Five Things to Do in Wine Country in December

By, Annette Hanami

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Discover Downtown Napa’s latest restaurant, Torc

In contrast to the zen décor of the former Ubuntu space, the newTorcrestaurant is all about food and comfort with lots of cushy seating and ingredient-centric paintings by Andy Berry. Owner and Chef Sean O’Toole presents American cuisine with global influences that will sate everyone’s palate. Open daily 5 – 9 p.m., reservations atSeatMe.1140 Main Street, Downtown Napa

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Experience a Victorian Christmas with a Holiday B&B stroll

Go inside some of Wine Country’s most beautiful Victorian inns decked out for the season with inspiring holiday décor. In Downtown Napa, stroll theNapa B&B Holiday Tour and Taste Eventon December 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. Dozens of inns will be offering inviting music and a variety of Napa Valley wines and bites from local chefs. $65 per person, shuttle available. Proceeds go towards various Napa beneficiaries such as Clinic Ole and Napa Food Pantry.Various locations in Downtown Napa.

In Sonoma, join theHealdsburg Victorian Inns Touron Sunday December 15 from 2 – 4 p.m. where six holiday-decorated inns will open their doors with appetizers and refreshments. $5 donation or canned goods go towards the Healdsburg Food Pantry.Various locations around Healdsburg Plaza

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Uniquely Napa Valley Christmas events for the whole family

Find your inner child (and Santa) on theNapa Valley Wine Train. The Wine Train makes special runs up to Yountville during December with a shorter 1 1/2 hourSanta Train designed for families with children. $20 per person (including each child) up to $35 per person in the Vista Dome. Food not included but child-friendly menu available. Check thewebsitefor the full train schedule.Board at 1275 McKinstry Street in Downtown Napa.

Up-valley, be filled with holiday cheer during theCalistoga Lighted Tractorparade that pays homage to the town’s agrarian heritage. Vintage and new farm equipment and trucks will roll down Lincoln Avenue decked out in holiday lights – Santa will even make a special appearance. Saturday, December 7 from 7 – 8 p.m.Lincoln Avenue between Cedar and Stevenson, in Calistoga.

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