Marin Weekend Family Fun for December 9, 10 & 11

December 9, 2016

The Rombeiros' Christmas HouseVisit the Amazing Rombeiro Christmas House in Novato this Weekend!

Other Holiday Happenings: holiday ice skating, visit with Santa Claus, North Bay Christmas Tree Farms and Lots, festive holiday teas, holidays in San Francisco, and visit one of Marin's Amazing Lighted Houses.

Friday, December 9

  • Victorian Holiday Tea
    Haas-Lilienthal House, San Francisco
    Friday, 3 pm & Saturday & Sunday, noon & 3 pm

    Celebrate the holidays by stepping back in time and enjoying perfectly-blended pots of tea, savory finger sandwiches, delicate scones, and holiday sweets in the formal dining room of the 1886 Haas-Lilienthal House. Cost: $48 adults, $24 children. RSVP here. Location: 2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace, San Francisco
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    The Dickens Fair runs on weekends through December 20. Experience Victorian London with hundreds of costumed players, shops offering one-of-a-kind gifts and Christmas treasures, dining, and pubs. Meet Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim, Jules Verne, David Copperfield, Charles Darwin, and 700 costumed characters. Of course, Father Christmas himself will be on hand to join in the fun. Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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: $11 for adults, 7 children 8 and under. Skate rental $6. Information: (415) 781-2688 or visit their website.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    Friday, 11 am, Saturday, 1 & 4 pm and Sunday, 2 pm

    Bring the family for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Tickets range from $15 to $75. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marinwood's WinterFest Family Event
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, 5–7 pm
    Come celebrate the holiday season at Marinwood's annual WinterFest! Ticket prices include: photos with Santa, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, holiday treats, live music and more. Tickets: $10 in advance kids ages 2–12, $15 at the door. Adults are free! Location: 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Rombeiro Christmas House
    Devonshire Drive, Novato

    Friday–Sunday, 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.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Berkeley
    Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 1 & 7 pm, Sunday, 2 pm

    The Disney (and Broadway!) favorite gets the Berkeley Playhouse makeover as founding Associate Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley helms this all new production featuring a diverse and multigenerational cast of dozens. Featuring some of Disney’s most popular songs and characters, you won’t want to miss this magical musical adventure guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Location: 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. Tickets: $25–40. For more info, visit their website

Saturday, December 10

  • Polar Express Train Ride
    Santa Cruz
    Saturday, various times

    The Polar Express Train Ride departs from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, complete with dancing chefs, singing elves, and a special gift from Santa Claus himself—a silver sleigh bell. Don't forget to wear your pajamas while you enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and a reading of The Polar Express while on board. First-class tickets still available for rides this weekend. For more info and tickets, call (877) 726-7245 or visit their website.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Ross Valley Fire Station
    Saturday, 8 & 10 am

    Bring the family to the annual Breakfast with Santa event at Ross Valley Fire Station #19. Breakfast with Santa is a fun family event and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. $6 kids, $8 adultFor more info, call (415) 258-4640 or visit their website.
  • Pancakes at the North Pole
    Corte Madera Parks & Recreation
    Saturday, 8–10 am

    Santa and his friends are waiting for you! The elves at the Corte Madera Community Center have been hard at work preparing a very special pancake breakfast for you and your family. Santa Claus is very excited to see all his favorite families and take pictures! As many of us know, it can get a little chilly at the North Pole. Frosty the Snowman will be taking donations for the Kids Club Warm Coat and Toasty Toes Drive during the breakfast as well. Cost: $9 per person. For more info, call (415) 927-5072 or visit their website.
  • Breakfast With Santa
    Belvedere Community Center
    Saturday, 9–10:30 am

    Join Santa for breakfast, music, crafts, and a photo opportunity (bring your own camera). Make reservations by calling (415) 435-4355; space is limited. Cost: $20 per person, free for 2 and under. The Belvedere Community Center is located at 450 San Rafael Avenue in Belvedere. For more info, visit their website.
  • 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, 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Iceless Skating Rink
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm

    Hit the “ice” this winter with family and friends at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Iceless Skating Rink, which will be open from November 19, 2016 to January 8, 2016. Children can strap on skates and glide around on a synthetic ice rink in the museum's Discovery Hall. The synthetic ice rink provides all the fun of a real ice rink but without the cold and icy falls. Get in the holiday spirit with this classic winter activity. Free with museum admission or membership. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Winter Wonderland
    Tam Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10–3 pm
    Bring the family to have breakfast with Santa at the Tam Valley Winter Magic Event. Then make crafts and play in some real snow! RSVP early because this event sells out. Don't forget to bring a camera for this wonderful photo opportunity. 10 am breakfast seating sold out; space available at 11:30 am. Cost: $15 per person, includes breakfast, crafts, jumpee, and snow; $8 without breakfast. Register by calling (415) 388-6393. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pixie Park Holiday Bake Sale and Photos with Santa
    Marin Art and Garden Center, Ross
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Pixie Park's annual holiday bake sale offers delicious homemade baked goods-perfect for holiday gift-giving. Come choose from cookies, cakes, candies, baking mixes and gingerbread houses. Come support Pixie Park, have a photo taken with Santa Claus (10:30 am–1:30 pm) and enjoy some children’s holiday cookie decorating (10:30 am–1:30 pm) and entertainment! Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops
    Charles Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am, 1 pm and Sunday, 1 pm

    Assemble and decorate Snoopy’s doghouse out of gingerbread complete with a marshmallow Snoopy on top. Choose from one of the dates online here. Cost: $25 members, $32 non-members, $10 additional child. For more info, visit their website.
  • Indoor Antique Market 32nd Annual Christmas Show
    Marin Center Exhibit Hall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 10 am–6 pm & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
    Enjoy an old fashioned shopping experience as you are taken back through times gone by. Over seventy booths of antiques and collectibles. Highlights include fine art, Asian and Native American art, watches, clocks, books, photographs, postcards, posters, prints, coins, vintage toys, kitchen collectibles, vintage clothing, and more. Admission: $6. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Winterfest
    Sausalito Yacht Harbor Parking Lot
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Photo op with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves. Make sure to bring your camera. Free but please RSVP For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Dream Circle Holiday Concert
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    Saturday, 10:30 & 11:45 am

    A jovial Holiday Sing-along for young children at the Discovery Museum! The 7-member band Dream Circle features four of Marin's top children's singers  and piano, bass, and drums. It's a real treat for the little ones, and parents too. Come and join in on the fun! Tickets: $5 BADM members, $7 non-members. For more info, visit their website.
  • 7th Annual Teddy Bear Tea à la Française
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon
    Red Hill Church of San Anselmo
    Come for tea and hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, holiday cookies, and fun with Le Petit Jardin! You and your little ones will enjoy tea service, traditional live holiday music, a fireside telling of the story of the first Christmas in English and French, and a professional photo seating! Each child should dress in dapper style and bring his or her own teddy bear pal from home to share tea time with! $10 per seat; space limited. Book your reservation online. Location: 921 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Gingerbread House Workshop
    Marin Humane Society, Novato
    Saturday, 10:30 am–noon

    Calling all kids! Get in the holiday spirit and join in the fun of an age-old holiday tradition - gingerbread house decorating. Gingerbread house masters John and Megan Lorenzen will be here to help you create a gingerbread dog house or a gingerbread kitty condo. Workshop is designed for 8–12-year-old children. For more info, visit their website.
  • Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
    Osher Studio, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm

    What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? This year, Nancy bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for children (14 and under) and $23 for senior. Location:2055 Center Street, Berkeley.
    For more info, visit their website.
  • Fairfax Craft Faire
    Pavilion, Fairfax
    Saturday, 11 am–5 pm
    The annual Fairfax Craft Faire is held at the Pavilion in the heart of Fairfax. A wonderful selection of crafts, music and food will fill the Pavilion for this event. Location: 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. For more info, visit their website.
  • Wreath Making Workshop
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–1 pm

    Bring the beauty of nature to your front door with a festive, homemade wreath! Join rangers at McNears Beach for a day of sipping hot chocolate, listening to holiday tunes, and creating your own natural wreath to take home. Fresh greenery, pinecones, and other natural materials will be provided. You are encouraged to bring your own decorations to use. For all ages. Hot chocolate and snacks provided. Rain will cancel. Free. Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am & 1 pm
    Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

    Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets is a unique 50-minute version of the Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. The production features a live 9-piece chamber orchestra, Brian Fisher as Drosselmeyer, musical direction by Michael Morgan, set design by Peter Crompton, costume design by Richard Battle, and production direction by Frederic O. Boulay. Tickets: $21 and $31. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Holiday Magic Toy Box Tea at Falkirk
    Saturday & Sunday, noon & 3 pm
    1408 Mission Avenue at "E" Street, San Rafael
    The tea is an old-fashioned tour de force in the elegant Queen Anne Victorian Falkirk Mansion. Homemade tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Features include life-sized toys, a raffle, and plenty of photo opportunities. Make sure you bring your teddy bear or other favorite toy!  This extremely popular event is by reservation only and always sells our early! Cost: $28 adults, $24 for children, $50 adult-and-child combination ticket. For more info, visit
  • Saturdays with Santa
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, noon-4 pm
    Find Santa and his elves in front of Mollie Stone’s Market where photos are taken compliments of Bon Air and CVS/ Pharmacy. Sit for a portrait with Santa—family and friends, the furry ones too—and receive sweet treats of candy canes and dog biscuits.
  • Photos with Santa
    West End Nursery, San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    Santa will be on hand for photos at the famous West End Nursery Christmas House in San Rafael. Please bring a toy for San Rafael Santa Cop and get free pictures with Santa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Ballet Nutcracker
    Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
    Saturday, 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, visit their website.
  • Celebration at Sea Holiday
    Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
    Saturday, 1–4:45 pm
    Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Saturday, December 10, 2016 for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea,” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, a puppet show, storybook reading, a ranger talk on historic seagoing holiday traditions, and a visit from a nautical Santa Claus. Cost: $10 adults, free for kids 15 and under. Location: Hyde Street Pier (Hyde and Jefferson Streets), San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • A Winter Circus for the Holidays
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday and Sunday, 3 & 5 pm
    An old style circus based on the French tradition of the 1920’s, Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. This winter a Le Cirque de Bohème presents a new show: Somewhere. Delight in work of world class performers including a unicycle, contortionist, juggler, slack-rope, hand chair balancing, aerial fabrics, and a hooper aerialist. Tickets: $30 general, $22 kids 15 and under. More information.
  • Dance-Along Nutcracker
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    Saturday, 3 & 7 pm, Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
    Join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for the 31st Annual Dance-Along Nutcracker! One of San Francisco’s most celebrated events, this year’s show The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker is a zany superhero quest that’s perfect for the whole family. Tickets: $30 adults, $18 seniors, children, and students. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade
    San Rafael Canal
    Saturday, 6 pm

    The Third Largest Lighted Boat Parade in the country and growing bigger every year! Fun for the whole family so come on out and be a part of it. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • 29th Annuary Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
    Sausalito Waterfront

    Saturday, 6–8 pm
    The Sausalito annual Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks celebrates its 29th anniversary. Parade starts at 6:30 pm and fireworks around 7:30 pm. Free to everyone along the Sausalito waterfront. Location: Sausalito Waterfront, the Big Tent by the Spinnaker Restaurant. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (see Friday for details).
  • Victorian Holiday Tea (see Friday for details).
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair (see Friday for details).
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (see Friday for details).
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  • Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).

Sunday, December 11

  • Jingle Bell 5K & Runners Brunch
    Downtown Waterfront, Sausalito
    Sunday, 8 am (registration begins at 7:30 am)

    A scenic 5K run along the Sausalito waterfront starting at 8:30 am ($40 for adults, $25 children under 16). Kids fun run starts at 9:20 am ($5 for kids under 7). There will be a runners' brunch at 9:45 am at the Winterfest Tent (cost $10). Purchase tickets for all events here.
  • 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.
  • Santa's Brunch
    Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma
    Sunday, 10 am & 12:30 pm

    Bring your family to celebrate the season in style at Ramekins' annual Santa's Brunch. Enjoy a welcome pomegranate mimosa, artisan sausage, Wine Country Scramble, made-to-order omelettes, cinnamon raisin French toast, and more. Adults $65, kids $25, 5 and under free. More info and reservations: (707) 721-8835 or visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2016
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 a m–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 12 pm 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Bazaar
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, 10 am–7 pm

    Shop the Holiday Bazaar! Marin Country Mart has partnered with Elsie Green of Elsie Green House & Home to bring you a coveted selection of antiques from France, Belgium and England. Also enjoy holiday tips and tricks from Sacramento Street's very own Caitlin Flemming, wreath making demo by Mais Oui Floral Design, cocktails from Farmshop, French food from Off the Grid, Gypsy jazz by Rue Manouche, and an 11 am performance by Marin Kids Carolers. Location: Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Super Fun Sundays: Breathe in and Boogie with Charity Kahn and Friends
    Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

    Sunday, 10–11:30 am (door open at 9:45 am)
    The CJM opens early just for preschoolers and their families. Family fun includes the music of Charity Kahn and Friends. Free with museum admission (adults must be accompanied by a preschooler for entry); youth 18 and under always free. Location: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Peter and the Wolf
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am

    Prokofiev’s timeless tale of a musical narrative of a boy and his animal friends’ bravery is brought to life, with special guest narrator Kathy Najimy. Watch and listen as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra puts their talent on display, playing a musical fable for the child in all of us. Half price for ages 17 and under. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Miss Sara's Ballet School Presents The Story of the Nutcracker
    Showcase Theater
    Sunday, 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. Buy tickets here
  • Festival of Lights
    Osher Marin JCC
    Sunday, 11:30 am–2 pm

    It's the best Hannukah party in Marin! Enjoy Hanukkah food like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), live music by the Brandeis Marin Jazz Band, photobooth fun, arts and crafts activitie, a bounce house, holiday songs and stories, face painting by Buki the Clown, and more Hanukkah-related activities. There will also be an artisanal marketplace for all your holiday gift needs. Free admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Holiday Celebration
    Fairfax Women's Club
    Sunday, 2 pm–5 pm

    Holiday fun includes making wreaths, singing carols, sharing a potluck meal, and much more! Visit Santa at 2:30 pm. Please bring a dish to share. Location: 46 Park Road. For more info, visit their website.
  • Musae: The Morning Star
    Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, Tiburon
    Sunday, 4 pm

    Musae presents a concert that celebrates this tradition of the Morning Star, with choral music spanning the last 500 years.Tickets $15 & 20: advance purchase available at the Landmarks Office, Tiburon Town Hall and Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets available at the door if not sold out in advance, starting at 3:30 pm. Location: 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. For more info, visit their website.
  • Little Folkies Family Band Holiday Concert
    Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse
    Sunday, 4:30 pm

    Bring your whole family dance and sing along to your Little Folkies favorites and a repertoire of fun, old, traditional tunes played by the Little Folkies Family Band with fiddle, banjo, guitar and the old-time winter spirit! Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children. Location: 280 Buena Vista Ave, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (see Friday for details).
  • Victorian Holiday Tea (see Friday for details).
  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair (see Friday for details).
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (see Friday for details).
  • The Berkeley Playhouse: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (see Friday for details).
  • Holiday Ice Skating in Union Square (see Friday for details).
  • Marin on Ice (see Friday for details).
  •  Rombeiro Christmas House (see Friday for details).