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Christmas Events 2021

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Dec 8 5 minutes read

Make the most of your holiday season with our list of the best Christmas activities for kids and grownups alike. 

This holiday season, take advantage of the special time to reflect on the good things, celebrate annual traditions, and connect with friends and family.  These insanely fun Christmas activities for families will help you turn every day of December into a holiday extravaganza!

Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 6:30 pm

Petaluma Marina, 11 English St, Petaluma, CA 94952  

Petaluma has many unique features and the Petaluma River is one of its most important. A family favorite holiday event for decades, the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade returns in 2021, giving the Petaluma River a chance to shine.

This year, all types of watercraft will share the spotlight with boats, perhaps leading to renaming the event the “Holiday Lighted Boat and Kayak and SUP Parade.” Stately yachts or one-person stand-up paddleboards, the spectacle of the lights reflecting off the water is a memorable way to celebrate the season.

Quarry Heights Neighborhood Christmas Cookie Exchange

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 | 4:00 pm  

Quarry Heights Park, Jade & Jacquelyn, Petaluma, CA 94952

Spread some holiday cheer and cookies! Celebrate this holiday with your neighbors and don't forget to bring some of your favorite Christmas cookies to share. Have fun and enjoy some hot cocoa, as well as holiday-shaped sugar cookies and all of the trimmings ready for kids to decorate.

City of Lights Driving Tour

December 1-31, 2021 

1963 Lansdowne Way, Petaluma, CA 94954 

While it’s true that many of us will not be hosting holiday visitors this year, that’s no reason to hide our Christmas lights under a bushel. At this season, especially this year, who couldn’t use the bright-and-beautiful emotional uplift of seeing a gorgeously decorated house bedazzled and bedecked with glowing lights? The Petaluma Visitors Program is again organizing its annual Self-Guided City of Lights Tour, which officially begins on Dec. 1 and will run nightly through Dec. 26.  

Gualala Arts Winter Wonderland

Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thursday, December 30, 2021 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, CA

The holidays return to the Gualala Arts Center for Winter Wonderland! Recorded carols and holiday classics will fill the halls while you shop in a wonderfully decorated arts & crafts holiday boutique of handmade crafts, jams, mustards, olive oils, and more.

Holiday Lights Parade

Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Penngrove Park , 11800 Main St, Penngrove, CA 94951

Kick-off the holiday season with plans to attend the Holiday Parade of Lights in downtown Penngrove. The event will feature holiday cheer with lighted farm vehicles and will be held in Downtown Penngrove along Main St., (the parade forms at Penngrove Park, 11800 Main Street). 

The Snow Maiden

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 18-19, 2021  | 1:00 pm  

Sebastiani Theatre,  476 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 

A holiday treats for all ages, The Snow Maiden is brought to you by Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. Come enjoy the story of Lel, the Russian shepherd boy who falls head-over-heels in love with the beautiful and mystical Snow Maiden.

Morning With Santa 2021: Novato

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 9:00 am

1560 Hill Rd, Novato, CA 94947

What a perfect way to celebrate Christmas with your kids meeting Santa. Join Novato Parks & Recreation Staff for a morning of holiday magnificence! Enjoy holiday crafts and of course a FREE picture with Santa!

ELM Winter Concert

Sunday, December 12, 2021  |  7:00 pm 

625 Arthur St, Novato, CA, 94947 

Join for an afternoon of music as 7-12th grade youth orchestra students perform works from Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Baldet, traditional Brazilian and Mexican music, and much more. 

The Polar Express

Saturday, December 11, 2021  |  10:00 am

555 Rohnert Park Expy West, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

The kids will definitely love this story! An inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Holiday Classic: Handel’s Messiah American Bach Soloists & Choir Concert 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021 |  3:00 pm 

Weill Hall, Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 

The American Bach Soloists return to Weill Hall to perform the perennial holiday classic—Handel’s Messiah. They achieved their vision of bringing together the world's best finest singers and instrument performers to bring this brilliant music to life.  

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