Sausalito Kicks Off Its First-Ever “Holiday By the Bay” Celebration Series

South San Francisco, CA  November 26, 2021

While Everything South City brings focus to South San Francisco, and at times, neighboring Cities, we also like to share events that might be happening a bit further than our own backyard. This month-long series of Holiday fun being held in Sausalito looks enjoyable for kids of all ages. If you go, let us know what you thought! Enjoy!


A Month of Lights, Music, and a Gingerbread Wonderland! Sausalito Kicks Off Its First-Ever “Holiday By the Bay” Celebration Series 


More than 18 seasonal events as Sausalito transforms for the holiday season 


Sausalito, CA (November 23, 2021) – After last year forced the cancellation of most regional holiday celebrations, the City of Sausalito has gone all-in for 2021 with its inaugural “Holiday By the Bay” celebration — transforming into a winter wonderland with 18 scheduled events throughout the month of December.


Highlights include the return of the city’s iconic Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display on Saturday, December 11th, and the citywide Gingerbread House Tour contest starting December 1st, featuring stunning gingerbread art pieces in businesses throughout the city.


Visitors are invited to get into the holiday spirit with some hot cocoa while enjoying all the incredible shopping, dining, and stunning vistas in Sausalito.




Wednesday, December 1st


Holiday by the Bay Kick-Off

Holiday by the Bay launches with a Christmas carol sing-along featuring the Little Willow Strummers, a unique ukulele group from the Sausalito Woman’s Club, a Christmas Tree Lighting, and fun activities all around town.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 1st
  • Time: 4pm Sing along

4pm “Swing With Us” at Golden Gate Market

6pm Tree Lighting

3pm – 6pm Artist Open House

  • Location: Sing along @ Cascais Plaza (former BofA)

Swing With Us @ Golden Gate Market

Tree Lighting @ Vina Del Mar Plaza

Artist Open House @ Chamber Visitor Center


Gingerbread House Tour

A longtime family tradition for many, The Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour showcases the creativity of the local business in Sausalito. Visitors can participate in the Gingerbread House Tour anytime throughout the month of December by downloading a map of participating locations, viewing the unique gingerbread houses, and voting for their favorite. The fan-favorite winner will be announced in January, 2022.



Saturday, December 4th


Breakfast with Santa

Santa’s Elves will be preparing a delicious pancake breakfast for Santa and his guests to enjoy! Pre-registration for this event is required and you will not want to forget to bring your camera to snap a photo with Mr. Claus.


  • Date: Saturday, December 4th
  • Time: 8:30am or 10am
  • Location: Sausalito Yacht Club
  • Registration:
    • 1. Create a profile
    • 2. Follow the START HERE tab to CITY EVENTS
    • 3. Choose the Breakfast with Santa seating that you want and follow the registration process.


Varda Landing Open Studios

Sausalito Working Waterfront Coalition opens their studios to the public.

  • Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th, 11am – 5pm

Sunday, December 5th, 12pm – 4pm

  • Location: Varda Landing

​​ 247 Gate 5 Road


ICB Artist Open Studios

Free to the public, over 100 artists will be creating fine art in various mediums including photography, painting, animation, jewelry, drawing, sculpture, new media and more!


  • Dates: Saturday, December 4th

Sunday, December 5th

  • Time: 11am – 6pm
  • Location: ICB Building

480 Gate 5 Rd


Sunday, December 5th


12 Zaniest Days of Christmas EVER!

You won’t want to miss this comedic play on the 12 days of Christmas with Andy Dudnick, a well-known Marin musician, with Juli Stewart and the Blonde Sided. This hilarious program is being produced by Ciji Ware and members of the SWC. Be ready to laugh, have fun and sing along.


  • Date: Sunday, December 5th
  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Location: Cascais Plaza, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito


Annual Christmas Vespers Concert

Sausalito Presbyterian Choir presents a sparkling array of poetry and caroling music by Alfred Burt, David Conte, Morten Laurisden, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, and Eric Whitacre, and the inspiration of some of our greatest poets.


  • Sausalito Presbyterian Choir
  • Ralph Hooper, Music Director
  • Julie Carlson, Poetry Reader


Free Will Offering – Attendees above 12 years must show proof of full vaccination at the door and will be required to be fully masked for the duration of the program.


  • Date: Sunday, December 5th
  • Time: 5pm-7pm
  • Location: Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave, Sausalito, CA


Friday, December 10th


Candy Cane Lane

Join the Caledonia Street Merchants for a festive evening of holiday shopping! Visitors can catch Santa and his elves frolicking down Candy Cane Lane, and then enjoy restaurant specials and holiday activities. At 4pm, catch a performance by local band, Harmonic Means, at the corner of Pine & Caledonia.


Be sure to bring the kids and a camera to snap photos with Santa and his elves!


  • Date: Friday, December 10th
  • Time: 4pm – 7pm
  • Location: Caledonia Street (transformed into “Candy Cane Lane”!)


Saturday, December 11th


34th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display

Set up a chair anywhere along the Sausalito waterfront to view the brightly decorated boats in the 34th annual Lighted Boat Parade.


The parade is free to attend, and begins at 6pm on Saturday, with fireworks commencing at 7:15pm above Richardson Bay. The event features dozens of brightly-decorated boats along the Sausalito Waterfront, as well as food and drinks at Gabrielson Park.


For more information visit:


  • Date: Saturday, December 11th
  • Time: 6pm – 10pm
  • Location: Sausalito Waterfront


Sunday, December 12th


Jingle Bell Run & 5k & Childrens Run 2021

Running is a whole lot more fun when you are doing it along Sausalito’s scenic Waterfront! The annual Jingle Bell Run &5K is an annual fundraising event starting at 8:30am on Humboldt Ave (50 Humboldt Ave Sausalito, CA 94965). This unique race along the Sausalito Waterfront allows participants to take in breathtaking views while benefiting the Dipsea Kidz program helping at-risk youth.


Pre Registration and same day registration is available.


  • Date: Sunday, December 12th
  • Time: 7:30am – 10am
  • Location: Adjacent to Gabrielson Park


Voices of Praise 

Come hear the powerful singing of Florence Williams’ Marin City Choir, “Voices of Praise,” accompanied by Reed Fromer, a well-known RnB keyboardist.


  • Date: Sunday, December 12th
  • Time: 4pm – 5pm
  • Location: Cascais Plaza, 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA


Thursday, December 16th


Strolling Carolers

Sausalito Presbyterian Carolers will deliver songs of good cheer to businesses & shoppers Downtown.


  • Date: Thursday, December 16th
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Downtown Sausalito


Friday, December 17th


Princess Street Merchants Celebration

Come by for some late night holiday shopping and see all that the Princess Street merchants have up their sleeves for the holidays. The bright decorations and festive music are sure to spread some holiday cheer!


  • Date: Friday, December 17th
  • Time: 5pm – 7pm
  • Location: Princess Street & Bridgeway


Saturday & Sunday, December 18th-19th


Makers Faire – aka Santa’s Workshop

Shop unique gifts and meet the Sausalito “Makers” during the Makers Faire taking over the former Bank of America building in Cascais Plaza. Don’t miss the chance to take photos with Santa who will be waiting to hear what you want for Christmas from 1 – 3pm.


  • Date: Saturday, December 18th

Sunday, December 19th

    • Time: 12pm – 6pm
  • Santa Time: The big man will be in from 1pm-3pm for photos
  • Location: Former Bank of America Building in Cascais Plaza


Marin City West Coast Blues Society Christmas Concert

The music of the West Coast Blues Society Caravan of Allstars will rock us into the spirit of Christmas and the Holidays with hip, blues and jazz.


  • Date: Saturday, December 18th
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Cascais Plaza


Wednesday, December 22nd


Holiday Sing-A-Long with Jan & Andy

Celebrate the finale of the 1st Sausalito Holiday by the Bay with a community wide sing along. All community members, families, kids and even off-key singers are welcome to join in! The Holiday Sing A Long hosted by Jan & Andy Dudnick is sure to put you into the holiday spirit.


  • Date: Wednesday, December 22nd
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: Cascais Plaza




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