Why not take this weekend to relax before the mad rush of Christmas and New Years? Spend it in the North Bay celebrating the Solstice among peaceful Redwoods, watching some dangerous car stunts or listening to a New Orleans style jazz band with a famous front man.
The holiday season is in full force in Marin this weekend. Take a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge or a brisk ferry ride to experience some of the North Bay's traditional (and not-so-traditional) fesivities.
Nicasio is worth visiting for it's almost unbelieveable bucolic charm that few towns still possess (Nicasio actually means "the hidden one"). However, it's current draw, Rancho Nicasio, also has quite the weekend of music lined up.
Mt. Tam is a majestic place during the day, but it's equally marvelous at night away from the city lights. Instead of holing up in a dark movie theater watching Gravity (overrated, I must say, even in 3D), experience space for real with an evening astronomy talk at the super cool and crumbling Mountain Theater.