Sonoma County Winter Bucket List

Sonoma County Winter Bucket List

1. Go to a tree lighting

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit like an annual tree lighting. Cotati’s Holiday Tree Lighting is on December 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.

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2. Ice Skate

Snoopy’s Home Ice in Santa Rosa has public skating all through the month of December.

3. Make a gingerbread house with friends

Let’s be real—this tradition will always get you in the festive mood.


4. Be amazed at holiday light displays

Take the self-guided City of Lights Driving Tour to see amazing light decorations throughout Petaluma.

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5. Celebrate at a cozy restaurant

Winter means it’s time to bring on the comfort food. Treat yourself and friends to pasta at Mercato Pasta and Produce, Santa Rosa’s newest spot for authentic Italian cuisine. If you’re in the mood for more of a treat, visit The Drawing Board for Instagram-worthy dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients.

 The Drawing Board

The Drawing Board

6. Find the best hot chocolate in the area

Flying Goat Coffee or Acre?

 Acre Coffee

Acre Coffee

7. Pick up a new book from a local bookstore

Head to Copperfield’s in Petaluma or Treehorn Books in Santa Rosa, and cozy up to a new book.


8. Go on a winter hike

Hiking in cooler weather is perfect for when you’re tired of staying indoors. Explore Armstrong Redwoods and the Sonoma Coast to keep active.

 Armstrong Redwoods

Armstrong Redwoods

9. Watch a new movie

Keep an eye for these films coming out in December: Welcome to Marwen, Vox Lux and Aquaman.

 Welcome to Marwen

Welcome to Marwen

10. Have a lazy day inside and countdown to New Year’s!