2018 Holiday Events!

Holiday Resources

Thanks to Marin Mommies for putting together these indispensable holiday lists!

Christmas Trees

Ice Skating

Holiday Festivals & Parades

Holiday Craft Fairs

…and more

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Nov 17 to Dec 23 at The Cow Palace

The historic Cow Palace will once again be transformed into Dickens’ London for The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party. Now in its 36th season, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair will run Saturdays and Sundays (as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving) from November 17 through December 23, 2018, offering visitors a delightfully immersive holiday experience without rival.

Mill Valley Winterfest!

Dec 2 in Mill Valley

Mill Valley's downtown plaza will once again be filled with an eclectic mix of live music, children playing, and community togetherness when the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mill Valley present the annual Winterfest, taking place Sunday, December 2, from 11 am to 5 pm. Winterfest celebrates the holiday season with a fun-filled afternoon for children, families, and anyone who enjoys the holidays!

Marin Symphony Holiday Choral Concert

Dec 1 & 2 in San Rafael

This annual holiday celebration continues to be the traditional start of the season for many people in our community of Marin.  The gathering at the Church of Saint Raphael in San Rafael features the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and the Marin Girls Chorus accompanied by brass octet, percussion, organ, and piano from the Marin Symphony. Share the glow of the season with us!

ACT’s Christmas Carol

Dec 6 - 29 in San Francisco

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol stays true to the heart of Dickens’s timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language.

Marin Ballet Nutcracker

December 8 & 9

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium

Celebrate Marin County’s beloved Nutcracker tradition with Marin Ballet’s full-length ballet classic, rich in the dazzling enchantment of old-fashioned theatrical grandeur and holiday sentiment.

Marin Symphony Holiday Pops

Dec 11, 2018 in San Rafael

​​​​​​​Celebrate the season with your friends and family while enjoying a program of holiday-inspired music! Featuring the Marin Symphony Chorus. Conducted by Alasdair Neale.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

December 12–29

San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House

Experience 200 costumed characters, dazzling scenery, Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and the opulence of the War Memorial Opera House decorated for Christmas.

Smuin Presents "The Christmas Ballet"

Dec 13 - 22 in San Francisco

Smuin kicks off the holidays with the return of The Christmas Ballet, the beloved Bay Area tradition featuring two acts packed to the brim with both flawless classical ballet and red-hot contemporary numbers.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Dec 14 in Petaluma

Chanticleer presents its beloved annual holiday tradition with a transcendent offering of sacred music from the Renaissance to joyful spirituals and traditional carols in some of the Bay Area's most ornately decorated missions, churches and cathedrals.

Marin Singers Holiday Concert

Dec 16 in San Rafael

A wonderfully warm holiday tradition for Bay Area audiences for more than 20 years, this concert is an uplifting way to celebrate the season with family and friends.  Join Jan Pedersen Schiff and the artistic staff of Singers Marin as the seven youth and adult choral ensembles fill you with the holiday spirit.  

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Dec 22 at Cavallo Point

Bring the whole family along to decorate sugar and gingerbread cookies, just in time for the holiday! Each guest will get 1 dozen cookies to decorate with royal icing and various fun garnishes to take home for their holiday celebrations... Perfect for sharing with friends, family, and even Santa!

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