4 Things To Do In Petaluma In The Winter

With the winter season upon us, we’d like to explore some favorite past times around the city. Whether it’s exploring downtown or basking in holiday cheer, Petaluma offers fun for the whole family.

4 Things To Do In Petaluma In The Winter

Explore Downtown

Locals can always get reacquainted with the heart of our city in downtown Petaluma. Filled with shops, restaurants and parks, you can easily make a day of it with the entire family. Pack up a stroller and some jackets and take a day exploring the sites that you may miss during your usual busy work week.

If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit, step into Marisa’s Fantasia, a winter wonderland of ornaments and collectibles to give you some Christmas inspiration. Take the kids to Jungle Vibes Gift and Toy Emporium, an old-school shop filled to the brim with toys that will keep any child occupied for hours. Let your little ones peruse the shelves and remind them that Santa is coming soon.

 Visit Movie Scenes

If you’re a movie buff, you may have already recognized certain areas in Petaluma that were featured in blockbuster films. With an array of architectural styles and abundance of small town charm, Petaluma has been a hot spot for many a Hollywood film.

You can download directions for a self guided tour or take one of the many film tours offered downtown to spot all the famous movie filming scenes. With classics like “American Graffiti”, “Basic Instinct” and “Peggy Sue Got Married”, you’ll have an afternoon of famous spots to explore.

 Santa’s Riverboat Arrival

Kick off the Christmas season by welcoming Santa to Petaluma! The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Petaluma residents and visitors gather along the Petaluma river to greet Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

You and your family can enjoy some live entertainment throughout the morning, until Santa arrives at noon – via tugboat! Wave hello and stay for pictures, maybe even getting a chance to share your wish list with Chris Kringle himself. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon doing some holiday shopping in local stores for Small Business Saturday.

 Festival of Trees and Light Up The Square

For an afternoon filled with Christmas cheer, head downtown the first weekend of December. For the Festival Trees, you and your family can show support for the city and contribute to a good cause by bidding on Christmas trees decorated by local businesses.

Follow it up with Light Up the Square, a festival of holiday fun in the town square. You can sit with Santa Claus, enjoy some festive entertainment and visit a free souvenir photo booth. Once the suns sets, enjoy the annual Christmas tree lighting and some magical “snowfall”.

No matter what you decide to do downtown, Petaluma offers fun for the whole family!

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