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 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.
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.
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
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
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
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
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
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