Here’s how Petaluma celebrates the holidays. Choose what appeals to you and join your neighbors for a little holiday spirit.
Nov. 25: Dominican University’s Winifred Baker Chorale. Holiday concert includes Handel’s “Messiah.” 8 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St. $10-$15. eventbrite.com; 482-3579.
Nov. 29-Dec. 22: Strolling Santa and holiday entertainment. Meet Santa, enjoy free entertainment and gift wrapping. Entertainment: noon-2 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 7, 14, 21. Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, 2200 Petaluma Blvd. North; 778-9300; premiumoutlets.com.
Nov. 29-Dec. 15: “Annie.” Cinnabar Young Repertory’s holiday musical: the redheaded comic strip moppet and her friends come to life. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. $10-$15; 763-8920; cinnabartheater.org.
Nov. 30: Santa’s Riverboat Arrival. The reindeer get the day off as Santa and Mrs. Santa come to town via tugboat to start the local holiday season. 11 a.m., Turning Basin, River Plaza (Golden Eagle Shopping Center); visitpetaluma.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 22: North Pole Connection. Photos and visits with Santa at the Lan-Mart Building, 29 Petaluma Blvd. North and 18 Kentucky St. Free. 762-5804; lanmart-petaluma.com for dates and times.
Nov. 30: Light Up the Square holiday tree lighting includes festivities, treats, souvenir photo booth. 6-8:30 p.m., Theatre Square; theatre-district.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: “Nutcracker 2013.” The students of Petaluma’s Contessi Ballet showcase their talents in this holiday favorite at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Dec. 1; $15-$25; nbpaccontessi-ballet.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 22: Christmas Craft Faire. Shop for foods and handcrafted items, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 30; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22. Petaluma United Methodist Church, 410 D St. petalumaumc.org.
Nov. 30-Dec. 27: “Winter Wonderland,” Petaluma Museum’s holiday display. Special events include Ballet Folklorico of Petaluma, Paquiyollotzin (11 a.m. Nov. 30), a visit from Santa (1 p.m. Dec. 7), Holiday Open House (2 p.m. Dec. 8), Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus (1:30 p.m. Dec. 14), Los Gu’achis, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21). 20 Fourth St. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; noon-4 p.m. Sundays. 778-4398; petalumamuseum.com.
Nov. 30: Holiday Crafterino, handmade crafts from local and Bay Area artists. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. Benefits COTS. $1 admission; petalumadowntowncraftmart.com.
Dec. 1-27: City of Lights self-guided driving tour of decorated homes. Maps at Petaluma Visitors Center, 210 Lakeville St. or visitpetaluma.com.
Dec. 1: Christkindlmarkt, European-style Christmas market with gifts and food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. 953-4039.
Dec. 1: “Christmas in the Air,” traditional, contemporary, jazz, and choral music plus a dessert buffet. 3 p.m.; 762-9785; petalumaumc.org.
Dec. 3 and 7: John Rutter’s “Gloria.” The Petaluma Chorale celebrates the holiday with a concert of music by John Rutter. Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. $10-$12. 762-7170 or visit Petaluma Chorale on Facebook.
Dec. 7: Liberty Valley Crafts Fair, Tortuga Ceramics Holiday Art Sale. More than 30 local artists have their work for sale, with some proceeds benefiting art in schools. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Liberty School Multi-Purpose Room, 170 Liberty School Road.
Dec. 7: Downtown merchants open house, with hot cider, carolers, and horse and carriage rides. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. petalumadowntown.com; 762-9348.
Dec. 6: Light Up a Life. Traditional community celebration of remembrance and lighting of the trees in Center Park. 7 p.m. Free. $10 donation to Hospice of Petaluma buys a light on the tree. 778-6242; seriousillness.org/sonoma-marin.
Dec. 6-8: “The Nutcracker.” Petaluma City Ballet and Petaluma School of Ballet’s 27th annual production. Person Theater, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $15-$26; 762-3972; petalumaschoolofballet.com.
Dec. 7: Christmas Saturday for Kids, with skits, crafts and games at Living Word Lutheran Church, 901 Ely Blvd. South, 762-5386; livingwordpetaluma.com. Call to register.
Dec. 7: Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. 6:30 p.m., Turning Basin; 769-0429; visitpetaluma.com.
Dec. 8: Redwood Empire Singers Choir, annual program of Christmas music in German and English, followed by dancing, food and beverages. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. 3 p.m. $10; 776-4856.
Dec. 8: Wings of Glory gospel Christmas concert. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 40 Fifth St. 5 p.m. Donations accepted. wingsofglory.org.
Dec. 8: Heritage Homes Holiday Parlor Tour. Four vintage parlors trimmed for the season. 6-9 p.m. $12-15. heritagepetaluma.org.
Dec. 8: Lucia Festival and Jul Bazaar. Traditional Scandinavian Lucia pageant, Swedish smorgasbord, dancing around the Christmas tree and a visit from Santa. 4-7 p.m. Veterans Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South. $7-$25. email@example.com; 925-286-4540 or visit VASA Linnea Lodge on Facebook. Reservations suggested.
Dec. 9: Holiday Folk Dance Party with live Balkan music by Vecherinka and Petaluma’s Snap-Y Dancers. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. $10. 415-663-9512.
Dec. 12-15: Petaluma Readers Theatre performs Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Dec. 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 2 p.m. Clear Heart, 90 Jessie Lane. $10; 287-1766; petalumareaderstheatre.com.
Dec. 12: St. Vincent’s High School fall music concert features the school’s jazz ensembles and choir. 7 p.m. $5. Tillman Hall, 849 Keokuk St. 763-1032, ext. 125; brownpapertickets.com.
Dec. 13: Sonoma Bach holiday concert. “An Early Music Christmas: Mystery and Jubilation,” with organist Charles Rus. 8 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St.. $12-$20; 877-914-2224; sonomabach.org.
Dec. 13: Christmas Jug Band. Ring in the holidays in irreverent jug band style at the Twin Oaks Tavern holiday party. 8 p.m. 5745 Old Redwood Highway. christmasjugband.com.
Dec. 13: Forrest Lesch-Middelton Studio Holiday Sale, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14-15. 1320 Commerce St., Suite J. 415-272-9997; flmceramics.com.
Dec. 14: Cinnabar Chamber Singers holiday concert, features music by Vaughn Williams and Schoenberg, plus a sing-along. 7:30 p.m. United Church of Christ, 825 Middlefield Drive. $10-$15; 763-8920; cinnabartheater.org.
Dec. 14: Holiday Art Walk. 5-8 p.m. Gallery One, 209 Western Ave. Free. 778-8277; petalumagalleryone.com.
Dec. 15: Wings of Glory annual gospel Christmas concert. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Aqus Café, 189 H St. Free. wingsofglory.org.
Dec. 14-15: Festival of Christmas. Petaluma Valley Baptist Church Choir, Casa Grande Concert Choir, children’s games and events, hand bell choir, magic show, living nativity, tea room and international foods. 4-8 p.m. Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, 580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway. Free; 763-2277; petalumabaptist.org.
Dec. 16: Chanticleer’s annual holiday concert. 6 and 8:30 p.m. St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty St. $30-65. 415-392-4400; chanticleer.org.
Dec. 31: Sons of Italy New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance with music by Showcase at the Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $60. Advance sales only. 588-2719.
Dec. 31: “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.” Quintessential cabaret show features the music of Jacques Brel, Evening includes wine, desserts, champagne and party favors. 9 p.m. $56-$66. 763-8920; cinnabartheater.org.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Concert Gala, music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky usher in the new year. 7-9 p.m. $35-$45. 20 Fourth St. 778-4398; petalumamuseum.com.
Dec. 31: New York New Year’s Eve Party with Dirty Cello. 8 p.m. Pub Republic, 3120 Lakeville Highway. No cover. 782-9090; pubrepublicusa.com. Reservations recommended.
Send your Petaluma events listings to Katie Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org.