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5 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit in the Napa Valley

December 11th, 2018 Travel Tips
5 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit in the Napa Valley

The holiday season is a time filled with joy and celebration. But along with the jollity, the stress of preparation and approaching festivities can leave one feeling overwhelmed. We’ve put together five ways to celebrate the season in the Napa Valley with friends, family, or that special someone, so you can relax and enjoy this meaningful holiday without having to plan ahead.

Visit the Holiday Open House at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

The historic CIA at Greystone throws an annual Holiday Open House complete with cookie decorating, caroling, festive treats and seasonal drinks, holiday movies, a gingerbread contest, raffles, and more. Admission is free, but donating an unwrapped toy to their Toys for Tots drive is encouraged. Arrive early to dine at one of their on-site restaurants and check out their holiday cooking classes for tips on how to throw an unforgettable holiday dinner party.

Attend a Live Holiday Performance

The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theatre in Yountville has a variety of holiday productions planned for the month of December. Napa Regional Dance Company’s performance of The Nutcracker is back for its 18th season and guest conductor Steven Thompson is bringing live music by Symphony Napa Valley to this year’s production. Attend a live performance of this timeless holiday classic for a night of dance, music, larger-than-life scenery, and the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score.

Rewind to the 70s for An ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show, a tribute to the Swedish pop group known for the songs, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, and ‘Super Trouper’. Listen to the hits with a sprinkling of Christmas music to celebrate the holidays at Lincoln Theatre.

The St. Helena Performing Arts Center presents their annual winter concert. The St. Helena Chamber Singers and the Napa Chamber Orchestra have put together a program featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, John Rutter’s Magnificat, selections from Handel’s Messiah, holiday carols, and a performance by the Eloquence String Quartet. For tickets, visit the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company in St. Helena or purchase online.

Celebrate with the St. Helena Welcome Center

Check the St. Helena Chamber event calendar for a list of holiday happenings. The Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club to offer complimentary gift wrapping at the St. Helena Welcome Center. Donate to the local chapter while getting your gifts wrapped by a professional. Bring out your inner child with free photos with Santa and complimentary wine splashes by Joel Gott Wines to get you in the holiday spirit.

Make the Season Merry with a Downtown Holiday Festival

Take the short drive south to Yountville for a month of holiday celebrations. Join in on a community caroling night, take a special holiday culinary walking tour of downtown Yountville, or visit Finesse, The Store for a holiday pop-up and book signing featuring world-renowned chef, and Napa Valley legend, Thomas Keller.

Plan a night out at St. Helena’s ‘Jingle All the Way’ month-long jamboree at Lyman Park, complete with food trucks, live music, and ‘glice’ skating. Or visit the Napa Expo for the real thing. Napa on Ice is the only outdoor ice rink around. The rink is open daily, and skates are included with the price of admission.

Get your Wine Cellar Ready for the Holidays

Choosing the right wine for your celebration is an important part of the holiday. Use our local winery guide to find the best bottle to make your experience memorable.  A bottle of sparkling wine is the perfect refreshment before dinner. Opt for a light and fruity Zinfandel to serve with honey-glazed ham or a bold Bordeaux to enjoy with prime rib. We love to snuggle up to a sweet dessert port or hot mulled wine around a cozy fireplace.

After you make the rounds at local wineries, check out the holiday decorations on your drive back to Wine Country Inn. The drive from Yountville to St. Helena is particularly illuminated after dark. The Culinary Institute at Greystone always has lovely decorations, as well as Flora Springs Estate Winery and Vineyards, and Beringer Vineyards puts up a beautiful Christmas tree on the Rhine House balcony.

Ready to hop into the holidays? Let Wine Country Inn be your home base on your Napa Valley holiday getaway. Take advantage of the season by booking our Cabernet Season special offer for a minimum of two nights. Receive discounted nightly rates, St. Helena’s ‘Little Book of Big Experiences’ for two, a split of wine and assorted in-room beverages, complimentary wine country breakfast, and weekend wine tastings hosted by a local vintner.