Holidays

Family-friendly Holiday Concerts from the San Francisco Symphony

November 22, 2017

Davies Symphony Hall

Introduce your children to classical music and the century-old tradition of the San Francisco Symphony with the Symphony's acclaimed Music for Families concerts, special holiday concerts, and other family-friendly events. Family concerts are recommended for children ages 5 and older.

This holiday season's family-friendly offerings from the San Francisco Symphony include:

Deck the Hall: Children's Holiday Concert and Party
Sunday, December 3, 11 am and 3 pm

Deck the Hall performances and lobby activities offer tons of fun for the entire family, but the really special thing about this event is that it raises money to present a Community Deck the Hall performance that hosts over 4,000 children from Bay Area schools and local charitable organizations who might otherwise not be able to attend a symphony event. Enjoy a concert of holiday favorites and sing-alongs with members of the San Francisco Symphony, guest artists, and costumed characters. Tickets include post-concert festivities with treats, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more. Get tickets.

Holiday Family Fun in San Francisco

November 20, 2017

Union Square Ice Rink
Photo: Union Square Ice Rink

When I was growing up, one of the highlights of my holiday season was a trip into San Francisco. It's something that I still love to do with my family, and there's so much fun to be had. Here are 6 ideas for festive family holiday fun in the city.

Hanukkah Events & Celebrations in Marin

November 20, 2017

Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 12, and runs through December 20. Families in Marin will find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Festival of Light this season, with public menorah lightings and fun events featuring storytelling, games, delicious treats like latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), and more. Here's a rundown of family friendly Hanukkah celebrations and events in and around Marin this winter.

Holiday Tips from Kristin Bell and Whole Foods Market

November 19, 2017

Kristin Bell

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Whole Foods Market.

Meet our holiday host: Kristen Bell! The holidays are for cozy gatherings with friends and family — after all, this is the time of year when gathering around a festive table with good food matters most to her. Cooking is taking care of her nest. She’s an actress, but also a wife, a mom and a home cook, and preparing a meal for her family makes her feel of service to the ones she loves. Check out Kristen’s tips and tricks below!

Explore Sonoma County Farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails!

November 18, 2017

Holidays on the Farm Trails

This November and December, take the family out to visit some of Sonoma's fantastic farms at Holidays Along the Farm Trails. Now through January 1, Sonoma County farmers and producers as they open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Shop their unique farmstands for your holiday meals, cut your own Christmas tree, make a gift at one of the many DIY workshops, feed animals, and much more. You can skip the Black Friday madness at the mall and head out to a farm!

Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2017

November 17, 2017

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting

All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony. Here's our list of tree and menorah lighting ceremonies and celebrations in Marin County, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. We'll be adding more events as the holidays near, so check back often!

  • Building Lighting Ceremony and Carnival
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    Friday, November 17, 4–7 pm

    Four iconic buildings lit with 17,000 holiday lights, fireworks bursting in the sky, and a magical show presented by Disney on Ice. The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center is a San Francisco tradition and the official start of the holiday season in the City.  The festivities begin at 4 pm with a family fun carnival followed by the building lighting ceremony at 6 pm. Free! For more info, visit their website.
  • 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.

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.

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.
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