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Here are some fun events to get you into the holiday spirit!

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Recommendation  #1
The City of Sausalito

Sausalito's waterfront holiday tradition returns this Saturday!

Sausalito's Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks can be seen from Gabrielson Park, Humboldt Avenue and Anchor Street.

Catch dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats parade along the scenic Sausalito shoreline. There will also be food trucks & no-host bars.

Note: The boat parade starts at 6pm; followed immediately thereafter (7:15pm) with fireworks above the Bay.

Saturday, December 9th. Parade: 6pm. Fireworks: 7:15pm
Recommendation #2
Larkspur Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy holiday cheer at the 2nd annual Winter Wonderland this Saturday at the Lark Creek shops in downtown Larkspur. 

You will find a variety of local pop-up vendors, a hot cocoa standfree photos with Santaginger bread man decorating, delicious food, and wonderful resident boutiques who can get you stocked for the holidays.

And to make it easy this year, they'll also have free valet!


Admission is FREE.

Saturday, December 9th: 4pm - 8pm
Recommendation #3
The City of Sausalito

The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce presents their 17th annual Gingerbread House Tour & Competition, a family-friendly holiday tradition that never fails to inspire wonder, awe, and delight. From December 8-31, merchants and businesses will display their confectionary creations throughout Sausalito. 

Maps are available online.r.

Take a leisurely stroll to view the amazing gingerbread houses, which in past years have included lighthouses, undersea scenes with creatures playing instruments, and a full mockup of Alcatraz Island. You can even participate in a treasure hunt while visiting the participating merchants, and vote for your favorite "house" to be awarded "The People's Choice."

This free event is perfect for all ages, so bring the whole family. Many of the Sausalito merchants and businesses will be offering special offers only available during the tour.

December 8th - 31st
Recommendation #4
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Join friends and neighbors this Sunday as downtown Tiburon magically transforms into a wonderland full of holiday cheer.

The Tiburon Holiday Festival will include: 

Gingerbread House Decorating

Visit by Santa

Free Face Painting

Popcorn by The Belvedere - Tiburon Rotary

Christmas Tree Lighting 



Visit all the downtown businesses to complete your BINGO card and receive  a free gift from the Tiburon Welcome Center. Plus, shop along Main Street while enjoying Specialty Cocktails at participating Wine Bars and Restaurants.

Sunday, December 10th: 11am - 2pm
Recommendation #5
Larkspur Chamber of Commerce

Larkspur's Holiday Magic on Magnolia is this Sunday.

Festivities will take place up and down Magnolia Ave. in downtown Larkspur. There will be live music, choral and dance performances from Marin’s schools and groups, including the Happy Feet Holiday Hoofers.

Santa will be there to snap photos with the kiddos. Plus, you'll get to jump, jive and swing to a live performance by crowd favorites Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums

And at 5pm, there will be grand lighting ceremony complete with Christmas tree, menorah, and the lights over the street. 


Admission is FREE.

Sunday, December 10th: 2pm - 5:30pm
Recommendation #6
Marin Art & Garden Center

Marin Art and Garden Center's Winter Wonderland is a magical holiday experience. Come and enjoy:

-- An outdoor skating rink with snow & music.

-- An enchanting light installation with scavenger hunt for kids

-- Snacks, hot cocoa and cider at the Watering Can.

-- A warming hut on the Livermore deck with a fireplace, twinkle lights, and heaters.

-- Traditional holiday greens sale.

-- Holiday shopping at WERKSTATT in The Shop.

-- The Ross Valley Players production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in the Barn Theater.

-- Children’s concerts.

-- Pixie Park’s famous bake sale.

Admission is FREESkating tickets are $30.

* Plus, don't miss WinterFest this Saturday (3pm - 6pm)! Enjoy train rides, holiday activities, food, drinks, sweets, and more!

December 1 - 10 (4pm - 8pm)
Recommendation #7

Join the THE STUDIO for a blissful holiday celebration this Saturday afternoon. Immerse yourself in the spirit of joy, relaxation, and community at this special open house.


-- Yoga Mini-Classes: participate in rejuvenating 20-minute sessions led by THE STUDIO's instructors. From "You-ometry" to "Yoga Nidra," discover new insights that will elevate your practice. 

-- Local Vendors: Explore a curated selection of local vendors offering wellness products, yoga essentials, and handmade treasures. Find unique gifts for your loved ones (or treat yourself!).

-- Food and Beverage: Indulge in delightful treats, including aromatic chai, savory samosas, and a variety of sweet treats!

Admission is FREE: RSVP HERE to secure your spot.

Saturday, December 9th: 2pm - 6pm
Recommendation #8
Visit Novato

Join Downtown Novato for its first ever Not So Silent Night this Saturday. Your favorites stores will be staying open late for holiday shopping and will be filled with special treats. Plus, restaurants, bars, taprooms, and tasting rooms will be bursting with live music and holiday cheer.

Business/Event Specials include:

-- ACCENTS - Bubbles, wine & bites; jewelry trunk show; raffle for $200 gift card; free gift wrapping

--BEAUTY HEROES - holiday chocolates & cheeses; Anima Mundi Euphoria Cider & Sparkling Hydration Water; Store Discounts

-- BICYCLE BRUSTOP - Tour de Lights Holiday Family Bike Ride

-- BUTTERCUP HOME - Bubbles & Treats; Store Specials; Santa

-- FINNEGAN'S - Santa's Workshop. Come dressed as Santa or an Elf.

-- MANTRA WINES - local band "Big Baby" (7pm - 9pm)

-- TREK WINES - live music

Saturday, December 9th: 4pm on...