- Upper Left: 2013, circus theme, paying tribute to the Holiday Cirque hosted this year | Upper Middle: 2004, first year for the Snowmen at Cornerstone; here they are in a classic “Z” procession | Upper Right: 2009, Snowman being catapulted by slingshot across the highway into the champagne vines at Gloria Ferrer | Right Middle: 2011, snowmen took over for Rudolph and are pulling Santa’s Sleigh | Bottom Middle: 2010, the snowmen built their own Giant “SF Giants” snowmen to celebrate the Giants Winning the World Series that year.
Now in its 11th year, the Annual Snowmen Display and Festival have become a Sonoma Valley holiday tradition. Plan to come see what these crazy snowmen are up to for 2015.
The Lighting of the Snowmen is kicked off with a festival and actual “lighting” on the 1st Sunday in December, annually, but the Snowmen installation/display remains up through December 29 for everyone to enjoy.
The public is invited to come out and see what the snowmen are doing this year and take family/holiday pictures among the beautiful 22+ landscape architecture gardens (all complimentary admission, and open daily 10a-4p), as well as enjoy holiday shopping and wine tasting (3 on-site wineries), or have a delicious lunch (Park 121 Café|Market|Grill)
More about the story behind the Annual Cornerstone Snowmen Display:
The event began in 2004 after David Allen, owner of Artefact Design & Salvage at Cornerstone Gardens, 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 2013 display featured acrobatic snowmen balancing on a wire was inspired by a circus that performed at Cornerstone Thanksgiving weekend.
More about the Lighting of the Snowmen Festival: (Held 1st Sunday in December Annually – festivities begin at 4pm)
The festival features, live music, Santa photos, holiday movies, wine and beer tasting, and crafts for kids. “It’s sort of an old fashioned event,” said Teresa Raffo, one of Cornerstone’s founders. “I love that people could celebrate the holidays and appreciate the gardens with the feeling of community.” (quote from Press Democrat article, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20131208/articles/131209585)
Be the first to see what the Snowmen are doing this year at the 11th Annual Lighting of the Snowman Festival December 6 at 4pm at Cornerstone and enjoy –
Local music, kids festivities, hot toddies, savory foods, beer + wine
- Santa Paw Photos noon to 5 pm (reservations through Pets Lifeline)
- Snowman Lighting Festivities 4pm to 8pm:
- Lighting of the Snowmen at 6pm
- Cornerstone Businesses Will Be Open Late!
Parking – Parking will be available on site at Cornerstone – first come, first serve – and 2 minutes down the road for $10/car at the airport with a shuttle to the event leaving every 5 minutes. Ambassadors from the Speedway Children’s Charity will direct traffic and collect parking fees.