Holiday Weekend Getaways in Novato

For festive weekend getaways this holiday season, visit Novato. Whether you’re planning a romantic winter weekend or an inexpensive family trip, Novato has the small town charm that makes the holidays cozy, warm and welcoming. And it’s all just a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

Downtown Novato’s charming Grant Avenue is the perfect place for holiday gift shopping, with unique items you won’t find at the mall. You’ll find creative toy and candy stores for kids, and boutique shopping for your special someone. With award-winning Marin golf courses, wonderful restaurants, local spas, and beautiful Bay Trail hiking, there’s plenty to do whether you want to relax or enjoy the great outdoors. Check our Events Calendar and start planning your holiday getaway!

Annual Novato Christmas Tree Lighting

A Novato tradition since 1928, the Annual Community Tree Lighting takes place at City Hall and will include food and drink, live entertainment and arts and crafts.
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Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland

The 40th Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland will feature a festive marketplace, snow sledding, live entertainment and beautiful floats made by businesses and individuals alike. Festivities take place Friday, November 29 though Saturday, November 30.
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Breakfast with Santa

Why wait in line with the kids at the store to have a photo with Santa? At this fun, family event you can join Santa for a festive breakfast complete with pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns and more.
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Gingerbread Build

The whole family is invited to this festive gingerbread house build hosted in Downtown Novato. Kids will create their own masterpieces while parents sip hot cocoa and coffee, listen to classic Christmas tunes and enjoy some photo booth fun.
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Downtown Novato

Lined with Christmas trees during the holidays, Downtown Novato is filled with classic boutiques and restaurants perfect for a holiday evening stroll.
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Stafford Lake

Take a drive out to Stafford Lake and enjoy beautiful views, miles of hiking trails and a complete bike park for riders of all kinds. Get bundled up and enjoy the unoccupied trails!
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Wine Tasting in Novato

Wine taste better in the winter and Novato is home to some of Marin County's best wine stops. Check our wine tasting guide for the best ways to indulge on your trip to Novato.
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Craft Beer in Novato

If you're more a beer person, Novato's got you covered! Home to nearly a dozen local brewers, Novato has no shortage of unique brews for any beer lover.
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Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn

Nestled against the scenic hills of Northern Marin County, the Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn is situated in a peaceful and relaxed setting perfect for the Wine Country traveler. The Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn offers 107 spacious and finely appointed guest rooms and a host of exceptional amenities including free breakfast, free wi-fi, swimming pool, spa, fire pit, barbeque, fitness room, business center and the popular on-site restaurant and bar, Wildfox Restaurant.
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Courtyard by Marriott

Designed for the business professional and weekend explorer alike, Courtyard by Marriott Novato allows you to create the perfect Bay Area trip. Nestled in serene Marin County, the hotel is just 30 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and 20 minutes from the acclaimed wineries of Sonoma. Spread out and rest easier in over 136 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms and suites. Each room features plush Marriott linen, enhanced Paul Mitchell amenities, and smart work spaces with complimentary high speed wireless internet.
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Inn Marin

Inn Marin in Novato offers the ambiance of a boutique hotel, with state-of-the-art green lodging accommodations and sustainability practices. Inn Marin is pet friendly and is within minutes of the Sonoma and Napa wine country, award winning restaurants and sightseeing tourist attractions. Situated on five acres of land, the Inn Marin boasts 70 guest rooms, a full size pool and elegant gardens with plenty of shade trees to relax under after a busy day.
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