This is December in Napa

Dec. 1, 2016 | by Jim Beazley

This is December in Napa: Beautiful fall colors still linger on the trees and the Beazley House gardens continue to be blooming beautiful! While Jack Frost threatens to end our flowers for this year, he has waited until perhaps New Year’s Eve! Christmas decorations are up, crowds are gone, and of course within walking distance are 26 wine tasting rooms, world-class restaurants and the Oxbow public market! Now CIA at the Oxbow public market has just opened too. There’s a lot to explore.

Festival of Lights - Yountville

This year there are Carriage Rides – Thursdays, Dec. 7, 15, and 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM: Enjoy free horse drawn carriage rides through downtown Napa. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the Holiday lights on all the buildings and check out the Christmas windows, while snuggling with family. Carriages depart every fifteen minutes from the Napa River Inn at the Hatt Building on Main Street. Spend the time between rides shopping and dining in beautiful downtown Napa.

Napa town is bustling with activity consider a ride on the Christmas-decorated trolley. Seasonal music will be playing as it travels between four regular stops – the Oxbow Public Market, Historic Napa Mill, First & School Streets near the Andaz Hotel and Main and Pearl streets — on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Beazley House Christmas Tree - 2016

The Beazley House has never looked more festive! Miss Veronica has done her usual magic and the inn looks like a Victorian Christmas Card. This is a great time of year to visit the Beazley House to enjoy sitting by the fireplace in the parlor enjoying a glass of Sherry or cup of hot mulled wine and some of our delicious homemade Beazley House Chocolate Chip Cookies. The Inn will become your home away from home on the holidays.

Music is in the air, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet is performing from Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Blue Note Napa.

Marsalis is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo.

Blue Note Napa is a jazz club and gourmet restaurant located in the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House. You’ll enjoy an intimate atmosphere and wine country ambiance. Visit or call 880-2300 for tickets.

Traditional Home is opening its fifth annual Napa Valley Showhouse to benefit the Napa Valley Film Festival through January 8. This year the home of Lisa Peju, co-owner of the recently opened Liana Estates winery, will be transformed by a team of acclaimed designers.

It is located in Napa and open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays, Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Tickets for the tour and tasting are $30 at

If you’re thinking of spending your Christmas holiday with us we suggest the Christmas Dinner in Siena. Their culinary team has created a holiday inspired, three-course meal just for this evening. You may reserve here

And, if you are planning on spending New Year’s Eve with us here are several outstanding ideas.

New Year's Eve on the Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is having their annual dinner and after party on December 31st. You’ll embark on your own Parisian journey with a welcome sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvre reception, 4-course meal and more, all of which will be sure to delight. You may make reservations here

Dining, dancing and drinks can be had at Ca’ Momi Osteria. Ring in the New Year with La Notte Latina. “DJ Jose Miguel spins the sexiest of singles with tracks that dive deep into the world of salsa, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton, bachata, banda, rumbero & more… and presents a six-hour marathon performance to welcome 2017 with a bang!” You may purchase tickets here, New Years Eve at Ca’Momi Osteria.

At Silos Napa you can ring in 2017 with the Silo’s Rockin’ Country. There’ll be an East and West coast ball drop and there are two shows at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Get tickets here

We hope we’ve provided you with all the fun Napa has to offer and we’ve encouraged you to come for this magical time of year and relax with us at the Beazley House.

Happy Holidays!