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How to Spend the Holidays in Lodi Wine Country

A Complete Guide to Celebrating the Season in Lodi Wine Country

The holidays are a magical time to explore the charm of Lodi when the Downtown streets are illuminated with twinkling lights and festive cheer! Invite a friend or loved one to partake in the joyous Lodi experience together and immerse yourself in our enchanting winter wonderland.

Holiday Sips

Lodi is home to a variety of tasting rooms, breweries, and coffee shops, which are sure to deliver holiday cheer this season. Kickstart your day with a coffee to keep you warm while shopping the boutique lined streets of Downtown Lodi. In the afternoon, wander through wine country and indulge in seasonal sips at a local winery to make your trip to Lodi magical!

Coffee Shops

Trail Coffee Roasters: Enjoy a crafted menu of holiday beverages from Trail Coffee Roasters to keep you warm on cold December mornings! Seasonal offerings include the Christmas Tree Latte with palo santo bitters and orange. You can also opt to add Peppermint Syrup (The Candy Cane) to spice up your order.

House of Coffees: Head to one of Lodi’s staple coffee shops to get seasonal drinks such as a Peppermint Mocha, Toasty Snowman, Gingerbread Latte, or Eggnog Latte to warm up while planning your day of festivities.

Wineries

Bokisch Vineyards: For a cozy experience with Spanish wines and scenic views of the beautiful Clements Hills, make your way to Bokisch Vineyards. Throughout December weekends, the winery will be offering a special treat – hot albariño apple cider infused with seasonal fruit and cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to keep warm while enjoying the picturesque surroundings.

Oak Farm: Gather a group of friends together this December and venture to Oak Farm Vineyards to sip Winter Sangria as you take in beautiful holiday décor in the tasting room and out on the patio!

Jeremy Winery: Bring the cheer home all season long at Jeremy Winery, where you can purchase bottles of Joy and Jingle Wines, which are unique blends of red and white wines, respectively, meant to be enjoyed through the winter. Pro tip: these festive bottles make incredible hostess or holiday gifts!

LVVR Sparkling Cellars: Ring in the New Year with Lodi bubbly to celebrate! LVVR Sparkling Cellars has a variety of sparkling wines to choose from in their tasting room to make any of your New Year’s Eve festivities shine.

Holiday Flavor

Holiday treats aren’t hard to find in Lodi, and after you’ve worked up an appetite sipping your way through our wineries and strolling through the artisan markets, you will be in for a treat!

Sweet Treats

Corner Scone Bakery: Savor the delicious flavors of the season by picking up an eggnog scone (or two!) at a Lodi local favorite – Corner Scone Bakery. Their variety of seasonal pastries are an absolute treat, but don’t miss out on the chance to elevate your festivities this month by taking home pies and quiche to add a special touch to any brunch party. This quaint bakery sells out quick, so be sure to go in early to get first dibs!

Ruby’s Bakery & Cafe: Ruby’s is a must try when visiting Lodi, as they are famed for their decadent pastries and savory bites. Their downtown bakery will be offering Christmas tree shaped spiced ginger bread cookies in December, trust us, you won’t be able to leave without one! Their menu will also feature and opera cake and a tiramisu cake, both available for purchase by the slice or whole.

Double Dip Gallery: If you are looking for sweet decadence, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to Double Dip Gallery, which serves as an ice cream shop and local art gallery. December’s holiday ice cream flavors will include Eggnog, Peppermint Stick, and Spumoni. Be sure to purchase a bottle of eggnog to continue the festivities at home.

Christmas Eve Dinners

Woodbridge Crossing: Visit this famed Woodbridge establishment all season long for hot toddies to enjoy at the bar. Elevate your Christmas Eve experience by making reservations to the Champagne Christmas Eve Brunch, which will feature bubbly, and traditional breakfast foods such as eggs benedict, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and much more!

Papapavlo’s Bistro & Bar: Join Lodi Papapavlo’s for a special Christmas Eve dinner featuring halibut and prime rib. Also featured on the menu this season at Papapavlo’s are eight festive cocktails to elicit holiday cheer, including the Marmalade Bliss, which has jammy flavored vodka notes and tart citrus. Each cocktail is guaranteed to be pure bliss!

Holiday Experiences

Lodi offers a wide range of seasonal events for every age group. Plan your trip ahead of time to make the most out of the seasonal events and experiences that are offered in our area. From dazzling light shows, to crafts and wine with friends, your holiday trip to Lodi is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

Parade of Lights

Location: South School St & Pine St.

Hours: 6:17pm-9:00pm Thursday, November 30th

Join friends, neighbors, and visitors for the annual Lodi Parade of Lights presented by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi for an evening of dazzling floats, marching bands, dancers and more! Make sure to arrive early to score a prime spot on the streets of School and Church to watch the mesmerizing holiday floats make their way through Downtown Lodi. 

Tree of Lights

Location: Lodi City Hall, 221 W Pine St, Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 5:30pm-6pm

Information: Hospice of San Joaquin

Join Hospice of Lodi and local community members in an honorary tree lighting at City Hall to honor and celebrate the memory of loved ones throughout the holiday season.

Festival of Trees

Location: 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 10am-4pm Saturday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 3rd

Information: San Joaquin County Historical Museum

The San Joaquin Historical Society & Museum at Micke Grove will host the 31st annual Festival of Trees. This two-day event will feature Christmas tree viewing across the properties’ 18 acres, kids’ crafts, a meet and greet with Santa Claus, holiday snacks, and much more!

Omega Nu Holiday Home Tour

Hours: Sunday, December 3rd 11am-4:30pm

Information: Event Brite

Join Omega Nu as they guide guests on a tour of five spectacular Lodi homes decorated for the holidays, and a stop at Idol Beer Works! Each ticket also comes with sips, snacks, and a raffle entry. Gather a group of friends to take advantage of your chance to tour these gorgeous homes with decadent decorations that are sure to inspire you and your holiday décor!

Pop the Bubbly Christmas Sip n’ Shop

Location: 7 N. School St. Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 5pm-8pm Thursday, December 7th

Information: Pop the Bubbly

Spend the evening keeping warm with a glass of champagne or hot cocoa and shop from a variety of local artisans that will be featured at the Pop the Bubbly tasting room in Downtown Lodi.

Holiday Charcuterie Workshop at Michael David Winery

Location: 4800 CA-12, Lodi, Ca 95242

Hours: 6pm-9pm Thursday Dec. 7th

Information: Michael David

Book a ticket to the Holiday Charcuterie Workshop at Michael David Winery and let your palette guide your creativity! Learn tips and techniques for a standout grazing centerpiece for all of your holiday parties. Each ticket includes a complimentary glass of Michael David wine to enjoy as you design your provisions.

Meet Santa at Corner Scone Bakery

Location: 322 N. California St. Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 9am-11am Saturday, December 9th

Santa Claus is coming to Lodi at Corner Scone Bakery! Bring your family for a memorable morning of sweets and cheer while you grab an eggnog pastry and take a picture with jolly Saint Nick.

Catalan Holiday Fiesta at Bokisch Vineyards

Location: 18921 Atkins Rd. Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 12pm-3pm Saturday, December 9th

Information: Tock

Celebrate the holidays’ Spanish style with Bokisch Vineyards! This ticketed event will feature delicious paella, a live Spanish guitar performance, jamon sampling, barrel tasting, ornament making, and more!

Christmas Sip n’ Shop at Mettler Family Vineyards

Location: 7889 E. Harney Ln. Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 12pm-5pm Saturday, December 9th

Information: Mettler Family Vineyards

Get into the holiday spirit with Mettler Family Vineyards at their sip n’ shop featuring a local artisan market, live music, and food trucks. There will be something for everyone on this day of festive fun!

The Nutcracker Ballet at Hutchins Street Square

Location: 125 S. Hutchins St. Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 2pm and 7pm show times on Saturday December 16th

Information: City of Lodi

Don’t miss your chance to watch The Nutcracker this season in Lodi, CA. This holiday favorite is a ticketed event held at Hutchins Street Square performed by The City of Lodi Ballet Program and will feature two showtimes for purchase. Bring the family to watch this can’t miss, whimsical play!

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop at Scotto’s Wine & Cider

Location: 14 S. School St Lodi, CA 95240

Hours: 11am Sunday, December 17th

Information: Event Brite

Learn to make stunning floral centerpieces with Posie Floral at Scotto’s Wine & Cider in Downtown Lodi, while sipping a glass of wine or cider with friends! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to order a delicious charcuterie cup and let your inner designer shine during the holidays!

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Tower Park Waterfront Grille

Location: 14900 W Highway 12 Lodi, CA 95242

Hours: 7pm-12am Sunday, December 31st

Information: Tickets

Step into the roaring 20’s at this Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve celebration; tickets will include a 5-course meal, live musical entertainment, and a champaign toast at midnight. You won’t want to miss this dazzling send off to 2023, and a welcome to the year ahead!

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