Holiday Happenings in the Napa Valley
December 1, 2020
The holidays are a magical time of year in the Napa Valley and coincide with the height of Cabernet Season (November through April), the perfect season to enjoy Napa Valley’s famous red wines with seasonal hearty fare. The valley's towns, resorts, restaurants, and wineries are open for business and offer many safe and festive ways to enjoy the holiday season. Check out some of our favorite holiday happenings around the valley, and come celebrate the season wine-country style.
While we might be missing the usual holiday events and fanfare this year, the Napa Valley shimmers bright with holiday spirit and plenty of good cheer for visitors and locals alike to enjoy this season. Please check the Travel Advisory for current travel information, open businesses, and Coronavirus protocols in Napa Valley.
The town of St. Helena is taking holiday cheer to a whole new level, bringing artistic joy to visitors and locals alike through the Holiday Wine Barrel Tour- see if you can find all 80 decorated wine barrels on display! And don’t miss St. Helena’s Hunt Street Hub, a new socially-distant outdoor plaza that welcomes the public to enjoy food and drinks in an inviting outdoor space all aglow with holiday lights and featuring live music, a giant snowflake, and an interactive wall of lights display.
And over in Yountville, find unparalleled dining and wine tasting experiences and enjoy holiday libations under the twinkling lights. Stroll through “the brightest little town in Napa Valley” to explore seventeen tasting rooms and local boutiques with gift options for all the wine country lovers on your list. Don’t forget to stop at Santa’s Village at the Yountville Community Center to take pictures and drop a letter to Santa.
In downtown Napa, Archer Hotel’s sixth-story rooftop perch will transform into a sparkling winter wonderland complete with shimmering lights and seasonal bling. The festooned pop-up will feature specialty holiday cocktails, a sparkling white and red by the glass and a seasonal menu of shareable bites. Reconnect at the covered bar or relax around a cozy fire pit. Blankets, heaters and wishing stars are complimentary.
Feast it Forward in downtown Napa’s Oxbow District invites locals and wine country guests to the 1st Annual Winter Wineland & Igloo Bar offering the chance to embrace the Napa Valley downtown scene while safely social distancing and abiding by all county health guidelines. With heated igloos for up to six people, this winter escape is fit for the season, no matter how chilly it gets. Cozy up in your very own igloo and enjoy vino from local vintners, sticky s’mores, and wood fired pizza.
Holiday Wine Tasting Experiences
Clif Family Merry & Bright Tasting Flight
Get into the holiday spirit with a winter tasting of small-production wines and artisan foods from Clif Family. Their seasonal Winter Flight features sips and noshes that evoke the yuletide season. Enjoy both white and red wines featuring a library Cabernet Sauvignon paired with savory and sweet flavors created by Executive Chef John McConnell.
Domaine Chandon Holiday Cocktail Session
Brighten up your holiday season at Chandon. Join their mixologist for an interactive cocktail session to learn about the best libations to kick off your holiday celebrations.
Trefethen Taste the Estate Holiday Experience
Taste the Estate is Trefethen’s quintessential wine and culinary experience, highlighting the synergy of great wine and food. Chef Chris Kennedy will be preparing a special seasonal menu offering guests inspiration for their own holiday tables. December will bring savory apple crisp, poached quince with tarragon spiked goat cheese, maple and black pepper spiked brussels sprouts and glazed and roasted Christmas goose- paired perfectly with Trefethen wines.
Even if you can’t travel to Napa Valley this season, you can enjoy wine country at home for the holidays with a variety of virtual wine tastings, cooking classes, holiday musical performances and more. Explore the Virtual Event Calendar for a taste of Napa Valley, wherever you are.