The switch gets thrown Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. for the ninth annual Lighting of the Snowmen at Cornerstone Sonoma.
Festivities include photos with Santa on the Big Blue Chair, a special performance by the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, live music, caroling and a choir, a snowflake-filled courtyard, classic holiday films in the Olive Grove Cinema, and a traditional German Beer Garden. Entry is free, but parking is $5 per car with all proceeds benefiting the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Overflow parking is available two minutes down the road at Jacuzzi Winery with frequent shuttle to and from the event. 23570 Arnold Drive/Highway 121. Cornerstonesonoma.com.