Culture Crush: Christmas 2020

The holidays are normally a time for families and friends to get together and share in seasonal delights. This year, the celebrations have to remain socially distant while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in the North Bay, meaning many popular annual events and offerings are moving online or transitioning to socially distant affairs.

Lucky Penny Productions in Napa is one of several theater companies adjusting to the new social-distancing reality; and while they have endured a challenging year, they are celebrating what’s really important this season with an online video production of a new musical creation, “No Place Like Home for the Holidays.”

Offered as a “pay-what-you-can” show, “No Place Like Home for the Holidays” promises heart-warming music and entertainment. Donations will go directly into Lucky Penny’s pandemic survival fund to help keep the company alive into 2021. Stay home with Lucky Penny Productions beginning Friday, Dec. 18, at 7pm. Get the show schedule and purchase tickets at Luckypennynapa.com.

Holidays are always a special time at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, where elaborate decorations designed and created by Susan Bellach adorn the halls and holiday-themed shows all play out onstage. This year, due to ongoing social-distancing orders, the theater instead offers “A Special Musical Holiday” online showcase to get the community into the spirit of the season. The virtual show will feature musicians like Tommy Thomsen, Sean Carscadden, Jon Burdick, Dawn Angelosante, Tony Gibson and more than a dozen other performers who will join hosts Roger and Diana Rhoten with Eric Jackson and Santa Claus online beginning Sunday, Dec. 20, at 5pm. Free. Sebastianitheatre.com.

Dinner’s always a production around the holidays, and many prefer to dine out at their favorite local restaurants. This year, with social distancing in place, dinner comes home with to-go holiday menus and curbside pickup happening at restaurants throughout the region.

Sonoma’s innovative bistro The Girl & The Fig is offering a family-style feast for four, with optional wine and desserts, that is available to pickup on Dec. 24 from 9:30am to noon. Orders must be in by Sunday, Dec. 20 at noon (thegirlandthefig.com). Healdsburg’s Spoonbar is also serving ‘Christmas To-Go’ with a three-course menu, including a vegetarian option, and holiday wine discounts available for pickup on Dec. 25 between 3pm and 5pm (Spoonbar.com). Carneros Resort and Spa’s ‘Christmas Day At Home’ takeout menu boasts traditional holiday favorites and Napa Valley charm available for pickup on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 (Carnerosresort.com).

Napa Movie Nights has been inviting the public to drive-in events at the Napa Expo to enjoy food and films, and this holiday weekend features screenings that make for fun and safe family outings. On Saturday, Dec. 26, the series plays superheroes with a screening of the Marvel Comics movie Guardians of the Galaxy; on Sunday, Dec. 27, the ‘80s Christmastime cult classic Gremlins closes out the weekend. Tickets come with options for a meal from Olive & Hay, pizzas from Filippi’s Pizza Grotto and other meals. Fri. and Sat. opens at 5:45pm; Sun. opens at 4:45pm. $30 per vehicle. Teammoralesevents.com.

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Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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