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  • Writer's pictureNaomi Friedland

Holiday fair and menorah lightings, plus Day of Giving on tap Dec. 10

Locals can decorate gingerbread houses, take photos with Santa, listen to carolers and participate in arts and crafts at Tiburon’s annual downtown holiday festival on Dec. 10. And shortly after that party ends, kids can then help build a 9-foot Lego menorah and munch on hot latkes and doughnuts in the first of two Hanukkah events that evening at Fountain Plaza.


The free events are among several local holiday festivities slated for December, including the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society’s Arts and Crafts Sale Dec. 2; a Strawberry Recreation District celebration Dec. 6; and an ongoing Hannukah celebration hosted by Congregation Kol Shofar Dec. 7-14.


One Day of Giving: Also on Dec. 10, the same day as the downtown festivals, Tiburon resident Pamela Dunn is hosting her seventh annual One Day of Giving pop-up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation’s Dairy Knoll recreation center. The event brings together a half-dozen nonprofit groups to accept donations of clothes, toys, nonperishable food and more.


Tiburon Holiday Festival: The main event, hosted by the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Fountain Plaza, lower Main Street and Ark Row and culminates with a tree-lighting ceremony, weather permitting.


Tiburon Chanukah Fair: Residents can hang around Fountain Plaza after the chamber festival ends for the inaugural Tiburon Chanukah Fair, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be Hanukkah crafts, a hot latke bar, doughnut decorating, music and face paint — “something for everybody,” said Levi Mintz, the rabbi and co-director of event host Chabad of Tiburon.


Kol Shofar: Congregation Kol Shofar will host menorah lightings nightly at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7-14 in Fountain Plaza, complete with Hanukkah doughnuts, hot cocoa and singalongs, to mark the eight nights of Hanukkah. The Dec. 8 lighting will be at 4:30 p.m., ahead of Shabbat.


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