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December 7, 2011
Head to the Napa Valley for Yountville's WinterScape festival

Dreams of Toyland-O'Hare's Budget of Good Things.jpgThe ritzy Napa Valley is always worth a day or weekend trip for its fine dining, abundant wine-tasting, unique stores and boutiques, rolling hills and acres of vineyards.

In particular, the town of Yountville is now lit up after dark with the Festival of Lights, part of its second annual WinterScape celebration. Good times await: horse-drawn carriage rides, special events, and dollars-off deals at wineries, shops and hotel-spas.

Look for the "Dreams of Toyland" exhibit (pictured) at the Napa Valley Museum through Jan. 31. Curator-artist and UC-Davis professor Dolph Gotelli shows off his lifetime's collection of 19th and 20th century Christmas toys and games, decorations and Victorian-era ornaments. He has set them in "vignettes inspired by classic fairy tales and holiday stories." Admission is from $2.50 to $10.

Also: The Public Art Walk takes strollers around town to view more than 30 sculptures. The newest is "Chaos Pamplona," a 21-foot-tall bronze.

Coming in January and February is the third annual Moveable Feast, featuring special dinners, and dining-winetasting-lodging packages.

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