Marin Weekend Family Fun for December 1, 2 & 3

December 1, 2017

Reindeer Ridge tree farmRide the train and cut down your own Christmas tree at Reindeer Ridge Tree Farm in Sebastopol.

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers. Looking to get a tree this weekend? Check out our article, Marin & Sonoma Christmas Tree Farms & Lots.

Friday, December 1

  • Christmas House at West End Nursery
    San Rafael
    Friday & Saturday, 8 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–4 pm

    Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery. This magical setting includes lights, decorated trees, and more. It's a holiday must-visit in Marin. Free admission; ornaments and decor are for sale. Location: 1938 5th Avenue. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square
    San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–11:30 pm

    Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. Admission: $18 for adults (includes skates), $13 for children 8 and under. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • Marin Center Holiday Craft and Boutique Sale
    Marin Center, San Rafael
    Friday–Sunday, 11 am–8 pm

    Shop for special holiday gifts. There will be original artworks, crafts, jewelry, woodworks, silk scarves and more by some 35 hand-selected local artists there’s something for everyone on your holiday list. With over 700 items priced from $5 to $250. Free admission. Location: Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am & Saturday 1 & 4 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Bring the family for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Tickets range from $15 to $65. For more info, visit their website.
  • 47th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair
    Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, Pt. Reyes
    Friday, 4–9 pm and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Vendors will sell their handcrafted treasures—ceramics, chocolates, clothing, fiber arts, glasswork, herbs, metal and woodwork, jams and jellies, jewelry, oils, ornaments, paintings, soaps, toys, and much more. Location: 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. For more info, visit their website.
  • Zoo Lights
    Oakland Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 5:30–9 pm,
    Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before! Check out the cool new laser light shows, candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, an adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a music-themed light show. Santa will be here from 6-9 pm this weekend too. ZooLights is a separate event and is not included in regular Zoo Admission. $10 adults, $9 children 2–14 and seniors 65+, free for children under 2 and adults over 80. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Crafts Faire
    Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato
    Friday. 6–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
    Shop for handmade holiday crafts at Novato's Margaret Todd Senior Center. Free admission. Location: 1560 Hill Road, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Light Up a Life Tree Lighting
    Walnut Park, Petaluma
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Thousands of bright lights will shine to symbolize the lives, hopes and dreams of the community. With a $10 donation, a light can be dedicated in memory or honor of a loved one. Hospice will also send an acknowledgment card to your family and friends sharing your gift of light. Contact Hospice of Petaluma at (707) 778-6242 to name a light or for additional event details. Location: 21 Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 10:30 am, 1:30 & 4:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

    Expect happy high jinks galore—and a wonderful time, with music and rhyme—as Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals cavort through the joys and trials of friendship in Elephant & Piggie’s "We Are in a Play!" Tickets: $27 adults, $22 children 2–14, $25 seniors 65+. Location: 221 Fourth Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dickens Family Victorian Holiday Party
    Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 6:30 pm

    Partake in a holiday treat as you go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens, listen to him read from his famous works, watch his characters come alive (look out for Scrooge), meet and greet the true Father Christmas, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing with our Victorian family and make traditional holiday crafts. Light food and drink will be served. A true family event. Tickets: $12 adults, $9 children. Order tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online here. Location: 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Polar Express Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Friday, 7 pm

    All aboard! Come in your PJs for a magical evening at this annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Coloring and activities to follow. Event details.
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    Leapin’ lizards! One of the most popular musicals of all time returns to Berkeley Playhouse in an all new production that’s going to “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building!” Perfect for the entire family.  Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $20–$45. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, December 2

  • Holidays Along Farm Trails
    Sonoma County
    Saturday & Sunday, various times
    'Tis the season to celebrate with our community. Join Sonoma County farmers and producers as they open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Shop their unique farmstands for your holiday meals, cut your own Christmas tree, make a gift at DIY workshops, greet farm animals, and so much more. Free. Register online for a list of each weekend's participants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Access to All Parks
    Marin County Parks
    Saturday, All Day

    Marin County Parks is offering free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month all year long! Includes Black Point Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park, and Stafford Lake Park. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Hyatt Regency San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday,  8 am–noon
    Bring your family to Eclipse at the Hyatt Regencty and enjoy a delightful breakfast buffet with Santa this December. $41 adults and $20.50 children 5–12. Children 4 and under under eat free when accompanied by an adult (limited to 1 complimentary child per adult). A VIP Breakfast with Santa package, withich includes a room, holiday gift for children, and ice skating, is available, too. Email martin.munoz@hyatt.com for reservations. For more info, visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Sausalito Yacht Club
    Saturday, 8:30 and 9:45 am

    Join Santa at the Sausalito Yacht Club for breakfast. Santa arrives during the 8:30 am seating and departs during the 9:45 am seating. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, milk, and juice. Don't forget your camera. Pre-registration required: (415) 289-4152. For more info, visit their website.
  • Children's Toy Drive
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Central Marin Fire Department presents a Holiday Gift Celebration at the Farmer's Market. Come see the fire engine and donate toys to local Marin youth for the annual gift drive. All items will be distributed to our local youth and children in Child & Family Services. Please consider gifts for older kids and teens, such as movie passes, gift cards to music, book and clothing stores, or restaurants. Monetary donations will be used to fill wish lists. For more info, visit their website.
  • 14th Annual Winter Faire
    Greenwood School, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am– 4 pm

    Greenwood’s 14th Annual Winter Faire in downtown Mill Valley promises to delight, surprise and enchant. Explore the Crystal Cave, fist for prizes in the frozen pond, decorate cookies and a log candle-holder, run the Knight's Course, shop at a holiday marketplace, gourmet cafe and more. Event details.
  • Reindeer Romp
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    Santa is sending his favorite reindeer, Belle, Holly, and Peppermint, to spread holiday cheer at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! Until January 1, majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo's Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground. Zoo admission applies. Location: Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa Paws
    Western Farm Center, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Have your pets picture take with Santa Paws. Cost: each photo $20. Location: 21 West 7th Street, Santa Rosa. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
  • Reindeer Visit the BADM
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am–5 pm

    Come and meet Snowflake and Blizzard, two live reindeer that will be visiting BADM! Watch them roam about in Lookout Cove and learn from their experienced handlers about their diet, migration patterns and unique characteristics that have allowed them to thrive in extreme environments. Free after museum admission. Event details.
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Craft Fair
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    The fair features more than 55 new and returning artists selling their fine handmade arts and crafts. There is a wide variety of items to choose from including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, decorations, knitwear, fiber arts and much more. Free admission to the public. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Ornament Making Workshop
    Studio 4 Art, Novato
    Satuday, 10–11:30 am

    Studio 4 Art will have your pound of clay ready to create ornaments for the holidays. All ages welcome, children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. One pound of clay can create 8–14 ornaments, depending on the size of each. Cost includes the use of all tools, glazes, and kiln firing. Limited space available, registration required. call (415) 596-5546 for Mill Valley and Novato locations. Cost: $20. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Art & Craft Sale
    Landmark's Art & Garden Center, Tiburon
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    Shop for arts and crafts, jewelry, paintings, knit animals and more. Free cider for all who shop and fun door prizes. Location: 841 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Visit Santa at the Mart!
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1:30 pm

    Meet Santa Claus at the Mart each Saturday in December before Christmas! Be sure to bring your list to ask Santa for the present you want—and put your best smile on for the complimentary photo. More info: www.marincountrymart.com.
  • Cirque de Bohème
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 11 am & 1 pm and Sunday, 1, 3 & 5 pm
    An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920’s, Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. This winter a Le Cirque de Bohème presents a new show: Freedom. Delight in work of world class performers including a unicycle, contortionist, juggler, slack-rope, hand chair balancing, aerial fabrics, and a hooper aerialist. Tickets: $25–$55. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • French Winter Fair
    Lycée Français de San Francisco
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring the kids for a day organized on the theme "Make it Snow!", designed for children and kids at heart, full of activities, unique and beautiful gifts for early holiday shopping, photo booth, delicious food, and a fun crowd! Wait, we even hear that Santa may stop by! Event details.
  • Holiday Arts Faire
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 11 am–5:30 pm

    Bring the whole family for a day of festive fun. Enjoy a Crafts Faire, Lagunitas School Band, Tim Cain at 3:45 pm and delicious homemade food and desserts. Location: 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa, Samples, and Songs
    Larson Family Winery, Sonoma

    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    Larson Family Winery near Sonoma, is a great family-friendly winery. Kids can get their photo taken with Santa at the winery on Saturday and Sunday. Sample estate wines and gourmet foods. Bring your own camera and letters for Santa. Larson Family Winery is located at 23355 Millerick Road in Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saturdays with Santa
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Celebrate the season. Santa arrives by firetruck (courtesy of the Larkspur Fire Department) at Santa’s Workshop in front of Mollie Stone’s Market on the first three Saturdays of December. Free photos with Santa for families, friends and pets courtesy of CVS. Enjoy live music, sidewalk specials, Santa’s elves and children’s activities and treats. For more info, visit their website.
  • MakeArt Family Day: Gingerbread Pavilions
    Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco
    Saturday, 12:30–4:30 pm

    Draw on the architectural inspiration in the Museum of Craft and Design's "Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts" exhibition and then get ready to embellish your one-of-a-kind gingerbread house! All basic - and yummy- components (gingerbread house, icing, candies, etc.) will be provided. Festive fun for the whole family and your kitchen stays clean! Cost: $5.00 per person, $10.00 per house. Register here. Event details.
  • Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 5 pm
    The vibrant Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker provides a magical start to the holiday season! Now in its 29th year, this production features inspired dancing, exquisite costumes and lavish sets. Tickets: $38 adults, $26 seniors and children. Purchase tickets.
  • San Francisco Youth Ballet Nutcracker
    Mercy High School Theatre, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 5 pm
    This 2-hour production is geared toward families and is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to this holiday ballet tradition. As always, there will be photo opportunities with different characters after all performances. Tickets: $24 in advance, $26 at the door. Purchase tickets.
  • Photos with Santa
    West End Nursery, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Santa will be on hand for photos at the famous West End Nursery Christmas House in San Rafael. Please bring a toy for San Rafael Santa Cop and get free pictures with Santa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Music for Families: Stringing it All Together
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Saturday, 2 pm

    Do you ever wonder how a piece of music was created? How does a composer string together so many different notes and instruments to create something that sounds amazing? The final piece might sound complicated, but the building blocks of music are very basic: pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics. Join the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser as they take apart great works of music and put them back together. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Classes
    Cake Art Supplies, San Rafael
    Saturday, 2–3:30 pm

    Decorate your holiday gingerbread house at Cake Art Supplies.  The class includes a large pre-assembled, freshly baked gingerbread house, royal icing, assorted candies, sugar lay-ons, decorations, and instruction. This class is a popular adult, child or parent/child class.  Call now to sign up as space is limited. $60.00 Register here.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
    Tiburon Holiday Festival

    Saturday, 2:30 & 4 pm
    Kids can create their own gingerbread house at one of the 2 sessions: 2:30 pm & 4 pm. Cost: $35 per house. Reservations recommended by calling (415) 435-5633. Event details.
  • Tiburon Holiday Festival
    Downtown Tiburon
    Saturday, 2:30–6 pm

    Tiburon’s Mayor and Santa Claus make the holiday season official by lighting the town’s Christmas tree after Santa arrives by fire truck. Come ready to sing some favorite Christmas carols! Santa photos, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday ornament making, gingerbread house decorating ($35), and more. Tree lighting ceremony at 6 pm. See complete schedule of activities on their website.
  • 7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration
    Robert Mondavi Winery, Sonoma

    Saturday, 3–5 pm
    Welcome the holiday season at Robert Mondavi Winery's annual holiday party, which includes a tree lighting, horse-and-buggy rides through the vineyards, wine tasting, hot cider, carolers, Italian cookies, and cheese charcuterie appetizers. Admission is $25 per person; free for children under 12, Wine Club Members, and anyone who bring a food donation for Napa Valley Food Bank. 7801 St. Helena Highway, Oakville. For more info, visit their website.
  • Union Street Fantasy of Lights Holiday Celebration
    San Francisco

    Saturday, 3 pm–7 pm
    Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage ride, crafts and more. Cow Hollow, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday, 4–8 pm

    Bring the family to watch the annual 13th annual Lighting of the Snowmen. Enjoy live holiday music, lights and decorations, face painting and ornament making, pictures with Santa, hot soup, beer and wine tasting, and much more. Free admission. Parking $10 donation. Event details.
  • Novato's Annual Community Tree Lighting
    Sherman Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, 4–8 pm

    Come enjoy special holiday performances, food and hot drinks at this annual event to kick off the holidays in Downtown Novato! For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony
    Imagination Park, San Anselmo
    Saturday, 5–6:30 pm

    Join your community and celebrate the holiday season at the annual San Anselmo Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2nd. Come downtown to shop, dine and enjoy an evening for all ages. Cub Scout Pack 50 kicks off this celebration, which includes complimentary refreshments, holiday entertainment, and FREE pictures with Santa himself. Location: 541 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade and Holiday Village
    Main Street, Calistoga

    Saturday, 7–8 pm
    This small town holiday celebration features vintage and modern tractors and other vehicles decked out in dazzling lights on Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's charming main street. Santa will make a special appearance, of course. The weather forecast is 100% chance of snow! Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jolly Jingles
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 7 pm

    Come celebrate the holiday season with songs, poetry and skits. Hot beverages and cookies will be served. Free admission. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Holiday Spectacular
    Showcase Theater
    Saturday & Sunday, 7 pm

    This festive event features classic melodies, dynamic choreography, and a reimagined presentation of PAAM’s original production A Scarf in Union Square. Featuring performers ages 6–14 and members of the Alta Vista Dance Company, PAAM’s resident dance company. Tickets: $20 general admission. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Symphony Choral Concerts by Candlelight
    St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael
    Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 4 pm

    This annual holiday celebration continues to be the traditional start of the season for many people in our community of Marin. The gathering in the Church of Saint Raphael in San Rafael will again feature the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and other special guests. Light a candle and sing along. Tickets: $32 adults, $20 youth 6–17. Get tickets at (415) 479-8100 or at the door. Location: 1104 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).

Sunday, December 3

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Margaret Todd Center, Novato
    Sunday, 9 am–noon

    Join Santa for a festive breakfast for the entire family and photo opportunites with Santa. Cost: $10; children 5 and under free. Location: 1560 Hill Road, Novato. For more info, call (415) 899-8290 or visit their website.
  • Free Barre Fusion Class
    LUNA Center, San Rafael
    Sunday, 9:30 am

    The class is suitable for moms of all stages, including pregnant and postpartum. The class runs for an hour - pre registration is required here or by calling (415) 724-8181. For more info, visit their website.
  • Brick Palooza LEGO Festival
    Santa Rosa Veterans Building
    Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Northern California's Largest LEGO Festival. Fun for the whole family! A huge exhibition of LEGO art, play areas, and hands on activity booths. Vendors will be selling all kinds of LEGO related products and services.Cost: Early bird entry (8:00am) Tickets are $20.00 and the first 200 early birds get a free LEGO set ($12) value. Children 4 and under are free. General admission tickets are $12. Purchase tickets online here.
  • Learn to Ride
    Stafford Lake Bike Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable athletic clothing and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. Rain will cancel. For more info, visit their website.
  • Brunch with Santa
    Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm
    Get in the holiday spirit at brunch with Santa himself, Mrs. Claus, and carolers, plus an enhanced holiday menu. You’ll be able to turn this moment into a memory with a table side photo with Santa and a special holiday magnet. Adults $109, kids $59. For reservations, call (510) 549-8515 or email cla.holidays@fairmont.com. For more info, visit their website.
  • Snow Day in the Berkeley
    Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

    Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto. Play in the snow, visit with the Snow Queen, ride a pony, make holiday crafts like cards and dreidels, and warm up with hot cider and cookies from Andronico's. Find one-of-a-kind gifts from a local craft vendors, too. Free. Location: 1673 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Free. For more information, visit their website.
  • Take Your Picture with Snoopy
    Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm

    Bring the kiddos for some fun on the ice and a photo with Snoopy. He will be on the ice during the Parents and Puppy Practice and public skating. Free with skate admission. Bring your camera. Location: 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sunday Special: A Cappella Group 'Til Dawn
    Mill Valley Library
    Sunday, 11 am

    A Cappella group ‘Til Dawn will perform a mix of rock, pop, blues, jazz and soul standards and contemporary hits, in addition to original songs. Free.  Location: Main Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Hivery Holiday Market
    Downtown Mill Valley
    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm

    Come shop, sip, nibble and mingle. Unique products, art pieces, jewelry, home goods, and one-of-a-kind gifts and experiences. Support talented makers entrepreneurs, artist and crafts women. Don't miss our Hivery Holiday Market Playroom - filled with books, toys, and organic snacks for the kiddos hosted by our neighbor, Sprout! Rumor has it that Mrs. Claus will be stopping by to share story time with the littlest shoppers...come check it out!  Location: 38 Mill Avenue, Suite 20, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Yoga + Live Music
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Sunday, 11 am–noon
    Happy Holidays Yoga! Give yourself the gift of an inspiring, stress relieving, worry free, 60-minute practice in Cornerstone Sonoma's Cozy Garden Barn. Bring the family and hit the ice skating rink after. Kids under 15 practice for free. Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Target First Free Sunday
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Target First Free Sundays offer free general admission and family programs on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed. This Sunday features art making activities, exhibition tours, and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mill Valley Winterfest
    Downtown Mill Valley
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    Mill Valley's annual celebration of the holiday season features the one and only Santa Claus, great food and drinks, an array of fun games, and a bounty of great musical performances. Note: We have been informed by the organizers that there will be no snow at Winterfest this year. This is one of Mill Valley's hallmark events. Depot Plaza, downtown Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Deck the Hall
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am & 3 pm

    Every family needs a holiday tradition—let Deck the Hall be yours! Enjoy a concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs with members of the San Francisco Symphony, guest artists, and costumed characters. Tickets include post-concert festivities with treats, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more. Location: 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Santa at Nick's Cove + Toy Drive For Local Fire Victims
    Nick's Cove, Marshall
    Sunday, 3–5 pm

    Santa Claus is visiting Tomales Bay! Arriving by way of his trusty “water sleigh,” and replete with treats and holiday wishes, Santa will pull up to the dock at the Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages for his seventh annual visit. Children and their families will have a chance to visit and take complimentary photos with Santa in the Boat Shack, which is decorated for the holiday season. Event details.
  • 2nd Annual Advent Celebration
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Sunday, 4–6 pm

    Advent is a fun, joyous time for children and adults alike, and we hope you will join us in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads for our second annual Advent celebration. Activities include: children's holiday craft station, children's play area, and hot chocolate bar. A very special concert with music for everyone! Adults $15, children $7 and children under 2 are free. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Opening Night: Rombeiro Christmas House
    Devonshire Drive, Novato

    Sunday, 6–10 pm
    Their home is something that truly has to be seen to be believed, and photos don't really do it justice. There are something like 140,000 lights as well as countless figurines, dioramas, and decorations adorning the front and side yards, walls, and roof of the Rombeiro house. If you think the outside is impressive, then you need to go on inside and get a healthy dose of Christmas spirit. You'll find model trains, more figurines, Christmas trees, and the biggest lighted holiday village you've ever seen. Opening night is this Saturday. Location: 34 Devonshire Drive, off of Center Road, Novato. For more info, read about our visit from last year here.
  • Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker (see Saturday for details).
  • Marin Symphony Choral Concerts by Candlelight (see Saturday for details).
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair (see Saturday for details).
  • A Winter Circus for the Holidays (see Friday for details).
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Holiday Spectacular (see Saturday for details).
  • Napa Valley Wine Train Santa Train (see Saturday for details).