November 20, 2019 by Gina Teichert

The holidays are a special time of year in Lake County. Our communities are bursting with small-town charm, and our calendar is jam-packed with festivities. From art openings and swanky, wine-sipping soirees to a delightful pet parade, you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer for the whole crew.

Thanksgiving Week & Black Friday

Kick off Thanksgiving week in style, and bring home a gorgeously trimmed tree from the Festival of Trees at Boatique Winery (23 Nov). Proceeds from the benefit dinner and auction support Hospice of Lake County.

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Leave the cooking (and the dishes) to the pros by booking a reservation at the Blue Wing’s legendary Thanksgiving dinner (28 Nov). In addition to the usual suspects, elevated dishes like crab-stuffed salmon, butternut squash ravioli, and prime rib make the menu.

Get out of the house on Black Friday, and mingle with members of Lake County’s art scene as Middletown Art Center mounts its holiday show. Stop by the evening reception (29 Nov), and bring home a piece of contemporary art.

Christmas mania is in full swing during Lakeport’s Dickens Christmas Market (30 Nov). Don your best Victorian duds and take it all in – skating, sledding, Santa photos, a pet parade, and the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Dickens Christmas Market

December Events & Craft Fairs

Nothing brings out the holiday spirit – even in the Scroogiest among us – like a dazzling light show. Lucky for you, several Lake County communities are lighting up the night.  Kelseyville’s Christmas in the Country culminates with an after-dark parade (6 Dec); while Clearlake and Upper Lake dish out family-friendly events the following night (7 Dec).

Find a handmade gift for the Western art lover in your life at the Native Craft Faire at Robinson Rancheria (7 Dec). Known for exceptional basketry, beading, and abalone jewelry, the Pomo Tribe has been living on the shores of Clear Lake for centuries.

Native Craft Fair

Native Craft Fair

On the south side of the lake, Ely Stage Stop offers up homespun holiday fun during their Christmas craft fair (21 Dec). Hop on a hayride, snap a photo with Santa, and grab a last-minute gift from a local vendor at this admission-free event.