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Family Holiday Performances at Marin Center

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker Marin Center

See Stapleton Ballet's Nutcracker at Marin Center on December 7 and 8.

You can always count on finding a variety of wonderful holiday performances for the whole family at Marin Center in San Rafael, and the 2018 season is no exception. There’s definitely something for everyone, so bring the family to one of these Marin holiday classics. Many of these productions sell out early, so order your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Marin Center is located off Civic Center Drive at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael, adjacent to the Marin County Civic Center. It comprises two of Marin County's premier performance venues: the 1,960-seat Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, which hosts major concerts, performances, and events, and the smaller, more intimate 315-seat Showcase Theater.

For more information on Marin Center, including seating charts, tickets, directions, and a full schedule of events and performances, visit the County of Marin's Cultural Services website.

  • Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 1 & 5 pm

    The always-magical Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. This production, now in its 31st year, brings to life the timeless tale of Clara and her adventures with the Nutcracker, beginning with the lavish, authentic Victorian holiday party. Vibrant sets and costumes and exciting choreography include a firing cannon and a magical tree that grows to over forty feet tall! The cast features over 250 talented dancers from the Stapleton School of the Performing Arts, as well as professional guest artists. Costumed characters will greet children in the lobby after 1 pm shows. Tickets: $39, $26 seniors and children. More information
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Holiday Spectacular
    Showcase Theater
    Saturday, December 7, 7 pm & Sunday, December 8, 1 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: $25. More information
  • Marin Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 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: $45 adults, $25 seniors and youth 18 and under; $10 for the Candy Cane Party. More information
  • Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Tuesday, December 17, 7 pm

    Celebrate the season with your friends and family, as the magnificent Marin Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Childrens’ Chorus present a program of holiday-inspired music. Tickets: $25 and up for adults, $20 for youth 6–17. More information
  • Marin Dance Theatre: Sophie and The Enchanted Toyshop
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, December 21, 1 & 5:30 pm

    Marin Dance Theatre, an internationally recognized dance training center, presents this delightful full-length two-act children's ballet, featuring over 140 dancers plus professional guest artists. A Dickens-style street scene comes alive with gypsies, magicians, and mysterious commedia del arte masked players. As a kindly toy maker enters with his mischievous harlequin monkeys, he sweeps Sophie away to her amazing adventure. Following the 1 pm performance, meet the cast, enjoy sweet treats, and have your photo taken with cast members at the Teddy Bear Tea Party in the Redwood Foyer. Tickets: $40 adults, $32 students and seniors; $10 Teddy Bear Tea Party. More information
  • Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Sewer Band Holiday Concert
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Monday, December 23, 7 pm

    Celebrate the legendary Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non‐Marching Band (affectionately called the Sewer Band) at the Veterans’ Auditorium as they celebrate their 62th year of giving the community a “Gift of Music.” It’s a free holiday concert that’s guaranteed to delight all! The Sewer Band is a nonprofit organization comprised of brass, wind and percussion players from the Bay Area. Under the direction of Adrian L. Quince, the group’s mission is to promote music education and appreciation. More information