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Yountville’s abundance of wine is put to good use at its frequent town festivals and holiday celebrations. If you’re visiting during a national holiday, you’re in luck: Yountville pulls out all the stops. The afternoon of the 4th of July, the
Vintage 1870 resort
hosts a grand town-wide barbecue with live music and plenty of delicious fare. Christmas in Yountville literally starts the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Festival of Lights, a street faire that begins at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. with the whole celebration culminating with the lighting of the town at 5:30 p.m. It doesn't get much better than gourmet food & wine, holiday entertainment, carriage rides, late night shopping and a visit with Santa! The merriment continues through the month of December and the lights stay up until the end of January.
Yountville also puts on a few local festivals that proudly display town history and traditions. October is the “Yountville Days” Parade, which actually makes its way lengthwise across the entire town. Luckily, this is only a mile, so there is plenty of time for the picnicking and fun that follow the parade. Throughout the year, Napa’s wineries and restaurants hold tastings for the community and visitors: there’s one in November and another in February. Perhaps the most anticipated date for foodies comes at the end of March, when “A Taste of Yountville” takes place. On this day, most of the town’s gourmet restaurants break out their newest and tastiest recipes and hope for public approval.