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Family Holiday Activities and Events in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit with one of these fun activities, celebrations, performances, and events in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area! Keep in mind that many of these holiday events and performances may require advance reservations and often sell out. We'll update our list with new Marin and Bay Area Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's events as we learn about them and plans are finalized, so check back often.

Union Square Ice Rink, San Francisco
Union Square — San Francisco

November 2–January 16

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will usher in the holiday season 2022.

Christmas House at West End Nursery, San Rafael
West End Nursery — San Rafael

Saturday, November 5–December 25

Get in the holiday spirit and visit the amazing Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery.

Glowfari, Oakland Zoo
Oakland Zoo — Oakland

November 11–January 29, 5–10 pm

An unforgettable experience for all ages, with hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the zoo. Santa will be on hand for visits through December 23!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Cow Palace
Cow Palace — Daly City

November 19–December 18, 2022

Visit London at the historic Cow Palace! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures.

Pier 39 Christmas Tree
Pier 39 — San Francisco

Daily November 22–January 8, 5–10 pm

Enjoy the holidays all season long with Pier 39's nightly tree lighting musical moments on its 60’ Christmas tree.

Santa in sleigh with reindeer
The Village at Corte Madera — Corte Madera

November 23–December 24

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland in the Village's Macy's Court.

Cirque de Bohème: Gypsy, Cornerstone Sonoma
Cornerstone Sonoma — Sonoma

November 25–December 25

An old-style circus show 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. 

Holiday tea Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco — San Francisco

November 26–January 2, 1 & 3:30 pm

The holiday season is not complete without a celebration of tradition and magic with Fairmont’s Holiday Tea.

Union Square Christmas Tree San Francisco Macy's
Union Square — San Francisco

Friday, November 25–Sunday, January 1

Macy's at Union Square presents San Francisco's most recognized Christmas tree.

Holiday teddy bear tea Ritz Carlton San Francisco
The Ritz-Carlton — San Francisco

Saturday & Sunday, November 26–December 23, 10 am & 1 pm

Gather for a holiday Teddy Bear Tea in the festively decorated Terrace Room at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

Gingerbread house and Christmas tree at the Fairmont San Francisco
The Fairmont — San Francisco

Open daily November 26–January 1

Step into the ultimate winter wonderland at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill!

Macy's Santa San Francisco Union Square
Macy's Union Square — San Francisco

November 25–December 24

Here’s your chance to visit the busiest man of the season inside the Macy's Union Square store. Advance reservatons required.

Winter Wonderland at The Lark Creek Shop
Lark Creek Shop — Larkspur

Friday, December 2, 4–8 pm

Join us for a night in Winter Wonderland where there will be hot cocoa, ginger bread man decorating, wreath making, photos with Santa and more.

Transcendence Theatre Broadway Holiday Spectacular
Hanna Center — Sonoma

December 2–4, Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

Experience an all-new holiday show in 2022 from Transcendence Theatre Company live on stage at Hanna Center in Sonoma.

Breakfast with Santa–Sausalito Yacht Club
Sausalito Yacht Club — Sausalito

Saturday, December 3, 8:30 & 10 am

Santa's coming! He's making a special trip to the Sausalito Yacht Club to eat breakfast with you and your family.

Breakfast with Santa, Tilden Park, Berkeley
Tilden Park Merry Go Round — Berkeley

December 3–23, 8:30–11 am

Enjoy unlimited rides, a buffet breakfast, and a visit with Santa at the Tilden Park Merry Go Round.

Teddy Bear Tea à la Française
First Baptist Church Sonoma — Sonoma

Saturday, December 3, 10:30 am–noon

Le Petit Jardin is pleased to announce its 13th Annual event in honor of this special time of year, our “Teddy Bear Tea à la Française”.

Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center — San Francisco

Saturdays & Sunday, December 4–18

Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF announces the 14th season of its annual holiday show, Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets.

Fratello Marionettes North Pole Review, Hall Middle School, Larkspur
Hall Middle School Gymnastium — Larkspur

Larkspur Library presents The Fratello Marionettes' North Pole Review. It's a high-energy, fun filled marionette puppet show perfect for the whole family. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Larkspur Library. This event will take place in the Hall Middle School Gymnasium. 

Santa visit Bon Air Center
Bon Air Center — Greenbrae

Saturday, December 3, 10 & 17, noon–3 pm

Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at Bon Air the first three Saturdays of December. Free photos with Santa for children, families and furry friends, printed while you wait.

Free photos with Santa Northgate San Rafael
Northgate — San Rafael

Saturday, December 3, 10 & 17, 12–4 pm

Visit Santa at Northgate mall, snap your own photo, and kids get a free gift.

Tea time foods
Claremont Club & Spa — Berkeley

Saturdays & Sunday, December 3–24

This holiday tradition in the Claremont's iconic Lobby Bar features all of the classic high tea accompaniments including delightful desserts and sandwiches.

Corte Madera Town Center Free Santa Photos and Gift Wrapping
Town Center Corte Madera — Corte Madera

December 9–10 & 16–24, 11 am–4 pm

Celebrate the holidays at Town Center Corte Madera with free photos with Santa and gift wrapping.

Breakfast with Santa, San Anselmo, California
Ross Valley Fire Station — San Anselmo

Saturday, December 10, 8 am

Breakfast with Santa takes place on the second Saturday in December at the Ross Valley Fire Station.

Westin St. Francis Union Square Christmas Tree
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square — San Francisco

Saturday, December 10, 9 am–noon

Bring the family for breakfast and a special visit with Santa overlooking the city skyline of San Francisco.

Teddy Bear Tea Mill Valley Homestead Valley
Homestead Valley Community Center — Mill Valley

Saturday, December 10, 10 am & 1 pm

Create a new holiday tradition this year in Mill Valley! Children are invited to gather for a Teddy Bear Tea at the Homestead Valley Community Center.

Teddy Bear Tea à la Française
Le Petit Jardin — Mill Valley

Saturday, December 10, 10:30 am–noon

Le Petit Jardin is pleased to announce its 13th Annual event in honor of this special time of year, our “Teddy Bear Tea à la Française”

Grace Cathedral Christmas
Grace Cathedral — San Francisco

December 10, 17, 21 & 22

Sing along with your favorite holiday carols as the toys of St. Nicholas’s workshop lead you on an extraordinary journey.

Crown and Crumpet tea Marin Art & Garden
Marin Art & Garden Center — Ross

December 10–18, seatings at 11 am & 2 pm

Holiday teas from Crown and Crumpet are back at Marin Art & Garden Center this December.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Fair
Telegraph Avenue — Berkeley

December 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 & 24, 11 am–6 pm

Holiday shoppers  will be treated to good cheer, great music, fine food, with handcrafts by some of Northern California's finest artists.

Marin Ballet Nutcracker, San Rafael
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium — San Rafael

December 10 & 11, 1 & 5 pm

Enjoy the wonder of Marin Ballet’s Nutcracker! Clara’s whimsical Christmas Eve dreams come to life through the art of classical ballet, enriched by clever storytelling, mischievous humor, and heroic characters.

Grace Cathedral Christmas
Grace Cathedral — San Francisco

December 10, 11, 17 & 18, 3 pm; December 23, 7:30 pm

The Choir of Men and Boys accompanied by full orchestra and organ will transport you with their exquisite performances of favorite carols and holiday masterpieces.

Toby's Feed Barn — Point Reyes Station

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 and 11

A dressed up stage reading of a holiday favorite play. Two performances only (December 10 & 11). Doors at 4 PM, curtain at 4:30.

Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade 2022
Gabrielson Park — Sausalito

Saturday, December 10, 6–7:15 pm

Set up a chair anywhere along the Sausalito waterfront to view the brightly decorated boats in the 35th annual Lighted Boat Parade.

Petaluma Lighted boats
Petaluma Turning Basin — Petaluma

December 10, 6:30 pm

A family favorite holiday event for decades, Petaluma's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade returns in 2022!

Breakfast with Santa, San Francisco CA
Neiman Marcus — San Francisco

Sunday, December 11 & 18, 8:30 am

Join Neiman Marcus San Francisco for Breakfast with Santa and get your picture taken in a photo booth!

Pixie Park Bake Sale, Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
Pixie Park — Ross

Sunday, December 11, 10 am–1 pm

Pick a sweet treat for your little one at the beloved annual bake sale organized to benefit Pixie Park!

Hanukkah Inside Out
Osher Marin JCC — San Rafael

Sunday, December 11, 11 am–2 pm

Hanukkah Inside Out! Come bring the entire family to the Osher Marin JCC to celebrate this free and fun Hanukkah holiday event

Dance Palace — Point Reyes Station

Sunday, December 11, 12 pm

This family friendly concert series featuring Willy Claflin is free to the public.

Marin Symphony holiday pops concert
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium — San Rafael

Tuesday, December 13, 7 pm

Celebrate the season as the Marin Symphony Orchestra presents a program of holiday-inspired music.

Mill Valley Library–Creekside Room — Mill Valley

Wednesday, December 14, 2:30–3:30 pm

Come enjoy a sweet Hanukkah Storytime and fun craft with Chabad of Mill Valley.

Tea with Mrs. Claus
Sip Tea Room — San Francisco

Friday, December 16, seatings from noon–4 pm

Join Mrs. Claus in Sip’s festively decorated tea room to enjoy a delicious feast, hot chocolate, fresh baked gingerbread men, and loads of fun.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
Chase Center — San Francisco

Friday, December 16, 3–6 pm & Saturday, December 17, 1–4 pm

Enjoy the snowfall, snap photos with Santa, take part in festive arts and crafts, and indulge in seasonal treats.

Gingerbread Build, City of Novato
Margaret Todd Senior Center — Novato

Saturday, December 17, 2 sessions: 9:30–10:30 am & 11 am–noon

Help Novato Parks & Recreation build the City of Novato out of Gingerbread!

French Winter Fair - Marché de Noël, Santa Rosa
Old Courthouse Sq — Santa Rosa

Saturday, December 17, 11 am–4 pm

Join us on Old Courthouse Square Downtown Santa Rosa for our second annual French Christmas Market!

Dollie + Me Holiday Tea St. Francis Hotel San Francisco
Westin St. Francis Hotel — San Francisco

Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18, 12–2 pm

Introducing the first annual holiday tradition at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco: Dollie & Me Tea.

Marin Dance Theatre: Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium — San Rafael

Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18,

Join Marin Dance Theatre for the 26th anniversary of their beloved holiday production.

San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade boats
San Rafael Yacht Club — San Rafael

Sunday, December 17, 6 pm

This lighted boat parade is one of the biggest in the country and has been a Marin tradition since 1966!!

Menorah Lighting
Union Square — San Francisco

Sunday, December 18, 2–6 pm

The annual lighting of the Union Square menorah kicks off on Sunday, December 18 with "Bill Graham Menorah Day".

John Denver Christmas
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium — San Rafael

Sunday, December 18, 2–4 pm

Denver Tribute is an unforgettable and intimate experience that will take you back to the ’70s when John Denver’s music permeated the radio airways.

Fairfax Chanukah celebration
Bolinas Park — Fairfax

Sunday, December 18, 3:30 pm

Bring the entire family to enjoy fresh latkes, donuts, soup and hot drinks, children's crafts, a Hanukkah themed 'photo booth,' and the lighting of the grand nine foot Menorah after sunset!

Chanukah Menorah Lighting Novato
Novato City Hall — Novato

Sunday, December 18, 4 pm

Join together as we light up the night with a Chanukah Celebration!

Community Chanukah Celebration
Menke Park — Corte Madera

Sunday, December 18, 4–6 pm

Join Chabad of Larkspur-Corte Madera for a community Chanukah celebration, with a grand gumball menorah, gelt drop, and more.

Penngrove Parade of Lights
Downtown Penngrove — Penngrove

Sunday, December 19, 6–7 pm

Kick off the holiday season with the Holiday Parade of Lights in downtown Penngrove.  

    Menorah Bon Air Center Greenbrae
    Bon Air Center — Greenbrae

    Monday, December 19, 5:15 pm

    Celebrate Hanukkah with Bon Air! Chabad of Marin will serve up latkes and hot cocoa courtesy of Mollie Stone’s Market and Hanukkah cookies from Victoria Bakery.

    Sewer Band Holiday Concert
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium — San Rafael

    Monday, December 19, 7 pm

    Join the Sewer Band for a free Holiday Concert at Marin Center.

    Community Chanukah Party
    Chabad of Novato — Novato

    Tuesday, December 20, 6–8 pm

    Enjoy live Jewish music, dinner, latkes, donuts, games, and more.

    Mill Valley Library — Mill Valley

    Wednesday, December 21, 2:30–3:30 pm

    Listen to the familiar tale of a Gingerbread Boy or Girl on the loose, then decorate your own delicious cookie companion to take home. 

    Community Chanukah Celebration
    Town Center Corte Madera — Corte Madera

    Thursday, December 22, 5–6 pm

    Join Chabad of Larkspur-Corte Madera for a community Chanukah celebration and menorah lighting.

    Noon Year's Eve BADM
    Bay Area Discovery Museum — Sausalito

    Saturday, December 31, 10 am–2 pm

    Ring in the new year without keeping your family up past bedtime at the BADM.

    Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Charles M. Schulz Museum — Santa Rosa

    Saturday, December 31, 10 am

    Celebrate the New Year with the Peanuts Gang!

    Winter Wonderland Kwanzaa and Noon Year's Eve
    Chase Center — San Francisco

    Saturday, December 31, 10 am–1 pm

    Celebrate the culture of Kwanzaa and ring in 2023 with Noon Year’s Eve at Chase Center.

    Hiller Aviation Museum Noon Year's Eve
    Hiller Aviation Museum — San Carlos

    Saturday, December 31, 10 am–1 pm

    Kids and parents, come celebrate the New Year with music, activities, face painting and a countdown to THREE GIANT balloon drops at noon!

    Chabot Space & Science Center — Oakland

    Saturday, December 31, 11 am–4 pm

    Ring in the new year without staying up late! When it’s noon in Oakland, it will be 2022 somewhere on the planet.

    Annual Japanese New Year's Bell Ringing Ceremony, San Francisco
    Asian Art Museum — San Francisco

    Saturday, December 31, 11 am

    Usher in the New Year with the purifying rings of a Japanese Buddhist temple bell.

    Celebrate Noon Year's Eve
    Sonoma Valley Regional Library — Sonoma

    Sunday, December 31, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

    Join us for a Noon Year's Eve party !Join us around 11:30am for stories, songs, crafts and a balloon countdown!

    Bouncy Ball New Year, Novato
    Trek Winery — Novato

    Saturday, December 31, 12 pm

    Kids of all ages are invited to Downtown Novato to see what happens when 22,000 small bouncy balls are dropped onto the street from a ladder truck 40 feet in the air!