Food & Wine Tasting and Family Fun to Jumpstart Holiday Cheer in Napa Valley!
Kick off the holiday season in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Celebrating its 28th annual Festival of Lights, Yountville invites friends, families, neighbors and visitors to gather in the heart of Napa Valley for a feel-good family event. The entire town will be twinkling with merriment to rival any Dickens fantasy – a welcome diversion from Black Friday madness.
5 reasons not to miss Festival of Lights:
Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting
Adults can taste, Sip and swirl their way through Festival of Lights. With tastings poured by more than two dozen wineries and nibble on creative and tasty seasonal bites by some of Yountville’s award-winning restaurants. Kids can also get their own passport to enjoy special kid-friendly snacks and activities geared just for them.
Tasting tickets are $30 for Adult General Admission, which includes a tasting passport and GoVino glass. For $55, adults can purchase a Platinum Pass which includes unlimited food and wine tasting and a GoVino glass. Passports for children 12 and under are $5 for kids to enjoy child-friendly snacks and activities. Tickets include access to all activities at Festival of Lights.
Yuletide carols are somehow sweeter in the town of Yountville. Several music ensembles will lend their voices, music and talent to the festivities.
Romantic Carriage Rides
Cozy horse-drawn carriage rides will be clip-clopping down the sparkling lanes of downtown Yountville. It’s an opportunity to cuddle up, drink a glass of wine and savor a special moment in Wine Country. Carriage rides are free of charge.
Photos with Santa
He’s making his list and checking it twice and Santa will be ready and waiting for the sweet whispers (and occasional tears) of children eager to share their wish lists.
Tree and Town Lighting
Always the highlight of the festival, Santa and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar will light the tree in the Community Center Plaza promptly at 5:45 p.m. Townsfolk and visitors far and wide will gather round – some perched atop the shoulders of sturdy parents – to gaze upon thousands of lights in the brisk November air. It’s a community moment that draws people close and collectively brings joy to the season.
Limited number of tickets available, be sure to purchase early. This event will sell out!
Event Schedule 3-6 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Food & wine tasting begins, along with live music
3:00 p.m. Santa and his elves arrive via fire truck (photos with Santa begin)
5:30 p.m. Food and wine tasting winds down
5:45 p.m. Town & Tree lighting by Santa & Yountville Mayor John Dunbar
6:00 p.m. Carriage rides begin down Washington Street, businesses stay open late with special holiday shopping offers