It’s hard to get your hands around all of the holiday events in Napa Valley, so we thought we’d take a crack at it for you. We’ve listed the 2014 holiday events below, in chronological order, to try and make things easier. This also helps clarify how many things are actually taking place on a very busy Saturday (December 6) across Napa Valley.
We’ve captured winery Holiday Open Houses that are free to the general public, appellation-based wine tasting events that aren’t as free, and a fancy black-tie-optional affair. But, we’ve also identified many family-friendly and community-based activities in Napa Valley such as Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies, Parades, Trolley Rides, and a Gingerbread House Contest. And, we’ve even included a few 5Ks in case you need to work off the calories from those cabernets and cookies.
This list of holiday events may not be exhaustive, but it is extensive, and we’ve tried to concentrate on free activities or those events with a holiday focus that benefit non-profits and other charities. Please let us know if you think we’ve missed something in the Napa Valley that should be on the list.
The one activity that has already started and runs until January 11 is Napa on Ice which is open from noon to 10 pm Mon-Sat and noon to 8 pm Sun (but starting at 2 pm when school is in session). Although this outdoor ice-skating rink may not be Rockefeller Square you can still glide along and practice your spins as you enjoy this popular (yet temporary) rink with 5,600 square feet of real ice. Special programming at the rink includes “Rock the Rink” on Friday nights, and occasional fundraisers (such as for Napa Food Bank, St. John’s Lutheran School and Napa High School). Cost is $12 (which includes skate rental). Corner of 2nd and Coombs Street, Napa
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