museum- Opening Reception, Saturday, November 19, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free for members; $5 for non-members. 55 Presidents Cir, Napa. Visiting Exhibit costs $10 Adult, $2.50 children

November & December – Weekends Starting November 26 & 27, 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30, Weekdays 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser, Discovery Museum Preregister online at


2 thoughts on “Snowmen, Santa & Snoopy – Kid Friendly Bay Area Holiday Celebrations

  1. Laura J

    Great list, thanks so much!
    fyi, the Yountville Nutcracker performances have been moved to November 19 & 20 and are no longer in December due to budget issues.


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