EXPANDED: Holiday events in Sonoma you don't want to miss

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Friday, Dec. 7

From 5 to 6:30 p.m., locals and visitors alike can say hello to Santa at the annual “Hot Chocolate with Santa” event on the Plaza, thanks to the local Soroptomists. Meet behind City Hall.


The Sonoma Sister Cities Association presents “Holidays Around the World” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vintage House. The event showcases holiday traditions from a half-dozen different countries. The event is free to members and $10 for non-members at the door. 264 First St. West. Call 337-0178 for more information.

Dec. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23

The sixth annual Holiday Model Train Show will take place at the Depot Park Museum at 270 First St. W. The show is open weekends from noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 7 to 10

Holiday shopping from 40 local Sonoma artists at Sonoma Community Center’s annual Studio Sale. Ceramics, fiber, prints, jewelry to tableware to knit and woven clothing to prints and notecards, all handmade here in Sonoma. The preview reception is Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.; regular hours Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Christmas at the Mission San Francisco de Solano will be celebrated with two shows and a variety of events from 4 to 8 p.m. Themed “Holiday on the Northern Frontier,” the event will include traditional Christmas at the Mission (a ticketed event) as well as activities and music in the other downtown Sonoma historic buildings, open to all.


The Sonoma Hometown Band is performing a free holiday concert with the Napa Valley College Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Hanna Boys Center at 17000 Arnold Drive.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is hosting a free community Holiday Open House with cookie decorating, karaoke, tree decorating, photo booth, games and more from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 100 West Verano Ave.


Santa is coming to the Kenwood Fire Station at 10:30 a.m. today. 9045 Sonoma Highway.

Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9

“The Snow Maiden” ballet is on stage at 1 p.m. both days at the Sebastiani Theatre. Tickets are $12-$22. 476 First St. E.


Sonoma Valley Chorale’s 2018 Holiday Concert, “The Glow of the Season,” is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, at 6280 La Grama. www.sonomavalleychorale.org.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Glen Ellen Forum, in partnership with Valley of the Moon Winery, is organizing a free community dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. for Glen Ellen residents. Seating is limited and reservations are required. 777 Madrone Road. When making reservations, provide name, email address, telephone number and the number in your party. Email to Jennifer@sfewine.com or if you don’t have email, call her at 939-4518.


Ramekins annual Santa Brunch has seatings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 450 W. Spain St. Tickets at www.ramekins.com.

Thursday, Dec. 13

The Christmas Jug Band will perform at Andrews Hall in Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at christmasjugband.com. 276 E. Napa St.

Friday, Dec. 14

The Sonoma Valley Historical Society Holiday Open House will take place at the Depot Museum at 270 First St. W. from 4 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 16

There will be three live performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Sebastiani Theatre this weekend. Tickets are $10-$20.

Saturday, Dec. 15

There is a Teddy Bear Tea from 10:30 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church, 542 First St. E. The event is sponsored by Le Petit Jardin preschool. There will be tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies and fun! Learn more and register at www.lpjkids.com/lpj-products/sonoma-teddy-bear-tea.


A menagerie of Brian Ness’s camels, donkeys, sheep, goats and other critters will join costumed actors at the Glen Ellen Community Church for a traditional live nativity pageant. Four performances will take place at O’Donnell Lane and Henno Road at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Following each free performance, there will be caroling, cookies and hot apple cider.


FULL. The Finnish American Home Association is hosting a free Pikkujoulu holiday event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Christmas shopping, DIY crafts, a jazz choir and visit to the sauna. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m.


Palooza Brewery and Gastropub will host a neighborhood holiday party starting at 7:30 p.m.. Bring your ugliest holiday sweater to win prizes. There will also be karaoke. 8910 Sonoma Hwy.


Santa is coming to Sonoma Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 201 West Napa St.


There is a Sip and Shop local event from 3 to 6 p.m. at 479 Church St. Shoppers will find Beijon Brasil, Lucia Blu, Kiersten Cook, Minds Eye Design, Lessica Jo Designs and Mischa’s Manga Kawaii Cards.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Valley of the Moon’s Chamber Ensemble Holiday Concert is at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Church, 16290 Arnold Drive. Tickets are $35, online at svbo.org or call 938-4626.


The 17th annual Caroling with the Clydesdales event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in Glen Ellen at the Jack London Saloon. Santa will be there. Cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Saloon. 13740 Arnold Drive.


Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas at Art Escape from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a reenactment of the parts of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as well as a singalong, a small feast and a pinata. 17474 Sonoma Highway.

Friday, Dec. 21

SantaCon Sonoma is back for its third year. SantaCon is a gathering of people dressed as Santa or other holiday characters with the purpose of drinking and causing holiday mayhem. 21 and up. Meet at 8 p.m. at HopMonk Tavern. 691 Broadway.

Saturday, Dec. 22

The Traveling Spectacular vaudeville road show arrives at the Sebastiani on the Plaza for one show at 7 p.m. Tickets $20 at www.sebastianitheatre.com.

Through Sunday, Dec. 16

The family-friendly French-American circus “Yesterday” by Cirque de Boheme continues at Cornerstone. Acrobats, aerialists, mimes, jugglers and more. Three shows a day on the weekends at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Visit cirquedeboheme.com for details. 23570 Arnold Drive.

Through Jan. 1

Holidays Along the Farm Trails fun includes fresh-cut Christmas trees, gift workshops and ingredients for holiday meals at farms, wineries, breweries and cideries across Sonoma County. Free, but guests must RSVP to receive an online map of participating destinations. www.farmtrails.org.

Through Jan. 6

Located inside the grounds of the Napa Expo on Third Street between Soscol Avenue and Silverado Trail, Napa’s outdoor ice rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice. It is open to all ages, offering daily recreational ice skating, including free skate rental. Napa on Ice also offers parties, private ice time and special events. Unlimited skate time, including skate rental, is $14. Check website for hours at onicerinks.com/napa-on-ice-info/.There is no skating rink at Cornerstone this year.

Email events to managingeditor@sonomanews.com.

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