Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area
December 2018

Throckmorton Chorus & Throckapella Group Perform Winter 2018 Concert at Throckmorton Theatre – Dec. 12
Free Admission and Free Champagne

Looking for a list of holiday activities around the San Francisco Bay Area this month? Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty has put together some of the highlights for you. It is a beautiful time of the year, with the lights on the Embarcadero in the city, the big tree in Union Square, and the decorations all over Marin County. Right here in Marin there are many events to consider — concerts and boat parades among them.

Is your event missing from our list? Feel free to add it to the comments section below. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

What's Happening Around the Bay

Santa Train in Napa
December 1-28, 2018
Begin your journey with an interactive musical show before boarding the Santa Train for a 90-minute ride with cookies, cocoa, games and songs to meet Santa at the “North Pole.”
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Kitka at Marin Osher JCC

Kitka at the Marin Osher JCC
December 9, 2018
This is a special evening of beautiful vocal harmonies representing cultures from around the world and available this year at a new family friendly time.
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San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade 2018

San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th at 5:30 pm
San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade 2018
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Life-Size Gingerbread House
December 1-31, 2018
See an enormous two-story Gingerbread House made of thousands of homemade gingerbread bricks and adorned with tons of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel.
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Holidays at Filoli in Woodside
December 4-23, 2018
Enjoy the holidays at the Bay Area’s finest Country Estate with festive decor throughout the House and Garden, Holiday Teas, Santa Saturdays, a Winter Solstice mid-winter fete, Holiday Markets and more in this magical setting.
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Christmas Play in Walnut Creek
December 6-16, 2018
Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, about Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Christmas ghosts comes to life with music, dance and special effects. Held at Lesher Center for the Arts.
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Mill Valley Recreation Makers Fair
December 8, 2018
The Mill Valley Recreation Department invites you to the 3rd Annual Makers Fair. The Makers Fair provides the opportunity for both youth and adults to learn and create during the holiday season by making handmade items.
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Marin Symphony Holiday Pops
December 11, 2018
Bring friends and family and celebrate the season with a program of holiday-inspired music featuring the Marin Symphony Chorus.
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San Francisco Lighted Boat Parade
December 14, 2018
Watch over 60 boats covered in bright lights and holiday decorations cruise past Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, Marina Green and Crissy Field and back again in the Lighted Boat Parade.
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San Jose Craft Fair
December 15-16, 2018
Shop from hundreds of craft makers, food producers, artists and designers at the San Jose Craft Holiday Fair, a festive experience for all!
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Oakland Nutcracker
December 22-23, 2018
The Oakland Ballet performs a whimsical version of The Nutcracker with dynamic dancing, gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets at the Paramount Theatre. With the Oakland Symphony and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show
December 31, 2018
San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks launch for 15 minutes from barges 1000 feet offshore of the Ferry Building, and a soundtrack plays along Embarcadero from Mission to Folsom. Learn More

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