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Ten days of fun

  • The Petaluma Holiday Lighted Boat Parade illuminates the Petaluma River Turning Basin, Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Friday, Dec. 6

Sarah Baker and Nina Gerber: Two longtime regional favorites team up when Baker sings and Gerber plays guitar at the new Kathleen McCallum Gallery's holiday party, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at 760 Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. $5. 545-7353.

Fridays, Dec. 6 & 13

'Cinderella's Christmas': Actors' Theater for Children performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Kids Street Learning Center Charter School, 709 Davis St., Santa Rosa. Tickets: $5, starting one hour before each show. actorstheaterforchildren.com, 256-8062.

Friday, Dec. 6

Tree Lighting: Kick off the holiday season in the Sonoma Plaza, starting at 5:30 p.m. today. Santa arrives at Sonoma City Hall aboard a fire truck, then lights the tree on display on the city hall balcony. Free. And if you wish, you can stick around for dining and shopping on Sonoma Plaza. sonomachamber.org.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Merle Haggard: The quintessential 'Okie from Muskogee' brings his pure, hard-scrabble, born-of-experience country sound Saturday to Napa's Uptown Theatre, with the Malpass Brothers opening at 8 p.m. $80-$90. 1350 Third St. 259-0123, uptowntheatrenapa.com.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade: A flotilla of decorated, lighted vessels gathers at Petaluma Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a graceful glide into Petaluma's downtown district. The lighted boats remain docked in downtown through the night behind the Great Petaluma Mill. visitpetaluma.com.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Festival of Trees: The Fabulous Women of Petaluma are auctioning off beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local merchants and charity groups, with proceeds benefiting three different charities. Entertainment includes a holiday cafe of delicious treats, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Petaluma Pete, and holiday family portraits. Also occurring Dec. 13 & 14. $1 admission. 6-9:30 p.m. Petaluma Theatre Square Plaza. thefabulouswomen.com

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