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Santa's on His Way to Nick's Cove

The Tomales Bay tradition finds Ol' Saint Nick arriving by boat.



    Santa's on His Way to Nick's Cove
    Kellie Delario
    Who is that on that boat? Why it is Ol' Saint Nick saying hello to Tomales Bay.

    WATER AND THE HOLIDAYS: You don't have to look too deeply into the delights of the yuletide to find a stockingful of water imagery, from merry sleighs crossing streams and rivers (via quaint, stone-lined bridges) to all of the ice-skating that pops up in pop culture in December. And snow? Well, no spoiler alert required: That counts on the "there's lots of water around holiday scenes" front. But seeing an end-of-the-year icon arrive by crossing over some salty water, and not a stream or ice rink, is a bit more offbeat, though many Californians witness this arrival each year. You definitely will, should you be at Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages on Sunday, Dec. 4. That's when the Man in Red makes a few gentle waves as he crosses the Tomales Bay-close destination, all to bring some cheer and seasonal merriment. 

    THE SIXTH ANNUAL SANTA-BY-BOAT... happening includes a few festive features, like "(c)omplimentary sweet treats and professional photos with Santa" as well as a new winter-ready cocktail called The Good Neighbor (it's "a play on a Brandy Alexander" with buffalo milk from Di Bufala Dairy as well as other locally sourced ingredients). If you buy the nutmeggy, truffle-riffic sip for $14, know that the proceeds will help Toys for Tots. The Santa Claus visits happen mid-afternoon on Dec. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m., but do arrive a bit early if you want to see the Jolly Old Elf's boat-cool pull-up to the bay-close hotel and restaurant. True, Santa does arrive by boat and surfboard at a few Golden State spots in December, but this charmer comes with grown-up libations and Santa snapshots.