Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Dec. 16 to Christmas Day

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Ready for some fun? We’ve found all the best events happening this week throughout Sonoma County. This Saturday, bring your umbrella and your holiday spirit to the banks of the Petaluma River for the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Pull out your most interesting holiday wear for Friday’s Ugly Sweater Party at Sonoma Cider Taproom. Head over to the Pacific Coast Air Museum this Saturday to see Santa fly in by helicopter. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Dec. 16-18
Hotel Petaluma Open House: This weekend, Hotel Petaluma is hosting a three-day holiday celebration in its newest tradition for the season. The event will include public judging of gingerbread houses made by local residents and businesses, and end with a holiday party and announcement of winners. The festivities are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free to attend. Find out all the information at the Facebook events page.

Dec. 16 & 17
A Sonoma County Nutcracker: A New World Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker is not your usual holiday tale. Held at Kids Street Theater in Santa Rosa, this entertaining adaptation represents aspects of Sonoma County in the late ’60s and ‘70s, and includes hip hop and modern dance. Expect plenty of surprises at each performance. Shows are Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20. More information at

Friday, Dec. 16
Hawaiian Christmas in Petaluma: Enjoy the award winning Hawaiian music when Faith Ako & Friends present “A White Christmas Evening” at the Mystic Theater. The concert will feature Hawaiian Christmas music, hula and jingle bell rock. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Find out more at

Friday, Dec. 16
"Elf, The Musical": The talented youth at Young Actors Studio are taking on a holiday favorite this year when they perform the hysterical story of “Elf.” Follow along as Buddy the Elf travels from the North Pole to New York City on a quest to find his real dad and discover his true identity. Final performances are at the Left Edge Theatre in Santa Rosa on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15. Find out more at

Friday, Dec. 16
Ugly Sweater Party: Kick off your holidays right this Friday with an Ugly Sweater Party at Sonoma Cider Taproom in Healdsburg. The free party includes original New Orleans sounds from local favorites, The Dixie Giants. Compete in the Ugly Sweater Contest for a chance to win Sonoma Cider prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Find out more at

Friday, Dec. 16
Comedy Night at D’Argenzio Winery: Prepare to laugh yourself silly this Friday when D’Argenzio Winery in Santa Rosa presents a night of comedy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., giving you plenty of time to order food and a drink before the 8 p.m. show. Tickets to the 21-plus show are $12, and are expected to sell out. Reserve tickets at

Through Dec. 18
“Peter & The Starcatcher”: It’s the final weekend to watch the story of Peter Pan unfold before you in a way you’ve never heard before. Spreckels Theatre Company takes on the adaptation of the Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson novel in humorous and entertaining ways in their last performances of this production. Tickets are $16-$26. Find out more at

Through Dec. 18
Santaland Diaries: David Yen takes on David Sedaris’ one-man tale of an out-of-work grump who becomes a Macy’s elf to make ends meet. This naughty Christmas story is perfect for the 13-plus crowd, and is sure to add some spice to your season. Tickets to the 6th Street Playhouse show are 410-$26. Find out more at

Saturday, Dec. 17
Petaluma’s Lighted Boat Parade: This Saturday, find your spot along the Petaluma River for the traditional parade of lighted boats making their way toward the Turning Basin. The magic begins around 6 p.m. Free to attend. Find out more at

Saturday, Dec. 17
Santa flies into Sonoma County: The Pacific Coast Air Museum will welcome Santa Claus when the big guy flies into the airport by helicopter. Starting at 10 a.m., enjoy visits with Santa, kids activities, shopping at the gift shop and more. Santa will be at the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Find out more at

Saturday, Dec. 17
Waterfall Hike: Traverse the trails of Sugarloaf in search of waterfalls, mushrooms and more in this 2.2-mile hike through the forest. Start and finish as Sugarloaf’s Visitor Center, starting at 10 a.m. The hike concludes with hot cocoa or tea. No charge, and no RSVP required. Parking fees do apply. Find out more at

Sunday, Dec. 18
Hands on Hanukkah: The Charles M. Schulz Museum is throwing open their doors for a free Hanukkah celebration. Starting at 10 a.m., the event will include crafts for kids and families, gourmet olive oil tasting for adults, a free raffle and more. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

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Friday, Dec. 16

‘Early Music Christmas – An English Celebration’: Sonoma Bach Choir, 8 tonight and Saturday, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $15-$25. (877) 914-2224,

Jonny Lang: Blues, gospel and rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, 8 tonight, Uptown Theatre, Napa. $40-$75. 259-0123,

Donny & Marie Osmond: Holiday songs and hits from the siblings’ long singing career, 8 tonight, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $99-$139. 546-3600,

Jason Marsalis: Jazz musician and the Vibes Quartet, 6:30 and 9 tonight through Sunday, Blue Note Napa. $25-$45. 603-1258,

Na Leo Holiday Show: Hawaiian hits and holiday favorites, 7:30 tonight, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$50. (866) 955-6040,

Saturday, Dec, 17

Foghat: English rock band, known for ‘Slow Ride’ and ‘Fool for the City,’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $65-$85. 791-3482,

VOENA: ‘Voices of the Season … On Broadway,’ 150-member children’s a cappella choir, 7 p.m. Saturday, Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $25. 327-8108,

Peppino D’Agostino: Italian acoustic guitar virtuoso, 8 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25. 874-9392,

‘Christmas with Aaron Neville’: Soulful holiday cheer with the Grammy Award-winner, 8 p.m. Saturday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $49-$69. 546-3600,

Mozzy: Hip-hop artist from Sacramento, known for ‘Bladadah’ album, 8 p.m. Saturday, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $25. 762-3565,

Sunday, Dec. 18

Sing-Along ‘Messiah’: Santa Rosa Symphony League, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jackson Theater, Santa Rosa. $20.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’: American Bach Soloists and American Bach Choir, 3 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $40-$95. (866) 955-6040,

Moscow Ballet: ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ with spectacular props, costumes and performances, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $34-$74. 546-3600,

Tribute to Dan Hicks: ‘Holidaze in Hicksville,’ Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Fenix, San Rafael. $15-$18. (415) 813-5600,

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: Beloved holiday film classic with Jimmy Stewart, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Summerfield Cinemas, Santa Rosa. $5. 525-8909,

Monday, Dec. 19

‘Museum Mondays for Little Ones’: Stories, arts and crafts and games, ages 1-5 and caregivers, 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. $5/child. 579-4452,

Kids’ Holiday Treats Workshop: Kids ages 8 to 12 make, bake and decorate holiday goodies, 3:30-6 p.m. Monday, Relish Culinary Center, Healdsburg. $59. 431-9999,

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Dave Koz: Acclaimed contemporary jazz saxophonist and guests, ‘Christmas Tour 2016,’ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $40-$175. (866) 955-6040,

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers: Jazz, swing and rhythm and blues, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Blue Note Napa. $15-$25. 603-1258,

Thursday, Dec. 22

Sweet Honey in the Rock: ‘Celebrating the Holydays’ multicultural a cappella performance, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Friday, Dec. 23

‘A Christmas Carol’: Dickens’ holiday classic, closing performance, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $15-$33. 523-4185,

Miss Moonshine: Eclectic Petaluma-based alternative folk band, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Penngrove. Free. 795-5118,

Frankie Boots and the County Line: Folk-rock Americana band, 9 p.m. Dec. 23, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $15. 829-7300,

Saturday, Dec. 24

Snoopy’s Home Ice: Public ice skating session, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Santa Rosa. $7.50-$9.50, $3.50 skate rental. 546-7147,

Sunday, Dec. 25

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink: Ice skating outdoors in Union Square, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Dec. 25, Post Street, San Francisco. $7-$12, $3 skate rental. (415) 781-2688,

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