December: Holiday Activities and More

It’s the time of the year for holiday cheer: watch the Nutcracker, listen to some Christmas music and get ready for the lighted boat parade. Here’s the info on all that and more:

Smuin Christmas Ballet 2019
Photo courtesy of the Smuin Ballet.

Holiday Pops Concert 

Dec 13 

The Marin Symphony Orchestra with Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz celebrates the holidays with songs of the season at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Holiday Spectacular

Dec Dates TBD

Photo by Gooch.

Of course there will be a holiday-themed Cher medley along with holiday favorites, including “Jingle Bells” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and classical choral works like “Sure on this Shining Night”as San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus updates its seasonal soirée with performances around the bay.

Holiday Spectacular

Dec 2–4

A cozy vibe with plenty of holiday cheer reminiscent of Judy Garland’s holiday special is the aim of a seasonal extravaganza from the Broadway performers at Transcendence Theatre.

Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair 

Dec 3–4 

Muir Beach Arts Fair Tom Soltesz
Painting by Tom Soltesz.

Locally hand-made jewelry, fashion accessories, wreaths, and ornaments crafted of glass and wood are just a few of the options at a fair famous for stand appearances by the Muir Beach Quilters and the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Winter Open Studios 

Dec 3–4 

The ICB building in Sausalito hosts 100+ artists — sculptors, painters, photographers, fiber artists, jewelers, sound installation and more — who open their studios to share the booming creative energy with guests. 

Lighted Boat Parade 

Dec 10 

Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade
The Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade. Photo by Kimber Communications.

Among a month of events in Sausalito, including a gingerbread house tour (Dec 1–31) and a Jingle Bell 5K and Brunch (Dec 11), brightly decorated boats cruise the Sausalito harbor, followed by a fireworks show in keeping with the spirit of the season.

Porcini & Chanterelle Camp 

Dec 17–18 

Join Sausalito’s Maria Finn on a wild food adventure in Jenner locating and identifying local mushrooms and then cooking and eating them over a live fire along the California coast.