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Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

Five fun events to kick off the holiday season.

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Recommendation  #1
Downtown San Rafael B.I.D.

San Rafael's Parade of Lights and Winterwonderland is happening on Saturday, November 26th (1pm - 5pm), followed by a lighted classic car parade at 5:30pm.

This one-block event will have a Makers MarketplaceSnow ConesWinter Costume CharactersCarolersFood Trucks, a JumpyFace painting, a Juggler, and Balloon animals!

Throughout Downtown San Rafael, there will be an Elf Hunt, merchant treats and discounts, and a Window Decorating Contest!

At 5:30pm, downtown will light up with decorated classic cars cruising up and down 4th Street (from H Street to Lincoln Ave).

This event will be a smaller version of the Annual event traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving (there will be no snow). But it will be sure to fulfill your festive winter holiday activity needs with local treats and laughter!

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HOURS:
Saturday, November 26th: 1pm - 5pm. Classic Car Parade: 5:30pm
Recommendation #2
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Join friends & neighbors for Tiburon's Holiday Celebration. The entire town will magically transform into a wonderland full of cheer and classic family fun. 

This year's festivities include: a Toddler Train at Fountain Plaza; Horse Drawn Carriage Rides; Visit by Santa; Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by Saint Hilary Church; Menorah Lighting hosted by Congregation Kol Shofar; the St. Stephens Choir; and Boy Scout Troop 48 Wreath Sales.

Visit all our downtown businesses to complete your BINGO card and receive a free gift from the Tiburon Welcome Center. And be sure to shop along Main Street while enjoying specialty cocktails at participating wine bars and restaurants.

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Admission is FREE.

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HOURS:
Saturday, December 3rd: 2pm - 5pm
Recommendation #3
Larkspur Chamber of Commerce

Join the Lark Creek Shops on Magnolia Avenue for a A Night In Winter Wonderland

Bring the family on Friday, December 2nd (4pm - 8pm) and enjoy hot cocoa + cider, gingerbread man decorating, wreath making classes, free photos with Santa, and a ton of hand selected local artisan pop-ups to kick off your holiday shopping. And if you're hungry, grab a bite nearby at Perry's, Picco, Don Antonio, Keiko Fish, and Left Bank Brasserie. And for dessert, head over to Emporio Rulli for sweet treats and their world-famous Panettone.

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Admission is FREE

They'll also have free valet parking to make your experience even better.

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HOURS:
Friday, December 2nd: 4pm - 8pm
Recommendation #4
Mill Valley Downtown Plaza

Winterfest, Mill Valley's annual holiday celebration, returns to the Downtown Plaza on Sunday, December 4th. The day-long festival features a fantastic lineup of singers, dancers and musicians. They'll also have a bunch of great children’s games and activities like a giant rainbow slide, a jumpy house, cornhole toss, and a giant Connect4 game. Santa will also be on hand to take photos with children & families. The festive day concludes with some Christmas carols and a Tree-Lighting ceremony! 

After Winterfest, grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants in or near the plaza (Piazza D'Angelo, Gravity Tavern, Playa, Bungalow 44, or Mamahuhu).

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Admission is FREE.

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HOURS:
Sunday, December 4th: 12pm - 5pm
Recommendation #5
The City of Sausalito

Join Sausalito for the kick-off of Holiday by the Bay.

The month long celebration begins on December 1st with the City Tree Lighting at Vina del Mar Park, and concludes with a vibrant and warm-hearted Community Sing-Along on December 23rd at Cascais Plaza – with a few Santa spotting's along the way. There will be night-after-night of merriment at local shops and restaurants to celebrate the holiday season. 

And as a special holiday treat, they will be lighting up trees along Bridgeway!

The December 1st tree lighting is from 5pm - 6pm, and will feature live music from the Performing Stars and an appearance by Santa himself. There will also be coffee & goodies from Sausalito Equator.

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Admission is FREE.

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HOURS:
Thursday, December 1st: 5pm - 6pm