The Polar Express
When, where: Nov. 12-Jan. 8, Williams Train Depot
Highlights: The high-desert train takes a special after-dark trip to the North Pole to visit Santa and his reindeer. Riders enjoy tales and treats along the way, and each child receives a gift.
Cost: $29; $19 for children age 2 to 15; Christmas Eve tickets cost twice as much
Info: (888) 848-3511, https://www.thetrain.com
Savor the Flavor
When, where: Nov. 13 and 14, TRAC Center
Highlights: The mid-Columbia River region’s flavors are showcased by regional chefs, sommeliers, vintners and artisans. Food, wine, beer and other local culinary creations will be available to taste and buy.
Cost: $17 (includes four tasting tickets); $12 for ages 65 and older (includes two tasting tickets), $6 for age 6 to 14; free for age 5 and younger.
Festival of Lights
When, where: Nov. 26, downtown
Highlights: This celebration ushers in the Christmas season with carolers, ice carvings, a tree-lighting ceremony and, of course, Santa. The small town incorporates its world-class culinary offerings into the event: More than 20 restaurants, wineries, galleries and boutiques will stay open late.
Cost: Free; tasting tickets cost $1 each
Info: (707) 944-0904, https://www.yountville.com
Celebration of Craftswomen
When, where: Nov. 27 and 28 and Dec. 4 and 5, Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
Highlights: San Francisco’s largest holiday fine crafts fair features paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fashion and more.
Cost: $8.50; $6.50 for seniors and students; free for age 12 and younger; $12 for a two-day pass
Info: (650) 615-6838, https://www.womensbuilding.org/craftsfair