Napa Valley Weekend Guide: Dec. 13-16, 2012

Santa, the Nutcracker, horse-drawn carriage rides and lots of shopping: It's Christmas time in the Napa Valley, and we've got a weekend full of fun, plus a great jazz show Sunday afternoon. Find more activities in our Events, where you can add


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.

The Napa Valley Wine Trolley offers Holiday Light Tours with 1.5-hour trips departing the Oxbow Public Market at 6:30 p.m.Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. Tickets to benefit Napa foster children are $25 for age 10 and older, $15 for age 3 to 9. Reserve online at napavalleywinetrolley.com

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 Calistoga Farmers' Market continues on Saturdays, beginning at 8:30 am at 1311 Washington St, Calistoga: Free.

Here's a list of Where to Buy Christmas Trees in the Napa Valley, plus Fresh Christmas Tree Safety Tips and Holiday TV Schedules 2012: When and Where to Watch Christmas Movies and Specials.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Thursday nights from now till Christmas are Magical Evenings at Napa's Riverfront, where you can take horse-drawn carriage rides, sing Christmas karaoke, sip cocoa and meet Santa starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Napa River Inn, 500 Main St, Napa: Free, with donations to benefit Toys for Tots.

Thursday is also Guys' Shopping Night, starting at 5:00 pm at The Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main St, Napa: Free, till you buy something.

A four-course meal, with wine, plus a talk on "The History of the Toast" by the well-versed Paul Wagner: That's the menu for Women for WineSense's Wine on America's Holiday Table @ St. Supéry Estate, 5:30 pm 8440 St Helena Hwy$65

The spectacular Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak tonight: Here are viewing tips from Napa Valley College astronomer John Charlesworth.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

The Friends of the Library December Book Sale opens at 10 am at the Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St, Napa: Free admission, continues on subsequent days.

There's a Rockin' Holiday Cigar Social starting at 6 pm at Baker Street Downtown, 1018 1st St, Napa: Free, till you buy something.

The month's Art in the Library reception features the artists of Browns Street Gallery, where developmentally disabled adults create work that's made it into many a local collection: 6 pm, Napa County Library, 580 Coombs St, Napa: Free.

In Calistoga, the Artisan Trunk Show at ECHO gallery kicks off at 6 pm with mulled wine and holiday treats, and continues Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm at ECHO on Lincoln.

The Napa Regional Dance Company presents “The Nutcracker”, 7 pm at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa, CA$25, also Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Napans (including this one) have been raving about the Napa Valley Players' 8 X 10 Ten Minute Play Festival, continuing at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow with a final matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. If you miss it, it's gone forever: Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa$20.

Snoop Dogg is sold out at the Uptown, but music lovers can catch Peter Sykes in concert starting at 8 p.m. at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa, CA$20.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Santa is back at Whole Foods in Bel Aire Plaza from noon to 4 p.m.: Santa Claus is in Town!, 3614 Bel Aire Plz, Napa. Free.

Author Paul Franson holds a Booksigning for the NapaLife Insider's Guide to Napa Valley starting at noon at the Napa Valley Welcome Center, 600 Main St, Napa: Free.

Nearby at noon, the Napa HoopersFree Family-friendly Saturday hoop jam in Veterans Memorial Park, 3rd St & Main St, Napa: Free.

The Jingle Bell Trot starts at 3 p.m. with $5 horse-drawn carriage rides to benefit Cope Family Center and special holiday offers from more than two dozen downtown Napa merchants: Hop aboard at 1st St & Coombs St, Napa.

At the Uptown, it's Todd Snider plus Nikki Bluhm & The Gramblers at 8pm: 1350 3rd St, Napa$25

Hear Peter Sykes & The Napa School of Music play music of the Eagles and Creedence starting at 8 p.m. at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa, CA$20.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

There's something for the whole family at Silverado this weekend: Father & Child Tee ($20) and Teddy Bear Tea ($40) are both at 1:30 pm. Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa.

The weekend's best bet for jazz is at 4 p.m. when the Napa Valley Jazz Society presents the Jeff Hamilton Trio at Silo's: $20 for society members, $40 general admission.

A contemplative Taizé Meditation service will be held at 7 pm at St Mary's Episcopal Church, 1917 3rd St, Napa: Free.

Chris Isaak plays the Uptown at 8 p.m.: 1350 3rd St, Napa$75

And, looking ahead to Monday:

Candy Cane Carol Sing-Along, 6:30 pm First United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St, Napa: Free.

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Word from NASA is we may see even more meteors tonight: A second debris field has been identified that might coincide with the Geminid meteor shower. Here's a link to the story: http://patch.com/A-0sQd
Ron December 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Too bad it's so cold!


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