Sonoma Valley has been through hell this year, though the area’s strength and resolve remain intact after the wildfires. To celebrate the still-standing downtown Sonoma and a new holiday season, the Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza commences this week with eight acres’ and 100,000 sparkling lights’ worth of winter wonderland. To mark the occasion, Sonoma Valley’s Transcendence Theatre Company will perform a musical holiday tribute, and the family event is stuffed with cider, hot chocolate and cookies for the kids, live jazz music and community presentations. Bring the family and spread some cheer on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Sonoma Plaza, First St. E., Sonoma. 5pm. Free admission. 707.996.1090.