Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Dec. 8-17


Put down the presents and step away from the mistletoe. This weekend's events will put you in a jolly mood, and help you get ready for the holidays. Where will you be this weekend?

Friday, Dec. 8
Posada Navidena: The 25 dancers and musicians of Ballet Folklorico de Sacramento will take you on a festive journey through the regions of Mexico. With traditional Christmas processional, Mexican holiday songs, a visit from the Three Wise Men, a piñata scene and captivating dance choreography. Takes place 7 p.m. Friday at the Luther Burbank Center. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Santa Rosa Santa Con: Whether you’re naughty or nice, spread some holiday cheer and grab a beer while dressed in your Santa Claus best. This jolly tradition kicks off at 3 p.m. at Beer Baron. Find out more at

Saturday, Dec. 9
Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade: The holidays aren’t complete until you’ve witnessed dozens of boats of all shapes and sizes headed into the Petaluma’s Turning Basin, lit up against the night sky. The boats begin arriving around 6:15 p.m., but it’s advised you show up early to find a spot around the river. Details at

Sunday, Dec. 10
Handel’s Messiah: A seasonal favorite, Nicholas McGegan and America’s leading period instrument ensemble, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Choral performs with an international cast of talent this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Green Music Center. Tickets start at $50.

Sunday, Dec. 10
A Holly Jolly Pops: This Sunday, Santa Rosa Symphony along with special guests will entrance all with holiday cheerful classics ranging from “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Ave Maria”, and “We Need A Little Christmas”. Complete with dancing Santas and audience sing-a-longs, this holiday celebration is perfect for the whole family. The 3 p.m. show is a the Luther Burbank Center. Tickets are $37-$80.

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Dec. 8

Holiday Choral Concert: Forty-plus member Occidental Community Choir, ‘Alleluia Anyway,’ 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $15, kids free.

‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’: New version of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $18-$28. Through Dec. 23.

Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band: American roots music, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Redwood Café, Cotati. $20-$25. 707-795-7868,

Saturday, Dec. 9

The gonifs: Klezmer music and Yiddish songs to jump-start the Chanukah season, 8 p.m. Saturday, Ner Shalom, Cotati. $20, VIP $30. 707-664-8622,

Zoso: ‘The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $25-$40, benefits fire relief. 707-791-3482,

Napa Lighted Art Festival: Art walk with art displays projected on buildings, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 17, downtown Napa and Oxbow district. Free.

Sonoma Valley Chorale: ‘Caroling, Caroling’ holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Church, Sonoma. $12-$22.

‘Moroccan Nights’: Casino Night, costumes, live entertainment, dinner and auctions, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale. $150. 707-894-4410,

Justin Townes Earle: Americana singer-songwriter, 7 p.m. Saturday, Redwood Barn, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $33. 707-938-5277,

Voena: World music, ‘Voices of the Season … Wonderland,’ 7 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Theater, Yountville. $25. 707-944-9900,

Sunday, Dec. 10

Holiday Choral Concert: Forty-plus member Occidental Community Choir, ‘Alleluia Anyway,’ 3 p.m. Sunday, Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $15, kids free.

Flobots: Alternative hip hop and rock, plus Bang Data, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $20. 707-775-6048,

‘Holidays in Buenos Aires’: Bandoneon virtuoso JP Jofre, 3 p.m. Sunday, Lincoln Theater, Yountville. $30-$55.

Monday, Dec. 11

Olivia O’Brien: Singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Redwood Barn, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $15, benefits fire relief. 707-938-5277,

Museum Mondays for Little Ones: Stories, arts and crafts and games for children 1-5 and their caregivers. 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. $5. 707-579-4436,

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Open Mic Night with Rojo: Performers of all ages take the stage, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Penngrove. Free. 707-795-5118,

Wednesday, Dec. 13

David Ligare: ‘Magna Fide (The Great Belief),’ contemporary classicist paintings, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Free. Through Jan. 7, 2018. 707-939-7862,

Thursday, Dec. 14

Under the Streetlamp: ‘Hip to the Holidays’ concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $39-$59. 707-546-3600,

Friday, Dec. 15

Windham Hill’s ‘Winter Solstice’: 30th anniversary holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$65. 866-955-6040,

‘My Way’: Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, opens 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $25-$45. Through Jan. 14. 707-763-8920,

San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’: Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15-17, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. $25-$325. Through Dec. 30. 415-865-2000,

Saturday, Dec. 16

Sonoma Bach Choir: ‘Early Music Christmas — Windows to the Soul,’ 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $5-$25.

Cherish the Ladies: ‘Celtic Christmas’ concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$50. 866-955-6040,

Peppino D’Agostino: Acoustic guitar virtuoso and composer, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25. 707-874-9392,

Sunday, Dec. 17

Redwood Empire Sing-Along ‘Messiah’: Some-100 performers, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, Jackson Theatre, Santa Rosa. $10-$20, free for firefighters/first responders. 707-522-8786,

Dave Koz: Saxophonist’s 20th anniversary Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $50-$95, VIP $180. 866-955-6040,

Easton Corbin: Country musician, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $35-$49. 707-546-3600,