Make a quick escape to Temecula Valley and experience the holidays in Southern California’s wine country! Choose from an unbelievable amount of affordable and festive events, exclusive New Year’s Eve parties, winemaker dinners and December wine classes at our 35 charming wineries and wine country restaurants. Eat, drink, and be merry in Temecula Valley!
See below for the full December events schedule!
“Dog Day Sundays” at Carol’s Restaurant
Sundays in December
Bring your well mannered pooches for lunch on the patio in wine country. Live music, doggie menu, doggie treats.
For reservations, call (951) 676-9243
Early New Year’s Party
Monday, December 31
Dine in the beautiful Bacchus Hall and dance to the music of Fandango. Four course dinner includes complimentary glass of champagne.
$40 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Limited seating. Reservations required by calling (951) 676-9243
Bel Vino Winery
2nd Annual Jingle & Mingle
December 15, 6:00p-9:00p
Festive Decor, Live Entertainment, Heavy Tray Passed Appetizers, 3 glasses of wine, and 1 raffle ticket
$30 (Wine Club Price)
$35 (Non-Wine Club Price)
(Not inclusive of tax and gratuity) RSVP to Vanessa@belvinowinery.com or 951-676-6414
Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Sunday, December 2
Join us as we light out Barrel Tree and celebrate the holiday season. Santa will be here to take photos with the family! Wine tasting, hot cocoa, cookies and popcorn will be available, and the gifts shop will be open for all to shop. No reservations required. We just want to see you and wish you a happy holiday season!
Eat, Drink & Be MERRY
Thursday, December 6
$20 per person
$18 per person, Wine Club
Have you ever wanted to host a wine tasting party for the holidays? It can be super simple and fun! Come and see how we do it and use our ideas to throw your own party! Enjoy appetizers and wine plus great gift ideas for entertaining, while shopping for holiday gifts during this “after hours” event. Fun, festive recipes and presentation tips will be provided. Each guest will receive $10 worth of “Be Merry Money” to use toward purchased of stocking stuffers, clothing, cookbooks, gourmet food products, ornaments, jewelry, wine and much more.
Call (951) 676-4001 to reserve your spot today!
Canned Food Drive
During the entire month of December, bring in a canned food item(s) for our local food pantry, the Temecula Rescue Mission and receive a coupon for 15% off of your wine purchases. Together, we can help make this holiday season brighter for our local community.
Chapin Family Vineyards
Temecula’s newest winery plans to have the entry palms decorated in white Christmas lights with staircase and balcony decorated in full Christmas regalia. There will be two live trees inside the tasting room for our wine club members to participate in decorating with personalized messages on ornaments signed by them as we kick off the season with our wine club pick up party on Dec. 1, 2012.
Cougar Vineyard & Winery
“Sip & Shop”
Friday, December 14 & 21
Relax and un-wine-d with a glass of wine while you shop for Christmas gifts
Receive the “Black Friday” wine deals plus 5% off of any clothing purchases
Live holiday music and wine by the glass available for purchase
(No tastings offered after 6 PM.)
Wine Appreciation Class
Saturday, December 8
This very educational, fun and “hands-on” class is all encompassing and conducted by our Assistant Winemaker and in-house sommelier, George Myers. Includes lunch.
$65 per person
$60 per person, Wine Club
Limited class sizes. Adults 21 years and over only.
Reservations required by calling (951) 676-8231 xt. 109
Keyways Vineyard & Winery
12/1 thru 12/31 –TEMECULIGHTS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FREE
Please join us for this Spectacular Month-Long Celebration of the Holidays that includes more than 100,000 Eco-Friendly Twinkly Lights. The Nightly show begins at Dusk. Holiday Hours are Mon-Wed 11-6pm Thurs-Fri 11-7:30pm Sat-Sun 10-7:30pm
December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd– HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES $5
Every Saturday until Christmas from 4-6pm
Let the Beauty and Splendor of Temecula Carriage Company’s team of Percheron Draft Horses Guide you through the Vineyards. Bring the Family and enjoy our Award Winning Wines, or try our Holiday Mulled Wine, Coffee or Hot Cocoa. Unique gifts, Gourmet Cheese and Artisan Breads.
December 1st,2nd,8th, 9th, 15th , 16th, 22nd– Sat 7:30pm Sun 3:00pm $10
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Beloved Classic about Six Very Unruly Children. No one is Prepared when this Outlaw Family invades Church one Sunday and decides to take over the Annual Christmas Pageant.
December 14th– Keyways Kasual Karaoke Khristmas Benefiting the Children of Rancho Damacitas 6-9PM
Come share an evening of fun and laughs as we watch our Keyways Friends and Family Sing Delightful and Dreadful Renditions of our Favorite Songs! So get out your Ugly Sweater or Krazy Khristmas Hat and and enjoy our Award Winning Wines and Light Appetizers. Wine Specials and Prize for Best song of the Evening! Please Bring a Gift to Share the JOY of Christmas to one of the Children at Rancho Damacitas. Admission FREE
December 15th– Dickens Victorian Christmas Fair Saturday 11-5pm
This event will feature over 40 Unique Vendors and hourly performances: Holly Berry Choir, Candy Cane Choir, Guitarist Vince Mendoza and his classically trained students. Pianists Christmas Ensemble performing Contemporary & Classical Christmas Arrangements, Story Time with Santa and Elves. The day long event concludes with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with a Victorian Santa Claus and dance performance escorted by Temecula Carriage Company. All Day Passport $10
Longshadow Ranch Winery
Sleigh bell carriage rides in the vines!
Sundays in December through December 23
Longshadow Ranch Winery is your Country Christmas! Beautiful lights, wreaths, trees and sleigh bell carriage rides thru the vineyards. Yeehaw! Call (951) 587-6221 for more info.
Every Friday in December
Complimentary live music
5:00p – 8:00p
Specials on “Mulled Wine”
Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Celebration
Saturday, December 8
Latkes, Jelly donuts and dreidles to be enjoyed by all
Gingerbread House Competition
Friday, December 14
We will be hosting a gingerbread house making contest. we will provide the kits just need the architects. All ages event.
“Lorimar Ugly Sweater Party”
Thursday, December 20
Live music, DJ, Karaoke and mulled wine bar with photo booth and catered food. (lots of mistletoe) Open to public 21 and over.
Holiday Clearance Event
Wednesday, December 26
Specials on holiday merchandise and wine to make room for the New Year!
“The Charlie Brown Christmas”
December 21, 5-8pm
3 Piece Jazz show playing music from the movie (Charlie Brown Christmas & other holiday favorites) Also, playing the movie on a screen in the background.
Live Music, Food, Wine & Beer
RSVP online @ http://www.mountpalomar.com/Events/Wine–Unwind-Friday-Nights
Holiday lights will be up by the 14th of November as well as our two Christmas trees. We will have extended holiday hours on Saturday November 10th and 17th with vendors, live music and food from 5-8pm.
New Year’s Eve dinner at The Restaurant at Ponte
Monday, December 31st, 5:00-8:00pm: Enjoy a special menu (attached) in the barrel room. Dinner is by reservation only, please call 951-252-1770 to make your reservation.
For those wanting to spend the night, we invite guests to book at room at Ponte Vineyard Inn and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Moscato, exclusive access to The Cellar Lounge, a midnight toast and a late check-out. Please note that The Cellar Lounge will not be open to any non-hotel guests that night.
For those wishing for a late-night celebration within walking distance, Ponte invites diners to head next door after dinner at Ponte to Wiens Family Cellars for the 1920’s Speakeasy NYE Celebration! Click here to purchase tickets.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
“The World’s Greatest Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Ever”
It’s over the meadows and through the vineyards with this excursion. But we’re not going to grandmother’s house though. We’re going wine tasting. South Coast Winery has teamed up with the Temecula Carriage Company to deliver for you “The World’s Greatest Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Ever.” Follow the sounds of the jingle bells to discover the team of highly decorated horses, then climb aboard the vintage style trolley, decked out in its holiday splendor for a ride through the vineyards of a lifetime. Available daily in limited supply. Advance reservations recommended. Call (951) 587-9463 for more information and for reservations.
Christmas Dinner at Vineyard Rose Restaurant
Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25
For reservations, call (866) 994-6379 X7237
Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Monday, December 31
Vineyard Rose Fire & Ice Dinner
Seating from 6:00p-9:30p
$150 per person
Four course fixed menu, musical entertainment by the Gayle St. Gregory 5-piece band, party favors and a bottle of wine.
Must be 21 years or older
Call (951) 587-9463 Ext 1 or visit us online here for reservations. Be sure to ask about our all inclusive overnight stay packages. These packages sell out each year so reserve early!
Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Party & Balloon Drop
Monday, December 31
$75 per person
Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, party favors, bottle of wine and champagne toast. Enjoy dancing to the music mix of DJ Dillenger.
Must be 21 years or older.
Call 951.587.9463 Ext 1 or visit us online here for reservations. Be sure to ask about our all-inclusive overnight stay packages. These packages sell out each year so reserve early!
Christmas Dinner at Cafe Champagne
Tuesday, Dec 25
For reservations, call 951-699-0099
Wiens Family Cellars
1920’s Speakeasy NYE Celebration!
Monday, December 31st, 2012. 8pm – 1am
Click here to purchase tickets.
Wilson Creek Winery
Jet-Setting Rockin’ New Years Eve Celebration
Monday, December 31
7:00p to 12:30a
$160 per person, plus gratuity and tax
$146 per person, plus gratuity and tax, Wine Club
Grab your passport and celebrate this New Year’s Eve on a journey around the world! As your surroundings transform, you will begin with a midnight toast in Australia, then London, next Egypt and back to New York in time for the ball drop and the final New Year’s toast to welcome in 2013, all without boarding a plane! During your globetrotting evening enjoy a 4-course dinner, a hosted wine and champagne bar pouring only the finest, and groove to the electric, funky, soul sounds of Sibling Rivalry.
credit: fingerlakes travel guide
Wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season!