Holidays in Marin

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Our annual guide to Christmas and holiday events for families in Marin and the Bay Area

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Ice Skating Fun at Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa

January 2, 2018

Snoopy's Home Ice Redwood Empire Ice Arena

One of our must-do family tradions during the holidays is to visit Snoopy's Home Ice, as well as the Charles M. Schulz Museum right next door. The arena was a gift to the North Bay community from the late Santa Rosa resident and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, and has been going strong since 1969.

Christmas Tree Recycling in Marin

December 30, 2017

Christmas tree recycling

As December draws to a close and the New Year begins, the time comes bid farewell to your Christmas tree. It's a sad but inevitable fact of life that your tree has to go at some point, unless you have an artificial Christmas tree, in which case you can stop reading right here.

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Marin and the Bay Area

December 30, 2017

New Year's Even Bell Ringing Asian Art MuseumWelcome in the New Year by ringing a 16th-century Japanese temple bell at the Asian Art Museum.

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year at one of these family friendly events taking place in Marin and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Many of these celebrations take place earlier in the day or evening on December 31 so little ones can get a taste of New Year's Eve fun without staying up past their bedtimes. Unless otherwise noted, all these events take place on New Year's Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017.

Where's Santa Now? NORAD Tracks Santa 2017!

December 24, 2017

NORAD Santa Tracker 2016

Every Christmas, the men and women of NORAD take a break from tracking the skies and waterways of North America and instead follow Santa Claus on his annual Christmas trek around the globe. You can check out Saint Nick's progress live online at NORAD's special Santa Tracking website, You can also track Santa on a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices.

Candy Cane Red Velvet Roulade from Chef George Ennis and Whole Foods Market

December 21, 2017

Red Velvet Roulade

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Whole Foods Market and Chef George Ennis. Make sure you check our Chef George's food blog at for other great recipes, reviews, and more!

The holiday season has always been a favorite time of year for me. There’s something about the combination of brisk walks during early evenings, houses outfitted with blinking lights while ornament-adorned trees poke out from behind curtains, and the smell of wood smoke wafting from chimneys. The season evokes vivid memories of wrapping paper-filled garbage bags, and stockings hanging on the mantle, overflowing with candy canes.

Merry Days, Holly Nights, and Family Fun at Squaw Valley

December 19, 2017

Holidays squaw valley village

Last weekend, we paid a visit to one of our favorite places in California, Squaw Valley, to check out their Merry Days & Holly Nights holiday festivities and winter fun for families. We had a great time, and with the holiday decor and activities, we really felt like we were in a Christmas wonderland!

Squaw Valley, which was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is of course well known for its skiing and snowboarding, but offers other family winter fun like tubing and mini snowmobiles. Merry Days & Holly Nights brings Santa Claus himself to Squaw Valley, along with holiday performances and activities, throughout the month of December for wintertime magic.

Some of Our Favorite Family Holiday Movies

December 19, 2017

Christmas Movie Collage

During the holidays, we're inundated with Christmas-themed movies and TV specials of all different kinds. But what's really worth spending your time watching? Being something of a family of movie buffs, we decided to put together our list of favorite holiday movies and specials, so here are seven seasonal offerings that we think are worth repeat watching each December. You can find all of these films on DVD or Blu-ray at the Marin County Free Library.

Make Your Own Holiday Gingerbread House

December 19, 2017

Gingerbread House

Every year we create a gingerbread house using the nice kit sold by Trader Joe's, but my daughter decided she wanted to take our gingerbread house building experience a step further and create another one—this time from scratch! Fortunately, it's easy to do and fun.

Easy Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Bark

December 18, 2017

peppermint barkIn my opinion, peppermint should be the official flavor of the holiday season! This white chocolate peppermint bark candy is a holiday staple in our house, and is quick, delicious, and kid-approved. My kids love the fact that smashing up candy canes is part of this recipe.

Peppermint bark is really easy to make, and doesn't mess the kitchen up nearly as much as making cookies does. Feel free to omit the nuts or mix in something else that you think would be tasty. My mom makes hers with both the almonds and dried cranberries.


Family Holiday Fun at Novato's Sundays on Sherman: Winter Edition

December 16, 2017

Sundays on Sherman: Winter Edition Downtown Novato

Sundays on Sherman: Winter Edition takes place this Sunday, December 17, from 11 am to 5 pm on Sherman Avenue and Novato City Hall in downtown Novato. Sundays on Sherman is a chance for community members of all ages to come participate in all kinds of unstructured play.

This edition of Sundays on Sherman brings ice skating to downtown Novato! Skating begins at 11:10 am and costs $5 You can register in advance for your preferred time slot, and spots are available for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Resigter for your spot in advance here. Note that children must be at least 4 years old and 42 inches tall to skate.