October 17, 2019, Napa, CA -- The holidays are a magical time of year in the Napa Valley and fall at the height of Cabernet Season (November through April) -- the perfect time to enjoy Napa Valley’s famous red wines with seasonal hearty fare. The valley’s towns, resorts, restaurants, wineries and activities offer many festive events planned now through the New Year. Below is a highlight of what the Napa Valley has to offer this holiday season.

 

Thanksgiving Feasts (Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, 2019)

Napa

BANK Café & Bar, Chef Ken Frank’s casual dining concept, housed within The Westin Verasa Napa, will host a three-course Thanksgiving dinner 5 - 11 p.m. along with its regular menu. Reservations may be made through OpenTable.
Website:  westinnapa.combankcafenapa.com 
PR contact: Evan Nicholson, evan@glodownead.com 

Charlie Palmer Steak Napa celebrates Thanksgiving with Executive Chef Francisco Lopez Jr.'s wine country feast. The multi-course meal will be served from noon to 7:30 p.m., with the restaurant also offering their regular menu.
Website: charliepalmer.com
PR contact: Evita McDaniels, emcdaniels@charliepalmer.com

La Toque presents its 22nd annual Thanksgiving feast, a four-course menu offering a selection of seasonal items and classic Thanksgiving dishes with a twist. The dinner, which will have two to three options per course, will be served 1 to 5 p.m. and guests will go home with "leftover" turkey sandwiches.
Website:  westinnapa.comlatoque.com
PR contact: Evan Nicholson, evan@glodownead.com 

Vista Collina Resort welcomes guests to their Thanksgiving table, with offerings from Executive Chef Vincent Lesage in the Vintner’s Room 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Website: meritagecollection.com
PR contact:  Lindsay Skousen, LSkousen@meritageresort.com

Yountville

Hotel Yountville invites guests to enjoy the holidays from the comfort of their room, with a special Thanksgiving feast delivered to the door. Designed for those seeking a more intimate dining experience for the holidays, the menu features traditional Thanksgiving favorites served from 1 to 9:30 p.m.
Website: hotelyountville.com
PR contact: Hannah Lambert, The Mayfield Group, hlambert@mayfieldpr.com

Lucy Restaurant at Bardessono offers Thanksgiving dinner 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Jim Leiken’s thoughtfully created menu will offer an elevated variation on traditional favorites.
Website: bardessono.com
PR contact: Hannah Lambert, The Mayfield Group, hlambert@mayfieldpr.com

 

Holiday Events and Experiences

American Canyon

The City of American Canyon hosts an annual holiday parade, tree lighting and marketplace Dec. 6, 2019 at Shenandoah Park, located at 100 Sonoma Creek Way. The festivities include a special appearance by Santa and carriage rides. The marketplace is hosted by the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce.

The City of American Canyon also invites guests to a Snow Day Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m. in Shenandoah Park. The park will be transformed to include a snow play area, themed villages, a giant slide and train rides.
Website: exploreamcan.com
PR contact: John Schollenberger, John@amcanchamber.org

The 9th Annual Reindeer Run is Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. This family-friendly 5k and 10k run is held at the Napa River Bay Trail at Wetlands Edge Park in American Canyon. Registration includes tech t-shirts for all participants. Runner check-in is at 8 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m.
Website: acparks.org
PR Contact: John Schollenberger, John@amcanchamber.org

DoubleTree Hilton invites guests to have breakfast with Santa at Table 29 Bistro & Bar Dec. 21, 2019 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are highly encouraged.
Website: doubletree3.hilton.com
PR contact: Karisse Capistrano, Karisse.Capistrano@Hilton.com or Denise DiBetta, DDiBetta@Hotelpros.biz

Napa

Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey, the Santa Train is an interactive musical adventure featuring games, sing-alongs, and a cast of holiday-inspired characters, along with hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. After being greeted by elf and fairy friends at the train’s downtown Napa train station, guests of the Santa Train will board and embark on a journey to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole with the conductor. The holiday magic continues on the return trip with Santa and Jolly the Bear handing out toy bears and fairy friends collecting letters to Santa. The Santa Train runs daily Nov. 19 – 27 and Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, 2019.
Website: winetrain.com
PR contact: James O’Hagan, winetrain@glodownead.com

The City of Napa marks the start of the season with its annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Veterans Park on Main Street in downtown Napa Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to join the mayor of Napa in this traditional community event and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cookies and entertainment as local youth groups perform and the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree is illuminated. 
Website: donapa.com
Media contact: Olga Verkhotina, overkhotina@augustineagency.com

Napa’s 56th Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at 5 p.m. in downtown Napa. The parade begins and ends at Second and Third streets. Since becoming an evening parade, locals have creatively decorated parade entries, including cars, horses and even children, with bright, festive lights. Following the parade, Santa Claus will be in the “Big Chair on the Riverfront” to hear Christmas wishes.
Website: donapa.com
Media contact: Olga Verkhotina, overkhotina@augustineagency.com

Downtown Napa announces another year of complimentary Holiday Trolley Rides in partnership with the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. The Christmas-decorated trolley offers four hop-on/hop-off stops in Downtown Napa including Oxbow Public Market; Historic Napa Mill; First and School Streets near the Andaz Hotel; and Dwight Murray Plaza. Trolley rides are available Friday through Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 - 22, 2019.
Website: donapa.com
Media contact: Olga Verkhotina, overkhotina@augustineagency.com

Vista Collina Resort welcomes guests to a festive evening of carolers, photos with Santa and a holiday-inspired artisan market at their Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.
Website: meritagecollection.com
PR contact:  Lindsay Skousen, LSkousen@meritageresort.com

Downtown Napa invites visitors and locals alike to celebrate the holiday season with a free Christmas concert, Tuba Christmas, in Veterans Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. The concert will feature brass instruments playing traditional holiday music with a few new arrangements.
Website: donapa.com
Media contact: Olga Verkhotina, overkhotina@augustineagency.com

Bouchaine Vineyards invites guests to celebrate the holiday season with their boutique wines and Chocolate Holiday Tree event Dec. 15, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chef Wendy Sherwood of La Foret Chocolate and Confections will demonstrate the step-by-step techniques behind her show-stopping almond rocher evergreen tree with chocolate ornaments.  Bouchaine will uncork bubbles and an allocated small lot of whites and reds to celebrate the holidays. Guests will craft a tree to take home.
Website: bouchaine.com
PR contact: Monty Sander, monty@fullerandsander.com

Carneros Resort and Spa is partnering with Bay Area-based designers Serena & Lily to “deck the halls” within a 1,700-square-foot holiday residence. Serena & Lily is custom designing the expansive two-bedroom residence with a selection of indoor and outdoor pillows, throws, furniture and décor. Ideal for friends and families of up to six people, the private two-bedroom residence includes a full kitchen, living room, expansive patio deck, in-ground hot tub and indoor/outdoor fireplace. Available Dec. 1, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020, pricing starts at $1,300 per night. The Serena & Lily Holiday Residence will also offer guests an in-room iPad to purchase products they love to bring the same experience home.
Website: carnerosresort.com
PR contact: Danielle Logan, Wagstaff, dlogan@wagstaffmktg.com

The Hess Collection Winery hosts a holiday open house and toy drive with music, appetizers and a raffle Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.
Website: hesscollection.com
PR contact: Cesar Ramirez | cramirez@hesscollection.com 

The Studio By Feast it Forward invites guests to wear their ugliest sweater and kick off the holidays with laughs, wine, and live holiday music. The Ugly Sweater Holiday Kick Off Party, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is free for all and includes a visit from Santa Claus, family friendly activities, and prizes for the ugliest sweaters.
Website: feastitforward.com 
PR contact: Katie Shaffer, Katie@feastitforward.com

Yountville

During the holiday season, the Town of Yountville becomes the “Brightest Town in Napa Valley” with more than six weeks of holiday-related events, activities and performances. Free carriage rides will be available each Saturday beginning Nov. 24 through Dec. 21, 2019 and free holiday movies will be shown at the Lincoln Theater, featuring the classics: Home Alone Friday, Dec. 6, and White Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater will feature a variety of holiday performances, including The Nutcracker by the Napa Regional Dance Company and Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular.
Website: yountville.com/holidays-in-yountville
PR contact: Tom Fuller, tom@fullerandsander.com

The Estate Yountville announces its Santa Social Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Guests are invited to enjoy a visit with Santa, while sipping hot chocolate and wine from The Estate Yountville’s partners.
Website: villagio.com
PR contact: TEY@magrinopr.com

Lucy Restaurant at Bardessono announces their new latke making demo with Executive Chef Jim Leiken. Guests may join Chef Leiken for a Holidays in Yountville special event Dec. 12, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m., where they will be greeted with a glass of bubbly and a Latke making lesson from Chef’s personal recipe book. Guests will sample Chef’s Latkes and leave with a recipe card and creative, chef-inspired ideas to incorporate the dish for year-round enjoyment. 
Website: bardessono.com
PR contact: Hannah Lambert, The Mayfield Group, hlambert@mayfieldpr.com

Transcendence Theatre Company presents “Broadway Under the Stars” at Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater Dec. 14 and 15, 2019. The 2019 show will be a seasonal celebration with holiday favorites, Broadway show tunes and modern twists on the most cherished songs. The musical revue will feature professional performance artists from Broadway and national touring productions including, “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Mamma Mia!”
Website: transcendencetheatre.org
PR contact: Kim Taylor, kimtaylorpr@aol.com

Oakville

Welcome the holiday season with Robert Mondavi Winery's 9th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m. Guests are invited to celebrate the season with the winery’s holiday party, tree lighting celebration, horse and buggy rides through the ToKalon Vineyard, wine tasting, hot apple cider, holiday caroling, and more.  Admission is free for any guest who brings a bag of non-perishable food items for the Napa Valley Food Bank.
Website: robertmondaviwinery.com
PR contact: rmw@nikecomm.com

Rutherford

Rutherford Ranch Winery hosts its annual Taste & Toast Winter Soiree Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. Enjoy hand-selected wine pairings, new releases, and receive a Rutherford Ranch grand prize for the best ugly sweater.
Website:  rutherfordranch.com
PR contact: Samantha Santos, 707-968-3200

St. Helena

The St. Helena Chamber once again offers their Little Book of Big Experiences, the ultimate wine passport through Napa Valley. The passport is available for purchase beginning Nov. 1, 2019 and includes 15 elevated wine experiences; curated wine and food pairings; and behind the scenes tours. Valid Nov. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, the passport may be purchased at the St. Helena Welcome Center, or online for $75.
Website: sthelena.com
PR contact: Joaquin Razo, joaquin@sthelena.com

Join the City of St. Helena and the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Jingle All the Way, Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, 2019 at Lyman Park in St. Helena, featuring a roller rink, ice igloos, food trucks, music, wine, an appearance by Santa, and more.
Website: sthelenajingle.com
PR contact: Haley Gibbs, haley@theabbiagency.com

The third annual St. Helena Winter Market pop-up, with more than 25 designers and makers of ceramics, jewelry, perfumes, clothing, artisanal foods, and stationery handcrafted from Napa Valley, the Bay Area and New York, is Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests may also purchase a Silvertip Christmas tree at the Market's Nimbus Arts tree lot that benefits their year-round programs, or attend various creative workshops on Dec. 1, 2019 with Nimbus Arts hosting holiday ornament making for kids.
Website: sthelenawintermarket.com
PR contact: Haley Gibbs, haley@theabbiagency.com

Throughout the month of December, Meadowood Napa Valley lights up the holidays with decorations gate-to-gate, and handcrafted holiday cookies by Meadowood’s pastry chef. Hot spiced cider will be offered each day in the reception lodge. Guests staying on the estate may also enjoy a “Peppermint Wonderland” or “Forest Healer Essential Journey” spa experience in the Meadowood Spa, as well as special holiday-themed cooking classes, gingerbread house decorating, and family cookie decorating led by Meadowood chefs.
Website: meadowood.com
PR contact: Jennifer Chiesa, jchiesa@meadowood.com

Calistoga

The Calistoga Chamber offers their Winter in the Wineries Passport. Passport holders will be treated to wine tastings at 16 Calistoga wineries and discounts on lodging; dining; shopping; and spa experiences. The passport is valid Dec. 7, 2019 to Feb. 9, 2020 and may be purchased at the Calistoga Welcome Center, or online for $60. 
Website: visitcalistoga.com
PR Contact: Betsy Reynard, betsy@calistogachamber.net

The start of the holidays in Calistoga is marked by the Annual Lighted Tractor Parade Dec. 7, 2019 from 7 to 8 p.m. This parade is the ultimate small-town holiday celebration of the region’s agricultural heritage. Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights parade down Calistoga’s charming main street to kick off the holiday season.
Website: visitcalistoga.com
PR contact: Betsy Reynard, betsy@calistogachamber.net

Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa is hosting a holiday wreath-making class in the Garden Room Dec. 7, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Local craft artist Sequoia Buck will teach guests how to make wreaths using local greenery and pieces of “flair” to add festive sparkle. No experience is necessary; all materials will be provided; and RSVP is required.
Websitecalistogamotorlodgeandspa.com
PR contact: Jeremy Viray, jeremy@m18pr.com

Holiday Treats and Feasts

Napa

Charlie Palmer Steak Napa invites guests to Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-Let's Eat on Christmas day from noon to 7:30 p.m. Charlie Palmer will be serving a special menu of holiday favorites and steakhouse classics.
Website: charliepalmersteak.com
PR Contact: Evita McDaniels, emcdaniels@charliepalmer.com

Yountville

Hotel Yountville invites guests to enjoy the holidays from the comfort of their room, with a special Christmas feast delivered to the door on Christmas day. Designed for those seeking a more intimate dining experience for the holidays, the menu features specially-selected Christmas classics for a memorable holiday experience.
Website: hotelyountville.com
PR contact: Hannah Lambert, The Mayfield Group, hlambert@mayfieldpr.com

Lucy Restaurant at Bardessono will offer Christmas dinner with a thoughtfully created classic holiday feast, featuring special selections from Executive Chef Jim Leiken and fresh ingredients from Lucy Garden. 
Website: hotelyountville.com
PR contact: Hannah Lambert, The Mayfield Group, hlambert@mayfieldpr.com

St. Helena

Clif Family Winery invites guests to experience their small production winter wine releases paired with a chef curated bruschetta, highlighting seasonal ingredients from the Clif family farm. Available Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019, guests will enjoy a glass of Clif Family’s 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay paired with Porchetta bruschetta, or for Howell Mountain Cabernet lovers, a glass of Clif Family’s 2016 Kit’s Killer Cab Cabernet Sauvignon paired with funghi bruschetta. 
Website: cliffamily.com
PR contact: Meg Barkley, mbarkley@cliffamily.com

Roadhouse 29 Restaurant at Freemark Abbey Winery presents a special pre-set holiday menu and pricing for family and corporate celebrations.  Choose from a cocktail reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres or a sit-down dinner served family style.  
Website: roadhouse29.com
PR contact: Linda Carney-Loomis, L&Levents@roadhouse29.com

The Charter Oak restaurant, by Chef Christopher Kostow of the three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, offers a “Giving Tree” throughout the month of December 2019. The lighted tree will serve as a collection point for guests and visitors to drop-off unwrapped children’s toys that will be distributed by local fire departments to children who live in Napa Valley.  On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, The Charter Oak will also welcome Chef Jessica Koslow of Sqirl for a celebratory brunch series in partnership with Williams Sonoma and in benefit of No Kid Hungry.
Website: thecharteroak.com
PR contacts: Martina Kostow, mkostow@thecharteroak.com, or Marie Masyczek mmasyczek@thecharteroak.com

The Restaurant at Meadowood invites guests for The Twelve Days of Christmas, an annual charitable celebration inviting guest chefs from around the world to cook in collaboration with Chef Christopher Kostow. This year’s celebration, Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, 2019, will benefit local non-profit St. Helena Preschool for All, Inc., an organization that provides scholarships to young children.
Website: therestaurantatmeadowood.com
PR contacts: Martina Kostow, mkostow@meadowood.com, or Marie Masyczek, mmasyczek@meadowood.com


Hanukkah Events

 

Join Judd’s Hill Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny Dec. 8, 2019 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sip current vintages and library wines, enjoy beef brisket sliders, a latke bar and traditional jelly donuts. Guests are encouraged to bring unwrapped new toys and canned (non-perishable) food items for donation to local Napa charities.
Website: juddshill.com
PR contact: Devin Joshua, devin@juddshill.com

 

New Year’s Eve and News Year’s Day Celebrations

 

Napa

Celebrate New Year's Eve in the heart of downtown Napa at Charlie Palmer Steak and Sky & Vine® Rooftop Bar — both at Archer Hotel Napa. With the choice of general admission or VIP, Archer Hotel has created two experiences perfect for ringing in the New Year. With a general admission ticket, guests may celebrate New Year's Eve with a decadent fête spanning three floors with live music, casino games, a raffle, expansive food stations, passed hors d'oeuvres, a full standard bar and flowing Champagne. With a VIP ticket, guests will begin their evening with a reception at Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, featuring bottomless Krug Champagne, caviar, a seafood display and passed appetizers. VIP guests will transition to the second floor at Archer Hotel Napa where they will have access to a VIP hospitality suite,  including culinary delights from Charlie Palmer Steak, JCB Martini bar, caviar and full standard bar with a bartender, as well as a VIP casino room with a cocktail server.
Website: archerhotel.com
PR contact: Carla Caccavale Reynolds, carlacaccavalepr@gmail.com

The Westin Verasa Napa’s La Toque will host its annual “Black & White Affair” for guests to ring in the New Year.  The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Champagne and hors d’ouevres reception, followed by a six-course dinner. After dinner, guests may retire to the La Toque Terrace for after-dinner cocktails and mignardises; or join the fun at BANK Café and Bar for a DJ, dancing and the New Year’s countdown and toast. Tickets include valet parking, a Champagne reception, six-course dinner, an after-dinner beverage of choice, admission to the Black & White Affair Party in BANK Café and Bar, and Champagne toast at midnight.
Website: westinnapa.comlatoque.combankcafenapa.com 
PR contact: Evan Nicholson, evan@glodownead.com 

Vista Collina Resort and Meritage Resort and Spa invite guests to celebrate the New Year with a choice of three dining experiences on property: the Celebration Dinner in the Carneros Ballroom, complete with a wine country-inspired buffet and champagne toast; the Winemaker’s Candlelight Dinner in the Estate Cave paired with Trinitas Cellars wine; or a more intimate four-course tasting menu in Vista Collina’s new Food and Wine Center. The Meritage Ballroom will host the after-party and will feature live music.
Website: meritagecollection.com
PR contact:  Lindsay Skousen, LSkousen@meritageresort.com

Calistoga

Castello di Amorosa invites guests to ring in the New Year with their elegant New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Guests will arrive to a luxurious red-carpet welcome for this formal affair. Attendees will enjoy a decadent plated dinner paired with Castello wines in the Grand Barrel Room, and sweet wines and dessert in the La Fantasia Lounge. Guests can continue the party on any one of the two dance floors, with live music from Vibe Society in the Great Hall and a DJ in the Chapel. Guests are invited to don their black-tie and most elegant mask for this formal masquerade. 
Website: sthelena.com
PR contact: Haley Gibbs, haley@theabbiagency.com

Solage guests will detox, retox, repeat with their New Year’s Day Disco Hangover Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can fuel up with Chef Gustavo's signature brunch items, bottomless mimosas and a Jardesca Bar to recover from the night before and head into the New Year refreshed.
Websiteaubergeresorts.com/solage
PR contact: Aisling Mahoney, amahoney@murphyobrien.com

For more information about travel to the Napa Valley, including special offers and a full calendar of holiday season events, visit www.visitnapavalley.com

 

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About Visit Napa Valley

Visit Napa Valley is the official destination management organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect and enhance the region’s position as an attractive travel destination and enhance its public image as a dynamic place to visit, live and work.

The Napa Valley, conveniently located just an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area, consists of the following distinctive towns, including, from north to south, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford/Oakville, Yountville, the city of Napa, American Canyon, and the outdoor recreation area of Lake Berryessa.   

The Napa Valley Welcome Center, located at 600 Main St. along the riverfront in downtown Napa, provides visitors with expert Concierge services from Napa Valley Ambassadors who offer complimentary Napa Valley magazines, maps, brochures and winery tasting passes. The Welcome Center, open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a mercantile shop featuring locally sourced gift items.

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