Holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah & Santa 2020: Larkspur-Corte Madera

Susan C. Schena
·11 min read

LARKSPUR-CORTE MADERA, CA — The holidays are nearing in Larkspur and Corte Madera!

Christmas this year falls on a Friday, Dec. 25. Hanukkah runs Thursday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 18. And Kwanzaa is Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

Celebrations are markedly different for 2020, to be sure, and many annual community extravaganazas were canceled this year due to the pandemic.

But festivities still abound throughout the North Bay area as towns and organizations are getting creative with drive-thrus, virtual and in-person, socially distanced events — many with limited availability and required reservations.

Check out our annual event guide to see what's going on near you. And Happy Holidays, from Patch!

NOTE: Bookmark this page as additional events will be added when announced. Also, remember to double-check with organizers to confirm activities still are proceeding as originally planned.

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AMERICAN CANYON:

Through NOV. 30: Holiday Auction with American Canyon Soroptimist Club. Great shopping online!

  • Online via Soroptimist International of American Canyon Club, American Canyon, CA

NOV.-DEC: Tree & Wreath Fundraiser: American Canyon HS. Benefits Athletic Boosters.

  • Pick-up Dec. 4-5: American Canyon High School Stadium, 3000 Newell Drive, American Canyon, CA

DEC. 5-16: 10th Annual Reindeer Run & Walk. T-shirts & medals to participants.

  • Virtual via American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation, 101 W. American Canyon Road, American Canyon, CA

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BENICIA:

NOV.-DEC.: Benicia Historical Museum Annual Christmas Tree Lot. Canceled.

  • Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns, 2060 Camel Road, Benicia, CA

Through NOV. 30: Downtown Holiday Shopping Spree. With chance to win $500 Holiday Shopping Spree.

  • Participating merchants, Benicia, CA

DEC. 4: Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting. Canceled.

  • First Street, Benicia, CA

DEC. 12: Christmas Parade & Holiday Market. Canceled.

  • First Street, Benicia, CA

Through JAN. 1: 'American Heart Of Winter' Art Exhibit. "Featuring host of talented contemporary working artists operating in SF Bay Area, throughout U.S. & around the world."

  • Gallerie Renee Marie, 1038 First St. Benicia, CA

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CALISTOGA:

DEC. 5: Holiday Lighted Tractor Display. Modified for 2020.

  • Twenty locations, Calistoga, CA

DEC. 5-FEB. 7: Winter In The Wineries Passport. "Valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone!"

  • Participating wineries, Calistoga, Lake County, Pope Valley and St. Helena, CA

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CORTE MADERA:

Through DEC. 11: Letters To Santa. Get a letter from the North Pole!

  • Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA

DEC. 19 & JAN. 2: 'Holiday Cheer' Zoom Cocktail-Making Party. With Dr. Inkwell, an entertaining "cocktail sommelier."

  • Zoom via Town of Corte Madera, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA

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COTATI:

DEC. 4: Cocoa With A Cop Drive-Thru. RSVPs required.

  • Cotati Police Department, 203 West Sierra Ave., Cotati, CA

DEC. 13: The Mysteries of Chanukah. Mini-retreat of text study, contemplation, music & mystical experiences.

  • Online via Ner Shalom Zoom Room, 85 La Plaza, Cotati, CA

DEC. 18: Drive-In Movie 'Elf' -With food truck, too!

  • Park & Ride Lot, Hwy. 116 & Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati, CA

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DAVIS:

DEC. 7-31: 'The Spirit Of Children's Nutcracker' - Several activities honoring annual Davis Children’s Nutcracker.

  • Virtual via City of Davis, CA

DEC. 11-12: Grandmother's 'Nutcracker' Goody Bag. Register to participate.

  • Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis CA

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DIXON:

NOV. 21: Holiday Shop Vendor & Craft Fair. Epic event with slew of vendors.

  • West A Street, Dixon, CA

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FAIRFAX:

DEC. 13: Annual Holiday Wreath-Making. Don't delay. Kits are limited.

  • Virtual via Town of Fairfax, CA

DEC.: Annual Holiday Craft Faire. The community tradition goes virtual this year.

  • Online via Town of Fairfax, CA

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FAIRFIELD:

DEC. 2: Holiday 'Operation Cookie Drop': Travis AFB. Donate or volunteer for this great effort.

  • Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA

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GLEN ELLEN:

JAN. 1: 2021 First Day Hike: Jack London State Historic Park. Start the new year off on the right foot!

  • Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA

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GREENBRAE:

DEC. 5, 12 & 19: Socially Distanced Santa Visits: Bon Air Center. Little ones will receive a Bon Air Santa Letter Kit, too.

  • Bon Air Center, 50 Bon Air Ctr., Greenbrae, CA

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HEALDSBURG:

NOV. 21, 28 & DEC. 5, 12, 19: Holiday Craft Market: Healdsburg Farmers' Market. With rotating roster of artisans.

  • West Plaza Parking Lot, North and Vine Streets, Healdsburg, CA

NOV. 21-DEC. 30: Holiday Gift Market: Healdsburg Center For The Arts. Shop for original, hand-crafted creations & gifts.

  • Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg, CA

NOV.25: Senior Appreciation Holiday Dinner Drive-In. Don't miss registration deadline.

  • Villa Chanticleer, 900 Chanticleer Way, Healdsburg, CA

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MILL VALLEY:

NOV. 27-DEC. 18: Winterfest Holiday Hunt. Scavenger hunt with "Silver Stars."

  • Throughout Mill Valley, CA

DEC. 3: Book Passage Holiday Fair With Elaine Petrocelli. With book suggestions for gifts, too.

  • Zoom with Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley, CA

DEC. 12: Makers Market at the Lumber Yard - An Open Air Craft Market. With craft fun for kids.

  • 129 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA

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MUIR BEACH:

DEC. 5-6: Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair. Canceled.

  • Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seacape, Muir Beach, CA

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NAPA:

NOV.-JAN.: Napa On Ice Holiday Skating Rink. Canceled.

  • 575 3rd St., Napa, CA

NOV. 21: Makers Market on First Street - An Open Air Craft Market. Let holiday shopping begin!

  • 1300 1st St., Napa, CA

DEC. 4: Sen. Bill Dodd’s Holiday Party & Fundraiser. Proceeds support "If Given A Chance."

  • Virtual from Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA

DEC. 6: Dickens Christmas with Santa. Visits with Santa & special treats.

  • Ackerman Heritage House, 608 Randolph St., Napa, CA

DEC. 16-18: Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest. Five categories with prizes!

  • Online via City of Napa, CA

DEC. 17: Holiday Meal Drive Thru (Ages 50+). Free & first-come, first-served.

  • Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St., Napa, CA

DEC. 21-22: Bake Shop at the Ackerman Heritage House. Yule log cakes on sale.

  • Ackerman Heritage House, 608 Randolph St., Napa, CA

DEC. 24-25: Christmas Eve at The Grill and Christmas Day at The Grill. With chef-curated menus.

  • Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA

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NOVATO:

DEC. 13: Chanukah Drive-In Menorah-Lighting. With music, latkes & donuts.

  • Hamilton Community Center Parking Lot, 503 Palm Drive, Novato, CA

DEC. 14: 'Letters to Santa' Deadline. Write to Santa, and he'll reply!

  • Novato Gymnastics Center, 950 7th St., Novato, CA

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PETALUMA:

NOV. 21: Annual Holiday Market with Clucktown Collective. Last-minute location change.

  • 429 1st St., Petaluma, CA

NOV. 24: Holiday Food & Fun Fair. Shop local food artisans.

  • Hotel Petaluma Ballroom & Lobby, 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA

NOV. 28: Santa’s Riverboat Cruise. "Give a shout out to Santa & Mrs. Claus as they sail by."

  • Steamer Landing Park to Shollenberger Park, Petaluma, CA

DEC. : Annual Holiday Crafterino. Canceled.

  • Veterans Memorial Building. 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma, CA

DEC. 4: Hospice 'Light Up A Life' Tree Lighting. Remembrance candles available for home ceremonies.

  • Virtual via St. Joseph Health Hospice, Petaluma, CA

DEC. 4-6: Cinnabar Theater Spectacular Musical Revue Virtual. "Sure to be a hit with the whole family."

  • Online via Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma CA

DEC. 6: Wreath-Making Workshop 2020: McEvoy Ranch. Could sell out fast, so don't delay.

  • McEvoy Ranch, 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma, CA

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ROHNERT PARK:

NOV. 27: Drive In Entertainment's "National Lampoon's Xmas Vacation." Tickets on sale.

  • SOMO Village, 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA

NOV. 27-28: Virtual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire. With local arts & crfts vendors.

  • Online via City of Rohnert Park, CA

DEC. 4-6: Transcendence's 'Broadway Holiday at Drive-In' - Fun includes jolly holiday sing-along, wines with seasonal bites & in-car activities for families.

  • SOMO Village, 1400 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA

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ROSS:

NOV. 21: Marin Art & Garden Center Holiday Pop-Up Market Place. Get a headstart on shopping for gifts.

  • 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA

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SAINT HELENA:

NOV. 23-JAN. 2: Holiday Wine Barrel Tour. Online map planned.

  • Businesses & Homes, St. Helena, CA

DEC. 5-FEB. 7: Winter In The Wineries Passport. "Valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone!"

  • Participating wineries, Calistoga, Lake County, Pope Valley and St. Helena, CA

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SAN ANSELMO:

DEC. 1-17: Creative Sewing: Holiday Gifts (Ages 5-11). Great fun for youngsters as they craft, sew & wrap their gifts.

  • Isabel Cook Community Center, San Anselmo, CA

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SAN FRANCISCO:

NOV. 20-JAN. 3: ’Tis Season for Science & Reindeer. Meet Peppermint and Cookie, the dashing reindeer duo.

  • California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

NOV.-JAN. Holiday Ice Rink 2020-21: Union Square. Canceled.

  • Union Square Park, 333 Post St., San Francisco, CA

NOV. -JAN.: Holiday Ice Rink 2020-21: Embarcadero. Postponed.

  • Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, CA

NOV.-JAN.: Conservatory Of Flowers 'Night Bloom' -Canceled.

  • Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA

NOV. 27-29: Etsy Virtual Market Hosted by the SF Etsy Street Team.

  • Online via SF Etsy Shop Tiny Holiday, San Francisco, CA

DEC. 4-31: A.C.T.'s 'Christmas Carol On Air' Radio Play. Two ticket levels include family-activity kits.

  • On-Demand Listening via American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA

DEC. 5-6: Caltrain Annual Holiday Train & Toy Drive. Canceled.

  • Caltrain station, San Francisco, CA

DEC. 12: Japanese Cultural Center's Holiday Crafts Workshop. Learn to make bread-dough ornaments & origami crane wreaths.

  • Zoom via Japanese Cultural and Community Center, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

DEC. 12: Taylor Mac’s 'Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!' - "A virtual vaudeville ... blends music, film, burlesque & random acts of fabulousness."

  • Livestream via Curran, 445 Geary St., San Francisco, CA

DEC. 24: SF Gay Men’s Chorus '[At] Home For The Holidays' Concert. "Haul out the holly and don your gay apparel."

  • Virtual on SFGMC TV via San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, 170 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

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SAN RAFAEL:

NOV.-JAN. NorCal Holiday Ice Rink 2020-21: Northgate. Canceled.

  • Northgate, 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael, CA

NOV. 29: Marin Arts & Crafts Festival. With holiday cheer & social distancing.

  • West End Studio Theater Parking Lot, 1554 4th St., San Rafael, CA

DEC. 5, 6 & 15: Marin Symphony Holiday Concerts. Canceled.

  • Church of Saint Raphael & Marin Center Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA

DEC. 6: Guide Dogs for the Blind's Virtual Holiday Celebration. "Make being home for the holidays a real howl."

  • Online via Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, CA

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SANTA ROSA:

NOV. 27: Drive-In Entertainment: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Tickets on sale.

  • Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA

NOV. 27-28 & DEC. 4-5: SRJC Theatre Arts' 'It's A Wonderful Life' - "Home-grown musical brings the heartwarming holiday tale to life."

  • On YouTube via Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA

DEC. 2, 9 & 16: Write Into Winter. Class with winter-related poems, prose, images & folklore.

  • Online via Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, CA

DEC. 11: Posada Navideña: Virtual & Free. Dance, music & song to celebrate the season.

  • Via Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA

DEC. 12: Holiday Concert: Pink Martini Band Members. Intimate & festive with beloved songs from around the globe.

  • Virtual via Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA

DEC. 31: 'Peanuts' New Year's Eve 2020: Schulz Museum. Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! With crafts & balloon drop.

  • Virtual via Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA

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SAUSALITO:

DEC. 12: Winterfest Lighted Boat Parade. Free & COVID precautions in place.

  • Gabrielson Park, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA

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SEBASTOPOL:

DEC. 12-13: Holiday Home Tour & Artisan Boutique. Canceled.

  • Residences in and around Sebastopol, CA

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SONOMA:

DEC. 11-13: Transcendence's Broadway Holiday at Drive-In: Sonoma Raceway. Fun includes jolly holiday sing-along, wines, seasonal bites & in-car activities for families.

  • Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA

DEC. 13: Teddy Bear Tea Party: Sonoma Conservatory Of Dance. Very sweet event: Save your seat.

  • Virtual via Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, 561 Broadway, Sonoma, CA

DEC. 18-23: Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Holiday' - Cozy up at home & enjoy!

  • Virtual via Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma, CA

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SUISUN CITY:

DEC. 2: Fairfield-Suisun Chamber's Holiday 'Operation Cookie Drop': Travis AFB. Donate or volunteer.

  • Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA

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VACAVILLE:

NOV. 25: 'Christmas In My Hometown' Variety Show. The holiday tradition will go on for 15th year.

  • Live-streamed via Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA

Through DEC. 3: Annual Festival of Trees 2020 For Opportunity House. Bid on a beautiful tree or order from the bake sale!

  • Online via Opportunity House, 267 Bennett Hill Court, Vacaville, CA

DEC. 10: Jim Brickman Holiday Concert. Portion of proceeds benefits theater.

  • Online via Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA

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VALLEJO:

NOV. 27-JAN. 3: Holiday In Park Lights: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Features sea lions in A Very Merry Christmas & dolphins in A Dolphin Holiday.

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW, Vallejo, CA

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YOUNTVILLE:

NOV. 22: Holiday Town & Tree-Lighting. "Join Mayor John Dunbar and special guest, Santa Claus!"

  • Virtual via Facebook & Instagram

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FOR ENTIRE SAN FRANCISCO REGION GUIDE: Holiday Events: Christmas, Hanukkah & Santa 2020: SF Bay Area

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This article originally appeared on the Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch