Marin Weekend Family Fun for December 8–10

December 8, 2017

Visit Marin's Amazing Lighted Holiday Houses this Weekend!

Other Holiday Happenings: holiday ice skating, visit with Santa Claus, North Bay Christmas Tree Farms and Lots, festive holiday teas, holidays in San Francisco, and visit one of Marin's Amazing Lighted Houses.

Friday, December 8

  • 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. Event details.
  • 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. For info, call (415) 781-2688 or 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. Event details.
  • Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 2
    –10 pm, Saturday, noon–10 pm, Sunday, noon–9 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. Event details.
  • WinterFest
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–7 pm
    Come celebrate the holiday season at Marinwood's annual WinterFest! Ticket prices include: photos with Santa, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, holiday treats, live music and more. Tickets: $12 in advance or at the door for kids ages 2–12 (adults are free). Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. Event details.
  • 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. Event details.
  • Rombeiro Christmas House
    Devonshire Drive, Novato

    Friday–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. Location: 34 Devonshire Drive, off of Center Road, Novato. For more info, read about our visit here.
  • Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 3
    Sausalito Library
    Friday, d
    oors open 6pm; Movie starts at 6:15
    In Despicable Me 3 (2017, 90 minutes, rated PG),  Gru has been fired from the Anti-Villain League and finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis.  When Gru finds out that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. Bring pillows and cushions to lounge on. There will be hot chocolate and popcorn for everyone. Event details.
  • Mickey Mouse Christmas House
    417 Blackstone Drive, San Rafael
    Friday–Sunday, 6–10 pm

    Up the road a short distance from the Nisja Bears House is the Mickey Mouse House. As the name implies, this place is a shrine to all things Disney, and features possibly every Disney-themed holiday decoration ever created. The owners of this home, the Mize Family, transform their entire two-car garage into a giant glassed-in display case that houses most of their stuffed animals, toys, animated decorations, lighted ceramic buildings and more. Location: 417 Blackstone Drive (at Las Gallinas Avenue) in San Rafael. For more info, read about our visit here.
  • The Nisja Bears House
    383 Quietwood Drive, San Rafael
    Friday–Sunday, 6–10 pm

    The Nisja Bears House has been charming Marin families for 36 years. As the displays and decorations that fill the front yard, which include a large, functioning model railroad, and, as the name implies, numerous bears doing all sorts of things. With the trains and bears and animated figures, there's plenty here to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Check out the display case to the left of the driveway for more bears and Christmas decorations. The bear that blows bubbles is always a hit with the kids, too. Marinwood at 383 Quietwood Drive (between Las Gallinas Avenue and Miller Creek Road). For more info, read about our visit here.
  • Bay Area Children's Theatre: Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"
    Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco
    Friday, 6:30 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. 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. Event details.

Saturday, December 9

  • 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. Event details.
  • SMART Holiday Express Toy Drive
    Novato San Marin Station
    Saturday, 8–10 am

    Join SMART in making the holidays special for children in need during their Holiday Express Toy Drive on Saturday. Drop off unwrapped toys and gift cards, and tour the inside of the Holiday Express train while enjoying some eggnog. Santa will also be on board. Donations will be distributed to Toys For Tots and other non-profit organizations in Sonoma and Marin counties serving children impacted by the fires. Location: 7700 Redwood Boulevard, Novato. Event details.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Ross Valley Fire Station
    Saturday, 8 & 10 am

    Bring the family to the annual Breakfast with Santa event at Ross Valley Fire Station #19. Breakfast with Santa is a fun family event and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. $6 kids, $8 adult. Event details or call (415) 258-4640.
  • Pancakes at the North Pole
    Corte Madera Parks & Recreation
    Saturday, 8–10 am

    Santa and his friends are waiting for you! The elves at the Corte Madera Community Center have been hard at work preparing a very special pancake breakfast for you and your family. Santa Claus is very excited to see all his favorite families and take pictures! As many of us know, it can get a little chilly at the North Pole. Frosty the Snowman will be taking donations for the Kids Club Warm Coat and Toasty Toes Drive during the breakfast as well. Cost: $10 per person. Register online here or by calling (415) 927-5072.
  • Breakfast With Santa
    Belvedere Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10:30 am

    Join Santa for breakfast, music, crafts, and a photo opportunity (bring your own camera). Make reservations by calling (415) 435-4355; space is limited. Cost: $20 per person, free for 2 and under. The Belvedere Community Center is located at 450 San Rafael Avenue in Belvedere. Event details.
  • Holiday Celebration at the Farmer's Market
    Marin County Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm
    Enjoy a fun-filled day of festive celebrations, write a letter to Santa, Santa sing-along 9:30 am, The Grinch movie under the big tent, Whoville singers, decorate holiday cookies, a Fairy Workshop in DIESEL with Emily Butterfly, and a visit with Santa! Location: Larkspur Landing, Larkspur. Event details.
  • Free Snow Day & Hot Cocoa Stroll
    East Washington Place, Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, 10 am–1 pm

    Come play in real snow at the FREE Snow Day & Hot Cocoa Stroll! Plus Horse & Carriage rides, take a selfie with Santa, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting and More! Petaluma Fire Department will be collecting new, unwrapped toys. Event details.
  • Holiday Drop 'N Shop Saturdays
    Hamilton Community Center, Novato
    Saturday, 10 a m–3 pm

    Recreation Staff are offering full days of fun, and affordable, child care, giving parents some much needed "me" time to complete pre-holiday tasks, or even a chance to pamper yourself! While you do your holiday shopping, cooking, or visiting with friends, your child(ren) will be enjoying holiday themed activities, games and crafts! For our first Saturday, Children will create and experience some holiday favorites, from gingerbread houses to paper snowflakes and much more winter wonderland fun! For ages 4–8 years. Cost: $44.00(R)/$54.00(NR). Location: 503 Palm Drive, Hamilton area in Novato. Register here.
  • 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.
  • 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. Event details
  • Make It, Take It, Wrap It!
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Bring the family to this free event featuring crafts to make and purchase, live music, photos with Santa, holiday dress-up with local theatre company, cookie decorating and more! There is a wide variety of crafts to make including holiday ornaments, bead jewelry, fused-glass, clay pendants, cookie decoration, painting and holiday cards.Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 9 am
    Bring the family to have breakfast with Santa at the Tam Valley Winter Magic Event. Then make crafts and play in some real snow! RSVP early because this event sells out. Don't forget to bring a camera for this wonderful photo opportunity. 10 am breakfast seating sold out; space available at 11:30 am. Cost: $15 per person, includes breakfast, crafts, jumpee, and snow; $8 without breakfast. Register by calling (415) 388-6393. Event details
  • Pixie Park Holiday Bake Sale and Photos with Santa
    Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Pixie Park's annual holiday bake sale offers delicious homemade baked goods-perfect for holiday gift-giving. Come choose from cookies, cakes, candies, baking mixes and gingerbread houses. Come support Pixie Park, have a photo taken with Santa Claus (10:30 am–1:30 pm) and enjoy some children’s holiday cookie decorating (10:30 am–1:30 pm) and entertainment! Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. Event details.
  • Indoor Antique Market 32nd Annual Christmas Show
    Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Enjoy an old fashioned shopping experience as you are taken back through times gone by. Over seventy booths of antiques and collectibles. Highlights include fine art, Asian and Native American art, watches, clocks, books, photographs, postcards, posters, prints, coins, vintage toys, kitchen collectibles, vintage clothing, and more. Admission: $6. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am & 1 pm

    Children and their favorite stuffed animals gather in the Terrace Room of the Ritz-Carlton to enjoy holiday treats and this popular family show featuring an entertaining elf and his animated sidekick and a giant teddy bear. Each child will receive a teddy bear gift and photo with the giant teddy bear to take home. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Cost: $125 adults, $115 children. Locaation: 600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco. For more info and reservations, visit their website.
  • 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. Event details.
  • 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. Event details.
  • Teddy Bear Tea à la Française
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
    Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
    Come for tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies, and fun with Le Petit Jardin! You and your little ones will enjoy tea service, traditional live holiday music, a fireside telling of the story of the first Christmas in English and French, and a professional photo seating! Each child should dress in dapper style and bring his or her own teddy bear pal from home to share tea time with! $14 per seat; space limited. Location: 921 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. Event details.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop
    Marin Humane, Novato
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Calling all kids! Get in the holiday spirit and join in the fun of an age-old holiday tradition - gingerbread house decorating. Gingerbread house masters John and Megan Lorenzen will be here to help you create a gingerbread dog house or a gingerbread kitty condo. Workshop is designed for 8–12-year-old children. Event details.
  • Fairfax Craft Faire
    Pavilion, Fairfax
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
    The annual Fairfax Craft Faire is held at the Pavilion in the heart of Fairfax. A wonderful selection of crafts, music and food will fill the Pavilion for this event. Location: 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. Event details.
  • Spirited Marin Holiday Marketplace
    Studio 333, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    Join us for two vibrant days of shopping, discovery, workshops, tastings, art installations, and charitable giving. A unique and festive shopping “village” focused on the fresh voices of its Marin-based vendors and raising money for this year’s Marin-based beneficiaries: Beyond Differences, ExtraFood, and MarinCASA. Free at Dunphy Park on Bridgeway at Napa Street. Location: 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Event details.
  • Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 1 pm
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

    Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets is a unique 50-minute version of the Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. The production features a live 9-piece chamber orchestra, Brian Fisher as Drosselmeyer, musical direction by Michael Morgan, set design by Peter Crompton, costume design by Richard Battle, and production direction by Frederic O. Boulay. Tickets: $20.50–$42.50. Location: Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion at Marina Blvd. (at Buchanan St.), San Francisco. Event details.
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am
    Join us as we follow Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. Activities to follow. Free. Location: 313 Corte Madera Town Center. Event details.
  • A Holiday Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk
    Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
    Saturday & Sunday, noon & 3 pm
    The tea is an old-fashioned tour de force in the elegant Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Mansion. Homemade tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Features include life-sized toys, a raffle, and plenty of photo opportunities. Make sure you bring your teddy bear or other favorite toy!  This extremely popular event is by reservation only and always sells our early! Cost: $28 adults, $24 for children, $50 adult-and-child combination ticket. Event details.
  • Saturdays with Santa
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon–4 pm
    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. Event details.
  • Cirque de Bohème
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday & 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. Event details.
  • Marin Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 5 pm
    Marin Ballet's Nutcracker production is one of the county's cultural jewels! With over 200 dancers, intricate costuming, lavish sets, and artful choreography, it's a holiday event not to miss. Meet Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and special guest characters for photos and autographs at the Candy Cane Party following the 1 pm performances on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $44 adults, $28 seniors and youth 18 and under; $10 for the Candy Cane Party. Event details.
  • Dance-Along Nutcracker
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    Saturday, 3 & 7 pm, Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
    Join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for the 31st Annual Dance-Along Nutcracker! One of San Francisco’s most celebrated events, this year’s show The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker is a zany superhero quest that’s perfect for the whole family. Tickets: $30 adults, $18 seniors, children, and students. Event details.
  • Free Event: Sonoma's Historic Holiday Festival
    Sonoma State Historic Park, Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, 4:30–8:30 pm

    Bring the family for some fun at the historic Sonoma Square. Enjoy live music, cookies, hot cider, create a Christmas cracker or a lavender scented sachet ball. There will be a special visit from Santa. Location: 36 Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma. Event details.
  • Teddy Bear Tea
    Muir Tea Room, Sebastopol
    Saturday, 5 pm

    Children of all ages are invited to bring their families and beloved stuffies for a special festive winter holiday tea to celebrate the warmth and friendship of the season. Muir's Tea Room will provide a charming backdrop to enjoy theatrical entertainment, tea, delicious finger sandwiches, beautiful petite desserts and a take away gift. Reservations required by calling 707-634-6143. Event details.
  • The Moon and Stars: Family Nighthike & Campfire
    Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito
    Saturday, 5:30–8 pm

    This program features an Environmental Science Educator-led hike in the Marin Headlands. Our evening hikes are usually no more than 2 miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike we provide all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S'more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs! Cost: $15 per person. Register here.
  • San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade
    San Rafael Canal
    Saturday, 6 pm

    The Third Largest Lighted Boat Parade in the country and growing bigger every year! Fun for the whole family so come on out and be a part of it. Visit their Facebook page.
  • 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
    Sausalito Waterfront

    Saturday, 6 pm
    The Sausalito annual Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks celebrates its 30th anniversary. Parade starts at 6:30 pm and fireworks around 7:30 pm. Free to everyone along the Sausalito waterfront. Location: Sausalito Waterfront, the Big Tent by the Spinnaker Restaurant. Event details.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Annie (see Friday for details).
  • Victorian Holiday Tea (see Friday for details).
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair (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).
  • Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).

Sunday, December 10

  • Jingle Bell 5K & Runners Brunch
    Downtown Waterfront, Sausalito
    Sunday, 8 am (registration begins at 7:30 am)

    A scenic 5K run along the Sausalito waterfront starting at 8:30 am ($40 for adults, $25 children under 16). Kids fun run starts at 9:20 am ($5 for kids under 7). There will be a runners' brunch at 9:45 am at the Winterfest Tent (cost $10). Purchase tickets for all events here.
  • 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.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
    Terra Linda Community Center
    Saturday (various times below)

    Gingerbread House Decorating: It’s time to get festive! Decorate your very own Gingerbread House! Come for a day of fun and to create the gingerbread house of your dreams! Ages 6-8 10:00–11:30 am. Ages 9-12 1:00–2:30 pm. Cost is $25.00. For more information please contact Terra Linda Community Center at (415) 485-3344.
  • Home Depot Menorah Workshop
    San Rafel
    Sunday, 10–11:30 am

    Build your own menorah at Home Depot and enjoy Hanukkah treats! Participants receive a free worker's apron. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Home Depot, 111 Shoreline Parkway, San Rafael 94901. Learn more and RSVP.
  • Nature for Kids: Blackstone Canyon
    San Rafael
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm

    This secluded valley below the rugged east end of Big Rock Ridge is a great place to look for animals that are attracted to the creek. We’ll take a slow walk to the wet places in the canyon to see who’s hiding there. Remember to bring lunch. Location: Meet at the end of Valleystone Drive in San Rafael. Event details.
  • Santa's Brunch
    Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma
    Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm

    Bring your family to celebrate the season in style at Ramekins' annual Santa's Brunch. Enjoy a welcome pomegranate mimosa, artisan sausage, Wine Country Scramble, made-to-order omelettes, cinnamon raisin French toast, and more. Adults $65, kids $25, 5 and under free. More info and reservations: (707) 721-8835 or website.
  • Family ArtBash Sundays: Spinning Tales of Light and Magic
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Join us for a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, storytelling, and a special episode of Shaboom!—the Jewish animated kids' series. Admission is free for two adults when accompanied by a visitor 18 and under. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2017
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 a m–5 pm

    This free ocean-inspired event will highlight our most memorable and, to be honest, cutest patients of the year! Guests can participate in a free ocean-inspired interactive program at our hospital’s classroom at noon and 2 pm. The interactive presentation will showcase another record-breaking year at the Center, and guests will get the opportunity to see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of a days-old harbor seal, touch and feel fur specimens of multiple marine mammals, including a Guadalupe fur seal, and get a closer look at how the Center is helping save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands. Event page.
  • Hands-on Chanukah
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 11 am–1:30 pm

    Discover new ways to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Join the Jewish Concierge of Sonoma County, PJ Library, and Octopretzel at the Charles M. Schulz Museum for an exciting and engaging free Chanukah program for the entire family. Activities will include dreidel spinning contests, marshmallow-dreidel decorating, menorah crafting, free gift raffle, and more. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Festival of Lights
    Osher Marin JCC
    Sunday, 11:30 am–2 pm

    It's the best Hannukah party in Marin! Enjoy Hanukkah food like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), live music by the Brandeis Marin Jazz Band, building Minecraft and LEGO dreidels, photobooth fun, arts and crafts activities, a bounce house, holiday songs and stories, face painting by Buki the Clown, and more Hanukkah-related activities. There will also be an artisanal marketplace for all your holiday gift needs. Free admission. Event details.
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Sunday, December 10, 12–3 pm

    Bring the kiddos for some holiday cookie decorating fun! Come in anytime between 12-3 pm. Self guided instruction. Drop In, get your cookies, and have some fun!
    Cost: $10 in advance. Pricing includes 2 holiday cookies (star and tree) decorations & icing.
    Event details.
  • Celebrations at Sea Holiday
    Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1–4:45 pm
    Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Saturday, December 10, 2016 for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea,” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, a puppet show, storybook reading, a ranger talk on historic seagoing holiday traditions, and a visit from a nautical Santa Claus. Cost: $10 adults, free for kids 15 and under. Location: Hyde Street Pier (Hyde and Jefferson Streets), San Francisco. Event details.
  • Peter and the Wolf
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Prokofiev’s timeless tale of a musical narrative of a boy and his animal friends’ bravery is brought to life, with special guest narrator Kathy Najimy. Watch and listen as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra puts their talent on display, playing a musical fable for the child in all of us. Half price for ages 17 and under. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets here.
  • Annual Holiday Wreath Making, Caroling and Potluck
    Fairfax Women's Club
    Sunday, 2–5 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of merriment! Santa Claus will be present at 2:30 pm for the children. Please bring clippers and trimmings to make a wreath. Also, bring an appetizer, drink or dessert to share. Main courses of lasagna and and salad will be provided, courtesy of Mauro’s Past & Pizza, Fradelizio’s, Sorella Café, Good Earth, and Ghiringhelli’s Pizza. Thank you to our generous sponsors. Hope to see you there! Event details.
  • Musae: The Morning Star
    Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, Tiburon
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Musae presents a concert that celebrates this tradition of the Morning Star, with choral music spanning the last 500 years.Tickets $15 & 20: advance purchase available at the Landmarks Office, Tiburon Town Hall and Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets available at the door if not sold out in advance, starting at 3:30 pm. Location: 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. Event details.
  • Victorian Holiday Tea (see Friday for details).
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair (see Friday for details).
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (see Friday for details).
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Annie (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Mickey Mouse Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Nisja Bear House (see Friday for details).
  • Cirque de Bohème (see Saturday for details).