Hanukkah

Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin

December 11, 2016

Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah begins on Saturday, December 24. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin this winter.

Festival of Lights at the Osher Marin JCC

Sunday, December 11, 9:30 am–2 pm
The Osher Marin JCC celebrates Hanukkah early with their Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 11! This fun and free family party features live music, delicious food, an artisan marketplace, a bounce house, face painting, and more. Location: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael 94903. Learn more.

Holiday Family Fun in San Francisco

November 28, 2016

Union Square Ice Rink
Photo: Union Square Ice Rink

When I was growing up, one of the highlights of my holiday season was a trip into San Francisco. It's something that I still love to do with my family, and there's so much fun to be had. Here are 6 ideas for festive family holiday fun in the city.

Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2016

November 26, 2016

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting

All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony. Here's our list of tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and celebrations in Marin County, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. We'll be adding more events as the holidays near, so check back often!

  • San Rafael 37th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
    Downtown San Rafael
    Friday, November 25, noon–8 pm & Saturday, November 26, 9 am–noon
    Downtown San Rafael will once again commence the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland, Parade of Lights, and Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts that starts the Friday after Thanksgiving. On Friday: free snow sledding, kids activities (noon–4:30 pm & 6–8 pm), Holiday Marketplace (noon–8 pm) and the Parade of Lights (5:30 pm) with Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival and a tree-lighting immediately after. On Saturday: kids activities and snow sledding continues (9 am–noon). Location: On Fourth Sreet from B Street to Lootens Place in downtown San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Magical Holiday Train Rides in the Bay Area and Northern California

November 14, 2016

The Polar Express Train Ride Santa Cruz
The Polar Express Train Ride on the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway. Photo courtesy Premier Rail Collection

There's something magical about taking a special holiday outing with the family on a train! While the popular Polar Express train rides at the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 sold out way back in October, you can still find plenty of other opportunities in the Bay Area and Northern California to celebrate the holidays on board a train, including and all new Polar Express Train Ride in Santa Cruz. But get your tickets as soon as you can—most of these rides will sell out.

Thanksgivukkah

November 20, 2013

Gracie's NightMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who highlights some fantastic Hanukkah books for kids.

On November 28, for the first time ever (although there is some dispute over this and some say it won’t happen again until 2070), Jews around the world will celebrate the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving together. Thus, Thanksgivukkah!! Have you heard of potato latkes with cranberry sauce and turkey? Or how about sweet potato latkes or cranberry applesauce?

Ok, let’s put food aside and talk some great books. There are some wonderful children books to help us celebrate the festival lights. Below is my list with some of my favorites as well as new books for this year. Those books with an asterisk are for families who celebrate both holidays.

Hanukkah Books in alphabetical order by author:

Our Candle by Eve Bunting
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap by Deborah Cohen
Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa
Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

November 27, 2012

Chanukah Lights EverywhereMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin children's librarian Lisa Katz, who highlights some fantastic Hanukkah books for kids.

While we are resting our bellies from a grateful evening of our delicious Thanksgiving meals, we now have to quickly switch gears and prepare for Hanukkah. With only a short time until the first candle is lit on the menorah (Saturday, December 8th), we must get ready for our holiday treats. It is time to get out those dreidels, chocolate gelt, menorahs and candles. Here are some fabulous Hanukah books to share with your family and friends. They make for some great presents too!

I have put asterisks next some wonderful stories for children who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in their homes. I have also included a short poetry list as well as the PJ library list.

Special Offer on Holiday Photo Cards from Cardstore.com

November 21, 2008

Holiday photo card from cardstore.comThere's still plenty of time to order your family's personalized holiday photo cards. Cardstore.com, an online store where you can create your own custom photo cards and invitations, is offering Marin Mommies readers 20% off their total purchase with the coupon code NEWCS. This coupon code can be used as many times as you want, in case you need to re-order cards (I don't know about you, but we never seem to order enough and end up rationing the things like they were printed on gold foil or something).

We haven't used them yet, but they've been around since 1999 (forever in InterWeb years, so they're probably doing something right) and offer plenty of really spiffy looking cards. Here's the link: www.cardstore.com

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