Enchanting Holidays in Napa: Parachuting Santas, Festive Parades, and Weekend Wonderland Delights

Last Weekend in Napa

This past weekend, Napa dazzled with its annual Christmas parade, celebrating 175 years of festive magic. Spectators reveled in the joyous spectacle of adorned vehicles, local marching bands, and brilliantly lit floats. Smiles were abundant, and sweet memories lingered as candies were tossed from each passing float.

To kick off the weekend, Santa made a grand entrance at the Napa Valley Country Club, descending from the skies in a parachute—an unforgettable start to the holiday festivities. If you’re in Napa this weekend and yearning for more holiday magic beyond the vineyards, here’s a curated list of ‘Christmasy’ things to do for both tourists and locals alike.

santa arriving on a parachute

Events & Happenings in and Around Napa on Saturday, December 16th

On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., immerse yourself in the enchanting tunes of the Arete singers at Meuse Gallery. Enjoy Christmas carols and hot cocoa, and browse the gallery’s collection of originals by artist Simon Bull at 1331 Main St., St. Helena.

Indulge in the festive Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at Oxbow Public Market on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). The back patio offers the perfect setting to unleash your creativity at 610 First St., Napa.

As evening falls, head to The Yard Music Series at Feast It Forward on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Ron Kalunga’s musical performance awaits, complemented by wines and delectable treats from Joella’s food trailer at 1031 McKinstry St., Napa.

Ariel Marin takes the stage at Be Bubbly for a soulful Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Her multi-genre band promises a musical journey spanning various genres at Be Bubbly.

Remember to traverse Candy Cane Lane in First Street Napa on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet Santa, enjoy holiday treats, and capture the festive moments with a photo courtesy of photographer Natalie Syverson.

The St. Helena Chamber Singers’ Winter Concert awaits on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m., at St. Helena High School’s Performing Arts Center. Celebrate musical director Craig Bond’s 50 years of leadership with a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., explore the Oakville Grocery Holiday Open House. Savor delectable bites, wines for adults, and holiday activities for kids. Support the Toys for Tots national toy drive by bringing a new, unwrapped toy.

As night falls, revel in the musical vibes of Eggcorn and Russel Tillitt at Napa Valley Distillery on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, ensuring an evening filled with soulful melodies at 2485 Stockton St., Napa.

Events & Happenings in and Around Napa on Sunday, December 17th

On Sunday, Dec. 17, Santa’s Workshop at the Ackerman Heritage House invites you to visit Saint Nick from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capture the holiday moment with a family photo on your device for $15 per child and $12 per adult.

Elevate your Sunday with the Mimosas & Mistletoe Brunch at The Estate Yountville starting at 10 a.m. For $135 (plus tax and gratuity) for adults and $45 for children ten and under, savor a buffet-style brunch with mimosas at 6481 Washington St., Yountville.

Conclude your weekend with a holiday watercolor painting card workshop at Azur Wine Lounge on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. Led by local Napa artist Erin Genow, the $75 class includes a glass of Azur Rosé and all materials.

Celebrate the holiday season in Napa with these enchanting activities. Whether local or a visitor, embrace the festive spirit and create lasting memories this weekend.

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