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Tule Elk at Tomales Point, CA

Tule Elk at Tomales Point, CA

The events listed below are non-holiday related events this December. Event listings are checked at the time of posting but schedules may change without notice. Links are available below to all venues for your convenience. Please confirm information with the website.


Friday, December 1

The Breadwinner, story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl living under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, The Rafael, San Rafael.

Lego menorah making and Hanukkah "Give Light" keychain craft, 10am-6pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Film of the Month, Christmas with Walt Disney, Lady and the Tramp, Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Mah Jongg Drop-in & Tea Party with Sara Levy Linden, 1-3pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Marin Country Mart Holiday Events, Holiday Jazz with Pamela Rose, 5:30pm, The Giving Tree begins accepting donations of toys or money for less fortunate local children, Holiday Movie Night at DIESEL, A Bookstore, 6:45pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Larkspur.

PJ Party for Middle Age Kids with Mac Barnett! 6pm, ages 8-12, bring your pjs and teddy to the store for a bedtime story, Diesel, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Dickens Family Victorian Holiday, 6:30pm, go back in time to Victorian England and meet Charles Dickens watch his characters come alive, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing and make traditional holiday crafts. Falkirk Center, San Rafael.

Petaluma Light Up a Life Tree Lighting, 6-7pm, Walnut Park, Petaluma.

Performance of  “A Christmas Memory”, 7pm, tender christmas story and literary masterpiece comes to life read by professional actors in our Neo-Gothic chapel, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ross.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

CRAFT FAIRS:


Saturday, December 2

Free Access to all Parks "Measure A Days", 7am – 7pm includes Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park.

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Strawberry Point School Jingle Jog and Family Fun Day! 9am, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley.

FREE Yoga Exercise Class, 9-10am, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley.

Winter Faire, 10am-4pm, distinctive vendors market that is rich in arts, crafts, toys, and seasonal items, Greenwood School, Mill Valley.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Performance of  “A Christmas Memory”, 10am, tender christmas story and literary masterpiece comes to life read by professional actors in our Neo-Gothic chapel, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ross.

Lego menorah making and Hanukkah "Give Light" keychain craft, 10am-6pm, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Visit Santa at the Mart! 10:30am - 1:30pm, put your best smile on for the complimentary photo, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Tiburon Holiday Festival, visit with Santa, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread house decorating, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, and tree lighting, Downtown Tiburon.

Habitat Restoration at Easkoot Creek - Hosted by the National Park Service and One Tam, 10am-1pm, ages 10+, Stinson Beach.

Snowing at the Library, 11am – 1pm, school age children, transform simple paper bags into amazing stars and snowflakes, Corte Madera Library.

Meet author and illustrator J. Otto Seibold, 1-3pm, reading and signing his books Olive the Other Reindeer, Monkey Business and the popular Mr. Lunch series, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Music For Families: String It All Together: The Elements of Music Making, 2pm, the building blocks of music are very basic: pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics. Join the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser as they take apart great works of music and put them back together, San Francisco Symphony.

Program yoUr Future (PUF) Computational Logic Workshop, 2-5pm, grades 5-12, UC Berkeley: 2424 Haste Street, Berkeley.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 2pm & 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

Tidepool Adventure, 2-4pm, ages 6+, Explore the amazing intertidal habitat at the edge of the sea while learning how the animals and algae survive under ever-changing conditions. Search for chitons, anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, nudibranchs and other creatures that call this biodiversity hotspot “home,” while learning important tidepool etiquette. Our adventure will close with hot chocolate and cookies. sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or 415-530-5366, Half Moon Bay.

Tin Ornaments and Magnets for middle schoolers, 2:30-4pm, Grades 6-8 only, Create beautiful pressed tin ornaments or magnets that make great gifts, Mill Valley Public Library.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Celebration, 3-7pm, join Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment, Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner, Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard, San Francisco.

Marin Country Mart Holiday Events, Santa at the Mart with complimentary photos, 10:30-1:30, Marin Caroling Kids, Central Marin Fire Department Toy Drive, DIESEL Cookbook Extravaganza featuring local authors and SF Chronicle editors, 2-4pm, Larkspur.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

San Anselmo Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Paradevintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights parade down Calistoga’s charming main street to celebrate the Christmas season. Santa himself makes a special appearance during the parade.

Novato Tree Lighting, 4-8pm, Sherman Ave, Novato.

Lighting of the Snowmen, 4-8 pm, Cornerstone, Sonoma.

Family Gala: Journey to Worlds Unknown, 5:30–8:30pm, inspired by Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid, entertainers will dazzle you with spectacular acrobatics, storytellers will captivate you with tales of transformations, and interactive activities will engage your imagination! Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.            

Glow in the dark dance party, 6:30pm-12am, with live music by The Four Flames, featuring Dan Lebowitz; dreidel gaming and a special Hanukkah cocktail by author Daniel Handler, aka "Lemony Snicket," Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

Jolly Jingles, 7pm, free, if you love the holiday spirit you'll love this, Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley. 

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

CRAFT FAIRS:

MUSIC:

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Sunday, December 3, Full Moon, Supermoon

Safari West Grand Re-opening will be a Celebration of Community

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Learn to Ride, 9 – 11am, Learn to ride pump tracks and rollers with a ranger at the Stafford Lake Bike Park. A limited amount of bicycles and helmets will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Meet at Stafford Lake Park, Novato.

Brick Palooza LEGO Festival, 9am-6pm, huge exhibition of LEGO art, play areas, and hands on activity booths, Santa Rosa Veterans Building.

Green Gulch Farm Sunday Children’s Program, 9:45 – 11:45 am, The Buddha's Enlightenment, the beginning of the lecture is especially for children. After this short talk, children leave the zendo to participate in their own program. Activities include seasonal farm projects, mindfulness, yoga, contemplative handwork and ritual. Suggested donation $20.

Fungus Fair, 10am-5pm, San Francisco Fair Building.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen (2 – 7 years), 10am – 4:30 pm, Parents Place, San Rafael.

Winterfest, 11am-6pm, The annual holiday celebration – set for Sunday, December 6, 11am-6pm in the Downtown Plaza, features an awesome snow sledding hill, a full day of live entertainment and music, children's activities, amazing local food and a Tree Lighting Ceremony, drop off donations for SF-Marin Food Bank for a food drive, the Mill Valley Fire Department toy drive, and coat drive, Downtown Mill Valley.

Advent Wreath Making, after the 9am and 10am services, supplies included, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Rd., Ross.

Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto, Bring Boots & Mittens to Play in the Snow, Visit with the Snow Queen, Pony Rides, Make Holiday Crafts, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Hot Cider and Cookies, 1450-1500 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

Sunday Special: A Cappella Group 'Til Dawn, 11am-12pm, performing a mix of rock, pop, blues, jazz and soul standards and contemporary hits, in addition to original songs, Mill Valley Public Library.

Exploration Workshops for Families: All About Turandot, 11am & 12:30pm, ages 6+, learn about the original Persian fairy tale and traditional art that inspired Puccini to set his opera in China, Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco.

Family Maker Day and Open House Registration, 1-3pm, afternoon of fun, exciting hands-on projects at Ring Mountain Day School’s Annual Family Maker Day & Open House, Mill Valley.

The Great Latke Debate, 1-3pm, Sneak peek of "The Whole Cinemagillah," a new short film by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Shlain and Ken Goldberg, set to be released in 2018, Hanukkah Pop-up Shop. 2670 Harrison St, San Francisco.

"Broadway Holiday Spectacular" 2pm & 7:30pm, ages 7+, Embrace the holiday season with this magical, community experience, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa.

We Too Can Grow Our Hearts This Year! 3:30-5:15pm, fundraiser for PNOC Foundation, see how the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Lark Theater and a delicious holiday reception at Left Bank, Larkspur.

Terrapin Crossroads 2nd Annual Advent Celebration! 4-6pm, a fun, joyous time for children and adults, holiday craft station, hot chocolate bar, children's play spaces and a very special concert with music for everyone!, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

CRAFT FAIRS:

MUSIC:

  • Holiday Choral by Candlelight, Marin Symphony, The Church of Saint Raphael, at 5th and A in downtown San Rafael
  • Marin Youth Symphony, James Dunn Performing Arts Theatre, College of Marin, Kentfield
  • Deck the Hall, 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm & 3pm, perform holiday favorites tailored for children, complete with a festive sing-along, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Holiday Brass, 8pm, feel the power of the San Francisco Symphony brass section in this unique holiday event sure to lift your spirits, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

NUTCRACKER:

PHOTOS WITH SANTA:


Monday, December 4

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Charles Schultz Museum.

Happy Birthday Walt, 10am-6pm, free admission, Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Infant and Child CPR, 6 – 8:30 pm, for expectant parents, parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children up to onset of puberty, Parents Place, San Rafael.

You Can't Take It With You, 7pm, a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season, Daniel Caldwell Theatre, Mill Valley.

Annual Animation Show of Shows, 7:15pm, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael.

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, Marin Center.

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Tuesday, December 5

LEGO Club, 3:30 – 4:30pm, grade K-8, Corte Madera Library.

You Can't Take It With You, 7pm, a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season, Daniel Caldwell Theatre, Mill Valley.

Raising a Child with Anxiety: What Parents Need to Know, 7pm, Corte Madera Library.

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety, 7-9pm, (5 – 10 years), Parents Place, San Rafael.

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, Marin Center.


Wednesday, December 6

JUMP Indoor Play, 9am-12pm, under 5, Mill Valley Community Center.

LEGO Club, 3-4:30pm, ages 3+, Civic Center Library.

LEGO Club, 4-5pm, ages 3+, Fairfax Library.

Winter Craft Series, 2:30-4pm, make holiday cards to give to friends and family, Mill Valley Public Library.

Wrapping Paper & Cards Craft, 3pm & 4:30pm, Get ready for the holidays by making unique cards and wrapping paper. We'll have all the supplies you need. This program is perfect for all ages, Sausalito Library.

Holiday Photo Workshop for Kids, 3:30-6pm, age 9-11, Image Flow, Mill Valley.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Party, 4-5pm, ages 5+, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

You Can't Take It With You, 7pm, a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season, Daniel Caldwell Theatre, Mill Valley.

Cirque de la Symphonie, 7:30pm, the San Francisco Symphony plays a selection of holiday hits, watch men and women fly, tumble, and dance the evening away, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, Marin Center.


Wednesday, December 7

River Otter Snow Days, 10am-6pm, check out the winter wonderland for the playful pals, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco.

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 3+, Point Reyes Library.

Board Game & Pizza Night, 4-5pm, ages 5+, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

You Can't Take It With You, 7pm, a feel-good classic comedy just in time for the holiday season, Daniel Caldwell Theatre, Mill Valley.

Cirque de la Symphonie, 7:30pm, the San Francisco Symphony plays a selection of holiday hits, watch men and women fly, tumble, and dance the evening away, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, Marin Center.


Friday, December 8

Winter Fest, 5-7pm, photos with Santa, music, arts & crafts, face painting, bouncy house and more, Marinwood Community Center.

Bolinas Winter Fair, Bolinas Community Center.

Mayflower Chorus Holiday Show, Showcase Theater, San Rafael

Holiday Lights: The Presidio's Traditional Tree-Lighting Ceremony, 5:30-7pm, San Francisco.

Holiday Movie Night, 6pm, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Enjoy complimentary hot cider or hot chocolate from Fisher's Cheese & Wine, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library, drop off your doll or stuffed animal and find out what mischief happened overnight, Sausalito Library.

Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 3, 6pm, Sausalito Library.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

Pop-Up Holiday Boutique, Marin Center.


Saturday, December 9

SMART Holiday Express Toy Drive

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

FREE Family Fitness Class, 9-10am, Mill Valley Community Center.

Holiday Festival at the Mart! visit from Santa and The Grinch, decorate holiday cookies, indulge in free hot chocolate, enjoy fairy storytime, plus a few BIG surprises that you and your little ones will not want to miss! Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

BLOWOUT SALE FUNDRAISER: All Holiday Decorations ONLY $2, 10am-4pm, 115 Del Casa Drive, Mill Valley.

Make It, Take It Wrap It, , 10am-2pm, ocal artisans will instruct easy crafts for youth and adult to make and take home. The event features crafts to make and purchase, live music, photos with Santa, holiday dress-up with local theatre company, cookie decorating and more! Mill Valley Community Center.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

First Act: Hansel and Gretel's Adventure, 10am & 11:30am, ages 3-6, explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement, Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco.

Fish For Crabs, 10 am & 1 pm, Learn about crab anatomy with our crab dress-up costume. Look and touch real live shore crabs and sand crabs. Use crab traps to fish for rock and Dungeness crabs off of our classroom pier. Contact Courtney Buel @ courtney.buel@noaa.gov.

Gingerbread House Workshop, 10:30am-12pm, Ages 8-12, Gingerbread house masters John and Megan Lorenzen will be here to help you create a gingerbread dog house or a gingerbread kitty condo, Marin Humane Society.

Opera in an Hour Film Screening: The Magic Flute, 1pm, ages 5+, for lovers of music, adventure and magic! Wilsey Center for Opera, San Francisco.

DIY Pet Ornament Workshop, 1-3pm, design personalized ornaments in the likeness of your pet in this fun, interactive workshop, San Francisco SPCA.

Parol Lantern Festival, 5-9p, Yerba Buena Gardens.

The Moon and Stars: Family Night Hike and Campfire, 5:30-8pm, Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky, Sausalito.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

Mayflower Chorus Holiday Show, Showcase Theater, San Rafael.

San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade, 5:30pm, along the San Rafael Canal.

Winterfest, 6pm, Lighted Boat Parade, Sausalito waterfront.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

CRAFT FAIRS:

NUTCRACKER:

PHOTOS WITH SANTA:


Sunday, December 10

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Winterfest, Jingle Run, Fireworks, and children's activities, and more, Sausalito waterfront.

Home Depot Menorah Workshop, 10-11:30am, RSVP required, San Rafael.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, Seal and Sea Lion Superstars, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Nature for Kids: Blackstone Canyon, 10am – 1pm, This secluded valley below the rugged east end of Big Rock Ridge is a great place to look for animals that are attracted to the creek. We’ll take a slow walk to the wet places in the canyon to see who’s hiding there. Remember to bring lunch. Meet at the end of Valleystone Dr in San Rafael.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Family ArtBash Sundays: Spinning Tales of Light and Magic, 10am-3pm, a day-long festival, accessible for all families, celebrating Hanukkah and folktales, and filled with art-making, shadow puppets, dreidel playing, dancing, storytelling, and more, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Dissect Salmon, 10 am & 1 pm, Learn about the unique life cycle of salmonids and create your own fish prints using a real Chinook salmon. Participants will also get to know salmon both inside and out during our naturalist-led dissection. Contact Jean Alupay @ jean.alupay@noaa.gov.

Marin Country Mart Holiday Events, San Domenico Day at MCM with AXE Pancake Pop-Up Pancake Breakfast, San Domenico School Glee Club Carolers, Melting Snowman Cupcake Making, Holiday Jug Band 11-2, and Tutu School Recital under the Big Tent at 4pm, Larkspur.

Hands-on Chanukah, 11am-1:30pm, dreidel spinning contests, marshmallow-dreidel decorating, menorah crafting, children’s book fair, Chanukah lights with PJ Library, free gift raffle, and more. Octopretzel offers engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder and appreciation for the world we live in, Charles Schultz Museum.

Festival of Lights, 11:30am-2pm, food, music and Hanukkah fun, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Holiday Wreath-Making and Caroling, 2pm – 5pm, Santa arrives by fire truck to greet all the children! Then sit around the cozy fireplace where traditional carols will be sung! Visit the outdoor deck to make a homemade wreath! Decorations and wreath rings will be provided. Please bring a delicious dish to share with your friends and family! Women's Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax.

Peter & the Wolf, 2pm, Prokofiev’s timeless musical narrative of a boy and his animal friends’ bravery is brought to life by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Then, stay for a holiday sing-along featuring your favorite Christmas songs, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Pop-Up Studio: Miniatures, 2-4pm, free, learn how to create miniature cardboard dioramas that can be used as decoration in your home, The Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco.

Grand Menorah Lighting, 5pm, latkes, donuts, music, dancing, raffle and more, Whole Foods, Novato.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

A Merri-achi Christmas, 8pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

The Velveteen RabbitYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

CRAFT FAIRS:

NUTCRACKER:


Monday, December 11

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Charles Schultz Museum.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party, 4:30pm, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, 7-9pm, (3 – 10 years), Parents Place, San Rafael.


Tuesday, December 12, Hanukkah

Hanukkah at the Mart! 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Klezmer music, food, and activities for the whole family! Enjoy complimentary latkes and a community Menorah lighting ceremony at 5:45 pm. Activities will include: LEGO Dreidels, Hanukkah Stories, Menorah Maker Lab, Dreidel games, junk art dreidel/menorahs and raffle, DIESEL, A Bookstore and the Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party, 4:30pm, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.

Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, 7pm, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael

"Holiday Soul" with the San Francisco Symphony, 7:30pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Menorah Lighting at the Marin Country Mart, Larkspur

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

 


Wednesday, December 13

JUMP Indoor Play, 9am-12pm, under 5, Mill Valley Community Center.

Winter Craft Series, 2:30-4pm, laminated books marks to give to friends and family, Mill Valley Public Library.

Crazy Science, 4 – 5pm, grades K-8, Discover the physical and natural basics that make up our world with “hands-on” exciting activities, Fairfax Library.

Marin Country Mart Holiday Events, 4-7pm, Kids Craft: Gingerbread Men!, Larkspur.

PJ Story Time, 6:30-7pm, Molly will get the kids ready for bed with stories new and old, rhymes, and maybe even a song or two. Put on your PJs, grab your best stuffed friend (or blanket), and join us on the second Wednesday evening of each month, Mill Valley Public Library.

"Holiday Soul" with the San Francisco Symphony, 7:30pm, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting Books Inc in Laurel Village.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Thursday, December 14, Geminids Meteor Shower

Elaine Petrocelli & Friends - Children’s Books Galore! Children’s book specialists will share their excitement with you about all of the wonderful books we have this season for children and young readers of all ages. Join us for coffee, snacks, and lots of fun! Book Passage, Corte Madera.

River Otter Snow Days, 10am-6pm, check out the winter wonderland for the playful pals, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco.

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 4-12, Novato Library.

Crazy Science, 3:30-4:30pm, Discover the physical and natural basics that make up our world with “hands-on” exciting activities, Point Reyes Library.

Nutcracker Puppet Show, 4-5pm, ages 5+, Belvedere Tiburon Library.

Muir Woods After Hours, 5:30-7:30 pm, Join us for an evening walk through the park which begins at dusk and concludes after sunset. We’ll listen for wildlife and use our senses to guide us through the trails. Bring a flashlight! Reservations required; please call (415) 388-2596.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Muir Woods After Hours, 5:30-7:30 pm, enjoy an evening walk through the park which begins at dusk and concludes after sunset.

Marin Chanukah Lighting, 6-7pm, Corte Madera Town Center Mall.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Friday, December 15

Holiday Sing-Along at the Presidio Officers' Club, 6-8:30pm, San Francisco.

Lighted Boat Parade, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.

Grand Menorah Lighting, 5pm, Whole Foods Market, Novato

Holiday Movie Night, 6:45pm, Elf, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

A Christmas CarolA.C.T.’s Geary Theater, San Francisco.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

NUTCRACKER:


Saturday, December 16

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

This walk is for the Birds! Join us at Rush Creek, 10am-1pm, family stroll in search for waterfowl and other birds from the White Pelican, to the Red-tailed Hawk, From Hwy 101 in Novato, take exit 463 for Atherton Ave east. Turn left onto Binford Rd. The gate is on the right.

Wreath Making Workshop, 10am – 12pm, Bring the beauty of nature to your front door with a festive, homemade wreath! Join rangers at McNears Beach Park 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. Meet at the snack bar in McNears Beach Park in San Rafael (201 Cantera Way).

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Little Folkies Family Band, 10:30am, performing original songs, a collection of traditional folks songs for children and sweet sing-along arrangements of holiday tunes, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco.

Holiday Festival at the Mart! Santa at the Mart with complimentary photos, 10:30-1:30, Fancy Flea, a pop-up vintage and home goods market featuring local and visiting artisans, craftspeople, and makers, alongside treats and refreshments. Celebrate, shop, and live local this holiday season! Hall Middle School Chorus Carolers, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Family Matinee with Daniel Handler, Marcus Shelby & Friends, 11am, Tribute To Dizzy Gillespie, SFJAZZ, San Francisco.

Snowman Social, 1-3pm, food, crafts, fun and snow science, Marin City Library.

Evening Hike to Blithedale Ridge, 4 – 5:30pm, ages 10+, Join a ranger for an evening hike to Blithedale Ridge. We’ll discuss historical and natural features of the preserve along the way. This hike is approximately 4 miles with 360’ elevation gain. Meet at the gate at the end of Crown Rd in Kent Woodlands.

Free Magic Show & Movie, 5pm Mike Della Penna with start the evening off with a Winter Magic Show! 6:30pm get cozy for "Elf" the movie! City of Novato Flex Space, 922 Machin Avenue, Novato. 

Winter Night Hike, 5:30-7:30 pm, Join a family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with a storytelling campfire program at the Rob Hill Campground.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

Home Alone with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony.

Glow Sword Battle, 8-11pm, Join us for a massive glowing sword battle in San Francisco. Pick a side, good or evil and use a glowing sword to fight in the ultimate nocturnal showdown, 601 Mission Bay Blvd N, San Francisco.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

A Christmas CarolA.C.T.’s Geary Theater, San Francisco.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

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Sunday, December 17

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Stafford Winter Disc Golf Classic, 9 – 11am, Come out and show off your game at Stafford’s Winter Disc Golf Classic! Merit and raffle prizes will be awarded with top honors going to lowest score per 18 holes. Meet at Stafford Lake Park in Novato (3549 Novato Blvd).

Little Folkies Family Band, 10:30am, performing original songs, a collection of traditional folks songs for children and sweet sing-along arrangements of holiday tunes, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

Dickens Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, every weekend, over three acres of vintage exhibition halls into lamplit lanes, pubs and theatres, dance floors and music halls, tearooms and shops. Hundreds of costumed characters from genteel to boisterous bring the town to life and interact with patrons, Cow Palace, San Francisco.

Holiday Festival at the Mart! Santa at the Mart with complimentary photos, 10:30-1:30, Fancy Flea, a pop-up vintage and home goods market featuring local and visiting artisans, craftspeople, and makers, alongside treats and refreshments. Celebrate, shop, and live local this holiday season! Holiday Steel Drum Band, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

The Polar Express 3D, 10:30am, Lawrence hall of Science, Berkeley.

Sundays on Sherman: Winter Fun, 11 am–5 pm, ice skating, yoga, face painting, crafts, LEGOS, music, snowman snowball toss, winter photo booth and more, Downtown Novato.

Ohlone Basket Weaving, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, Ranger Desiree will be sharing some of her culture through basket-weaving. She will share plant knowledge and more on the background of her Ohlone ancestry. Join her in the Presidio Visitor Center program area and take home your very own basket, Presidio of San Francisco.

Nigunim Chorus Presents: Hanukah Community Celebration, 1pm, A grand afternoon of music, entertainment, fun, candlelighting, dancing, chachkees, Hanukah gifts, refreshments. Suitable for all ages, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

Tim Cain's Family Christmas Sing-Along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2–5pm, Rancho Nicasio.

Bill Graham Menorah Day!, 2-5pm, Dreidel House & Kids Crafts activities, Music by Jerry's Kosher Del and Candle Lighting Ceremony, Union Square, San Francisco.

Home Alone with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony.

Chanukah on Ice, menorah lighting, music, food, gifts and more, Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

Singers Marin Presents ’Tis the Season… Peace on Earth4 pm, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium.

Chanukah Celebration of Light & Unity, 5:30pm, food, crafts, music, games and more, Aqua Hotel, Mill Valley.

Cirque de Bohème presents Freedom, Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.

‘Tis the Season…Peace on Earth, Singers Marin, Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael.

Messiah Sing-Along, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

A Christmas CarolA.C.T.’s Geary Theater, San Francisco.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

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Monday, December 18, New Moon

Museum Monday for Little Ones, 10am-Noon, Charles Schultz Museum.

Grand Menorah Lighting Celebration with Chabad of Marin, 5pm, Bon Air Shopping Center, Greenbrae.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

The Christmas Jug Band Family Night, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.


Tuesday, December 19

Punch & Judy, 2pm & 3:30pm, The Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 4-12, Corte Madera Library.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

The Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chanukah in Union Square

The Christmas Jug Band Family Night, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Wednesday, December 20

LEGO Club, 3-4:30pm, ages 3+, Civic Center Library.

LEGO Club, 4-5pm, ages 3+, Fairfax Library.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

JUMP Indoor Play, 9am-12pm, under 5, Mill Valley Community Center.

Gingerbread Party!, 3:30-4:15pm, ages 4+, decorate a gingerbread boy or girl, RSVP required, Mill Valley Public Library.

Home Alone with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Wednesday, December 21, Winter Solstice

River Otter Snow Days, 10am-6pm, check out the winter wonderland for the playful pals, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Russian Ballet NutcrackerPalace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Live Family Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

The Hard NutZellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Friday, December 22

LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 4-12, Point Reyes Library.

Holiday Movie Night, 6:45pm, Home Alone, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Larkspur.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 7pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Live Family Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

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Saturday, December 23

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Holiday Gift-Making Workshop, 9am-12pm, Make a variety of unique, fun, and creative gifts to give for the holidays. Make a holiday scarf, some treats to eat, and a delicious-smelling lemon body scrub! Advance reservations required by registering online or calling (707) 284-1272, Charles Schultz Museum.

The Polar Express 3D, 10:30am & 1pm, Lawrence hall of Science, Berkeley.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 7pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Live Family Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Annie, Berkeley Playhouse.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.

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Sunday, December 24

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Marine Science Sunday, 10am-5pm, Seal and Sea Lion Superstars, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 2pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Live Family Concert with the San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

The Hard NutZellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.



Tuesday, December 26, Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Celebration, Umoja Celebration, San Francisco.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Wednesday, December 27

Kwanzaa Celebration, Kujichagulia Celebration, San Francisco.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Wednesday, December 28

River Otter Snow Days, 10am-6pm, check out the winter wonderland for the playful pals, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco.

Kwanzaa Celebration, Ujima Celebration, San Francisco.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 2pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Friday, December 29

Kwanzaa Celebration, Ujamaa Celebration, San Francisco.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 2pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Saturday, December 30

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Kwanzaa Celebration, Mia Celebration, San Francisco.

Snow White: A Holiday Panto, 2pm, full of larger than life characters, physical comedy, show-stopping dance numbers and fun and moving music, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

The Night Fairy, Berkeley.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.


Sunday, December 31

Holidays Along the Farm Trails, Sonoma County.

Kwanzaa Celebration, Kuumba Celebration, San Francisco.

Noon Year's Eve, 9am-2pm, Ring in the New Year with your little ones at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve! This kid-friendly affair includes music by DJ ManCub, a celebratory ball drop at noon, dancing, and various art activities like crown making. In addition, enjoy access to the museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits like Lookout Cove and Bay Hall, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito.

Happy New Years, Eve Charlie Brown!, 12-3pm, Ring in the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, and Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon drops at Noon, and root beer toasts!, Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa.

Noon Year's Eve, 10am-1pm, Kids and parents, come celebrate the New Year with music, activities, face painting and a countdown balloon drop at noon!, Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos.

New Year's Eve Balloon Drop Celebration, Balloon Drop: 11am, 1pm, and 4pm, celebrate strokes of midnight around the world.  Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above, times vary by age, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland.

Japanese New Year's Bell-Ringing Ceremony, 9:30am (members) 11:30pm (public)-1pm, Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell and participants may then take turns ringing the bell to leave behind any unfortunate experiences, regrettable deeds or ill luck from the previous year. While you wait your turn, add to the 1,000 origami cranes and make a wish for the New Year or pick an omikuji (fortune)! Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

New Year's Eve Day Party, Start your year off right with science. Bring the whole family to the Hall on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve for exciting scientific celebrations, including a huge balloon drop. Count down to 2017 at our New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop—held at 2:00 p.m. because, hard as we might try, not all of us can stay up until midnight. As you get showered with hundreds of balloons, raise your apple cider glass in a toast to all the growing and learning experiences your family will have at the Hall in the New Year, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley.

Elephant and Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" Children's Creativity Museum Theater,  San Francisco.

Aladdin, SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.