Get in the holiday spirit at these Sonoma County events
The coming weeks bring everything from seasonal concerts and “Nutcracker” ballets to traditional English, Irish, Appalachian and Mexican holiday celebrations.
Larger stages like the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa have full holiday lineups, but smaller venues across Sonoma County also offer a wide variety of festive events celebrating winter, Hanukkah and Christmas. Check out this sampling of seasonal fun.
Winter Lights: A community event with Santa’s arrival atop a fire truck, tree and candle lighting celebration, live entertainment, children’s activities and food and drink. 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. Free.
Cirque de Bohème, “A Paris!”: A 1920s-style Parisian circus with magic, mime, music and mystery in an intimate old-fashioned tent setting. Shows at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Friday, Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Through Dec. 22. $27-$55. cornerstonesonoma.com
Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas”: Family show set to electro-luminescent artistry and timeless holiday music about a lost bird that ends up at the North Pole. 3 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Free kids’ art sessions one hour before showtime. $16-$21, $5 lap passes. 707-546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org
An Evening in December: The Jazz Club presents award-winning jazz vocalist Paula Harris and her band performing classic holiday favorites and new songs. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 204 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale $20. 707-894-4410, cloverdaleartsalliance.org
Windsor Holiday Celebration: A tree lighting, cookie decorating and crafts for kids, music and more, including 200 live decorated holiday trees in the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove. 5 to 8 p.m., with tree lighting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive, Windsor. Free to nominal fee. townofwindsor.com
Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular: Holiday songs and dance numbers presented by “Broadway Under the Stars” performers, plus surprise showstoppers. Pre-show festivities 90 minutes before showtime. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (Ugly Sweater Night); 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $39-$89, VIP $129-$139. 707-546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens 40th annual Holiday Open House: Visit the famed horticulturist’s historic property decked out with old-fashioned decor. Meet a banjo-playing Santa and check out the Carriage House Museum and gift shop. Free rides on Rosie the Trolley to and from the 45th annual Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair at the Finley Community Center. Held rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. $3. 707-524-5445, lutherburbank.org
Dickens Dinner Series: Twelfth Night Singers in period clothing stroll the dining room inside this historic 1881 mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five-course holiday dinner served. Thursdays through Sundays Dec. 7-25, Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Various pricing. 707-433-4231, madronamanor.com
Healdsburg Community Band Christmas Concert: Annual concert featuring holiday classics. Randy Masselink, conductor. 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Healdsburg Community Church, 1100 University Ave., Healdsburg; 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Cloverdale Veterans Hall, 205 W. First St. Free, donations accepted.? healdsburgcommunityband.org
Holiday Choral Concert: Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks’ Silver Singers choral group performs a holiday concert. Light refreshments follow. 11 a.m. Dec. 12, Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-543-3282, srcity.org
Posada Navideña: Folk culture and Christmas traditions of Mexico through song, dance, music and vivid costumes. Calidanza performers, directed by Steven Valencia, and Mariachi Cantares de Mi Tierra. Also, arts and crafts and a post-show fiesta. 7 p.m. Dec. 13, with pre-show activities at 6 p.m. Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $5-$10, $2 lap passes. 707-546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org
Petaluma and North Coast Ballets, “The Nutcracker”: Petaluma School of Ballet and North Coast Ballet California present the timeless holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $21-$41. 707-765-1771, petalumaschoolofballet.com