Yountville’s 24th annual Festival of Lights
One of Yountville’s best attended events happens this Friday, the 24th annual Festival of Lights. I was fortunate enough to be chairman of the Festival of Lights Chamber committee for two years approximately 20 years ago. In what was a personal coup, Steve Andrews, who was head of marketing for the then Vintage 1870, and I were able to get Steve Raleigh to host the event and broadcast it live.
- Steve was the head meteorologist for KRON, the former Bay Area ABC affiliate. Steve was also the guest of honor host for my first year as chairman with Mario Andretti taking his place the second year. When Mario was there, the crowds were estimated at 10,000 and you should have seen the line of people wanting his autograph. When I chaired this event, it was a great deal of work, more than any full time regular job I ever had, but a truly rewarding experience. For the first time, this year’s Festival is being brought totally indoors. Though in my opinion this will not be as much fun as when the closed the main drag in Town, Washington Street, but given the occasional rainy days which have occurred on the day of the Festival’s, there will be fewer hairdos messed up. In case you wonder, the weather is forecast is perfect. Please come and enjoy yourselves, cheers cvc
- Yountville, the world-famous culinary and wine destination located in the heart of The Napa Valley, will host its 24th Annual Festival of Lights celebration on Friday, November 23 2 – 6 p.m. throughout. downtown Yountville. The highly anticipated holiday event will feature the town’s renowned Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning wine, holiday carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and free entertainment including performances by the Voena Children’s Choir, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus. The event will culminate in the town’s lighting ceremony that illuminates downtown Yountville with more than 250,000 holiday lights. For more information contact the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at 707-944-0904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Festival of Lights begins at 2 p.m. on November 23 (the Friday after Thanksgiving as usual) Washington Street will remain open to traffic and festival goers will find booths, entertainment and activities concentrated in four off-street venues.
The Festival’s main stage will be under a giant tent in the plaza at Yountville Community Center. Food and wine tasting booths will operate indoors, in the Generations Room, and the silent auction and winemakers of the Yountville Appellation will be inside Community Hall.
Adjacent, in the parking lot of Hurley’s Restaurant and Bar (often referred to as “the point”), there will be ice carving demonstrations, more wine and the Beau Wine Tours trolley.
Children’s activities will be concentrated at the V Marketplace, specifically insidr the Barrel Room. Santa will be listening to children’s wishes there.
- The traffic lanes between Pacific Blues Cafe and The Coffee Caboose will be closed for the Festival to make pedestrian movement safer. Beer will be served at this location.
Edward James Court will also host food and wine tasting booths, and Washington Square, at the north end of town, will be offering wine tasting and other festival-related activities.
Tickets booths will operate at each of these four locations throughout the four-hour event. Story from our local weekly, the Yountville Sun
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