The holidays are a wonderful time to visit Sonoma Valley. You’ll find a plethora of shopping options, great special offers at area hotels and restaurants, and a valley full of lights from start to finish.
There are hundreds of thousands of lights hung across large trees, historic buildings and old bridges. It’s the perfect time to enjoy an evening drive to check out the lights and get into the holiday spirit.
At the gateway to Sonoma Valley, stop and see hundreds of snowmen lit up in a dazzling formation at Cornerstone Sonoma.
As you drive down Broadway to the heart of town, you’ll see the twinkling lights come into view of the giant palm tree in front of city hall glowing behind, and a temporary LOVE sculpture lit up at the foot below. The pathways around the Sonoma Plaza are strewn with lights as well, allowing locals and visitors alike to wander the Sonoma plaza and be dazzled.
Moving north in Boyes Springs area find a giant tree outside the entrance to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, as well as their own tree lit around the driveway. In Glen Ellen, drive under the icicle lights draped over the historic Sonoma Creek bridge as you enter town, as well as the downtown bridge hung with garland and festive wreathes.
Finally, before leaving the Valley stop by the Kenwood Village to take in lights in the trees around the cute shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.
Some other hotspots in Sonoma’s Valley of the Lights display include wineries along Highway 12 including Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen, the vines outside Landmark Winery and the bell tower of St. Francis Winery both in Kenwood.