Napa Valley Weekend Planner: Santa Comes to St. Helena

The Napa Valley is filled with Christmas cheer and holiday activities. Here are some top tips for Dec. 6-9, 2012; find more things to do in our Events calendar. Lots are free!


The Napa Valley Wine Trolley starts its Holiday Light Tours this weekend with 1.5-hour trips departing the Oxbow Public Market at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9, 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 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.

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. 6, 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.

After tonight's carriage ride, why not stick around for Kellie's Lounge at Silo's with popular local singer Kellie Fuller, 6:00 pm at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa$10

Dec. 6 is also Guys' Shopping Night, starting at 5:00 pm at The Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main St, Napa: Free, till you buy something.

The Napa High School Chamber Choir Rings in the Holidays at The Meritage Resort at 5:30 pm, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa: Free

It's Live Music and Wine Thursday Evenings at Harvest Inn, 5:30 pm, 1 Main St, Saint Helena: Free admission.

And it's  Riders In The Sky: Christmas The Cowboy Way, 8:00 pm at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$30

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Ride the Wine Train Murder Mystery Dinner Theater train starting at 5:30 pm: Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St, Napa$155

Cantus: All Is Calm starts at 8 p.m. at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$45 for an evening of classical vocal Christmas music.

Sons of Champlin w/special guests: Tim Hockenberry Trio perform at 8 pm at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$35

Friday is opening night for the Napa Valley's first-ever 8 X 10 Ten Minute Play Festival, featuring all original works including one by Napa local Barry Martin: 8 pm tonight and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday at the Napa Valley Playhouse, 1637 W Imola Ave, Napa$20

Deborah Winters performs at 8 pm at Silo's, 530 Main St, Napa$15

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012: Hanukkah begins tonight

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

Santas Helper's 21st Holiday Gift Fair starts at 10:00 am at the Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd St, Napa: Free

All aboard for the Holiday Train Festival, starting at 10 am at the Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society, 575 3rd St, Napa: Free. Also Sunday.

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

Santa Claus is in Town starting at noon at Bel Aire Plaza, posing for photos at 3614 Bel Aire Plz, Napa: Free.

The Napa Hoopers Free Family-friendly Saturday hoop jam takes place at noon in Veterans Memorial Park, 3rd St & Main St, Napa: Free.

The Ringing in the Seasons Free Family Fun Day kicks off at 2 pm at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Cir, Yountville: Free.

From 2 to 5 p.m., it's Holidays in St. Helena where shoppers can enjoy carolers and a string quartet, gift-wrapping stations, wine tasting specials (for CHEERS! season passholders), "Shop Local Perks," a free family-friendly holiday movie at the Cameo and more.

For a glimpse of some of Napa's most gracious homes decorated for the season, take the 24th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour, starting at 3 pm at 1219 1st St, Napa: $40

The Napa School of Music presents  at 7 pm at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$15

The Napa Valley Singles Convention takes over Silo's at 7:30 pm: 530 Main St, Napa$10

Taj Mahal plays at 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa$37

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 (see above for recurring events)

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Festival, 10 am, Napa Valley Lutheran Church, 1796 Elm St, Napa: Free

The Judd's Hill 7th Annual... Hanukkah Hootenanny! starts at noon at Judd's Hill Winery/MicroCrush, 2331 Silverado Trl, Napa: $50

NapaStyle Live Fire Cookbook Release Party With Michael Chiarello also starts at noon at 6526 Washington St, Yountville$40

There's a Holiday Tea at 1:30 pm at Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa: $40

The 6th Annual Toys for Tots and Napa Food Bank drive starts at 2:00 pm at 1234 3rd St, Napa: Free

Hear Handel's Messiah at 2 pm at St Apollinaris Catholic Church, 3700 Lassen St, Napa$30

POSADA MEXICANA: A Mexican Holiday Spectacular starts at 2:30 pm at the Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St, Napa$25

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Louisa Hufstader December 07, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Also happening tonight (Friday), according to Terry Rond Kent on Facebook: Artists of the Valley Gallery Holiday Open House, 6-9 p.m. at 1307 First St, Napa. "Shop local, meet some of the 50+ artists while tasting complimentary wine from Ceja Vineyards & Black Stallion Winery."
Artist of the Valley Gallery December 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Louisa, On behalf of the 50 plus artists members of Napa Valley Art Association at AOV Gallery, Thank You!
Louisa Hufstader December 07, 2012 at 06:16 PM
You're very welcome, Artists! Have a great party. I'll try to stop by on my way to the Napa Valley Playhouse for the opening night of "8 x 10." That starts at 8, with eight different 10-minute plays in one evening.
Louisa Hufstader December 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The free movie at the Cameo Saturday is "The Polar Express" and it starts at 10 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce.
Artist of the Valley Gallery December 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
That'd be awesome! We look forward to showing you around the gallery!


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