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Marin Weekend Family Fun for December 15–17

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 15

  • 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.
  • Children’s Magical Tea
    Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, noon–4 pm

    Magical Holiday Tea is open to kids and adults of all ages, and features Raul the Master Balloonatic, Face Painting by Drea, Wendy the Whimsical Elf, and a Cookie Decorating Station. Santa will visit on Saturdays, too! $75 per person; $70 with toy donation to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive. Advance reservations required: (415) 616-6941. Location: 999 California Street. Event details.
  • Film: Lady and the Tramp
    Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco
    Friday & Sunday, 1–2:30 pm

    When a pampered pooch living in luxury with her human family crosses paths with a fun-loving stray from the wrong side of the tracks, she finds exciting new adventures and a little romance await her just outside of her comfort zone. Join us for this heart-warming classic just in time for the holidays. (Run time: 76 minutes). Cost: $5 members or with general admission, $10 adults, $8 student and youth. Purchase tickets here. Location:104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco. Event details.
  • San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
    War Memorial Opera House
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 & 7 pm
    San Francisco Ballet’s awe-inspiring production is like no other, with colorful, larger-than-life scenery, over 200 dazzling costumed characters, and of course Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score performed live by the world-class San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ticket prices start at $59. For more info, call (415) 865-2000 or visit their website.
  • Holiday Party! (ages 0–6)
    Sing Dance Play, Novato
    Friday, 3:30–6 pm
    Celebrate the holidays, Music Together style! Musical play, followed by unstructured play for the whole family, geared toward children under 6. Refreshments provided. Open Play members are free; otherwise $10 per family at the door. Location: 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. Event details.
  • Holiday Sing-Along at the Presidio Officers' Club  

    Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–7 pm

    Gather around the piano to share music and holiday cheer, led by performers from 42nd Street Moon. Experience wonderful seasonal favorites! Festive drinks from Arguello restaurant will be available for purchase. This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required.  Event details.

  • Zoo Lights
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Sunday, 5–8 pm

    Come enjoy the San Francisco Zoo at night under magical holiday lights. Shop at the all-new Holiday Marketplace, see the reindeer romp, enjoy hot apple cider and cocoa at Cafe Playfield, and hum along to seasonal music as you play in the Elinor Friend Playground. Adults $10, kids 14 and under $8, kids 3 and under: free. Parking $8. For more information, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Holiday Movie Night: Elf
    Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur
    Friday, 6 pm

    Meet us at the Mart to get in the holiday spirit with a screening of Elf! Enjoy complimentary hot cider or hot chocolate from Fisher's Cheese & Wine and settle in for a treat of a movie night at our favorite bookstore, Diesel. 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.
  • Mickey Mouse Christmas House
    417 Blackstone Drive, San Rafael
    Friday–Sunday, 6–10 pm

    One of my children's favorite decorated and lighted Christmas house is the Mize family's Mickey Mouse House (AKA "Mickey's Christmas House") in Marinwood. Get out of your car and walk up the short driveway, though and you'll see why it's worth a visit for kids of all ages. Every evening, the two-car garage is opened to reveal two galleries of what has to be every Walt Disney toy, stuffed animal, decoration, and gimgrack ever produced, all artfully arranged in two spectacular holiday displays. Read more about our visit here.
  • The Nisja Bear House
    383 Quietwood Drive, San Rafael
    Friday–Sunday, 6–9 pm

    The Nisja Bears House has been charming Marin families for 36 years. 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. Read more about our visit here.
  • 2017 Lighted Boat Parade
    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
    Friday, 6–8 pm

    The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade includes members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Fleet, Golden Gate Yacht Club, PIER 39 Marina, and the Sea Scouts. The parade route will begin just off of PIER 39, proceeding west past Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around off of Crissy Field to return along the waterfront. Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field. Free. Event details.
  • A Christmas Carol
    A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, San Francisco
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7 pm, Sunday, 1 & 5:30 pm

    Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your “humbugs” at the door! Event details.
  • Petaluma School of Ballet Nutcracker
    Sonoma State University, Rohert Park
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 1:30 & 6:30 pm and Sunday, 11 am & 3 pm

    Petaluma School of Ballet and North Coast Ballet California present a full-length production of The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $18. Purchase tickets.
  • Santa Rosa Dance Theater Nutcracker
    Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 2 & 7 pm and Sunday 2 pm

    Set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky and featuring new choreography by incoming Artistic Director Joshua Trader, Santa Rosa Dance Theater invites you to spread the joy, share the magic, create an annual tradition and make memories to cherish for years to come at their production of The Nutcracker. Tickets: $30 general, $28 seniors, $25 youth 12 and under. Purchase tickets.
  • 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.
  • Stapleton Theatre Co. presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical
    The Playhouse, San Anselmo
    Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm

    A Christmas Carol  The Musical is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most beloved story: the tale of curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. This classic story gets the full Broadway treatment in this delightful musical, with an Menken/Ahrens score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics. Perfect for the entire family. Tickets: adults $22 & youth $16. Puchase tickets here.

 Saturday, December 16

  • 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.
  • Wreath Making Workshop
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday 10 am–noon

    Bring the beauty of nature to your front door with a festive, homemade wreath! Join rangers at McNears Beach Park for a day of sipping hot chocolate, listening to holiday tunes, and creating your own natural wreath to take home. Fresh greenery, pinecones, and other natural materials will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own decorations to use. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Healthy snacks provided. RSVPs appreciated but not required: or (415) 446-4424. Park entrance waived for participants. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Craft-n-Create: Family Workshop @ the Makerspace
    South Novato Library
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Families are invited to meet South Novato's new librarians, Amy and Adrienne, see our amazing makerspace and create a special craft the whole family can enjoy! Drop in any time between 10–noon. Warm apple cider and cookies will be available! For ages 2 and up; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Event details.
  • Fancy Flea
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–3 pm

    Meet us at the Mart to shop a curated collection of designers, artisans, artists, makers, and antique collectors. Indulge in a hot toddy from Farmshop, snack on a tamale, and have the Trading Post gift wrap your finds for free. Elsie Green will be showcasing her hand-selected French antiques and housewares alongside other local and visiting craftspeople and artists, both vintage and contemporary. 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.
  • Santa Fly-In
    Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Thanks to the generous sponsorship by Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be flying in on a helicopter provided by Helico Sonoma around 11 am. There will be free bags of goodies, a chance for kids to whisper their holiday wishes into Santa’s ear, an air slide and jumpee house, hot dogs and more. This free event is open to the public. Event details.
  • Holiday Wreathmaking
    Mill Valley Lumber Yard
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    As we celebrate the season and let nature embrace your inner creativity. Gayle, floral designer & founder of Bloomgayles, will be teaching you tips & tricks on how to use fall-inspired flowers and foliage to make timeless home decor designs.These wreaths are no ordinary wreaths. Gayle sources only high-quality nature and winter inspired holiday foliage, pods and berries. Cost: $65. Get your tickets here. Location: 129 Mill Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • 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
  • Gingerbread Dog House Workshop
    Charles Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–noon & 1–4 pm, Sunday, 1–4 pm

    Assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Advance reservations required. Register online or by calling (707) 284-1272. 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.
  • River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    It's Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they've been swept off on another magical adventure. Activities to follow. For all ages. Event details.
  • Patchwork Series Children's Show: The Hipwaders
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
    Saturday, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)

    Listed as one of “25 Best Bands for Kids” by TimeOut New York Kids, The Hipwaders perform danceable rock ‘n’ roll for kids & families. The band has had several top ten songs on XM/SIRIUS Radio including #1 songs, ”Hey Josie!” & "Educated Kid.” Since 2005 they’ve released 6 award-winning albums, performed across the US and continue to perform throughout the SF Bay Area. Admission: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 10:45 am. Location: 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley. For more info, call (510) 644-2020 or visit their website.
  • Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am
    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, San Francisco. 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.
  • Marin City Library's 2nd Annual Snowman Social
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of food, crafts, fun, and maybe a little bit of magical snowman science. Location: 164 Donahue Street, Marin City. 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.
  • Berkeley City Ballet Nutracker
    Smith Center Ohlone College, Fremont
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 5 pm

    The Berkeley City Ballet Nutcracker features a cast of over 40 dancers with elegant costumes and sets. Perfect for the entire family. Tickets: $17–$30. Purchase tickets.
  • Marin Dance Theatre: Sophie and The Enchanted Toyshop
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, 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 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 enjoy sweet treats, and have your photo taken with cast members at the Teddy Bear Tea Party. Tickets: $40 adults, $32 students and seniors; $10 Teddy Bear Tea Party. Event details.
  • Free Star Wars Big Build Event at Play-Well Marin
    San Anselmo
    Saturday, 1–4 pm

    Kids (ages 5+ and up) are invited to this free Star Wars Big Build. Kids can construct the Rebel Alliance Fleet Base or Yavin 4, a village in the tress for Ewoks located on the Moon of Endor and more. Please pre-register for the following time slots, 1–2 pm, 2–3 pm and 3–4 pm. Register here. Location: 216 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo.
    For questions, call 415-460-5210 or visit here.
  • Family STEM Saturdays
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Encourage hands on science explorations with activities that build a foundation for understanding physical properties, mathematics, and engineering principles. Come experiment, build, and create. All ages welcome. This Month: Make Your Own Ornament With Imprints! All ages welcome. Admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Sing Along Messiah
    Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
    Saturday, 3 pm

    Conductor Dr. Magen Solomon will lead the audience through Handel’s classic masterpiece. Four professional soloists will help lead each section. Musical scores will be provided to the audience so singing along with this great holiday tradition could not be easier. Fun for music lovers and listeners of all ages; no experience necessary. Tickets: $20 general, $18 seniors, $5 kids and teens. Event details.
  • Evening Hike to Blithedale Ridge
    Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Kentfield
    Saturday, 4–5:30 pm

    Join a ranger for an evening hike to Blithedale Ridge. We’ll discuss historical and natural features of the preserve along the way. This hike is approximately 4 miles with 360’ elevation gain. Ideal for ages 10 and up. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Meet at the gate at the end of Crown Road in Kent Woodlands. Event details.
  • Free Magic Show & Family Movie
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Gather your family and friends, bring your low-back lawn chairs, cozy blankets and pack a picnic for a Free magic show featuring Mike Della Penna and a free showing of the holiday classic Elf under our winter tent! Location: near Novato City Hall, 922 Machin Avenue, Novato. Event details.
  • Kid's Night at the Museum
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 5–9 pm

    Drop your kids (Grades 1–6) off for after-hours fun and catch up on your holiday shopping. Kids will have the Museum all to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, cartooning, and lots of holiday-themed crafts! Cost: $25 for Member, $32 for Non-member, $20 for Sibling Member Discount, $27 for Sibling Non-member Discount  Advance reservations required--register online or call (707) 284-1272. Location: 2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa. Register and info here.
  • Longest Winter Night Hike
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, 5:30–7:30 pm

    What comes out at night in your National Park? Come and find out on this family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with a storytelling campfire program at the Rob Hill Campground.  You’ll hear tales from many cultures about the ways people have welcomed back the sun! Meet at the Rob Hill campground plaza next to the parking lot. Registration required; space is limited. Call (415) 561-4323 to RSVP. Event details.
  • Home Alone with the San Francisco Symphony
    Davies Symphony
    Saturday, 7 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

    See the holiday hit Home Alone on the big screen like you never have before, with John Williams’ exuberant score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony and unforgettable carols sung live by three children’s choruses in a special guest appearancel. The highest-grossing holiday film of all time, and starring an adorable Macaulay Culkin, this hilarious and heartwarming comedy is holiday fun for the entire family. Get tickets here.
  • San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker (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).
  • The Nisja Bear House (see Friday for details).
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie (see Friday for details).
  • Stapleton Theatre Co. presents A Christmas Carol: The Musical (see Friday for details).


Sunday, December 17

  • 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.
  • Stafford Lake Winter Disc Golf Classic
    Stafford Lake Park, Novato
    Sunday, 9–11 am

    Come out and show off your game at Stafford’s Winter Disc Golf Classic! Merit and raffle prizes will be awarded with top honors going to lowest score per 18 holes. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Don’t forget to bring discs, water, and snacks. Park entrance waived for participants. Event details.
  • Little Folkies Family Band Holiday Celebration
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Sunday 10:30 am

    The band will spread holiday cheer by performing a mix of Little Folkies originals, traditional folk songs for children, and sing-along arrangements of holiday tunes. Little Folkies creator Irena Eide will be joined by Danny Vitali on bass and Emily Mann on fiddle. Tickets cost $12 for kids 13 and under ($17 at the door) and $17 for adults ($22 at the door). Babies under 6 months are admitted free. Purchase tickets here. Location: 19 Corte Madera Ave., Downtown Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Sundays on Sherman Winter Edition!
    Sherman Avenue, Downtown Novato
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family for lots of festive holiday fun. There will be free games, crafts, food and ice skating. You need to register to ice skate here. Cost: $5 per person for skating (children must be at least 4 years old and 42" tall). Location: Sherman Avenue, Downtown Novato. Event details.
  • SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
    California College of the Arts, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

    SFMade presents its 7th Annual Holiday Gift Fair. The shopping extravaganza features locally made gift items from over 70 different SFMade vendors. The Fair’s unique products include jewelry, bags, chocolate, wine, other gourmet gifts, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decorations, and stationery – all from local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco. Shoppers can also purchase artwork from CCA students. Location: 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Parent's Day Out: Grinchmas
    Rolling Hills Club, Novato
    Sunday, 1–4:30 pm
    Merry Grinchmas! Join us as we celebrate the season with a healthy Grinch snack, make Grinchy slime, and practice some science where we grow the Grinch's heart. We will watch the cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." A snack of fruit and popcorn will be provided. Ages: 2.5-10. Cost: $24 per child ( members) and $34 per child (guests). Location: 351 San Andreas Drive, Novato. Event details and registration.
  • Bill Graham Menorah Day!
    Union Square, San Francisco
    Sunday, 2 pm

    Celebrate Chanukah 2017 at Bill Graham Menorah Day! Dreidel House & Kids Crafts activities at 2 pm, live music at 3:30 pm and the 6th Union Square Candle Lighting Ceremony at 5 pm. See event details here.
  • Tim Cain's Family Christmas Sing-Along with Santa and Mrs. Claus
    Rancho Nicasio
    Sunday, 2–5 pm

    Tim Cain, Marin's favorite children's entertainer, will be singing a variety of holiday songs for the whole family from 4–5 pm. Come dance and sing and celebrate the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 2–4 pm. Free. Location: On the Town Square, Nicasio. For more info, call (415) 662-2219 or visit their website.
  • SingersMarin Presents ’Tis the Season… Peace on Earth
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Sunday,  4 pm
    Join Jan Pedersen Schiff and the artistic staff of Singers Marin as seven youth and adult choral ensembles fill you with the holiday spirit. You will sing along with cherished seasonal favorites from around the world, and enjoy repertoire chosen especially for this year’s theme—Peace on Earth. Irene Jacobson on piano will joined by Paul Eastburn on bass and violin and percussionist Jeremy Hoenig. Special visual and lighting effects create an enchanting holiday concert. Tickets: $40, $35, or $25; students and children are half price. Purchase tickets here.
  • San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker (see Friday for details).
  • San Francisco Zoo Lights (see Saturday 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).
  • The Nisja Bear House (see Friday for details).
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie (see Friday for details).
  • Berkeley City Ballet Nutracker (see Saturday for detail).
  • Cirque de Bohème (see Saturday for details).

 San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker photo courtesy San Francisco Ballet © Erik Tomasson

Today's Events

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Marin Humane
(All day)
Little Farm
8:30 am
Bay Area Discovery Museum
9:00 am
Mill Valley Community Center
9:00 am
Cal Star Gymnastics
9:30 am
Hauke Park
9:30 am