Family Holiday Performances at Marin Center

November 1, 2016

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker at Marin Center this Holiday SeasonYou can always count on finding a variety of wonderful holiday performances for the whole family at Marin Center in San Rafael, and the 2016 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 20, 2 pm

    Audiences will enjoy an abbreviated version of the classical ballet The Nutcracker. This ballet is complete with beautiful costumes, classical ballet choreography, and all the characters and places audiences have come to love such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Clara, and the Land of the Sweets! Following the Nutcracker presentation will be performances in jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and Bollywood presented by the junior and senior dance programs. Tickets: $27 adults, $22 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. More information
  • Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 1 & 5 pm

    The always-magical Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. This production, now in its 28th year, brings to life the timeless tale of Clara and her adventures with the Nutcracker, beginning with the lavish, authentic Victorian holiday party. Vibrant new costumes and exciting choreography were created in 2013, including a firing cannon and a magical tree that grows to over forty feet tall! The cast features over 150 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: $36, $24 seniors and youth 18 and under. For more info, visit www.stapletonschool.org. Purchase tickets here.
  • Performing Arts Academy of Marin Holiday Spectacular
    Showcase Theater
    Saturday, December 3, 7 pm & Sunday, December 4, 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: $20 general admission. For more info, visit www.paamarin.com. Purchase tickets here.
  • Mayflower Choral Society
    Showcase Theater
    Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10, 8 pm
    Since 1980, Marin fans have ignited their holiday spirits at the Mayflower Chorus show. Under Director Mark Penn, the group renders favorite seasonal songs and more. The full 55-voice chorus, soloists, and ensembles vary the texture with surprising arrangements and emotional content. Keyboard master David Manley and an instrumental combo enrich the sound. Holiday pricing encourages the entire family to enjoy this creative presentation, including a sing-along. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors 60+ and students 13–18, $5 children 12 and under. More information
  • Marin Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11, 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: $43 adults, $27 seniors and youth 18 and under; $10 for the Candy Cane Party. For more info, go to www.marinballet.org. Purchase tickets here.
  • Miss Sara's Ballet School Presents The Story of the Nutcracker
    Showcase Theater
    Sunday, December 11, 11 am & 2 pm

    Join Miss Sara’s young dancers for this condensed, narrated, hour-long version of the classic holiday story featuring original costumes, scenery, and choreography. Danced by kids for kids, The Story of the Nutcracker is aimed at little ones who may not be old enough to sit through a full-length ballet just yet, and is the perfect way for young children to experience their first Nutcracker. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 youth 12 and under and seniors. More information
  • Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Tuesday, December 13, 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: $45 and up for adults, $25 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 17, 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, 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; $7 Teddy Bear Tea Party. For more information, go to www.mdt.org. Purchase tickets here.
  • Dance with Sherry Studio’s Tapcracker
    Showcase Theater
    Saturday, December 17, 2 & 5:30 pm

    Performed for the 16th sensational year, this is a funny, quirky, and hilarious original take on that old standard, The Nutcracker. Join Clara and the Tapcracker as they venture into the realm of dancing Christmas trees, snowballs, snow moms, flakey snow flakes, dancing presents, Sugar Plum Barbies, rapping mice, and the inhabitants of the Peppermint Palace. Discover a newer, jazzier version that highlights all of the students as they perform tap, jazz, hip-hop, breakdancing, and musical theater. Tickets: $25 adults ($28 at the door), $12 children 10 and under. For more info, visit dancewithsherrystudio.com.
  • SingersMarin Presents ’Tis the Season … Traditions Near and Far
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Sunday, December 18, 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 $25; students and children are half price. More info at www.singersmarin.org. Buy tickets here.
  • Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Monday, December 21, 7 pm
    Join the legendary Sewer Band at the Veterans’ Auditorium for this year’s free holiday concert! The move to a bigger venue means more music and more holiday fun when the band gives the community a “Gift of Music” that will delight all! This evening of seasonal favorites is guaranteed to bring out the spirit of the holidays and leave you with a song in your heart and a dance in your step. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to see why the Sewer Band is one of the most beloved and successful concert bands in the Bay Area. The Sewer Band is a non-profit organization comprised of brass, wind and percussion players from the Bay Area. The group works to promote music education and appreciation, and is under the direction of Adrian L. Quince. More information

Photo: Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker