Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to move on to the most festive season of the year.
The wineries in Temecula Wine Country have decorated for the season and ready to help everyone with some cool weather wine tasting as the leaves fall from the vines.
Here is a listing of the best events to attend in the upcoming weeks:
Tree lightings at Peltzer
There will be two tree lightings at Peltzer Winery to accommodate everyone who wants to attend and participate in the activities at the farm and the tree lightings will happen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
Christmas at the Farm will take place starting at 11 a.m. each day and features a Makers Market, Food Truck Alley, craft beer, Peltzer wine and photos with Santa from 1-5 p.m. both days. There will be live music from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
Peltzer Farm and Winery is located at 40275 Calle Contento in Temecula. Visit www.peltzerwinery.com for more information.
Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride
Starting Dec. 1 and continuing through Dec. 29, get into the spirit with a Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride on a horse-drawn carriage and be ushered through more than 100,000 twinkle lights and holiday décor in wine country. They suggest guests bring a warm blanket and snuggle with the family as they listen to the jingle bells and clip-clop of the horse’s hooves.
The 25-minute rides are conducted from 3-9 p.m. for $65 per person and start and end at a local winery. Reservations are subject to availability at (844) 369-1852 or www.temeculacarriageco.com/jingle-bell-sleigh-ride.html.
Tree lighting at South Coast
This Tree Lighting Festival at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa includes buffet dinner, as well as Christmas carolers and a Christmas choir. There will be tractor and horse and carriage rides, cookie decorating, printed photos with Santa, and the tree lighting is at 6 p.m.
The buffet includes seared Atlantic salmon with pomegranate couscous, slow-roasted pork loin with butternut squash, grilled marinated chicken with wild mushrooms and more. There will be assorted Christmas cookies, bars and mini cupcakes. The children’s buffet will include mini cheese pizza, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.
When it gets a bit chilly outside, enjoy the hot chocolate and cider station. South Coast Winery Resort and Spa is also an official Toys for Tots drop-off location guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to needy kids.
The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Tickets are required and are $40 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-10 and free for children ages 2 and younger.
Tickets are available at www.SouthCoastWinery.com.
Tree lighting at Lorimar
Join us to kick off the holiday season at Lorimar Winery’s annual tree lighting with Santa, complimentary cookie decorating, hot cocoa, spiced wine, wine sales, special food menu and more from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
RSVPs for the event can be made at www.shop.lorimarwinery.com and the winery is located at 39990 Anza Road in Temecula.
Merry Merlot at Falkner
The Merry Merlot Fundraiser will benefit Daisy’s Hope Foundation cat spay and neuter fund from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery.
The event will feature a wine bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction with great gift baskets and music provided by Tim Apple.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.daisyshopefoundation.com/donate.aspx.
Falkner Winery is at 40620 Calle Contento in Temecula. Visit www.falknerwinery.com.
Winter Wonderland at Ponte
Hosted by The Humanity of Justice Foundation, the Winter Wonderland Benefit at Ponte Winery will support the new CAN unit at Riverside University Health System hospital.
The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-wonderland-benefit-tickets-72788754123.
Ponte Winery is at 35053 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Visit www.pontewinery.com.
Vineyard Christmas Wine & Dine
Hosted by Domaine Chardonnay Vineyard and Private Estate the event from 1:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, features a vineyard estate winemakers tour and tasting of small-batch, award-winning wines at Domaine Chardonnay’s DeCoupage private winery.
The event features a Black Car Service Tour Del Vino wine country VIP shuttle with wine tasting and a private tour at Akash Winery that includes six estate wines and two barrel tastings. That will be followed by a sparkling cocktail reception with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres by Adriana’s Cocina at Domaine Chardonnay Private Vineyard Estate and a four-course sit-down gourmet dinner prepared by Adriana’s Cocina paired with two private collection red wines by local award-winning winemakers.
Domaine Chardonnay Vineyard and Private Estate is at 33810 Madera De Playa in Temecula.
Santa Paws Dog Photos
Akash Winery and Vineyards invites all pet owners to bring their other best friends to the winery to take photos with Santa Paws from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
Akash Winery and Vineyards is at 39730 Calle Contento in Temecula. Visit www.akashwinery.com.
Old World Christmas at Europa
Europa Village will celebrate the wonder of the season with an Old World Christmas. Guests will enjoy a seasonal three-course menu, entertainment and a special visit from Kriss Kringle from 6-8 p.m.
Europa Village is at 33475 La Serena Way in Temecula, and tickets are available at www.shop.europavillage.com for $25 for members and $35 for guests. Children ages 12 and younger are $12.
For more information, call (951) 506-1818, ext. 5.
Barrel Tree Lighting at Callaway
Callaway Vineyard and Winery will host its annual Barrel Tree Lighting Celebration featuring meetings with Santa, cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, Christmas carolers, discounts on wine, gifts and more from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
Callaway Vineyard & Winery is located at 32720 Rancho California Road in Temecula. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mimosas with Santa at Bel Vino
Santa Claus is coming to Bel Vino Winery and guests can enjoy mimosas and Christmas music while taking photos at the Bel Vino Vintage Holiday Set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Bel Vino Winery is located at 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula. For more information, visit www.belvinowinery.com.
Ugly Sweater Competition at Akash
Akash Winery and Vineyards asks guests to wear their ugliest sweaters while wine tasting and being photographed for Akash Winery’s social media during the Ugly Sweater Competition from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. The guest in the picture with the most likes will win a gift basket full of goodies.
Akash Winery and Vineyards is located at 39730 Calle Contento in Temecula. Visit www.akashwinery.com.
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