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Sausalito Winterfest

at Sausalito Waterfront, Sausalito CA

Dec 08 - 10 2017
Sausalito Winterfest

The centerpiece of Sausalito’s small-town Holiday traditions

Combining both long-time local activities like the Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks with more recent additions like a free children’s activities day and a Friday-night charity gala that raises money for kids’ programs.

You can enjoy much of the fun for free, or attend more formal parties and events that benefit those charities.

All of the events will be held Rain or Shine.

Friday, December 8:
The Ho Ho Ho Hollywood Gala (the annual Naughty or Nice Ball), in the Big Tent in front of The Spinnaker,  6:30 – 11:30 PM.

This paid event includes dancing to live performances by the Michael Jackson tribute band, Foreverland (see video), food and wine tasting from 14 local restaurants, and a hosted bar with champagne, wine and specialty cocktails.

There will also be a silent auction at the event.  Suggested dress is “swanky,” with Little Black Dresses and their appropriate male corollaries.

Saturday, December 9:
Marin Kids Make Merry Party, with live music, storytelling, hot cocoa and cider and holiday foods, cookie decorating, holiday arts and crafts, ornament making and pictures with Santa Claus. It’s all in the Big Tent in front of The Spinnaker, 10 AM – 2 PM. Admission is free, but you need to RSVP.

at this link to reserve your free ticket. It looks like you’re buying a ticket, but for the kids’ activities the price is zero and this Eventbrite reservation reserves your slot. After the event you can check out the Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour!

26th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks along the Sausalito waterfront. Free viewing up and down the shores of Sausalito, and there is a prime outdoor elevated bayside seating area where you can get reserved seats. We advise arriving early since fireworks have begun as early as 6:45 PM. The adjacent Big Tent (in front of The Spinnaker) opens at 5:00 PM with live music and offers us the chance to watch the boat parade in a warmer spot. Admission costs $25, with the proceeds going to charity. You can also buy a $75 VIP Ticket to gain access to a special heated area in the tent with food, a hosted bar and a private VIP viewing area.

Sunday, December 10:
Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run, Kids’ Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast follows a route down the Sausalito Waterfront with its unmatched views. Registration is online or onsite and costs $40 for adults, $25 for kids, and includes a commemorative T-shirt. If you register online by Dec. 1 you also get a free pancake breakfast. You can also do online registration here.


Ho Ho Ho Hollywood Gala (live entertainment, music, dancing, food and adult beverages are all included):
$125 per person before December 1,
$150 afterwards until they sell out. You can buy tickets here.

Marin Kids Make Merry Party:
Admission is free, but you need to RSVP at this link to reserve your free ticket. It looks like you’re buying a ticket, but for the kids’ activities the price is zero and this Eventbrite reservation reserves your slot.

26th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks:
Winterfest Tent and the Parade After-Party:
General access:  $25
VIP area:  $75

Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run, Kids’ Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast:
Adults – $40
Kids – $25
Pancake Breakfast:  Included for runners who register by Dec. 1, $10 for those who register later.
You can also just buy a ticket to the pancake brunch: $10 – adults, $5 – kids.
Monies raised go to support the Dipsea Kidz program and the Waterfront Foundation Youth Education Fund.

    Official Website

Additional time info:

Fri 12/8:
Ho Ho Ho Hollywood Gala:
  6:30 – 11:30 pm

Sat 12/9:
Marin Kids Make Merry Party:
  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
26th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks:  6:30 pm (Big Tent, 5:00-11:00 pm)

Sun 12/10:
Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run, Kids’ Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast:
7:30 AM — On-site registration starts
8:30 AM — The Run (or Walk, as the case may be) starts
9:20 AM — Kids Fun Run for children ages 10 and under as of the day of the race, starting from the adults’ starting line
9:45 AM — Pancake Breakfast


  • Foreverland - Michael Jackson tribute band


Sausalito Waterfront

100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito, CA 94965

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