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Celebrate the Holidays With Events and Festivities in Marin

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, November 27, 2023 by MCVB Staff

By Megan Eileen McDonough


Whether you’re a Northern California local or visiting for the first time, there are countless ways to celebrate the holiday season day and night in Marin. From magical tea parties fit for the whole family to professional chorus performances that will leave you in awe, you’ll get in the giving spirit soon enough. Here are five of the most festive events happening this month.


Photos With Santa

Where: The Village at Corte Madera  

When: November 17th through December 24th at various times

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be here starting November 17th and is located in Macy's Center Court. A visit with Santa is always free and photo packages are available for purchase.  Reservations are recommended at this website link.


Holiday Crafts Faire  

Where: Margaret Todd Center,1560 Hill Road, Novato  

When: Various times on December 1st and 2nd, 2023

The Margaret Todd Center will have more than 55 artisans selling handmade crafts including jewelry, ceramics, specialty foods, wreaths, ornaments, bath and body products, and more! And don't forget about the entertainment throughout the event where holiday foods will be available. This will be a great opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts! Admission is free.


Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop

Where: McEvoy Ranch Greenhouse  

When: December 1st through 3rd at various times

At our most popular workshop of the year, learn how to create your own Holiday wreath with seasonal elements from The Ranch - like Rosemary, Bay, and Lavender - and other festive embellishments!
In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of wreath making and from there, the sky's the limit for creating personalized wreaths for yourself and your loved ones. The frames we provide are reusable and can be refreshed with new elements to create a wreath for any season!
Participants should wear comfortable shoes, and bring their favorite gardening gloves and pruner. Pruners may be provided as needed.
The ticket includes a glass of wine and a wrap on the Tasting Room Patio following the Workshop.


Twinkle Twinkle

Where: The Country Mart at Larkspur Landing 

When: Every Thursday in December from the 7tth to the 21st from 4:00 to 7:00pm

The Country Mart shops are open late and we have special programming each day through the holidays. Expect family-friendly holiday fun including, cookie decorating, live music, cocktails for the parents, hot chocolate, holiday vendors, and much more!


Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade on the Feda B

Where: Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 465 in Sausalito

When: December 9th, 2023

We look forward to spending the holidays with you!  Come aboard the beautiful Schooner Freda B for Sausalito's Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Show!

There's nothing quite like being on the water for this event, parading alongside multitudes of festive boats. So grab your tickets early, because this event sells out every year!  Tickets are $179.00 each and must be purchased in the above website link. 


Fairfax Winter Market

Where: On Bolinas-Fairfax Raod at Elsie Lane 

When: December 15th from 4:00 to 9:00 

Don't miss this family-friendly celebration in the heart of Fairfax on Bolinas Road between Broadway and Elsie Lane. The Fairfax Winter Market is set to be a magical gathering, offering something for everyone.

Savor warm beverages, indulge in sweet treats, shop to your heart’s delight, and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Fairfax. Explore the dazzling storefront lights, participate in a bike light contest, and discover unique shopping specials, all in one place. Be sure to bring your holiday spirit and an appetite for delicious treats!


Mill Valley's WinterFest

Where: Mill Valley's Downtown Plaza  

When: December 17th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The annual Enjoy Mill Valley Winterfest celebration is a quintessential holiday season community event. Get ready for all the Winterfest holiday favorites featuring an array of live entertainment, a Giant Slide, and a variety of children's activities with great food from fantastic local restaurants. The event culminates with one of Mill Valley's hallmark moments, the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.