Vacaville Holiday Guide

Celebrate the holiday season in Vacaville with all of these festive activities!



Holiday Sip and Shop Craft & Gift Fair

November 5

The Saturday Club of Vacaville will host a Holiday Sip and Shop Craft & Gift Fair. The event is the second in the Sip and Shop series and is a fundraiser for the Club. It will take place at their clubhouse located at 125 W. Kendal Street in Vacaville.The event will feature 30 local vendors selling handmade and custom items inside and outside the Clubhouse. The first 200 guests who are 21 and older can receive a complimentary cranberry mimosa at the door. (must show ID). Additional mimosas will be available for purchase. There will also be an hourly drawing featuring items from the vendors at the event.

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Festival of Trees

November 7 - December 1

Beautifully decorated themed Christmas trees are donated by community businesses, families and organizations, then placed in an online auction. Benefiting Opportunity House Homeless Shelter, the Vacaville Festival of Trees is their biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised by the annual tree auction & gala are vital to help sustain programs our residents reach their goal of self-sufficiency.

Sparkling lights create a festive glow in many storefront windows in, or close to, Downtown Vacaville. In early December, at the close of the online auction, the trees are delivered to the highest bidder, in plenty of time to enjoy their tree and gifts during the Christmas season.

It’s More than a Beautifully Decorated Tree

Decorations abound on all of the themed trees and many include include a treasure trove of items such as gifts and gift certificates.

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Winter Wonder Walk

November 17

During the Winter Wonder Walk, you'll have the opportunity to view and bid on several decorated trees, presented by Festival of Trees and benefiting the Opportunity House Homeless Shelter. The trees will be located in the windows of several downtown businesses. This is a holiday-themed evening filled with FAMILY FUN. We'll have carriage rides, live music performances, and a special visit from Santa. There will be multiple host locations for wine tastings and a portion of the hot cocoa and wine tasting ticket sales will be donated to Opportunity House. This event is rain or shine.

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Very Merry Craft and Gift Fair

November 19 & 20

Over 75 vendors will be selling handmade holiday items, food vendors will be serving holiday-themed treats and local live entertainment is planned for both days. More holiday-themed fun to be announced. “It’s so exciting to bring a giant, classic holiday craft fair to this side of town,” says event producer Brooke Fox.Admission to the Very Merry Craft and Gift Fair is FREE. The event takes place in the Ulatis Center Parking Lot and is 100% outdoors. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome in designated areas. Parking is available onsite. The event is currently accepting Arts & Crafts vendors with a preference for handmade items made by crafters from Solano and Yolo counties.

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Solano Turkey Trot

November 24

Before you gobble down your Thanksgiving feast, feed your body with some fun exercise at the Solano Turkey Trot!With a 10K beginning at 8am, a 5K at 8:20 am and a Kids 1 Mile Fun Run at 9:30am, there’s no reason the whole family can’t get out and start the holiday with a beautiful fall run. A unique and fun part of this run is that you can come in costume! There will be prizes for best and most creative turkey costumes for adults and children.Thanksgiving will be a turkey’s delight as runners and walkers make their annual pilgrimage.

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Thanksgiving Cookie Class

November 20

Ages 8+*Minors must be accompanied by an adult who also has purchased a seat. You will receive an email before the day of class with location details.

Decorate with Alli Harris of Because Carbs at The Discovery Hub in Downtown Vacaville, CA! All levels are welcome to join in on the fun. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of cookie decorating and each participant goes home with six (6) decorated cookies and a goodie bag!

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Candy Cane Lane - Lollipop Lane

Arlene Drive and Shady Glen Avenue

Stroll or drive down these two festive streets in Vacaville (Arlene Dr. and Shady Glen Ave.) and be swept into a world of lights, Christmas music, and holiday spirit. Residents along these two streets go to great lengths to make sure all who take in their light displays are not disappointed each and every year. Lights usually go up the weekend/week after Thanksgiving.

7th Annual Christmas On The Farm

November 26 & 27

FREE Admission. FREE off street parking.

7478 N Meridian Rd. Vacaville, CA

12 of the best hand selected vendors. Antiques, Primitives, Hand Painted Signs, Christmas Decor, Vintage Christmas Ornaments, Ceramic Christmas Trees, Garden Decor, European Antiques, Metal Christmas Decor and garden art and much more! Complimentary hot apple cider and coffee! Bring the family out to the farm for some festive holiday fun. Weather permitting. Our parking area may become unusable in the event of heavy rain.

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Annual Celebrate The Season Art Show

November 26 - January 8

Celebrate the Season with Vacaville Art Gallery.Saturday, November 26, 2022 through Sunday, January 8, 2023Please note the date change from previous announcements.Artist Reception and Holiday Party, December 10, 6-8 pm. We will be accepting art for our Annual Celebrate The Season Art Show Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 from noon to 4 pm and again on Sunday, November 20 from 11 am to 3 pm. The gallery will waive the entry fee for up to three entries for Members. Non-member entry fee is $20 per entry. It’s a great time to become a new member or renew your membership! Existing members: please keep an eye on your email for your membership renewal information if applicable.

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Christmas in My Hometown

November 26

This year marks the 17th anniversary of “Christmas in My Hometown”.From its debut, it has become a truly wonderful holiday tradition.The variety show is fashioned after the holiday specials of TV’s early days, where stars were joined by their families in a cozy front room setting. “We are trying to recreate what we remember of the old Andy Williams Christmas programs, that feeling of being invited into their home for a warm and cheerful holiday gathering,” says Ron George, the show’s creator.

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Christmas Succulent Workshop

November 27 & December 4

Join designer, Noelle DeMartini, as she guides you on how to create your very own breathtaking succulent Living Wreath for the holidays that will last for months (if properly cared for).Just bring your creativity and we will take care of the rest. Workshop fee is $95 per person for a 14" Wreath all materials, step-by-step instructions, and details on how to care, maintain, and artistically prune your masterpiece as the succulents begin to grow & also a glass of wine & light snacks from PIP Wine Bar!You will be planting on a 14" Grapevine Wreath with beautiful Succulents!

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Ron George's Big Band Christmas

November 27

If you're a fan of Jazz music and enjoy the excitement of a Big Band, then this is a show you don't want to miss! Backed by a 17 piece orchestra, Ron George and his group will entertain you with some of the greatest holiday classics ever written. Joining Ron onstage will be Emily Jessen, along with Zach and Aaron George.

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Vacaville Festival of Trees Gala

November 28

Vacaville Festival of Trees Gala 2022Vacaville's most anticipated and sophisticated annual holiday benefit celebration!Join us at the 2022 Vacaville Festival of Trees Gala. This semi-formal event will have you in awe in our new location and beautifully decorated venue. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Daniel while making memories with family, friends and the community. Gala is a magical evening with unique opportunities for attendeesGala ticket holders will have a unique opportunity to bid on deluxe decorated Christmas trees that are only on this magical evening and not available to the general public. Proceeds from the Gala benefit Vacaville's Homeless Shelter, Opportunity House.

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Merriment on Main Tree Lighting

November 29

Merriment on Main has been a Vacaville tradition since 1983, decorating the community Christmas tree on Main Street on Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Starting in 2018 the event has been coordinate by a non-profit organization.

The tree-lighting event began in 1983 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Reporter. As a way of saying thank you to his hometown for a century of support, then publisher Richard Rico created and gifted the Main street three-flag monument to the community, leaving space and a receptacle in the center for a Christmas tree.

Nearly 40 years later – Merriment on Main is legendary! It’s such a part of the community, it has taken on a life of its own. Each year Main Street is covered with thousands of residents and visitors; vendors offer free treats, music is in the air and the holiday spirit is everywhere. It reaches a crescendo when thousands of voices count down, the switch is flipped, and the tree is lit.

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An Irish Christmas

November 30

Experience the joy of An Irish Christmas as seen on PBS! Enjoy all the holiday carols you know and love plus a spectacular high-energy display of Irish dancing at its very best.

An Irish Christmas is a celebration of family and community that showcases some of the great Irish holiday traditions and features award-winning dancers from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Wings. “Magical…glorious Irish music…remarkable…pure joy…a great Irish night!” – The Irish Herald

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United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert

December 2 & 3

The City of Vacaville presents The Air Force Band of the Golden West Holiday ConcertFriday, December 2 at 7pm and Saturday, December 3 at 3pmKick off the holiday season with this much anticipated annual event. Celebrate the sounds of the season as VPAT welcomes the Air Force Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Led by Commander and Conductor, Lieutenant Colonel Cristina Moore Urrutia, this acclaimed 50-piece ensemble will deck the hall with familiar and classic melodies guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.Ticket distribution begins Saturday, November 19 at 10am.Tickets must be picked up in person at the VPAT Box Office, Tuesday – Friday, noon – 6pm.Tickets are free, but required. Limit 4 per family.

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Soul Food Farm & Morningsun Herb Farm Holiday Faire

December 3

Farmers, music, food, makers, we even have donkeys dressed up like elves! Come out to the farm and visit with friends, find handmade gifts for the holidays and spend the day having some good ole fashioned fun. We are hosting a toy drive so please bring a small new gift to share. Parking and admission are free.

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Breakfast with Santa

December 3

Celebrate the season with a Santa Breakfast! Enjoy an all you can eat pancake breakfast with two sausage links and beverages. Children can visit with Santa and create winter themed crafts. Children under two years eat free with a paying adult. All adults must purchase a ticket. Preschool fundraiser raffle will be available. Bring a camera for some great memories.Register early - seating is limited. Must be pre-registered, no onsite registration will be taken. Every one attending must register. Breakfast is served promptly at 10:00am. Serving will end at 11:30am.

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Solano Symphony Orchestra - Holiday Celebration

December 4

In the orchestra’s December program, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet will fill the hall for the Holiday Celebration performance, which also features the orchestra’s own concertmaster, Max Baluyev, playing Bach’s first Violin Concerto in A minor.

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The Nutcracker presented by the Vacaville Ballet Company

December 9-11

The classic Holiday story returns – make it a part of your family’s tradition this Season!

*Our Student Matinee is open to the public. Tickets to the student matinee are $1 for students and regular priced for all others. Tickets for individuals and groups can be purchased through the VPAT Box Office. Email SMATs@VacavilleBalletCompany.org for more information.

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Jack Wright's Live Concert Experience: A Neil Diamond Cherry Cherry Christmas

December 10-11

Jack Wright's highly acclaimed national touring production Jack Wright's LIVE Concert Experience: A Neil Diamond Cherry Cherry Christmas, rings in the season by blending classic Christmas favorites with Neil's familiar ballads, soaring anthems and rock and roll that encompass 5 decades of superstar performances. Each show is woven together with fascinating stories and song explanations that redefine the Neil Diamond tribute. Family friendly, this show will delight audiences both young and old and will definitely get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

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Vacaville Museum Guild Holiday House Tour

December 10

Save the date for the long-awaited return of the Vacaville Museum Guild Holiday Home Tour, Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, featuring 7 vintage homes, all on Buck Ave/Main Street, in Vacaville. The Museum doors will open at 9:30, and you will be able to park once and walk from place to place, enjoying a variety of styles, from Victorian to Craftsman, including a stately Spanish style mansion, a beautiful “Winter Wonderland”, a home with 125 Santas, one with the “I’ll be Home for Christmas” theme, and a “Quilter’s Cottage”. Your tour will start at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave., Vacaville, where you will pick up your map and descriptions of the homes on the tour, and enjoy light refreshments, including homemade pumpkin and cranberry breads, fruits, beverages and other holiday treats. Tickets for various raffle prizes will also be available, including the much-advertised Christmas Quilt, pieced by Guild member Candy Kraft, and quilted by InStitches, Dixon. Other raffle prizes include a set of “The 12 Days of Christmas” porcelain dinner plates, a ceramic Christmas chapel, a set of 18 glass plates, and a festive platter to get your holiday table sparkling.

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Sweet Pea's Winter Wonderland

December 10

Christmas Shopping, Santa & Elves and Holiday Desserts! Sip on hot chocolate as you stroll through Winter Wonderland filled with holiday merchants. Santa's Helpers have been hard at work to create an old time shopping market, with carolers, elves, candy canes and Santa himself.

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Christmas Cookie Class

December 11

Ages 8+*Minors must be accompanied by an adult who also has purchased a seat. You will receive an email before the day of class with location details.

Decorate with Alli Harris of Because Carbs at The Discovery Hub in Downtown Vacaville, CA! All levels are welcome to join in on the fun. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of cookie decorating and each participant goes home with six (6) decorated cookies and a goodie bag!

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Holiday Harmonies Winter Concert - Young Artists Conservatory of Music

December 14

Winter Holiday Concert performed by students of Young Artists Conservatory of Music at Journey Downtown Music Venue.

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Mäksē Restaurant New Year's Eve

December 31

Celebrate New Years Eve Mäksē Style with the James Moseley Band and DJ into 2023!

Mäksē Restaurant will be open at 5pm for regular dinner service (advance reservations recommended), our New Years Eve Party will be held on our new stage in the main dining room. Featuring the James Moseley Band! Dance Music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, with some current top hits mixed in! DJ to help mix it up!Champagne Toast and hors d'oeuvres included! Both Bars will be open! This is a General Admission, open seating will be available upstairs and in our downstairs Speakeasy. General Admission Tickets are $125 per person. VIP Champagne Tables Available (Limited)

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