Holidays

Some of Our Favorite Family Holiday Movies

November 27, 2017

Christmas Movie Collage

During the holidays, we're inundated with Christmas-themed movies and TV specials of all different kinds. But what's really worth spending your time watching? Being something of a family of movie buffs, we decided to put together our list of favorite holiday movies and specials, so here are seven seasonal offerings that we think are worth repeat watching each December. You can find all of these films on DVD or Blu-ray at the Marin County Free Library.

Go Play in the Snow! Great Places for Family Snow Play in Northern California

November 26, 2017

Tubing in the Sierras

The winter season in the Sierra is starting! While we love the skiing and winter fun at Lake Tahoe, we know that not everyone's a skiier, and sometimes families just want to go up and have some fun in the snow. While many of the Tahoe ski resorts like Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Heavenly have tubing parks, ice skating, and other winter non-skiing activities for the family, there are plenty of other places in the mountains where you can get your snow play fix without the ski resort hustle and bustle (and price tag).

Holiday Family Fun in San Francisco

November 25, 2017

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.

Holiday Family Fun at Bay Area Museums

November 23, 2017

'Tis the Season for Science California Academy of Sciences'Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. ©2016 California Academy of Sciences.

The holidays are a perfect time for a family visit to a museum, where you can both have fun and learn something indoors. Many local San Francisco Bay Area museums offer fun holiday-themed programs, including hands-on activities, special exhibits, and more. You'll even find ice skating and real live reindeer! Here are six of our favorite local museums worth visiting with the kiddos this holiday season.

Family-friendly Holiday Concerts from the San Francisco Symphony

November 22, 2017

Davies Symphony Hall

Introduce your children to classical music and the century-old tradition of the San Francisco Symphony with the Symphony's acclaimed Music for Families concerts, special holiday concerts, and other family-friendly events. Family concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and older.

This holiday season's family-friendly offerings from the San Francisco Symphony include:

Deck the Hall: Children's Holiday Concert and Party
Sunday, December 3, 11 am and 3 pm

Deck the Hall performances and lobby activities offer tons of fun for the entire family, but the really special thing about this event is that it raises money to present a Community Deck the Hall performance that hosts over 4,000 children from Bay Area schools and local charitable organizations who might otherwise not be able to attend a symphony event. 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. Get tickets.

Holiday Tips from Kristin Bell and Whole Foods Market

November 19, 2017

Kristin Bell

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Whole Foods Market.

Meet our holiday host: Kristen Bell! The holidays are for cozy gatherings with friends and family — after all, this is the time of year when gathering around a festive table with good food matters most to her. Cooking is taking care of her nest. She’s an actress, but also a wife, a mom and a home cook, and preparing a meal for her family makes her feel of service to the ones she loves. Check out Kristen’s tips and tricks below!

Explore Sonoma County Farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails!

November 18, 2017

Holidays on the Farm Trails

This November and December, take the family out to visit some of Sonoma's fantastic farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails. Now through January 1, Sonoma County farmers and producers as they open their gates and barn doors every weekend 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 one of the many DIY workshops, feed animals, and much more. You can skip the Black Friday madness at the mall and head out to a farm!

Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2017

November 17, 2017

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!

  • Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    Friday, November 17, 4–7 pm

    Four iconic buildings lit with 17,000 holiday lights, fireworks bursting in the sky, and a magical show presented by Disney on Ice. The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center is a San Francisco tradition and the official start of the holiday season in the City.  The festivities begin at 4 pm with a family fun carnival followed by the building lighting ceremony at 6 pm. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza
    Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, November 18, 5–8 pm

    Experience Sonoma Valley and celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights plus music and holiday treats! Free to the public and family friendly. Bring a picnic, including wine and beer! For more info, visit their website.

Marin Holiday Craft & Art Fairs 2017

November 16, 2017

Craft and art fairs abound at this time of year, allowing you to find great unique and often handmade holiday gifts. Here's our guide to holiday craft and art fairs in Marin County this winter. Many fairs also offer live music and performances, food and drink, and activities for the kiddos, so make a day of it!

Tam Valley Craft Fair

Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
November 17–18, Friday, 5–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Free admission

Shop for unique holiday gifts at this year's Tam Valley Craft Fair. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

Marin Center Holiday Craft and Boutique Sale

Marin Center, San Rafael
November 30–December 8, 11 am–8 pm
Free admission

Join us for some holiday cheer and shop artfully at the Marin Center’s Holiday Craft and Art Fair. With 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, you can take home something special for the art lovers in your family while supporting the true creative culture of Marin! Shop till you drop and support your local artists! Location: Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

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