Family FIVE

Happy Thanksgiving! The kids and I have been having fun adding up all the things we are thankful for this past month. From my first sip of coffee of the day to being blessed with comforts many take for granted, there are plenty of things to add to our Grateful Lists. I hope you all find plenty of things to feel grateful for as well.

Here are a few things that are going on this weekend for you and your family to do together.

Santa Rosa Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Downtown Santa Rosa
Fri, Nov 25th, 12-7
Holiday shopping is kicked off on Black Friday with a Downtown Holiday Open House from 12-5. Stores will be open with sales and specials, free gift wrapping, validated garage parking, music, and a raffle for the Downtown Gift Basket. The Sutter VNA & Hospice Lights of Life Tree Lighting Program begins at 6pm with more kids’ crafts, free pictures with Santa, live holiday music and the candle lighting and tree lighting ceremony.

Pirates, Legends, & Lore
Petaluma Museum – 20 Fourth St, Petaluma
Aye, ye scurvy bilgerats. Get ye to Petaluma Museum for the largest pirate exhibition in the Bay Area. View flintlocks, swords, a grappling hook, real cannon balls, plates from Sir Francis Drake, and more. Kids can make their own pirate flags, learn to tie different sailor’s knots, earn prizes, and a vast treasure chest of fun to be had. Plus, a real treasure hunt will unfold with a map that gives clues to a rare pirate coin worth $500. Exhibit open now till November 27th.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 children

Hawaii Christmas Craft Fair
Sat Nov 26, 10a
Kehaulani Hula Studio (3210 Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa)
Hawai’i Christmas Craft Fair. Hand Crafted: Scarves, Bags, Prints, Cards, Ornaments, Baked Goods, Candles. Kēhaulani Hula Studio. Kumu Hula C.Pōmaikaʻi Gaui. Kēhaulani Hula Studio welcomes any and all who appreciate “All things Hawaiian!”

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Sat, Nov 26, 11a
Watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus are brought in on the Petaluma River by tugboat, ready to meet all the kids and pass out candy. Come early and stay late to enjoy various street performers and festivities going on around the Petaluma shops.

Holiday Gift Faire
Nov 25-27, 10a
Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa)
There’s a reason this faire is scheduled for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. The list of vendors is endless as craftiers and artisans set up booths holding treasures untold for your holiday gift giving. Delicious food vendors, eclectic crafts and gifts, as well as visits with Santa.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our list of family events going on Thanksgiving week, as well as fun things to do indoors when the weather outside is frightful. You can also check out the SantaRosaMom events calendar, as well as the calendar on

Have a thankful Thanksgiving and a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon


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