Geyserville’s Tree Lighting & Tractor Parade

November 28, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Geyserville along with many other towns has their very own tree lighting ceremony, fun for the entire family. The last few years, Geyserville has had the tractor parade put on by the guys of the NSCLU. Each year this event grows in numbers of attendees and entries. It has become a staple in the charming small town. It’s a magical evening for children to come and sit on Santa’s lap but the large decorated Christmas tree in the park and ride lot in the center of town. Adults may enjoy coffees, wine, and beer at local shops while children sip on hot chocolate. The wine tasting rooms will be pouring wine and open for business during the evening. This is an amazing representation of the fun this small, unincorporated town has when everyone comes together to make something magical happen. Other towns have their special holiday tree lighting they put on but I have to say, this is my favorite. Whether you live in Geyserville or not, you still feel the warm, welcoming holiday cheer everywhere you go during this event.

If you’d like to enter your tractor into the parade, applications are available here.

Enjoy the chatter of MC’s Joe Pelanconi and Senator Mike McGuire as you stroll through town out in front of the tree.
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

The main avenue is lit up and all of the shops are open for business on November 28th: 

  • Geyserville Mud will sell hot chocolate and pastries as well as drinks {wine, beer, and coffees}
  • The Firehouse will be serving chili and cornbread for $5 or if you bring an unwrapped toy {equal to or greater than $5} it’s free
  • Hot dogs will be for sale upstairs at the Odd Fellows Hall

It is important to get into town early as parking can be tricky. The parade will start at the North-end of town so here is a list of places to park:

*When parking parallel and in places without marked spaces, please park as close as you can while still being safe so that others may park too.

*Please keep the shoulder clear in the main area of town so that people are able to crowd around the sidewalks and see the parade.

At 5:00 pm – Santa Claus will arrive in town at the park and ride/visitors plaza {Across from Route 128 Winery}
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

HA! That’s not how everyone feels about Santa, but don’t worry, if your little does this, Santa is used to it, and the candy cane will usually make everything all better {after Santa is out of sight that is}.
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

At 6:00 pm- Light of the Tree and Christmas caroling begins
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

At 6:30pm- The parade begins from the North-end of town {near the red barn and Geyserville Inn}. The parade will drive VERY slowly to ensure all may see and take photos, the tractors will pass through town one time and finish just outside of town on the South-end.
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography

Some Insider Tips:

  • Eat at one of the restaurants before the festivities, an early-early bird dinner {Catelli’s Geyserville Grille, or Diavola}
  • Dress your little’s in cute clothes for pictures with Santa but bring WARM & water proofs coats and layers. Wear coats with hoods.
  • Umbrellas get in the way of others during the parade
  • Bring cash for snacks during the event
  • Bring a flashlight for everyone in your group to have one on their person at all times {pick these up at the dollar store before}
  • Parking away from town and walking in, or parking on the North-end of town, means less traffic on the way home
  • There are over 3,000 people who attend this event, keep an eye on your children, it’s crowded all over town, and be safe!

Cheers, see ya there!
Photo Courtesy of Rick Tang Photography


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