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Traditional Entries

New Deadlines: Arts 11/19 Culinary 11/29

Opening Date Monday, October 1st

Tis the season to enter your holiday best!

Whether you craft, sew, preserve or bake
Share your creations this season to make
they'll go on display... a local's showcase
Your creative talent may potentially place.

Share your passion, creativity, and holiday spirit with your friends and neighbors. Whether you enter your best sewing, crafting, or baking in the Competitive Exhibits program, share your favorite holiday cookie recipe in the Community Cookie Swap, or bring a cake for some lucky person to win in one of the two Cake Walks...your efforts won't go unnoticed. You may even win the coveted Calistoga Christmas Faire Blue Ribbons, Best of Show, or People's Choice Award!

Open to all Ages!

Please share your recipe for a chance to be included in our 50th Anniversary Community Christmas Faire Recipe Book in 2019

Your chance to be creative continues at the Faire with Crafting Stations for all ages in Kringle's Kandy Land (The Butler Pavilion).

Faire Entry Categories

Categories include both holiday entries and everyday creations entries. Holiday refers to any holiday of choice.
Home Decor

Home Decor

Baking & Confections

Baking & Confections

Canning & Preserving

Canning & Preserving

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Holiday Home Decor

Holiday Home Decor

General Rules for Entry Categories

The following steps and definitions will help you in completing your entries for the 2018 Christmas Faire.


Participants in the Christmas Faire must be residents of Napa, Sonoma, or Lake counties.


All entries must be made online or in person. If you do not have Internet access or need assistance with your entries, please visit us Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm or call us at (707) 942-5111. We are here to help!

Include the title or description for each item. Be sure that your information is complete and accurate.

Registration for all categories will close on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Exhibits entered in a previous Christmas Faire are not eligible. Submission of entries implies acceptance of all conditions as stated in these rules.


All entries must be labeled with the name and phone number of the exhibitor and the Division and Class being entered. (See individual Departments for additional labeling requirements.)

Culinary Entries:

Must provide an ingredient list. We highly recommend sharing your recipe for our 50th Anniversary Recipe Booklet coming out next year!

Delivery Date:

Home & Hobby and Arts & Crafts: Thursday, November 15th from
Culinary Arts, Professional Gingerbread Houses, Friday, November 30th from 7- 10 am


Identifying exhibitor tags will be provided and installed when exhibits are received. Names are revealed after judging is completed. Any additional signs, courtesy or educational, must be approved by Fair Management.


Although reasonable efforts will be undertaken to safeguard exhibitors’ property against loss, damage or theft, the County of Napa, the Napa County Fair Association and/or its contractors will not be responsible for any loss, damage or theft of exhibitors’ property brought on the premises during the period of the Christmas Faire. Every precaution will be taken in the handling and exhibiting of work; however, the exhibit must be picked up on Pickup Day. Exhibits not claimed one day after Pickup Day will be donated or discarded.


Fair Management has the authority to clarify this schedule for the proper conduct of the Faire, and exhibitors must in all cases conform. Accepted works shall NOT BE REMOVED from displays prior to the Pickup Day stated in these rules. Work must remain as displayed.


Fair Management reserves the right to cancel entries and cash and special awards and request the removal of exhibits from the Fairgrounds where exhibitors are disorderly, endangering or disturbing the public and other exhibitors.

Pickup Day:

All items must be picked up Saturday, December 1st from 4 - 4:30 pm. Items will not be released without a claim check.

State Rules Link

State Canning Rules Link

Ball Jar Canning & Preserves Entrant Eligibility:

  1. Eligible entries must be preserved in the same brand of jar and lid: Ball® Jar sealed with a Ball® Lid & Band specially designed for home canning, or Kerr™ Jar sealed with a Kerr™ Lid & Band specially designed for home canning.
  2. Entries in the Soft Spread category must be prepared using Ball® Pectin: Classic, Low or No‐Sugar, or Liquid. Proof of pectin purchase (receipt or UPC) is required for qualification purposes only. It does not need to be submitted to Newell Brands Inc.
  3. Entries must be labeled with product name, date of preparation, processing method, and processing time.
  4. All preserved foods must be prepared within a one‐year (1 year) period prior to the judging date. QUALITY CRITERIA
  5. * * Safety is of utmost importance. Any entry not in compliance with judging guidelines or exhibiting spoilage must be disqualified. Quality criteria are based on visual judging only. Refrain from tasting preserved food as part of the Ball® Fresh Preserving Award program. * *

Other fun ways to participate!

Community Cookie Swap

Share Your Favorite Cookie + Recipe

Share Your Favorite Cookie + Recipe

A little sugar and a lot of fun!
We're having a Cookie Swap so please plan to come.

Share your favorite cookie & recipe
made in the spirit of the holidays and take home a variety of festive cookies!

Easy to follow steps:
* All goods must be homemade and not produced or packaged commercially (excluding decorations).
* Entries are limited to the first 24 participants. Advance registration required.
* Typed recipe must be provided.
* Arrange cookies on a platter or in a basket and be creative! We will display all cookies before our swap.
* Deliver 24 of your baked goodies on a paper plate or in a bakery box to Kringle's Kandy Land (Butler Pavilion) on Saturday, December 1st, from 9-11 am.
* Pick up your gift box of 24 new cookies with 24 new recipes from 2-4 pm in the same location.

Happy Baking!

Only $3 to enter

Cake Walk

Donate a Cake - click here

Donate a Cake - click here

We can't have a Cake Walk without cakes!

Bake a cake. Share a cake. Watch for the joy and listen for the laughter!

Bring your favorite cake on a disposable container to Kringle's Kandy Land (Butler Pavilion) by 11am or 3pm.

So that we know how many winners we can have, kindly register your cake donation in advance by clicking the link.
Walk for a cake

Walk for a cake

It's a sweet deal at 11am and 3pm in Kringle's Kandy Land (Butler Pavilion)

The game starts when the music begins! Think musical chairs for cakes.

As the music plays, walk around the circle of numbered peppermints on the floor, stepping from one to another. When the music stops, you stop on the number closest to you. If your number is drawn, you win...a cake!

Only $5 to participate - fee waived with cake donation.
We said it was a sweet deal!
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