Considering a getaway this winter? Skip the standard ski lodges and discover the beauty of the Napa Valley in winter instead. Although it may seem surprising, simply because most Americans think of Napa as a spring, summer, or autumn destination instead, Napa becomes an incredibly special and spirited place at Christmas. Lights go up, carolers sing, and boutique hotels all throughout the area go all-out to create ambiance and joyous fun for those who visit. Sure, you won’t find any ski lodges right in the valley, but what you will find is an incredibly special experience that brings out the Christmas spirit in all who arrive. Not convinced yet? Discover the beauty of Napa Valley in winter with these three stupendous reasons to spend Christmas in wine country.
If you’ve visited Napa before, you may be familiar with the Wine Train. This three-hour excursion places you on a 100-year-old railcar that cruises around wine country while you enjoy a gourmet meal. While experiencing the Wine Train is highly recommended any time of year, the Christmas version is particularly special. Called the Santa Train, this musical and interactive journey absolutely soaks you in Christmas spirit. You’ll listen to fun Christmas music, sip on deliciously rich hot cocoa, and visit Santa’s workshop, all while enjoying the historical wine train itself. The Santa Train books up quickly, so be sure to make reservations well in advance. Not sure how? When you make Napa Valley reservations, ask your hotel to point you in the right direction.
Napa Valley Holiday Lights Tour
The Napa Valley Holiday Lights Tour takes place on a delightfully old-fashioned trolley. Hop on and it will take you on a whirlwind tour of some of Napa’s most beautiful neighborhoods, lined with Victorian houses and steeped in history. You’ll listen to classic, old-fashioned carol’s, while you sip your old-fashioned hot cocoa, reveling in both the beauty of Napa and the company of other like-minded individuals filled with Christmas spirit. The Holiday Lights Tour departs from the lovely Oxbow Public Market, where you can dine and enjoy a bit of last-minute shopping for someone special back home.
Santa’s Helpers Napa Holiday Gift Faire
The Napa Valley isn’t just about relaxation; it has some excellent shopping opportunities, too. This is especially true at Christmas. The Santa’s Helpers Napa Holiday Gift Faire offers a smorgasbord of delicious treats, baked goods, hand-crafted creations and gift items to suit the needs of any Christmas shopping list. Stop in at the Santa’s Helper cafe and enjoy gourmet treats on-site, or purchase enough delicious delectables to bring home after you leave. There’s a treasure trove of items to explore and enjoy, but it doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve filled your shopping list, enjoy ice skating, trolley rides and special events for the rest of your evening.