This holiday season, the Napa Valley shimmers with holiday happenings and festivals aglow with twinkling lights and a wealth of good cheer. The holidays fall at the height of the region’s Cabernet Season, the perfect time of year to enjoy Napa Valley’s famous red wines. Here is an overview of the festive events taking place this season:
Napa Valley Wine Train’s Santa Trains
November 19 – December 29, 2016
Guests will embark on an all-new musical and interactive journey to Santa’s Workshop accompanied by some of Santa’s best friends. Magical wristbands will transform the experience, while guests enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and other holiday treats. Tickets starting at $55.
Napa’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 6 p.m.
The city of Napa marks the start of the season with its annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Veterans Park on Main Street in downtown. Complimentary hot chocolate from Downtown Joe’s and cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes will be provided while the Mayor lights the 29-foot-tall tree.
Annual Festival of Lights in Yountville
November 25, 2016 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Watch as Yountville is transformed into a magical winter wonderland using thousands of tiny (energy efficient) twinkling lights. This family holiday event $30 general admission, $55 for unlimited food & wine, and $5 children 12 & under.
54th Annual Napa Christmas Parade
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. in downtown Napa
The parade begins and ends at First and School streets. Since becoming an evening parade, locals have creatively decorated parade entries, including cars, horses and even children, with bright, festive lights. Following the parade, Santa Claus will be in the “Big Chair on the Riverfront” to hear Christmas wishes.
Annual Lighted Tractor Parade in Calistoga
December 3, 2016 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights roll down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the season and the city’s agricultural heritage. The parade is in downtown Calistoga at Lincoln Avenue and admission is free.
Judd’s Hill Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny
December 11, 2016 – 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Sip current vintages and library wines, enjoy beef brisket sliders, a latke bar featuring Judd’s secret latke recipe and traditional jelly donuts. This event benefits Napa Children’s Health Initiative. Tickets are $55 per person.
Find a full list of holiday events here.