Many Ways to be Merry at Petaluma Holiday Events

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Petaluma is a community that knows how to have a good time and at no time of the year is that more on sparkling display than at the holidays!

Our Holiday Events Calendar is packed with activities that will bring joy to you and your family including many free festivities and opportunities to visit with Santa. From casual community carol singing to gala concerts with symphony musicians, Petaluma events will make the season bright.


Santa’s Riverboat Arrival on Saturday, November 25

Santa's Riverboat ArrivalSanta and Mrs. Claus make a uniquely Petaluma arrival when they sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat and dock at River Plaza Shopping Center on East Washington Street.

After enjoying holiday entertainment, the Christmas couple arrive at noon and make their way to their special tent for photos and Christmas wish lists.


Downtown Merchants Shop Small and Holiday Open House Event

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The timing is perfect…after welcoming Santa and giving him your Christmas list, make your wishes a reality by shopping small at downtown Petaluma‘ s unique boutiques, art galleries and antique stores.

Having trouble deciding on the perfect gift? Come back on Saturday, December 2nd for the Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House from 11am-5pm. Enjoy fabulous shopping deals, holiday treats, horse & carriage rides, balloon art, face painting and more!


Lighted Boat (and Kayak and Paddleboard!) Parade on Saturday, December 9

Petaluma's Lighted Boat ParadePetaluma is a very inclusive community…so not wanting to have any watercraft feel left out, the lighted boats sailing the Petaluma River will be joined by decorated kayaks, rowboats and any other craft that floats!

Bundle up the family for the parade – it starts at about 6:15pm – and then enjoy post-parade hot chocolate at one of Petaluma’s charming downtown restaurants.

The serenity of the event was captured in this video from the 2015 parade.