He’s always real busy this time of year, but Santa makes time for Sonoma. It’s a relief, frankly, to be somewhere green. All that snow wears a guy out. He’ll arrive on a red fire truck wearing a red suit, ready to take requests and apologies. So whether you’ve been naughty or whether you’ve been nice, come make your case. It’s Christmas!
Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, Free.
Strike a Pose
We say we’ll remember, but then we don’t. Thank heavens photos keep memories safe. For those who lost theirs in the fires last month, a free photo session is available. Kids, pets, parents… the whole crew! It’s the rarest of gestures, one with no strings attached. Schedule yours, show up, and make a new memory for free.
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, the Barn at Tyge Williams, milouandolin.com/fireportraits, Free.
Corncob, Buttons, Coal
In 2004, a factory that exclusively made plastic snowmen went out of business, and a Sonoma tradition was born. The annual lighting of the snowmen, those jolly little fellows arranged in clever and timely vignettes, takes place at dusk. Food trucks, ice-skating, music, libations. And your $10 parking fee benefits fire victims.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 to 8 p.m., Cornerstone Gardens, cornerstonesonoma.com, Free.
39 and Holding
Jack Benny was a comedian, vaudevillian, and willing fool whose antics entertained a grateful nation for decades. Silver Moon Theater is channeling his inimitable spirit in an old-fashioned dinner theater radio show, raising funds for local fire departments. If 39 is a ways back in your rearview mirror, put on your game face and fake it.
Sunday and Monday Dec. 3-4, 6 p.m., Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E., sonomapub.com, $30