Holidays in Marin

Marin on Ice

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

Sponsored by Marin on Ice.

Marin Holiday Craft & Art Fairs 2017

November 16, 2017

Craft and art fairs abound at this time of year, allowing you to find great unique and often handmade holiday gifts. Here's our guide to holiday craft and art fairs in Marin County this winter. Many fairs also offer live music and performances, food and drink, and activities for the kiddos, so make a day of it!

Tam Valley Craft Fair

Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
November 17–18, Friday, 5–9 pm & Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
Free admission

Shop for unique holiday gifts at this year's Tam Valley Craft Fair. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.

The Spectacular Christmas House at San Rafael's West End Nursery

November 16, 2017

West End Nursery Christmas House

Traditionally, our first holiday outing in Marin is always to the famous Christmas House at West End Nursery in San Rafael. We checked out this season's edition yesterday during its opening weekend and, once again, it's a spectacular as ever. As a matter of fact, I think it might be the best version to date—it just keeps getting better every year.

Bel Marin Keys Warehouse Sale: A Holiday Shopping Tradition for Over 40 Years!

November 14, 2017

Bel Marin Keys Holiday Warehouse Sale 2017

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from the Bel Marin Keys Holiday Warehouse Sale, which takes place November 16–18 from 10 am–5 pm.

Twice a year, warehouses in the Bel Marin Keys area of Novato open their doors to the public to offer terrific wholesale deals. This sale has become the best "underground" sales event in Marin County.

Holiday Festivals & Parades in the Bay Area

November 14, 2017

The Tiburon Holiday Festival takes place in Downtown Tiburon on December 2 from 2–6 pm

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit with one of these fun celebrations, festivals, and parades in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Fireworks, Carnival & Disney on Ice Show
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    November 17, 4–7 pm

    Four iconic buildings lit with 17,000 holiday lights, fireworks, a free show presented by Disney on Ice, carnival and more. Free. Event details.

Photos Ops with Santa Claus in Marin and Beyond

November 14, 2017

Santa Claus photos MarinPhoto Courtesy Town Center Corte Madera

It goes without saying that every Holiday season Santa Claus is an extremely popular guy. He and his small army of little helpers will be making the rounds for photos and other holiday fun at various shopping centers and other locations in Marin County and beyond. (And of course you'll need to tell him what you want for Christmas, too!)

Nutcracker Performances in the Bay Area

November 14, 2017

Stapleton Ballet's Nutcracker takes place at Marin Center on December 2 and 3.

Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is time-honored holiday tradition in many communities. You'll find a wide variety of Nutcracker performances throughout Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area this holiday season, from fun introductions for younger kids to puppet shows to elaborately staged, full-length ballet productions. Here's our list of Bay Area Nutcrackers.

  • Just Dance Academy Winter Performance
    Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
    November 19, 2 pm
    Families will enjoy an abbreviated production of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker including all the classic characters such as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rose Queen and more! A fun, highly entertaining family event! Tickets: $27 adult, $22 seniors and children 12 and under. Purchase tickets.

Sonoma & Napa Wine Country Family Holiday Fun

November 13, 2017

Cornerstone Lighting of the Snowmen
Don't miss the annual Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival at Cornerstone Sonoma

One of the benefits of living in the North Bay is having the Wine Country of Sonoma and Napa right in our own backyard. It's a short trip from Marin but a world away, especially during the holidays, when the area does itself up in style.

Here are some selected family-friendly holiday events and happenings in Sonoma and Napa, as well as a few of our favorite places to visit in the Wine Country. Some of these events require tickets or advance reservations, so make sure you check for availability before you go.

Sonoma Valley

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza
Downtown Sonoma
Saturday, November 18, 5–8 pm

Experience Sonoma Valley and celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights plus music and holiday treats! Free to the public and family friendly. Bring a picnic, including wine and beer! For more info, visit their website.

Breakfast with Santa in Marin and the Bay Area

November 13, 2017

Santa and KidsPhoto Courtesy Town Center Corte Madera

Even if you're on the Naughty List this year, Santa and his friends will be happy to have breakfast with you and your family this holiday season! Here's our guide to family-friendly "Breakfast with Santa" events in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area for 2017. We make every effort to assure that all listings and hours are as accurate as possible, but make sure to call or check the venue's website before visiting (if you don't have to make reservations, of course).

Lake Tahoe Ski, Snowboard & Snow Play Family Fun

November 11, 2017

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

It's November, which means it's time to get ready for the start of ski and snow play season in Lake Tahoe! Many of Tahoe ski resorts have already announced their anticipated opening dates for the 2017–2018 season, and some are already open. Generally, big resorts with their own snow-making equipment open earlier in the season.

Celebrate the Holidays in Victorian Style at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair

November 9, 2017

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Under colorful swags of Union Jacks and boughs of holly, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party returns for five weekends to the historic Cow Palace in Daly City this November and December. The family-friendly holiday fair takes place on Saturdays and Sundays (as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving) from November 18 through December 17, 2017, and offers visitors a delightfully immersive holiday experience unlike any other.