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Holiday Lights Display in Petaluma

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 1 6 minutes read

We can often find ways to spark a light in the darkness, whether it be a literal light like a candle, a string of glowing bulbs, a lamp on an empty room, or something that shines a more metaphorical light, like a story, a ritual, a song or a joke. 

We've all had a long year and things paused for a while, for most of us. Now, as the world gets back on its feet, we feel excited to do so many things we've missed doing especially during the holiday season. If you're getting ready to start with the holiday traditions, check out these incredible holiday light displays in Petaluma that are designed to impress! We highly recommend taking some time to drive out and admire one or more of these fabulous Christmas light displays for a truly memorable holiday experience. Bring a hot cup of cocoa, snap a few pictures, and get into the holiday spirit! 

Light Up the Square Annual Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

151 Petaluma Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94952 

Ring in the Holidays at Theater Square Plaza on December 4th! Join Santa and his friends as they Light Up The Square with their huge sparkling Christmas Tree in the middle of Theater Square!

Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.

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.

Holiday Lights Parade 2021: Downtown Penngrove

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).

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.  

Annual Holiday Lights Tour

Friday, December 10, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

29 Maxwell Ct, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

We are so excited to offer our popular Holiday Lights Tour again this year! Make Sonoma Sterling your family's annual tradition by viewing the best local Holiday Lights displays from your own limo "sleigh" or party bus. This fun 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to get into the Holiday Spirit with your family and friends.

Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Snowmen at Cornerstone Sonoma

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Snowmen has returned to Cornerstone Sonoma on December 4th at 4:30 PM. The countdown to the lighting starts at 6:30 PM. Santa will be onsite for photos in the beautiful Cornerstone greenhouse located in the heart of the gardens. 

39th Annual Holiday Lights Celebration in Rohnert Park

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5401 Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Free Community event with lots of family fun. Complimentary holiday treats and drinks as well as kids activities including letters to Santa. Hot dogs, chips and bottled water will be for sale. Free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

Hospice Virtual Community Tree Lighting & Remembrance

Saturday, December 4, 2021  |  6:00 PM


Petaluma’s annual holiday remembrance of loved ones lost, and this year it’s an online community celebration of treasured memories, held not in the park but on screen, on the Hospice website. A December tradition for 35 years, the virtual community-wide event will take place for the safety of the participant’s homes. The Hospice virtual tree lighting and remembrance ceremony can be viewed live, as it happens, and will then be available for viewing through the end of the year. Hospice of Petaluma invites community members to honor their loved ones with the “purchase” of light on one of their trees, which will still be set in public places. Call Hospice at 778-6242 and ask to purchase a light. Each name being honored will be added to the Hospice online and printed Memory Book. 

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