The Annual Lighting of the Snowmen has become a Sonoma Valley holiday tradition! Mark your calendar now, you don't want to miss the 2018 festivities!
This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on SATURDAY, December 1st and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy!
The event began in 2004 after David Allen, owner of Artefact Design & Salvage at Cornerstone, discovered hundreds of decorative snowmen at a factory in Boston. The factory, which manufactured the snowmen exclusively, was closing, and Allen decided to purchase the stock to use at the gardens. Each year since then, the snowmen have been arranged into a creative and stunning scene that is different each year.
The festival will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations, an appearance by Santa and more! Parking will be available at Cornerstone (until the lots are filled) and then at the Sonoma Valley Airport, located next to Cornerstone (shuttle service will be provided). Admission to the festival is FREE and there is a $10 parking donation to charity.
The actual lighting is estimated to take place around 6pm on Saturday, December 1. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time for arrival as it will be busy!
All Cornerstone shops, tasting rooms, and Park 121 Café & Grill will be open. In addition, we will have some special guests joining us too, check them out below!
Kid’s Zone - crafts, treats, face painting, and more!
Popo the Clown - face painting and kids games
Santa - take your picture with him in his sleigh!
The Fig Rig - food truck
Tips Tri-Tip Trolley - food truck
Sushimotos - food booth with miso soup, chicken pho, and more!
Ramekins - soup, beer, wine, bottled water
Cafe Apae - coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider
Kettle Corn booth
Sweet Scoops Ice Cream Cart
Benedetta Holistic Skin Care pop-up