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6 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Mendocino

The holiday season in Mendocino is a time of enchantment and camaraderie, where the beauty of nature and the spirit of community come together in perfect harmony. Explore the wonders of the Mendocino coast, indulge in exquisite holiday treats, and immerse yourself in the magic of festive events. Here are six delightful ways to make the most of the holidays in Mendocino:

1. Delightful Holiday Treats: Gift Boxes from Cucina Verona Mercato

Step into the world of Italian craftsmanship and culinary traditions by shopping for our specially curated holiday gift boxes. Each box is a treasure trove of cherished treats and pantry staples passed down through generations of Italian families. From garlicky, green-flecked olive oils to hand-rolled pasta dusted with semolina flour, every item is a testament to the artistry and nostalgia found in the heart of Italian cuisine. Indulge in melt-in-your-mouth amaretti cookies and discover panettone baked golden as the Venetian sun. These flavors will transport you to the sunny shores of Italy, blending seamlessly with the coastal charm of Mendocino. Visit our online store to find the perfect gift box and share the joy of Italian culinary traditions with your loved ones.

2. Fort Bragg Holiday Lights Accessible Walk: December 23

Experience the magical glow of the holiday season during the Fort Bragg Holiday Lights Accessible Walk. This fully accessible walk takes you on a journey through downtown Fort Bragg, adorned with shimmering holiday lights. Feel the festive spirit as you join fellow participants, encouraged to "light themselves up" with wearable holiday lights. Make your way to the sidewalk out front of the skate park near the CV Starr Community Center, and together, venture into the illuminated wonderland. Suitable for all ages, this event is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the holiday joy that permeates the coastal town of Fort Bragg. The event runs from 5 to 6 p.m., taking you on an enchanting stroll through the twinkling lights of downtown Fort Bragg.

3. Historic District Walking Tour: December 24

On December 24, 2023, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, step back in time in Mendocino with the Kelley House Museum's Historic District Walking Tour. Led by their expert docents, visitors will stroll through charming streets lined with classic New England-style homes, find out why there are so many water towers, and see the roses that have been blooming for over a century. Discover how a 1960s art movement helped save this beautiful town. Join the tour at the Kelley House Museum for a memorable walk through history.

4. Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: December 24

Gather with the Mendocino community for the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a cherished event that illuminates the spirit of Christmas. Luminaries will pave the way from the Gualala Arts parking lot to the Coleman Auditorium, where the stage will be adorned with festive greenery, flowers, and a Christmas star. Join in singing nine beloved carols, led by clergy and readers who share Bible passages that tell the inspiring Christmas story. Sue Bohlin will provide a delightful prelude, postlude, and musical accompaniment with beautiful choral numbers. Limited seating will fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early for this special occasion. Donations will be gratefully received and will support the South Coast Crisis Aid, providing emergency food and fuel vouchers to those in need. Experience this heartwarming event on December 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Coleman Hall, Gualala Arts.

5. A Coastal Christmas Feast: Celebrate the Season with Cucina Verona's Christmas Specials: December 24 & 25

As the holiday season brightens up Mendocino with twinkling lights and a festive spirit, Cucina Verona invites you to join us for a special Christmas celebration. This year, we're ready to make your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day extra special with a menu that brings together our love for traditional flavors and a touch of modern cooking. Come in from the crisp Mendocino air and make yourself at home at our table, where every dish is made to add a little more joy to your holidays. We can't wait to share this festive time with you and your loved ones, serving up memories that will last long after the last bite. Our limited availability fills up quickly, so don't miss out on the opportunity to create lasting memories with friends and family. Book your reservation now and let us take care of the rest. We look forward to welcoming you to Cucina Verona this holiday season!

6. Explore the Magic of the World’s Largest Living Christmas Tree in Willits!

Make your holiday season truly special with a visit to the World’s Largest Living Christmas Tree in Willits! Climb aboard the festive train and embark on a memorable journey through the redwoods to Mr. Skunk’s Giant Christmas Tree. This enchanting experience is available for December 2023, and guarantees joy, music, and delicious treats for all. Don't miss out on this extraordinary adventure filled with Christmas magic and surrounded by the beauty of the redwoods.

Embrace the holiday spirit as it envelops the coastal town of Mendocino. Whether it’s exploring the town's rich history, immersing yourself in community traditions, and indulging in a festive feast, there are countless ways to create treasured moments and unforgettable memories with your loved ones as you embrace the true essence of the holiday season. Mendocino beckons you to experience its enchanting charm and make the most of this magical time.

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