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'Tis the Season for Music and Merriment in Marin

Posted Friday, November 1, 2019 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan

Known as the “sunny side of the Golden Gate Bridge,” Marin County is truly a destination for all seasons. And for the holidays, Marin is ho-ho-hosting festivities that’ll bring you plenty of music and merriment, ranging from concerts to a comedic catechism.

Here are six hand-picked Marin events that are sure to lift your holiday spirits.

Dickens’ Family Victorian Holiday Party

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Falkirk Cultural Center

Step into a time machine and head back to Victorian England during the Dickens’ Family Victorian Holiday Party at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael. Visitors will be treated to readings by Charles Dickens and will see his characters — including Ebenezer Scrooge — spring to life. They’ll also be able to meet Father Christmas, play Victorian parlor games, dance, sing and make holiday crafts. Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults.

Marin Ballet: “Nutcracker”

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium

1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15

‘Tis the season for some whimsy and old-fashioned grandeur. Why not treat you and your loved ones to the magic of ballet? Delight in clever storytelling, heroic characters, and lavish costumes and sets while experiencing the breathtaking choreography on stage. Tickets are $25 for youth and seniors and $45 for adults. In addition, immediately after each 1 p.m. performance, audience members have the thrilling opportunity to meet costumed characters at the Candy Cane Party for only $10.

Pop Up Holiday Boutique 

Marin Center's Bartolini Gallery​

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, Dec.12 through Dec. 22

Get all your holiday shopping done at Marin Center's Pop-Up Holiday Boutique (December 12-22)! Shop for one-of-a-kind locally produced gifts and meet some of Marin County's top artisans, showcasing their unique jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts. Take home something special for the art lovers in your family while supporting the true creative culture of Marin!

Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17

Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

A seasonal Marin classic, the Marin Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will be hopping with holiday pop classics, traditional carols and favorite theme songs. Special guests, sing-alongs and complimentary post-concert treats will tie a bow on the program held at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. Tickets range from $25 to $85.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”

5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Marin Center Showcase Theater

You’ll be chuckling like Santa during the Marin Center Showcase Theater’s production of “Sister’s Christmas Catechism.” Shows will be staged four times at the San Rafael venue. It's  "CSI:  Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of “Late Nite Catechism.” Follow Sister as she hilariously retraces the story of the nativity. She’ll be aided in her quest for the Magi by a local choir and audience members. Tickets are $60.

New Year's Eve: The Other Café Comedy Showcase

7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 

Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts 

An Easy, Fun & Funny way to spend New Year’s Eve, right here in Marin. The 10th Annual continues the goal of making your last day of the year hassle-free & funny. The 9:00 p.m. start allows time for an early dinner elsewhere before the show. Reserve a group of tables together and bring your party to us.


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