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Marin Weekend Family Fun for December 22–25

Romberio Christmas House

Visit the Amazing Rombeiro Christmas House in Novato this Weekend. It's even open on Christmas Day!

There's also holiday ice skating at numerous locations throughout the Bay Area, opportunities to visit with Santa Claus at local shopping centers, and amazing decorated holiday houses.

Friday, December 22

  • 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.
  • Winter Story Time at Johnny Doughnuts
    San Rafael
    Friday, 10 am

    Make some new friends while you enjoy some wonderful winter PJ Library stories over everyone's favorite treat. Free! RSVP!  Hosted by Brandeis Marin. Location: 1617 4th Street, Downtown San Rafael. Event details
  • Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
    Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 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. Location: 600 Stockton at California Street, San Francisco. For more info and reservations, 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, 2 & 7 pm, Saturday, 11 am & 4 pm and Sunday, 11 am & 4 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 $65. For more info, call (415) 865-2000 or visit their website.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live!
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 2 & 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and the entire Peanuts gang bring this television classic to life. With live actors, an animated backdrop, and Vince Guaraldi’s timeless music performed by the San Francisco Symphony, it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas experience you won’t want to miss. This family-friendly concert begins with Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) singing holiday favorites with the SF Symphony and SF Symphony Chorus. Location: 201 Van Ness, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Sleeping Beauty: A Family Holiday Musical Panto!
    Custom Made Theatre, San Francisco
    Friday, 2 & 7:30 pm, Saturday,

    Boo! Hiss! Cheer! Panto SF is an outrageous, vaudevillian, musical family holiday UK holiday tradition now an SF tradition! fun for ages 5 to 105! Tickets: $25–$40. Purchase tickets here. Location: 533 Sutter St, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Marin on Ice
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Friday, 2–10 pm, Saturday, noon–10 pm, Sunday, noon–9 pm
    This Saturday, Marin on Ice opens for another season of outdoor ice skating at San Rafael's Northgate Mall, where it runs through January 11. Marin's only holiday ice skating rink features 6,300 square feet of real ice and will be open daily for outdoor skating. Skating is $15 per person, which includes skate rental. Private ice cabanas will also be available for rental and "Skate Buddies" are available for beginners. Event details.
  • Winter Break Movie: Elf
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, 2:30–4:30 pm

    Join us in the cozy Creekside Room for a movie and freshly popped popcorn! Elf (Rated PG) 97 minutes. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Location: 375 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Sing You a Merry Christmas: A Sing-Along and Christmas Show for Children and Families
    Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    Friday & Saturday, 3 pm

    Sing along with your favorite Christmas carols as the toys of St. Nicholas’s workshop lead you on an extraordinary journey, filling children, young and old, with the joys of the season. Festive for families! This performance is one hour. Tickets: $5 to $25. Location: 1100 California Street, San Francisco. Event details
  • Zoo Lights
    San Francisco Zoo
    Friday–Saturday, 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. Event details.
  • Zoo Lights
    Oakland Zoo
    Friday–Saturday, 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.
  • Rombeiro Christmas House
    Devonshire Drive, Novato

    Friday–Monday, 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 37 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.
  • Berkeley Playhouse: Annie
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 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.
  • 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.

Saturday, December 23

  • 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.
  • Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market
    Marin County Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    The farmer's market features plenty of family fun, including pony rides, face painting, seasonal music, Hanukkah Hut (9am–2 pm) and more. In addition to a great selection of farmers' market organic produce, pastured meats, artisan cheeses, baked goods, nuts, jams, confections, wreaths and holiday flowers, you can also shop for unique farm inspired locally made arts and crafts. Event details.
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes National Seashore
    Weekends, 9 am–3:30 pm

    Go see the whales out at the Point Reyes Light House and Chimney Rock. No cars allowed at Point Reyes Lighthouse on weekends and holidays December 30, 2017 through late March 2018. Event details.
  • Reindeer Visit the BADM
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 9 am–5 pm

    Saturday is your last chance to 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.
  • Gingerbread House Day
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Decorate a GIANT gingerbread house with oodles of goodies including candies, cookies and sprinkles. All funds raised on this day will go directly to our programs for children in homeless shelters. After the event, the completed house will be donated to local family shelter for the holiday. FREE Admission from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Location: 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2017
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    This free ocean-inspired event will highlight our most memorable and, to be honest, cutest patients of the year! Guests can participate in a free ocean-inspired interactive program at our hospital’s classroom at noon and 2 pm. The interactive presentation will showcase another record-breaking year at the Center, and guests will get the opportunity to see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of a days-old harbor seal, touch and feel fur specimens of multiple marine mammals, including a Guadalupe fur seal, and get a closer look at how the Center is helping save the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands. Event page.
  • Skate Rink at Conerstone Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–noon, 12:30 pm–2:30 pm, 3 pm–5 pm & 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

    Join us on the ice at Cornerstone this holiday season! Our ice rink is open Thanksgiving Weekend through the New Year. We're spreading the cheer and bringing the holiday magic to Sonoma. Help us do some good - we're looking for sponsors to join us! Ice rink profits to benefit fire victims and relief efforts. Admission to our ice rink is broken into 2-hour intervals and includes skate rentals. Cost: Adults (13 years or older) | $20 per 2-hour period, includes skate rentals, Children (12 years or younger) | $10 per 2-hour period, includes skate rentals. Purchase tickets here. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Event details.
  • 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Brunch with Santa
    Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm

    Meet Santa, brunch, candy canes, goody bags, live music and more. Reservations neededby calling (415) 524-2773. Location: 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. Event details.
  • Santa's Magic Key Storytime
    Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 11 am

    In this unforgettable holiday story, a boy realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. With the post office closed and Santa coming by the end of the night, he has no way of telling Santa. But when the boy finds a mysterious key, he'll soon discover just how this key will solve his problem. Activities to follow.  For all ages. Event details.
  • Creek Walk to See Spawning Coho Salmon
    Samuel P Taylor Park, San Geronimo
    Saturday, noon–2 pm

    With the first hard rains in the watershed comes the beginning of spawning season for Coho salmon. SPAWN-trained naturalists lead creek walks to explore the majesty of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Tour will meet at the front Kiosk of Camp Taylor and embark on a journey to multiple creek sites in search of some of these critically endangered salmon. Tours are open to all ages and abilities. Cost: $15 per person donation suggested. Register here.
  • Snow White: A Holiday Musical Comedy
    Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
    Saturday & Sunday, 2 pm

    Snow White is a spectacular musical comedy for the whole family! This enchanting fairytale with a twist is a must-see. Featuring marvelous puppetry, thrilling dance numbers, hilarious punchlines and music from The Beatles, AdeleThe Doors & more. Tickets: $15–$35. Purchase tickets here. Location:142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Event details.

  • 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.
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details)
  • The Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • The Mickey Mouse Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Sleeping Beauty: A Family Holiday Musical Panto! (see Friday for details.)
  • SF ZooLights 2017 (see Friday for details).
  • Oakland Zoo Lights (see Friday for details).

Sunday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

  • 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.
  • African-American Shakespeare Company: Cinderella
    Herbst Theatre, Fort Mason, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1 pm

    Back by popular demand, the holiday season once again sees the return of this heartwarming holiday show where Cinderella, toiling away as a lowly scullery maid to please her evil stepmother (and oddly masculine stepsisters) comes in contact with a Fairy Godmother who means business with a capital B. Aided by the help of a little bit of magic, Cinderella finds her Prince Charming and learns that anything—even miracles—are possible when you believe in yourself. After the show audience members will have a magical moment to meet the entire cast for a holiday “meet and greet” picture opportunity. Tickets: $20–$30. Event details and purchase tickets.
  • Christmas Lessons and Carols
    Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    Sunday, 4 pm

    A traditional service of choral music, Scripture readings and congregational hymns, with the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Please note this service fills to capacity. Plan to arrive early. Location: 1100 California Street, San Francisco. Event details
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Skate Rink at Conerstone Sonoma (see Saturday for details).
  • The Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • The Mickey Mouse Christmas House (see Friday for details)
  • ZooLights 2017 (see Friday for details)
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse (see Saturday for details).

Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day


  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Free Day
    Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    Monday, 7:30 am–4 pm

    The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park and is one of the most diverse gardens in the world, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Admission is free for all on Christmas Day. Event details.
  • CJM Community Free Day
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    , 11 am–4 pm
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum's Community Day is an admission-free, fun-for-all extravaganza that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Explore the galleries, create art, and move and groove to live music! Tickets for the music performances available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event and are extremely limited; space is not guaranteed. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an exciting day at the museum. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details)
  • The Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • The Mickey Mouse Christmas House (see Friday for details)
  • ZooLights 2017 (see Friday for details).
  • Reindeer Romp (see Saturday for details).
  • Snow White: A Holiday Musical Comedy (see Saturday for details)
  • Whale Watching at Point Reyes Lighthouse (see Saturday for details).

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