Holiday Happenings in Sonoma County 2022

Winter Lights in Old Courhouse Square Santa Rosa

The holidays in Sonoma County are a magical time! Come out to enjoy festive parades; music, theater and dance performances; tree lighting celebrations; Santa sightings; and more! Find dozens of exciting holiday activities below. Check back, as additional events are added.

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Ongoing holiday attractions

Fri, Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, multiple dates
Winter Lights Holiday Skate Rink
Using no water or power, the Winter Lights Rink is Wine Country’s drought-conscious, eco-friendly opportunity for holiday fun! Get tickets online.
Downtown Santa Rosa

Dec. 1 through Jan. 1; Daily
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove
View the spectacular lighting displays throughout the Park and browse the more than 200 trees decorated by local classrooms, service groups, families, and businesses. Listen to holiday music, enjoy nightly “snowfall”, shop and dine at local businesses around the Town Green.

Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, 2023
NorthernLights at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A Free Winter Lights Art Walk featuring a festive illumination of the current sculpture garden exhibit, dramatic lighted sculptures by student artists from Santa Rosa Junior College, and whimsically colorful scenes bedecked in twinkle lights. Open daily from dusk to 9:30pm
50 Mark West Springs Rd Santa Rosa

Wed, Nov. 23-Dec. 28, 6-10pm
Wednesday Holiday Film Series at the Rio!
Come cozy up with some holiday movie magic – there’s something for everyone!
Monte Rio

Weekends Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 11am-3pm
Free Horse & Carriage rides and live music at Historic Railroad Square
9 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Dec. 1 – 31
City of Lights Driving Tour
Self-guided tour of decorated homes in Petaluma

Holiday events

Sat & Sun, Nov. 19 & 20, 11am-3pm
Sonoma Santa Soiree and Open House
Gather up the family and head to the heart of beautiful Sonoma Valley for a festive, Winter Soiree with the REAL Santa!
Glen Ellen

Sat, Nov. 19, 5-8pm
Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza
It’s the brightest evening in Sonoma Wine Country as we celebrate with food, wine, music and thousands of bright lights. Enjoy performances from local bands, a theater production and more!

Nov. 25 through Dec. 25; multiple dates
Cirque de Boheme at Cornerstone Sonoma
A new Holiday Circus show called “Gypsy”! Three shows daily.

Nov. 25 through Dec. 18; multiple dates
6th Street Playhouse presents “Scrooge in Love”
So what did happen after A Christmas Carol? One year after Scrooge’s redemption, his ghosts have a new goal for him—to find love!
Santa Rosa

Fri, Nov. 25, 4-7pm
Winter Lights Tree Lighting Celebration in Downtown Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa’s annual celebration in Courthouse Square with family friendly activities, entertainment, photos with Santa, and more!
Santa Rosa

Fri, Nov. 25, 7pm
“An Irish Christmas” at Spreckels
Experience the joy of An Irish Christmas as seen on PBS! Enjoy all the holiday carols you know and love plus a spectacular high-energy display of Irish dancing at its very best.
Rohnert Park

Sat, Nov. 26, 11am – 4pm
Artisans Holiday Marketplace at Fulton Crossing
Support nine Sonoma County artisans at this Holiday Artisan’s Marketplace.

Sat, Nov. 26, 11:30am-1:30pm
Santa’s Riverboat Arrival & Small Business Saturday
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

Sat, Nov. 26, 5:30-8pm
Geyserville Lighted Tractor Parade
This annual, fun, family event lights up the night, featuring celebrity emcees.

Sun, Nov. 27, 3-6pm
Vienna Boys Choir | Christmas in Vienna at Green Music Center
Delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone and distinctive charm.
Rohnert Park

Sun, Nov. 27, 4-7pm
Forestville Tree Lighting
Celebrate the holidays under the oaks on Front Street.

“Snow” falls nightly at the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove, to the delight of children!

Thurs, Dec. 1, 5-8pm
Sebastopol’s Annual Tree Lighting
Tree lighting with candles; Santa arrives by Fire Truck. Performances by Sebastopol Ballet, Love Choir, and Peacetown Children’s Choir.

Thurs, Dec. 1, 5-8pm
Windsor’s 21st Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Bring the whole family to the tree lighting and visit the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. Festivities include kids activities, letters to Santa, food and craft vendors and much more!

Dec. 2-4; Dec 10 & 11
Occidental Community Choir Winter Concert
Enjoy festive performances of both original and well loved songs of the winter season, interspersed with spoken word.

Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec. 2 through Dec. 4
Transcendence’s Holiday Spectacular
Join us for the all-new 2022 edition of Transcendence’s Holiday Spectacular!

Fri, Dec. 2, 4pm-8pm
Cotati Holiday Tree Lighting
Carriage rides, children’s activities, food and craft vendors, and more!

Fri, Dec. 2, 4:30-8:30pm
Cloverdale Winter Festival & Tree Lighting
Holiday tree lighting, Santa, artisans, music, food and holiday cheer! Ballet Folklorico, foods, music and flavors of Mexico, Central and South America. “Arthur Christmas” will be screened outdoors.

Fri, Dec. 2, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Merry Healdsburg
Celebrate the holidays on the Plaza with the 2nd Annual Merry Healdsburg Tree Lighting!

Fri, Dec. 2, 6pm
Light Up a Life in Petaluma
Light Up a Life is an annual community event, where we gather in remembrance and celebration of the lives of those who we have loved and lost.

Dec. 3 through Dec. 11; weekends
“The Elves and The Shoemaker” at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
This holiday play a hilarious romp with a heart of gold and is sure to brighten the holiday season for the whole family!

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Sat, Dec. 3 & Sun, Dec. 4
Holiday Open House at Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
Visit Luther’s Home decked out for the holidays, enjoy holiday cookies, children’s activities, and shopping for unique gifts. Rosie the Trolley will shuttle between the Holiday Open House and the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair at Finley Center.
Santa Rosa

Sat & Sun, Dec. 3 & 4
“Nightmare Before Christmas” at Spreckels
A ballet performance inspired by Tim Burton’s animated musical .
Rohnert Park

Sat, Dec. 3, 11am-5pm
Petaluma Merchant Holiday Open House & Kentucky Street Marketplace
Holiday Open House and entertainment in Downtown Petaluma!

Sat, Dec. 3, 10am-3pm
Santa Paws at Western Farm Center
Have your pets picture taken with Santa Paws! Proceeds benefit Canine Companions.
Santa Rosa 

Sat, Dec. 3, 4-7pm
Holiday Sip & Shop
Get your tickets to taste your way through more than 15 stops in downtown Healdsburg. Enjoy phenomenal shopping while sipping on award-winning wine, beer, and spirits. The perfect way to get started on holiday shopping and support local!

Sat, Dec.3, 5- 8pm
Snowman Tree Lighting + Toy Drive at Cornerstone-Sonoma
Santa himself lights up the famous Cornerstone Snowman Tree!

Sat, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30pm
Theater Square Tree Lighting Celebration
Join us for a special evening of live music and our Annual Tree Lighting.

Sat, Dec. 3, 6-8pm
40th Annual Holiday Lights Celebration in Rohnert Park
Free Family Holiday Event – Holiday Refreshments, Santa & Holiday Performances!
Rohnert Park

Sat, December 3, 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
La Crema Sparkling Holiday Soiree
Pop the bottles and come celebrate!
Windsor $75.00 

Sun, Dec. 4, 5pm
Light Up a Life in Oakmont
An annual community event, where we gather in remembrance and celebration of the lives of those who we have loved and lost.
Santa Rosa

Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec. 9 – 11
Sebastopol Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique
Tour five decorated homes & historic school in and around scenic Sebastopol.

Fri, Dec. 9, 7:30-10:30pm
All Is Calm | The Christmas Truce of 1914 at Green Music Center
A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
Rohnert Park

Dec. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17; 7:30pm
Santa Land Diaries at The California
David Sedaris’ outrageous holiday comedy, adapted to the stage by  Joe Mantello, Argo Thompson and David Yen. (Adult content; not for children)
Santa Rosa 

Sat & Sun, Dec.10 & 11, 1-2:30pm
The Snow Maiden at Sebastiani Theatre
Come enjoy the story of Lel, the Russian shepherd boy who falls in love with the beautiful and mystical Snow Maiden.

Sat & Sun, Dec. 10 & 11, 3pm
Healdsburg Chorus presents “Season of Light”
Our songs this season include “Carol of the Bells”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, “Go Where I Send Thee” and more!

Sat, December 10, 2022, 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WinterBlast and Sofa Parade
A free, quirky street party and winter festival feat. art, music and dancing, food, and a light parade!
Santa Rosa

Sat, Dec. 10, 6-7:30pm
Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade
Bundle up and bring the family to watch the boats parade down the Petaluma River, decorated in holiday lights and decor while they steer into the turning basin where they will dock their festive boats.

Sat, Dec.10, 6:00pm
Healdsburg Jazz Holiday Swingin’ Dance Party & Concert
Jules Broussard, legendary saxophonist Live concert & swing dance party

Sat, Dec. 10, 7:30-10:30pm
Boston Brass and the Brass All-Stars Big Band | Christmas Bells are Swingin’
The ensemble of all brass features fiery big band arrangements of holiday classics.
Rohnert Park

Sun, Dec. 11, 3-5pm
SRJC Orchestra: “Winter Wonderland Family Concert”
Enjoy the sounds and melodies of the holiday season.
Santa Rosa

Sun, Dec. 11, 3pm
Healdsburg Community Band Winter Concert
A free concert of holiday favorites performed by a 40-piece band.

Sat & Sun, Dec. 14, 7pm; Dec. 15, 2pm
Healdsburg Ballet presents “The Night Before Christmas”
Teresa Lubarsky’s Healdsburg Ballet presents the holiday favorite “The Night Before Christmas”, an original full-length production.

Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec. 16 through Dec. 18
Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition
Petaluma’s favorite holiday tradition is a 3-day community event featuring hand-crafted gingerbread houses on display. Vote for your favorite gingerbread house!

Fri, Sat, & Sun, Dec. 16 through Dec. 18
Santa Rosa Dance Theater presents “The Nutcracker”
Don’t miss this exceptional performance of The Nutcracker, by Santa Rosa Dance Theater.
Rohnert Park

Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec. 16 through Dec. 18
Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble Holiday Concert
Celebrate the winter holiday season with a selection of sacred music and secular carols.

Sat & Sun, Dec. 17 & 18, 1-3:30 pm
Santa Claus is Coming to Guerneville!
Santa will be arriving in Guerneville in his red Miata to visit on the Plaza.

Sat, Dec. 17, 7pm
Guerneville Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights on Main Street in Downtown Guerneville. Small town holiday fun on the Russian River, with festively lit cars, trucks, tractors, and floats in a Fairy Christmas theme!

Sat, Dec. 17, 5-8pm
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus | Home for the Holidays
Holiday cheer returns with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’s merry renditions of classic seasonal songs.
Rohnert Park

Holiday Hift Guide Sonoma County

Sun, Dec. 18, 3pm-6pm
American Bach Soloists | A Baroque Christmas
Inspiring audiences and performers alike now in their fourth decade of brilliant and insightful performances
Rohnert Park

Sun, Dec. 18, 4:30-6:00 pm
Chanukah Celebration & Drone Gelt Drop
The festival of Chanukah teaches us about the power of light over darkness and right over might.

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