Holiday Happenings

Share in the Season with the Holiday Events Calendar

Our 2015 Holiday Event Calender is available for download, click here!

Join us on Saturday, November 28th for Santa's Riverboat Arrival

Santa and Mrs. Claus sail by tugboat into the Petaluma River Turning Basin and disembark at River Plaza Shopping Center on E. Washington St. Entertainment starts at 11:30am with Petaluma Pete presenting and the Pacific Empire Chorus to entertain. Oliver the balloon artist and Budderball the clown will be on hand to entertain the waiting crowd. Clo the Cow will be making a special guest appearance and Clover Stornetta will be sampling their delicious Egg Nog! Boy Scout Troop 8 will be selling homemade baked goods and handmade ornaments, while Mike Chisham, award winning blacksmith, will demonstrate how the ornaments are made. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive at noon to greet the waiting crowd and stay on hand for photos and Christmas wishes. The 28th is also Small Business Saturday, and we'll be handing out swag bags filled with offers and information for Downtown merchants. Meander downtown and get some shopping crossed off your list while supporting Small Businesses!


Ooh and aah at the City of Lights Driving Tour

Petaluma's holiday spirit shines brightly in The City of Lights Driving Tour December 1- 28. Take a break from the holiday hustle and spend time with your family on the self-guided tour viewing the homes and businesses that are decked out with spectacular displays of lights and decorations.

Our elves have been busy drawing a map of the elaborately decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma.

Click here for the City of Lights Driving Tour map!



Downtown Merchants' Holiday Open House on Sat., December 5

The day will be a gift "From Petaluma with Love" as downtown merchants host a full day of festive activities. Join them for great shopping deals, carolers, horse and carriage rides, face-painting, hot cider and much more from 11am to 5pm.

More information can be found at or by calling (707) 762-9348.


Lighted Boat Parade is a dazzling holiday display

Petaluma’s riverside location once again provides a unique setting as a flotilla of decorated boats streams into the

Petaluma River Turning Basin on Saturday, Dec. 5 at about 5:30 p.m. in celebration of the holiday season. Bring your camera; the thousands of lights reflecting off the water makes the Lighted Boat Parade a favorite event for photographers.

The flotilla remains on view all evening in the Historic Downtown harbor behind the Great Petaluma Mill at 6 Petaluma Blvd. No. and “B” Street.  The night is still young...enjoy great food, drink and live entertainment in historic downtown. Check out the Winter Window Walk to view beautifully decorated windows and shops. Merchants open late for you!

More information can be found at or by calling (707) 762-9348