Santa Claus was there, and wine aficionados as well. The annual Holidays in the Vineyards celebration drew thousands out to make merry in the vineyards on Saturday and Sunday.

Wineries from Livermore to Castro Valley threw open their doors with special wine tastings, discounts and holiday shopping opportunities during hte two-day event.

Santa also helped celebrate, meeting with children and taking photos with visitors, adding some ho-ho-ho to the holiday.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff