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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

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

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, December 1, 6-7pm, Walnut Park, Petaluma


Saturday, December 2

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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


Sunday, December 3, Full Moon, Supermoon

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.

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.

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.

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.


Monday, December 4


Tuesday, December 5


Wednesday, December 6

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


Wednesday, December 7


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.


Saturday, December 9

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.

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.


Sunday, December 10

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

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.

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.

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

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


Monday, December 11


Tuesday, December 12, Hanukkah

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


Wednesday, December 13

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


Wednesday, December 14, Geminids Meteor Shower

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

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

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


Friday, December 15

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

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


Saturday, December 16

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.


Sunday, December 17

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

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

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.

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

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


Monday, December 18, New Moon

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


Tuesday, December 19

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


Wednesday, December 20

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


Wednesday, December 21, Winter Solstice

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


Friday, December 22

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.


Saturday, December 23

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.


Sunday, December 24

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.



Tuesday, December 26, Kwanzaa


Wednesday, December 27


Wednesday, December 28

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.


Friday, December 29

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.


Saturday, December 30

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.


Sunday, December 31

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.