Santa’s Boat Arrival, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Even Santa likes to spend time on the river! Together with Mrs. Claus, he will cruise the Petaluma River on a tugboat, then dock at the River Plaza Shopping Center.
Geyserville Lighted Tractor Parade, Nov. 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Santa will ride in the lighted tractor parade, but will not be available for visits this year. visitgeyserville.com
Jolly Journeys on Napa Valley Wine Train, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-23:
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Santa is riding the rails once again. Guests who hop aboard can choose from a variety of experiences. Santa’s Cookie Car ($75 - $95) includes hot cocoa, a cookie and a photo with Santa. Tickets for a three-course, kid-friendly meal ($95 - $155) include a tableside visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Very Merry Vista Dome ($105 - $195) includes visits with Santa, a three-course holiday dinner served in the train’s observation-style dining car and a box of homemade sweets to take home.
Cloverdale Winter Festival & Tree Lighting, Dec. 2:
Head to the Cloverdale downtown plaza to kick off the weekend with Father Christmas. Santa is expected to arrive between 4:30-5 p.m. and will be taking notes on all those wish lists.
Photos with Santa at Montgomery Village, Weekends Dec. 3-18:
From Saturday, Dec. 3, Santa will make an appearance every weekend between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Montgomery Village shopping center in Santa Rosa. Make reservations for a photo opportunity via Eventbrite
26th Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade, Dec. 3, 7 p.m:
Be sure to arrive early to snag a coveted spot on the curb for this small-town holiday celebration. Everything from vintage and modern tractors to antique trucks and construction equipment rolls down Lincoln Avenue decked out with thousands of sparkling lights.
Larson Family Winery Santa Weekend, Dec. 3-4, 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m:
Kids can make sure Santa is clear about what’s on their Christmas lists while parents taste wine. Have your photo taken with the big guy and receive a printed copy. Additional photos will be available to order. $35 for wine club members; $40 for non-members. Reservations can be made online.
Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux French Bakery, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 9-11 a.m.:
Bring your camera, order your favorite dish and you just might capture a holiday photo you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Along with its constantly-growing nutcracker collection, Cousteaux will also have Christmas trees decked out in ornaments supporting the nonprofit Secret Santa program.
Santa’s 12th Annual Visit to Nick’s Cove, Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m:
Santa is making his way to Marin via water sleigh (aka boat). A professional photographer will be taking socially distant, complimentary photos of Santa with kids, kids-at-heart and pets at the property's Boat Shack.
Charles Dickens Christmas with Santa at the Ackerman Heritage House, Dec. 4 and 10:
Santa is swinging by Napa to see this Victorian decked out for the holidays. 15-minute time slots are available for photos with the man himself; staff are happy to help families snap photos. $15 per person.
Breakfast with Santa in Cotati, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.:
The most important meal of the day gets even better when you have Santa to keep you company. Along with pancakes, eggs, sausage and hot cocoa, there will be arts and crafts with Santa’s elves, and photo opportunities, so bring a camera. Tickets are required; $12 per person over age 2.
Santa Claus at MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa, Dec. 17, 2-4 p.m:
Santa will be taking pictures and listening to wish lists in the lobby of this Sonoma hotel. Along with Santa’s visit, locals and visitors are invited to a number of holiday events during November and December that are part of the hotel’s annual 12 Nights of Marvel program.
Photos With Santa at the Corte Madera Mall
The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting November 23rd and is located in the Macy's Court, next to the kids play area. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.
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