Napa Valley Weekend Events, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012

Napa Valley weekends seem to get longer this time of year, with tons of activities from Thursday through Sunday. Santa, TEDx, open mic, caroling, concerts and the Calistoga lighted tractor parade are just some of the events from our calendar.

Why wait for Friday? This Napa Valley weekend is already getting underway with holiday and entertainment events including:

Santa photos with a donation to help homeless pets: Santa in Napa is donating 25 percent of portrait sales proceeds to Napa Humane when you present a voucher that you can print here. Santa's available for photos with people and their pets Thursdays and Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1227 First St., downtown Napa.

The Napa On Ice Holiday Skating Rink is open daily at 2nd St & Coombs St, Napa$12 includes skate rental.

The Browns Valley Elementary Holiday Craft Fair takes place Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school on Buhman Drive.

There's a free "Restoring Historic Homes" Lecture Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Goodman Library, 1219 1st St, Napa, where you can also see an exhibition about architect Luther Turton.

In St. Helena at 5:30 p.m., it's Live Music and Wine Thursday Evenings at Harvest Inn1 Main St, free.

Kitchen Door in Napa hosts Dave Auerbach's Old Bottle Rent Party starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. For the cost of your dinner and a suggested donation of $50, you can sample musician Auerbach's cellared wines and help him keep his space.

The weekly Open Mic Night at Molinari Caffé happens Thursdays with registration from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by performances: Molinari Caffé, 815 Main St, Napa, free.

Punch Brothers perform at 8 p.m. at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$35.

It's An Evening w/The Mickey Hart Band starting at 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$35.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

The 17th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza gets underway at the Napa Valley Exposition at noon today, 10 a.m. Saturday. 475 Third St., Napa.

the Napa Valley Ceramics Artists Winter Holiday Sale begins at 6 p.m. at the Napa Valley College Community Education Center, 1360 Menlo Ave, Napa: free.

Calistoga's got a whole weekend of holiday events starting Friday evening: See Christmas Comes to Calistoga for details.

Glen Campbell's Goodbye Tour starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$75

Mixed Signals plays at 8 p.m. Friday at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa$10.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

Saturday morning, there's a Pancake Breakfast With Santa at 8 a.m. at 2185 Elliott Dr, American Canyon: $5.

Santa's also having pancakes in Calistoga Saturday: See Christmas Comes to Calistoga.

There's a Holiday Gift and Bake Sale starting at 9 a.m. at Rohlffs Manor Senior Apartments, 2400 Fair Dr, Napa, free.

The 17th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza gets underway at the Napa Valley Exposition at 10 a.m.: 475 Third St., Napa.

White Barn Winter Fair 2012 starts at 11 a.m. at 2727 Sulphur Springs Ave, Saint Helena: free.

KATZ Napa River Open Kitchen features fresh olive oil and other foodie gifts from 1 to 4 p.m. at 101 S Coombs St Ste Y3, Napa.

The Holiday Tea at Silverado Resort and Spa starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday: 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, $40

Train lovers, don't miss the All Aboard! model train show at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Cir, Yountville: $5

There's an AS Batle Workshop Trunk Show: Sculpture in Graphite at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main St, Napa

The Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St, Napa$65

The Art of Helping Children is a benefit for CASA, which provides court-appointed advocates for Napa County children: 7 p.m. Saturday at Trefethen Family Vineyards, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave, Napa$45.

Also at 7 p.m., it's the Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade.

At 7:30 p.m., Deluna and Via Coma play Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa$10.

An Evening with Anne Lamott starts at 8 p.m. at the  Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$30.

Also at 8 p.m., it's Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks Holidaze in Hicksville at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$20

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Sunday brings the second TEDxNapaValley event to the Napa Valley Opera House, with thought-provoking speakers and musicians. The theme is "Connected" and tickets are $65 at tedxnapavalley.org.

The Elves and the Shoemaker is a family-friendly theater production starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$18, doors open at noon.

The Napa Valley College Holiday Choral Concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa$10. Complete with dancers, a children's chorus and a jazz pianist, the concert includes Dave Brubeck's "La Posada."

Want more singing? Four Local Choirs Join To Present "Vivaldi Gloria", Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 3rd St, Napa: $10

Once Upon a December w/ Tori Anna also starts at 6 p.m. at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa$15.

The Annual Service of Lessons and Carols begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at St Mary's Episcopal Church, 1917 3rd St, Napa: free.

Other things to do:

  • Where to Buy Christmas Trees in the Napa Valley
  • CHP Seeks Toys for Napa County Kids
  • Holiday Gifts from Heifer Keep Giving All Year Round

For more things happening around the Napa Valley every day of the week, check our Events Calendar. You can even add your own events at napavalley.patch.com/events/new. It's free and you can login via Facebook.

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