By Craig Smith
While it is hard to believe that another year has gone by, the good news is that it’s almost Christmas. Who doesn’t love the return of Santa Claus?
There are lots of ways to enjoy time with the family during the month of December. This year, include checking out all the decorated windows in Downtown Napa. In fact, cast your vote for what you think is the best of the best. Most stores will have ballots on-hand for you to fill out. It’s simple – write down the store name of the window you like the most, and put it in the ballot box. Winners will be selected on December 15th and will be posted on DoNapa.com by the 20th. Even if you don’t make it down in time to vote, you can still stroll the streets and enjoy the sites.
Here are some other Holiday activities
to enjoy. Merry Christmas!
Bring the family for free horse drawn carriage rides through downtown Napa. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the Holiday lights on all the buildings, see what the Christmas windows look like in the stores, and just snuggle with the family. One carriage leaves the Historic Napa Mill on each of the scheduled nights, a second one departs from Coombs Plaza at First and Coombs Street during the same time. Ride either or both – there are two separate routes, with each route lasting about twenty minutes. Spend the time between rides shopping and dining in beautiful downtown Napa. If you enjoy it, come back the following week with your neighbors. Thursdays, December 4th, 11th and 18th, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thanks in part to Beau Tours, who helped make the Holiday Wine Trolley available, everyone will be able to enjoy a free Trolley ride downtown. Bring the family, friends or anybody else you’d like. The Christmas decorated trolley will be playing music of the season as it travels between five regular stops – at the Oxbow Public Market, Historic Napa Mill, Coombs Street at Second, First near Randolph, and at Main & Pearl Streets. Signage will show you exactly where to get off and on. Enjoy the whole loop at one time, or get on and off as you wish. The trolley runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from December 5th through the 21st, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Now through January 11th, children of all ages and those young at heart will be able to ice skate in
downtown Napa. The 6300 sq ft outdoor rink has
stainless steel railings, a quality ice surface, a real Zamboni, hot chocolate, and your favorite Christmas music. Situated in the parking lot at the north east
corner of Coombs and Second streets, the rink will be open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sundays. It opens at 12 noon when school is out, 2 p.m. when students are in class. Skating is
only $12 per person, which includes skate rentals.
More information is available at Napaonice.com.
a magic time of year. Join your family and friends in Downtown Napa to shop, dine and enjoy the season.