'Tis the Season
Our annual guide to holiday events from Thanksgiving to Christmas
By Anna Freeman, Gabe Meline and Lacie Schwarz
Deck the Halls: Events
Jewish Film Festival
The Jewish Community Center presents a season to remember with the16th annual Jewish Film Festival. The selection of films includes, La Rafle, Anita, Arab Leader and The Matchmaker. The festival runs though Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Sixth Street Playhouse, 52 West Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $10—$12. 707.528.4222.
Dig out your ice skates for the opening of Napa's full-scale outdoor skating rink. Proceeds from the opening Gala featuring wine and hors d'oeuvres go to Napa Emergency Women's Services. Open through Monday, Jan. 16. Second and Coombs streets, Napa. $10—$12. 707.227.7141.
Napa Wine Train Thanksgiving
Take in the beauty of Napa Valley on a real-live train while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast just like the one grandma made. Thursday, Nov. 24, 4:20—8:30pm. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. $99—$139. 800.427.4124.
Festival of Lights
Yountville is gloriously illuminated for its 23rd annual Festival of Lights. Enjoy gourmet food and wine, pay a visit to Santa and take in a carriage ride for an afternoon of holiday fun. Friday, Nov. 25, 2—6pm. Downtown Yountville, Washington Street. Free. 707.944.0904.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House
It's a 28th-annual open house celebration this year, showcasing 22 Sonoma Valley wineries, including St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Deerfield Ranch Winery and Moondance Cellars, among many others. Friday—Saturday, Nov. 25—26, 11am—4pm. $40 per person both days; $10 designated driver tickets. www.heartofsonomavalley.com.
Napa Christmas Parade
Bundle up and enjoy evening parade of lighted holiday floats, then follow Santa to Oxbow Public Market for free hot chocolate and cookies. Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5pm. First Street at Franklin Street, downtown Napa. Free. 707.257.0322.
Windsor Holiday Celebration
Downtown Windsor buzzes with holiday cheer as folks enjoy carriage rides ($1), train rides ($1) and photos with Santa ($9), who is joined by Mrs. Claus, when the tree is lit on the town green. Thursday, Dec. 1, 5—8pm. Town Green, Windsor. Free. 707.838.1260.
Light Up a Life
St. Joseph's hospices honor lives lost with annual candle- and tree-lighting ceremony. Petaluma has its ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2, Center Park (the strip of trees outside the Mystic Theatre, on Petaluma Boulevard South); Santa Rosa tree-lighting events are on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Railroad Square; Oakmont has its lighting on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Star of the Valley Church. A light can be dedicated to a loved one with a $10 donation. Events are free. 707.778.6242.
Napa B&B Tour & Taste Event
The bed and breakfasts of Napa invite you inside to savor select wines and tasty treats. Transportation and entertainment included. Saturday, Dec. 3, 3—7pm. $55 per person. For a list of participating inns, see www.napaholidaytour.com.
The Blessing of the Olives
Many an olive will be blessed at Historic Sonoma Square. This laid-back event includes music and refreshments, and is open to the public. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11am. East Spain and First Street East, Sonoma. Free. 707.996.1090.
Lighted Tractor Parade
Calistoga celebrates its 125th year of agricultural heritage with the 16th annual Lighted Tractor Parade. This small-town event features a lineup of vintage tractors, trucks and other fun vehicles all sparkled up for the holidays. Santa makes an appearance. Saturday, Dec. 3, 7—9pm. Downtown Calistoga. Free. 707.942.6333.
Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade
A dazzling parade of sparkling boats shine on the Petaluma River to ring in the season. Saturday, Dec. 3, 6—6:30pm. Petaluma River Turning Basin, Petaluma. Free. 707.769.0429.
Luther Burbank Open House
Step into Luther Burbank's former home and extraordinary gardens with a two-day open house. Cookies and spiced tea are served in the greenhouse. Kids can enjoy holiday crafts and free trolley rides. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 3—4, 10am—4pm. Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Santa Rosa and Sonoma avenues, Santa Rosa. $2. 707.524.5445.
ICB Artists Winter Open Studios
The ICB Artists Association presents the works of over 80 artists in the 43rd annual Winter Open Studios, "Walk in an Artist's Shoes." Painting, fiber arts, sculpture, digital arts, photography, printmaking, fashion, jewelry and more will be on display in the huge, iconic barrel-roofed structure on the Sausalito waterfront. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 3—4, 11am—6pm. 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 415.331.2222.
Judd Hill Winery presents the sixth annual Hanukkah Hootenanny, featuring an "extravagant latke bar" and musical guests Meshugga Beach Party. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Children's Health Initiative Napa County. Sunday, Dec. 4, noon—3pm. 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. $40. 707.255.2332.
Napa Holiday Candlelight Tour
Experience the interiors of Napa landmarks in a collection of nine architecturally popular and beautiful Craftsman houses all lit up for the holidays. Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3pm to 7pm. 1219 First St., Napa. $30—$40. 707.255.1836.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells: Shopping
Healdsburg Holiday Party
Healdsburg's downtown merchants open their shops and welcome everyone to sip wine and indulge in great food at fine restaurants, all while shopping for the perfect holiday gift. Friday, Nov. 25, 5—9pm. Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg. Free. 707.433.6935.
Rohnert Park Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire
The recreation department celebrates its 32nd year of hand-made holiday arts and crafts. Friday—Saturday, Nov. 25—26, 10am—4pm. Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Free. 707.588.3456.
Dance Palace Holiday Crafts Fair
Find unique, quality gifts at this shopping extravaganza. Talented artists provide jewelry, pottery, clothing and much more to purchase for a fun day of seasonal shopping. Friday, Dec. 2, 4—9pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am—6pm, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 10am—5pm. Dance Palace, Fifth and B streets, Pt. Reyes Station. Free. 415.663.1075.
Muir Beach Quilters Holiday Arts Fair
Proceeds benefit the Muir Beach Quilters, who donate funds to many organizations that help those in need. A perfect complement to a day at the beach; free shuttle from Muir Beach parking lot. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 3—4. Saturday, 10am—5pm; Sunday, 10am—4pm. Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape Drive, Muir Beach. Free. 415.383.6762.
A Dickens of a Holiday Crafts Faire
Over 60 booths of hand-crafted treasures, jewelry, household goods, ceramics and lots more. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Saturday, 9am—5pm; Sunday, 10am—4pm. Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. $2; under 18, Free. 707.543.3737.
Marin County Antique Christmas Show
Enjoy a unique shopping experience through times gone by. Stroll through over 70 booths of antique, vintage and retro items, including home furnishings, garden decor, prints, paintings, clothes, books and more. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 10—11. Saturday, 10am—6pm; Sunday, 10am—5pm. $6. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415.499.6800.
Goddess Crafts Faire
The Goddess Crafts Faire celebrates handmade gifts by local and regional women. Groove to live music while shopping at one of the hippest arts and crafts fairs around. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 10-11. Saturday from 11am-7pm; Sunday from 11am—6pm. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. $5—$13; kids free. 707.823.1511.
Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire
Win special gift packages and taste delicious home-cooked food at the 26th annual Occidental Holiday Crafts Faire, showcasing the works of 35 talented local and regional artists. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 10—11. Saturday, 10am—5pm; Sunday, 10am—4pm. Community Center. 3920 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental. Free. 707.874.9407.
Away in a Manger: Just for Little Ones
Seasonal ice-skating, along with holiday music, hot chocolate, and delicious food enhance your holiday shopping experience at the V Marketplace in Yountville. Open from 11am to 11pm for the holiday season. V Marketplace, 6525 Washington St., Yountville. $12 adults; $8 children eight and under. 707.948.5012.
Dreams of Toyland
Renowned collector Dolph Gotelli returns to Napa with his holiday creation. Vignettes of snowy forests, cozy kitchens, miniature fairies and other creatures will be on display Nov. 19 through Jan. 31. Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville. $2.50—$10; free for members. 707.944.0500.
Santa's Riverboat Arrival
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat on the Petaluma River to greet excited children with candy canes before a horse-drawn procession through downtown kicks off the holiday season. Saturday, Nov. 26, at noon. Turning Basin, Golden Eagle Shopping Center, 2-80 E. Washington Blvd., Petaluma. Free. 707.769.0429.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Have a fun day of exploration at the Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser Extravaganza (weekends, Nov. 26—Dec. 18; weekdays, Dec. 19—23; pre-registration required online; $30 members, $40 nonmembers) and celebrate Kwanzaa with the African Roots of Jazz on Monday, Dec. 26, 11am and 1pm. Free. Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415.339-3900.
Presented by the Cinnabar Young Rep players, Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to take you on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination. Friday—Sunday, Dec. 2—18. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm. Cinnabar Theater, 333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $10—$12. 707.763.8920.
'Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail'
Produced by local youths for young audiences, join Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the rest of the gang in this magical holiday tale. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 10—11, and Friday—Monday, Dec. 17—19. 11am and 2pm. Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $10. 707.433.6335.
VOENA: Drummer Boy
Angelic voices of this multicultural children' a cappella choir, beautiful Victorian costuming and magical musical arrangements all come together to create a fun holiday celebration. Audience participation encouraged. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $15—$35. 707.226.7372.
Ghosts of Christmas Present: Stage
'My Fair Lady'
Set in early 20th-century London, Laura Downing-Lee directs this classic musical about Eliza Doolittle, a spunky diamond-in-the-rough, and proper Professor Henry Higgins, who transform each other despite social barriers. Thursday—Saturday, Nov. 25—Dec. 10, at 8pm. Weekend matinees, 2pm. Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $10—$18. 707.527.4343.
Contessi Ballet and the Petaluma North Bay Performing Arts Association present timeless holiday favorite featuring Hayley Hibbens as Clara and Ignacio Gonzalez as Drosselmeyer. Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 2pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15—$25. 707.588.3400.
'Nightmare Before Christmas'
Travel back to Christmas Town with the Pumpkin King when Tamara Grose presents Tim Burton's timeless movie as a whimsical ballet. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7pm. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15—$20. 707.585.1137.
The Stapleton Ballet presents its 23rd performance of The Nutcracker, featuring vibrant new costumes and a magical tree that grows to over 40 feet. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 3—4, at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20—$32. 415.499.6800.
'It's a Wonderful Life'
Pegasus Theater presents the 1947 radio version of this holiday classic at the Rio Nido Lodge. Enjoy the heart-warming story of George Bailey, a small-town man with a big heart. Dec. 3—19; Friday—Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Pegasus Theater. Rio Nido Lodge, 4444 Woods Road, Rio Nido. $5—$15. Fridays, pay what you will. 707.583.2343.
The Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents vibrant sounds and colors in a dance show celebrating the special traditions of a Mexican Christmas. Refreshments served at a traditional Posada celebration following the performance. Friday, Dec. 9, at 7pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $15—$20. 707.546.3600.
Mayflower Community Chorus
Feel the spirit and be inspired by this African-American tradition of vibrant gospel, blues and jazz harmonies from a full 45-piece chorus. Friday—Saturday, Dec. 9—10, at 8pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $5—$20. 415.499.6800.
Enjoy the magic of Ballet Califia's 16th annual production of the Nutcracker live onstage. Features choreography from David McNaughton and Shelley Scott. Friday—Sunday, Dec. 9—11. Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm. Spreckels Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $16—$20. 707.588.3400.
Twisted Christmas Live No. 9
The Bohemian's own David Templeton presents his annual offbeat lit-comedy-variety show, a fun alternative to the usual holiday fare. Some of the Bay Area's funniest folks will share the weirdest holiday stories aloud. This year includes Debi Durst, Eric Thompson, Roy Zimmerman and others. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30pm. The Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15. 707.568.5381.
The Marin Ballet delights with production featuring stunning sets, intricate costuming, over 175 dancers and a sweet story to captivate the young at heart. Meet the cast at the Candy Cane Party after the show. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 10—11, at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $24—$39. 415.499.6800.
Roustabout Theater presents the Broadway musical adaptation of the film White Christmas, featuring dancing, laughter and popular Broadway tunes performed by Roustabout's acclaimed Apprentice Program. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $30—$45. 707.527.0983.
Despite his crossover success, multifaceted comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington finds the time to entertain crowds across America and Canada. He brings his talents to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday, Dec. 15, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $40—$60. 707.546.3600.
Sebastopol Ballet presents 20th annual production, with complimentary sugar plum parties before matinees starting at 1pm. Friday—Sunday, Dec. 16—18. Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. $10—$20. 707.824.8006.
'Sophie & the Enchanted Toyshop'
Marin Dance Theatre performs this full-length, two-act children's ballet in which a kindly toymaker gifts young Sophie with a magical journey to a beautiful snow kingdom. Meet the cast at the Teddy Bear Tea Party after the matinee. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1pm and 5pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25—$35. 415.499.6800.
Critics rave "flawless," "breathtaking" and "dazzling." The Moscow Ballet performs this whimsical and imaginative story with the richness of Russian classical dance. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2pm and 7:30pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $28—$68. 707.546.3600.
Sherry Studio presents its 12th sensational year with this fun and offbeat performance. Students tap, jazz and hip-hop for a hilarious take on The Nutcracker that will keep you laughing throughout. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2pm and 5:30pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $12—$25. 415.499.6800.
Fa La La La La La La La La: Music
Three-time Grammy-winning artist brings upbeat Delta blues sound to holiday theme. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8pm. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Main St., Napa. $40—$50. 707.259.0123.
The extraordinary and groundbreaking Kronos Quartet bring their combined artistic vision back to Santa Rosa with three West Coast premieres and Steve Reiche's praise-worthy Reich WTC 9/11. The quartet reverts back to its origins Friday, Dec. 2, 8pm. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $10—$30. 707.874.1124.
Joyous, Jolly, Jingles
Though inspiring and blissful, the message delivered through "Joyous, Jolly, Jingles," a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, is a serious one. Since 2001 the chorus has raised $110,000 for in-need Sonoma County residents. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30pm. The Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa. $25—$30. 707.544.1581.
Concerts by Candlelight
Stephen McKersie conducts the Marin Symphony Chamber Orchestra as its chorus members join the Marin Girls Chorus in heart-warming harmonies of the season. Saturday—Sunday, Dec. 3—4. Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 4pm. Church of Saint Raphael, 104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. $25—$30. 415.479.8100.
Dark wit and extraordinary songwriting skills are just a few qualifications present on Richard Thompson's illustrious résumé. His unparalleled talent for the guitar has garnered Thompson a slew of critical praise. He comes to the Mystic on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec.7, 8pm. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $31. 707.765.2121.
Raise the Youth
Benefiting Marin Youth Performers, this third annual Raise the Youth fundraiser will feature performance highlights from this past year's musical theater productions and advanced teen musical ensembles. Friday, Dec. 9, 7—10pm. $15—$60. 142 Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415.383.9600.
Kitka perform women's vocal traditions while expanding the boundaries of folk music as an evolving expressive art form. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8pm. $12—$31. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 707.663.1075.
Sebastopol United Methodist Church presents the 18th annual "Sing-Along Messiah," an opportunity for locals to share their vocal talents, no experience necessary. Participants sing along with a string quartet, soloists and an eclectic chorus. Saturday, Dec. 10, 3pm. 500 N. Main St., Sebastopol. $6; $15 for a family of four. 707.829.4797.
The Yule Logs
Holiday cheer at its best as enthusiastic band the Yule Logs play from their third album, You Ruined Christmas, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8:30pm. Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First St., Sonoma. 707.935.0660.
The Supersuckers & the Blasters
The Supersuckers, self-proclaimed "greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world," bring their all-American style to the Mystic along with the Blasters and rockabilly trio Three Bad Jacks. Friday, Dec. 10, 8pm. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $23—$26. 707.765.2121.
Baritone extraordinaire Jubilant Sykes is authentically passionate and vocally enthralling as he joins soprano Karen Clift and the Santa Rosa Symphony to lift Brahms' Requiem into the stratosphere. Saturday—Monday, Dec. 10—12; Saturday and Monday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $15—$65. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707.546.3600.
Cinnabar Choral Ensemble
Directed by Michael Shahani, the Cinnabar Women's Chorus and Cinnabar Chamber Singers express music, art and life with notes to warm the heart. Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7pm. 3333 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $10-$15. 707.763.8920.
A Chanticleer Christmas
Spiritual sounds of the season sung by the male chorus known around the world as "the orchestra of voices." Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6pm and 8:30pm. St. Vincent Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. $32—$54. 415.252.8589.
'Baroque for the Holidays'
The Napa High School Chamber Choir has toured worldwide, including the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and at Carnegie Hall in New York. This group of young vocalists joins the Napa Valley Symphony for a holiday show to remember. Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3pm. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. $30—$80. 707.944.9900.
The Manzarek-Rogers Band
The Manzarek-Rogers Band, featuring cofounder and keyboardist for the Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Rogers, comes to the Mystic Theater Friday, Dec, 12, 8pm. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma. $29—$31. 707.765.2121.
Everyone's favorite American Idol pipsqueak, David Archuleta, brings his captivating vocal range back to the Wells Fargo Center for the holiday season with My Kind of Christmas Tour. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $30—$45. 707.546.3600.
Christmas Jug Band
Singing songs from their latest release, Uncorked, acoustic folk-skiffle-swing-jug-band will go from one season to the next with a full dose of tongue-in-cheek holiday hijinks. Thursday, Dec. 15, at George's Nightclub (842 Fourth St., San Rafael; 8:30pm; $20—$25; 415.226.0262) and Friday, Dec. 16, at the Raven Theater (115 North St., Healdsburg; 8pm; 707.433.6335).
For over half a century, legendary Tony Bennett has stolen the hearts of audiences nation-wide. He brings his ever-famous hit "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" along with other classics Friday, Dec. 16, at 8pm to the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $90.50—$140.50. 707.546.3600.
Windham Hill Winter Solstice
An annual holiday tradition, Windham Hill's Winter Solstice presents some of the label's most celebrated jazz, New Age and pop recording artists including multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Barbara Higbie, pianist Liz Story and harpist Lisa Lynne. Friday, Dec. 16, at 8pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $16—$20. 707.226.7372.
Throughout the past 25 years the Klezmatics have set the standard for Eastern European Jewish musicóa big feat for a bunch of American musicians who stumbled upon klezmer music accidentally. This "Jewish roots band" introduces their found culture Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8pm to the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. $25—$30. 707.823.1511.
Sing along with a hundred voices and a full orchestra to Handel's Messiah while benefiting the music-education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30pm. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. $15—$20. 707.546.8742.
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Celebrate the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners sing holiday favorites as well as selections from their recent release Take the High Road. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8pm. $40. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707.259.0123.
Childhood friends Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens make up this guitar-drum duo with an old-timey roots-grunge-punk sound for all ages to enjoy. Dec. 17 at 9pm. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $21. 707.765.2121.
Join Jan Pedersen Schiff and the seven youth and adult choral ensembles of SingersMarin for a performance of 'Tis the Season: A Winter Fantasy. Caroling kids lead the audience in a sing-along throughout the show for a magical holiday concert. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20—$30; students and children are half-price. 415.499.6800.
Frolic for a good cause at this folk-Americana-blues-jazz concert for the entire family, featuring Arann Harris and the Farm Band, the California Honeydrops and the Barbary Ghosts. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6pm. $10 with donation of canned food; $15 without donation; kids free with donation. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 707.765.2121.
Songs of the Season
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival presents soulful singer Clairdee and her sextet to celebrate the season with jazz, R&B and contemporary grooves in a joyous concert for all ages. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30pm. Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. $5—$25. 707.433.6335.
The Manhattan Transfer
The 12-time Grammy-award-winning band the Manhattan Transfer present an assortment of beloved Christmas hits with their performance "Cool Yule: The Manhattan Transfer Swings Christmas." Tuesday, Dec. 20, 8pm. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $10—$50. 707.546.3600.
The Coverlettes Cover Christmas
Groove the night away with a Christmas cabaret show in the tradition of 1960s girl groups. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $18—$21. 415.383.9600.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Enjoy the classic sounds of the Peanuts gang when five-time Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit presents the music of Vince Guaraldi on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8:00pm. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. $30—$35. 707.226.7372.
Jam on fresh lively seasonal favorites with saxophonist extraordinaire and magical combination of musicians, including trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Jonathan Butler and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8pm. Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $39—$69. 707.546.3600.
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