Cornerstone hosts Le Cirque de Boheme

Cornerstone Sonoma is hosting “Bring Your Holidays to Cornerstone” as it kicks off the season with an authentic 1920s-style French holiday circus titled “Le Cirque de Boheme,” for eight special performances beginning Friday, Nov. 29 and closing on Monday, Dec. 2.

A French holiday tradition begins its inaugural run at Cornerstone Sonoma for eight special performances. “Le Cirque de Boheme” is an old-style holiday circus based on the French tradition of the 1920s, filled with the promise of enchantment, thrill and wonder. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 15 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/portfolio/events-2.

A portion of each ticket will benefit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

Le Cirque de Boheme is an intimate gathering limited to just 80 guests per show and held under the wedding tent in the magical gardens at Cornerstone.

Show times run daily at 1 and 3 p.m. for four days only, Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2, with 5 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday.

Enjoy world class talent with performances that are deftly woven into “Le Cirque de Boheme,” a story of 10-year-old Luna who takes the audience on a journey into a long ago time high atop the hills on Montmartre near the famous Le Moulin Rouge in Paris. Within Luna’s dream, she encounters a sword thrower, contortionist, magician, slack rope walker and other assorted denizens of Paris of the 1920s.

“Our production presents the circus performer as a human being, accessible to everyone, and uses the performer’s circus skills to make connections by demonstrating the shared emotional experiences that unite us all,” said Michel Saga, Sonoma resident and circus ringleader extraordinaire. “’Le Cirque de Boheme’ is a unique universe where one is transported, regardless of age, to a magical land full of adventure, innocence and wonder, and is particularly potent during the holiday season.”

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The ninth annual lighting of the snowmen is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, with festivities beginning at 3 p.m.

Highlights include photos with Santa in Cornerstone’s Big Blue Chair, a complimentary gift wrapping station and Christmas carolers, a special performance by the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, live music in the snowflake-filled courtyard, classic holiday films in the Olive Grove Cinema, and back for a second year, a traditional German Beer Garden with a variety of beers, German sausage and even men in lederhosen. Come out and be the first to see what the Snowmen are up to this year.

Admission to the lighting of the snowmen is free but because of overcrowding, parking is $5 a car with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

Overflow parking is available two minutes down the road at Jacuzzi Winery with a shuttle to and from the event leaving every five minutes.

The lighting of the snowmen has become a favorite holiday tradition in Sonoma.

In addition to wine, food, fun and live music, during the lighting of the snowmen event, Cornerstone is hosting a benefit to support the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. A $20 arms length of tickets will go a long way. You can swap benefit tickets for gingerbread men and women to decorate, hot chocolate, face painting by Popo the Clown, kid’s holiday crafts, grab bag gifts, wacky holiday games, cotton candy, popcorn balls and more. All proceeds from the benefit ticket sales will be donated to the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance directly.

For additional information, see cornerstonesonoma.com.