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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 1 and 2.

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.

  • Just Dance Academy Winter Performance
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Sunday, November 18, 2 pm

    Join the Just Dance Academy for their annual winter dance performance! Audiences will enjoy an abbreviated version of the classic ballet production “The Nutcracker” complete with all your favorite characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rose Queen, Clara, and the Snow Queen to name a few! Following the ballet production enjoy dance routines from JDA’s contemporary, Bollywood, hip hop, tap, and jazz junior and senior programs! Competition dance routines for the 2019 competition dance season also included! A great afternoon of dance for all ages! Tickets: $27 adults, $22 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. More information
  • Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 1 & 5 pm

    The always-magical Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. This production, now in its 30th 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. For more info, visit Purchase tickets here.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Holiday Spectacular
    Showcase Theater
    Saturday, December 1, 7 pm & Sunday, December 2, 2 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: $22 general admission. For more info, visit
  • Mayflower Chorus Presents: Sounds of the Season
    Showcase Theater
    Friday, December 7, 7:30 pm & Saturday, December 8, 2:30 & 7:30 pm

    In winter we play pipes, beat drums, sound trumpets and ring bells to ward off the stillness of the dark, cold landscape. In the music of the season we hear a message of hope and good news and are reminded of the joys of childhood. Most of all, there’s something about holiday music that makes us want to sing! Director David Manley leads the Mayflower Chorus in varied seasonal music—traditional to contemporary and reverent to playful. An instrumental combo enriches the rich harmonies from our full 60-voice chorus plus soloists and ensembles. Creative script and staging make this a not-your-typical holiday show. Tickets: $22 adults, $18 seniors 60+ and students 13–18, $8 children 12 and under. More information
  • Marin Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 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. For more info, go to Purchase tickets here.
  • Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Tuesday, December 11, 7 pm

    The Marin Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert has secured its place as a new Marin tradition. Hear beloved holiday pop classics, traditional carols, and favorite themes from holiday films performed by the orchestra and adult and children’s choruses. Program includes sing-alongs, special guests and complimentary treats after the concert. Tickets: $25 and up for adults, $20 for youth 6–17; 20% discount for groups of 10 or more. More information
  • Marin Dance Theatre: Sophie and The Enchanted Toyshop
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, December 15, 1, 3 & 5:30 pm

    Marin Dance Theatre, an internationally recognized dance training center, presents this delightful full-length two-act children's ballet, featuring over 125 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. For more information, go to Purchase tickets here.
  • SingersMarin Presents ’Tis the Season… Sing Joy!
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Sunday, December 16, 4 pm
    A joyful holiday tradition for Bay Area audiences, this concert is an uplifting way to celebrate with family and friends. Join Jan Pedersen Schiff and the seven youth and adult choral ensembles of SingersMarin as they perform familiar Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, and songs of peace, accompanied by Irene Jacobson on piano and a bass and drum combo. Tickets: $40, $35, or $30; students are half price. More info at Buy tickets here.
  • Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Monday, December 17, 7 pm

    Celebrate the legendary Sewer Band at the Veterans’ Auditorium as they celebrate their 60th 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 non-profit 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

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