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Holiday Ice Skating
Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
  • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Classic Holiday Movies

Schedule

November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

 

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Junior High Roller Skating
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Twin Lakes Church
Come join the fun and dress as your favorite zoo animal
Date: 11/03/2017 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 Includes snack

(0 Nov 2017) TWINLAKESjrhi_RollerSkate.jpgJunior High Roller Skating

 

Join us for Roller Skating!  November 3rd, from 7-10pm! Drop-off and pick-up @ TLC circle.
COST: $15 Includes snack


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Zinnia's 15th Annual Holiday Open House
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Zinnia's Home & Garden
Sparkle, hors d'oeurvs, decorated trees, art, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more
Date: 11/04/2017 from 9:00am to 7:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_Zinnias.jpgZinnia's 15th Annual Holiday Open House: Scotts Valley

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9am-7pm


Traditional Cookie Contest - Sat. Dec. 9, 10am-5pm
Santa Arrives - Sun. Dec. 10, 10am-2pm

 

 

Sparkle, hors d'oeurvs, decorated trees, art, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more


Location: 219C Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Holiday Craft Sale
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Aptos Grange
Shop early for lovely crafts
Date: 11/04/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


The holidays are coming fast! Here's a way to get a head start on some shopping while supporting local crafters and artists. Proceeds go back into the community, as well as a raffle to support families affected by fire in Northern California.

 

The Grange is a grass roots community group with a long history of family values and community involvement.


Location: 2555 Mar Vista Lane, Aptos Map
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Day of the Dead
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MAH
All-ages festival throughout downtown
Date: 11/04/2017 at 12:30pm


 

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Follow this link for full details.
https://santacruzmah.org/diadelosmuertos

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Honor Flight
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Hospice of Santa Cruz County
"Enormously moving" L.A. Times
Date: 11/08/2017 at 7:00pm


Join us for a free movie screening at the Del Mar Theater.

 

Honor Flight is a heartwarming documentary about four living WWII veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after their epic struggle. The trips are called "Honor Flights" and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s, it's often the first time they've been thanked and is a trip to remember.

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Registration is required. Reserve your free movie ticket:

 

In honor of Veterans Day, Hospice of Santa Cruz County and The Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation are showing "Honor Flight," a documentary about four World War II veterans.

 

Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004, nearly 60 years after the war.

 

After the film, a local World War II veteran who flew with Honor Flight, a veterans services officer from the County of Santa Cruz, and the president and co-founder of Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation will participate in a panel discussion for 30 minutes.

 

Admission is free but tickets are required. To reserve a ticket, visit hospicesantacruz.org.


Location: Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville Veterans Parade
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City of Watsonville
Let's honor our vets!
Date: 11/10/2017 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) VetsParadeWats.jpgThe Veterans' Parade is a great Watsonville tradition of honoring our vets. It begins at and heads through downtown,  culminating with a special veterans program. with light refreshments at the close of the ceremony.


10 a.m. Friday on Main Street in Watsonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location: Main & Ford, Watsonville Map
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Bonny Doon Craft Fair
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Bonny Doon Church
FREE Fun for the Entire Family!! Chile tsting, bake sale and crafts for sale...
Date: 11/11/2017 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_BonnyDoonChurchCrafts.jpgThis year's Holiday Craft Fair is being held to benefit the new outside play area used by community preschool kids when school is in session as well as our local Bonny Doon Church children.

Come enjoy our annual chili tasting and bake sale!!

The following fantastic local vendors will be there!

Bonny Doon Lavendar Farm - soaps, lotions & essential oils

Alison Parham - original and reproduction watercolors

Suzanne Barrett's jewelry

Carla Vaughan Barn Art

Lisa Pizzo with vintage Japanese kimons and silk scarfs

Libby Ernst & Vicki Golsh - pillow cases, jewelry embellished & quilted bags

Made By Mercis
(https://www.facebook.com/uniquelymadebymercis/)

Fish Princess Farm
(http://www.fishprincessfarm.com/),

Jessica Vaughan
(http://jessicavaughan.com/)

Sarah's Succulants by Sarah Walsh

Liz Haffa - Guatemala artisian

Annette Moeller - pottery, knit hats, jams and cards

Scripture Magnets by Dawn Maclaughlin
(www.ScriptureMagnets.com)

Julia Sohl - old world linens mosiacs

Raffling quilt donated by Georgia Randle of Pajaro Valley Quilters Association & Bonny Stitchers.


Location: 1492 Pine Flat Rd, Bonny Doon Map
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Thanksgiving On the Farm
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Ag. History Project
Games and activities such as apple tasting, Pin the Tail on the Turkey and a very special craft project
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All

(0 Nov 2017) AgHistory_ThanksgivingOnFarm.jpgJoin us on Saturday, November 11, from 11am-3pm at the Agricultural History Project's Second Saturday event as we celebrate "Thanksgiving on the Farm"!

Check out our wall for details on how you can be involved in this month's puppet show. We will have a very special Thanksgiving puppet show.

There will also be games and activities such as apple tasting, Pin the Tail on the Turkey and a very special craft project sponsored by students from Monte Vista Christian School.

Don't miss the hay wagon rides, tractor driving, wooden cow milking and water pumps!

The Ag History Project is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at 2601 East Lake Avenue. Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.

 


Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Veterans Dinner
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SLV Museum
Date: 11/11/2017 at 6:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) VetsDinnerTicket.jpgDate: November 11, 2017, 6pm

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Join us for this very special event on Veterans Day, Saturday November 11, 2016, 6-9pm at Scopazzi's Restaurant and Lounge, 13300 Big Basin Way Boulder Creek.

 

As in prior years we will have a wonderful program recognizing our Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel. Please bring your memorabilia and memories to share with our community.

 

Veterans Day pins sponsored by the Redwood Keg.

 

 

 

 


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Salinas' Veterans Day Parade
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American Legion Post 31
Date: 11/11/2017 at 2:00pm


Monterey County Veterans Day Parade

The Annual Monterey County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Oldtown Salinas, California, on November 11th.

 

Parade Route

 

We are calling participants/groups to join the parade to honor our Veterans. To join the parade, please visit "Join the Parade" page for more information. We are also looking for volunteers to support the event. If you are interested, please email us your name and contact information.

 

 

www.SalinasVeteransparade.org. (831) 210-0466.

 

 

 


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Veteran's Day Exposition
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Pajaro Valley Historical Association
See up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.
Date: 11/11/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome

In honor of all men and women who have served, or are currently serving in the American armed forces, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association will be hosting an exposition of vintage American military uniforms from past wars. Come and visit us on Veterans Day at the Bockius-Orr House and Borina Archive to see up-close a wide array of authentic military uniforms, photography, and artifacts.

The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is located just two blocks down the street from the Veteran's Memorial Building on East Beach St. in Watsonville, and will be the open in conjunction with other events taking place in the downtown area on Veterans Day.

We look forward to seeing you!


Location: Bockius-Orr House , 332 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 36 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 9-Nov 12)


The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.


We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

 

Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.

 

Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM


Open To The Public
Thursday November 9    10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 10         10  AM - 7 PM
Saturday November 11   10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 12     10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Art & Craft Fair
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Great local art!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_BoulderCreekCraftFair.jpgArt & Craft Fair

November 11 & 12

Saturday & Sunday    11-4pm

 

Boulder Creek Recreation Facility and Oddfellows art and craft vendor sale.

 

Great local art featured in both locations with great local holiday shopping.


We will have over 30 vendors selling amazing art and crafts
Great local shopping for holidays or just for you!


Location: 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Make Autumn Leaf Luminaries
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New Museum
Make an Autumn Leaf Luminary to light up your nights!
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Nov 12)
Admission Fees: $6 Material Fee for kids | *Museum Admission price appiles to adults.

(0 Nov 2017) NUMU_LeafLuminaries.jpgEvery Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm** check out what we're building, making, and creating in our Open Studio hours! NUMU's Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create.

Ages 4+, All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Autumn Leaf Luminaries | November 11-12
Make an Autumn Leaf Luminary to light up your nights! We'll be creating trees out of tissue papers on the outside of glass jars to create a beautiful stained glass effect.

$6 Material Fee for kids | *Museum Admission price appiles to adults.
**No new entries to MakerSpace after 3:30pm.
For more the latest activity, workshop or event updates subscribe to NUMU's Facebook Events: www.facebook.com/NewMuseumLosGatos/events

*Museum Admission FREE for members
$6 Seniors, military and students with valid ID
General Admission is $10

 

Museum Hours
Wednesday 1pm-5pm
Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm


Location: 106 E. Main Street, Los Gatos Map
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HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY MARKET
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Camp Harmon
Local and independent artists, designers, crafters and home businesses
Date: 11/12/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_HollyJolly.jpgHOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY MARKET

We are excited to be hosting our 2nd Annual "Holly Jolly Holiday Market" event at Easter Seals Camp Harmon in Boulder Creek.

 

Come to the fun and relaxed marketplace on Sunday, November 12th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm featuring local vendors. Grow your community and buy local! This holiday season support local and independent artists, designers, crafters and home businesses. It's the perfect place to get some of that holiday shopping done for your loved ones (or even pick up something fun for yourself) !!!

 

Each attendee will have a chance to win a raffle prize donated by the Holiday Market vendors.

Holly Jolly Holiday Market is free to the public with parking available.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!!

 

For more information please send inquiries to Tammie Webb at admin@tammiewebbevents.com


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Kirking of the Tartans
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St. Andrew's Church
Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/18/2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation: $10 (adult) $5 (seniors and Kids under 12)

(0 Nov 2017) Tartans.jpgKirking of the Tartans

 

Come and celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, with song, dance, food, bagpipes, and kilts. Bring your tartan to be blessed (and sport your kilt).

Register your clan/family with the front office for the blessing during the service.

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

The Feast will include: Shepherd's Pie, Salad, Bread, Dessert, Coffee, Tea

Suggested Donation: $10 (adult)
$5 (seniors and Kids under 12)
$1 for soda/water

All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the board next to the office. If you would like to help, please check the board. Thanks!

"Kirking of the Tartans" is a tradition here at St. Andrew's for over 20 years. This historic church was built in 1901 by Scottish settlers in Ben Lomond and has served as a symbol of the Valley's Scottish heritage. This is not only a celebration of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland), but a tradition dating back to when it was banned in Scotland to claim your own family and cultural heritage. But families, or clans, would gather at church wearing a small piece of their tartan under their clothing representing their clan. The blessing bestowed at that secret gathering was a blessing on the entire clan.


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/18/2017 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: $5-$30 online

Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, kids' 1k race

 

Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place RAIN OR SHINE! Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k! Event details and schedule

 

Race Start:

1K - 7:45am

5K - 8:00am

10K - 8:45am

Race Day Registration and packet packet-pick up begins at 6:45am

 

Race Day Registration Prices: 5K and 10K: $45, Kids 1K: $5.00

 

REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.active.com/santa-cruz-ca/running/distance-running-races/santa-cruz-turkey-trot-2017

 


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: 11/18/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


Get great gifts and support your library when you buy books at the Annual Holiday Crafts Fair & Book Sale at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse. Sponsored by the La Selva Beach Improvement Association, the La Selva Beach Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the La Selva Beach CERT.


Location: La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 316 Estrella, La Selva Beach Map
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Arboretum Wreath & Gift Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants.
Date: 11/18/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Wreath & Gift Sale

dry wreath

Wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday items will be available at the 32nd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

This is one the most anticipated sales of the year. Santa Cruz County artists join forces with Arboretum volunteers to produce one of kind living Succulent wreaths and dried floral wreaths, floral centerpieces and other artwork for the sale.

These beautiful botanic decorations will make the perfect seasonal accent to your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!



Get inspired! Buy plants, dried flowers and frames to make your own creations or give kits as gifts. Wreath making demonstrations and wreath kits will be available.

 

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a 50-year-old treasure and beloved destination for the central coast and local community that seeks to inspire stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants.

 

* Memberships will be available at the door for pre-sale the day of the sale or join now online.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Boutique & Raffle
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Watsonville Taiko
Jump start your holiday shopping
Date: 11/19/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) WatsonvilleTaiko_HolidayBoutique.jpgSupport Watsonville Taiko and get a jump start on your holiday shopping! This family-friendly boutique features something for everyone-unique and creative holiday gifts from arts & crafts to theme baskets to gift certificates, and more.

 

Try your luck at numerous raffle prizes, including the grand prize, an original, handmade Japanese Motif Quilt. Enjoy baked goods and snacks for purchase while you shop.

 

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Santa's Shelves Craft Faire
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Felton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
tasty treats and exquisite holiday gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 9:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FeltonCraftFaire.jpgThe Felton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual Santa's Shelves Craft Faire to help raise funds for the fabulous Felton Volunteer Fire Department. Take a stroll, grab a tasty treat, do some holiday shopping and check out the different craft vendors! This event takes place from 9am - 4pm both days.

Check out the pages below for a few of the many vendors that will be at the Craft Faire! :
Carol Riddle Water Colors: www.artbycarol.com
Coastal Scrub Soap: https://www.facebook.com/coastalscrubsoap/
Primal Well: https://www.facebook.com/primalwell/
Hilde Hauc: https://www.facebook.com/HildeHauc/
April Zilber Glass: https://www.facebook.com/AprilZilberGlass/
Santa Cruz Mountain Clothing: http://www.santacruzmtns.com/
Fiddle Bug Bags: www.fiddlebugbags.com


Location: 131 Kirby St, , Felton Map
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Crystals - Gems - Rocks - Minerals - Fossils - Lapidary - Jewelry
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) MinandGem_RockinHolidaySale.jpgGems, jewelry, beads, crystals, rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary, and more!

10am to 5pm Sat & Sun, November 18 & 19, 2017

The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society invites you to the annual holiday sale organized by members of the club. Come and see wonders from around the world - rocks, minerals, crystals, gems, jewelry, and lapidary arts. Browse the bargains and pick up some great gifts for the holidays. Kids love the treasure wheel, take a spin and win a prize.

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA. Free admission and parking.


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Art Festival
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Aromas Hills Artisans
A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Date: Every day (Nov 18-Nov 19) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

Enjoy a huge display of artwork by Aromas Hills Artisans all under one roof at the Aromas Grange!

There will be a wide variety of artwork offered by numerous artisans, from glass and clay, wood and stone, paper and canvas, yarn and fabric, photos and books-whatever your wish, you'll find it at the Grange, corner of Rose and Blohm Ave., Aromas.

 

No matter what the weather, you can comfortably stroll through the wonderful labyrinth of creativity, talk to the artists, learn about their methods and fill your Christmas list. Finish off your visit with hot cider, coffee, cookies and relax in front of a fire in the fireplace. Or don't stop there. Take a free class making something fantastic, taught by our Artisans.

 

(A Nov) Aromas_pelican.jpgThe Aromas Hills Artisans guild is a non-profit philanthropic organization that promotes art education through community art events and workshops. The organization also provides scholarships to members, enabling them to attend classes to further develop their artistic abilities.

 

Don't miss out on a chance to win a beautiful piece of artwork! Each year artists donate pieces of artwork and tickets are sold to fund the scholarships. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 22nd. Attendees will have a chance to buy last-minute tickets at the Holiday Art Festival. Maybe your name will be drawn-just more excitement added to a wonderful experience in Aromas.

See you there!

 

This is a festival you won't want to miss. The lovely little town of Aromas is located on highway 129, halfway between Watsonville and highway 101. For information call Kay at 831-594-0033

 

Many of the AHA Members will be under one roof in the Aromas Grange! With the wide variety of mediums, you're sure to find just the right Holiday gift.


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
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Market at the Market
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Abbott Square
Pick up some gifts and enjoy tasty specials including delicious pie from Companion Bakeshop, hot mulled wine, baked crab mac n'
Date: 11/21/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm


Abbott Square Market is celebrating local art, artisans, crafters, and more on Tuesday, November 21. Stop in and pick up some holiday gifts for your friends and family.

Enjoy tasty specials including delicious pie from Companion Bakeshop, hot mulled wine, baked crab mac n' cheese, hot cocoa and more from the market vendors!

Featured Vendors:

Wired Roots
Shelon Jewelry
Wilder Macrame
Renee's Handmade Soaps
Sea Slugs Everywhere
True Olive Connection
Fossil and Fern
Caterina Hosler
Stand West Creations
Michael Singer Photography
Salazar Glass
Amling Designs
Nicole Zahm
Alexandra Sanders Greeting Cards
Andrea Garvey Art
Farmer Freed

Location: 725 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Cannery Row Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Cannery Row
Date: 11/24/2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Cannery Row Tree Lighting Ceremony

        

WELCOME IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON ON CANNERY ROW!

Join us for the 22nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Cannery Row! This free event is a fun tradition for the whole family - featuring Christmas Carolers, Santa's Reindeer and of course, Santa Claus himself.

 

And remember, locals park for free after 4:00 pm every day at the Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam St. between Hoffman/Prescott).

 

 


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The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market
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Mountain Community Resources
Meet the Makers: Artists, Musicians and Cooks
Date: 11/25/2017


The Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market is dedicated to supporting the community by giving local artists, crafters, culinary creators, and musicians a venue to showcase and sell their goods in the mountains while also financially benefiting a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources (MCR).

 

The Market debuted at the Mountain Community Resource's parking lot at 6134 Highway 9, Felton, CA  Following the success of the first Market, three more Markets were held in 2014 including the SCM Makers Holiday Market held at the Felton Community Hall. The SCM Makers Market is stoked to give local artists, crafters, and musicians this great place in the mountains to sell their handmade goods.

 

We offer a variety of booth sizes to accommodate any size maker's business. There are 10×10 booths, 6 ft. table booths, and 4 ft. table booths available. As part of the application fee we ask makers to donate one of their items to MCR for their silent auction event in October, The Mountain Affair. This event is MCR's biggest and most profitable fundraiser of the year.

 

Your donation goes 100% to benefit this amazing non-profit group. For more information about MCR click here. 

 


Location: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton Map
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A Christmas Carol
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Christian Youth Theater
Christian Youth Theater presents this Broadway adaptation of the favorite Dickens classic with anew spin.
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Nov 26)


(0 Nov 2017) AChristmasCarol.jpgEbenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

 

A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story. Proving its staying power with a decade-long run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, A Christmas Carol, is an ideal choice for any theatre hoping to create a holiday tradition.

 

Dates / Times:

Friday, Nov 17th @ 9:00am
Friday, Nov 17th @ 12:00pm
Friday, Nov 17th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov 18th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 18th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 25th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Nov 25th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov 26th @ 12:00pm
Sunday, Nov 26th @ 4:00pm

 

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Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Meet the Grinch
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Take a photo with The Grinch himself
Date: 11/25/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: none

(0 Nov 2017) Grinch.jpgJoin us 2:00 - 4:00 to take a photo with Dr. Seuss's, The Grinch himself, and enjoy special activities for children.

Grow your heart and donate to Bookshop's Holiday Book Drive and then share about it on social media. For every person who shares a good deed on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #GrowYourHeart, Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will collectively donate $1 (up to $20,000) to Feeding America.

 

Good deed posts must be shared from November 1 to December 25, 2017 in order to be eligible. One entry per person, per platform per day.


Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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Felton Business Association
Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Date: 11/25/2017 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

(0 Nov 2017) FeltonBiz_Santa.jpgFelton Tree Lighting is A good community event to start the Holiday Season.

 

There will be Cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider. We will be singing carols and when Santa Claus arrives we will see the 100' Heritage Tree light up to warm our hearts and the San Lorenzo Valley.

 

Felton's Heritage Tree, located at the deck in the middle of Felton is illuminated by an army of Volunteers including professional tree climbers & electricians.


Then it is over the the Fire House for Free Pictures with Santa.

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Chanukah Story Time with Billie Harris
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A special way to explore the holiday and celebrate with friends.
Date: 11/25/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Chanukah Story Time with Billie Harris

November 30, 5:30 PM

Join the TBE Young Families Project for Chanukah Story Time at Bookshop Santa Cruz! On Thursday, November 30th, at 5:30 PM, Billie Harris, our beloved story teller, will share some Chanukah books and stories with our young families. This is always a special way to explore the holiday and celebrate with friends. Bookshop Santa Cruz brings in beautiful Chanukah books for your family to purchase and enjoy. This is a free event. Please come and invite your friends to learn about our community and traditions in a fun and casual space.

 

 

 

 


Location: 1530 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Surfin' Santa
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Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and Capitola Village
Surfin' Santa Arrives on the Shores of Capitola Beach
Date: 11/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2016) surfin-santa-capitola.jpgHo...Ho...Ho! By Outrigger canoe and surfboard, Surfin' Santa and the Reindeer will be making their way to the shores of Capitola for their annual visit.

 

Join us on the beach to welcome Santa's wave riding arrival at 12pm. Santa will settle in his beach chair for a nice, long visit with all the kids. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a memorable day in Capitola...could very well make the perfect Christmas card photo!

 

Stay for the tree lighting at the Village Mercantile at 5pm!! See you there!


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JOY!
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Tandy Beal & Company
Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Nov 26)


JOY! Nov. 24 - 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm.

 

The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz - also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak.

 

The show, which follows up on last year's critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular.

 

This zany holiday spectacular performs November 24 - 26 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, and December 1 - 3 at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. Group discounts for 10+ available.

 

Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.


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Thanksgiving in the Parks!
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Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks i
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Nov 26)


Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-26, in area California State Parks

 

Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks is encouraging people to connect with the outdoors. Spend the weekend celebrating family and friends outside.

 

Instagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story. November 24 through November 26

To encourage people to connect with the outdoors, California State Parks is hosting an Instagram contest Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26. To participate, visit your favorite California State Park and tell us your story of why this park is important to you. Post to Instagram a 60-second video or a photograph with the story in the caption using the hashtag #InventYourAdventure, #EagleCreek, and tag @CAStateParks. The most creative stories will be chosen as the six grand prizewinners. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/inventyouradventure.

 

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Facebook: @HenryCowellRSP/ | Instagram: @Henry.Cowell.Redwoods.SP  Located in Felton | (831) 335-7077

 

Life among 2000-Year-Old Giants Friday, November 24 at 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton for this free 0.8-mile tour. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Habitat Hike Friday, November 24 at 1pm

Join us for an approximately 5-mile loop through towering redwoods and rare ancient marine deposits, discovering panoramic views along the way. Please bring water, layered clothing, snacks, and hiking shoes. Meet at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.

 

Birding for Beginners Sunday, November 26 at 8am

Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wintertime birds of Henry Cowell. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels. Meet in the main day-use parking lot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, in front of the Nature Store. Day-use area entrance is located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505  Facebook: @WilderRanchStatePark

 

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks Saturday, November 25 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Ranch Tours Saturday, November 25 at 1pm, Sunday, November 26 at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Natural Bridges State Beach 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Facebook @NaturalBridgesStateBeach

 

Monarch Butterfly Tours Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

Meet at the visitor center for a free 1-hour guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. Vehicle day-use pass is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Año Nuevo State Park 1 New Year's Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060 | (650) 879- 2025

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Self-Guided Seal Walks Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Castle Rock State Park Located on Highway 35, 2.5 miles southeast of the Hwy 9 junction. (408) 867-2952

 

Castle Rock Trail Loop Saturday, November 25 at 1pm

Discover the natural phenomenon that creates the Castle Rock sandstone formation on this 1.5-mile guided hike. Please bring hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and layered clothing. Meet at the Castle Rock parking lot kiosk. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Saratoga Gap Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 9am

Meet at Saratoga Gap Area for a 3-hour guided hike that will explore the less traveled parts of Castle Rock State Park. Former Ranger Miles Standish will take you on a journey to explore the early pathways of the native peoples, park history, redwood ecology, and a secret trail. Bring you camera, hiking shoes, water, and food. Event is free. The Saratoga Gap Parking Area is located at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 in Los Gatos. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Castle Rock Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 10am

Join us at the Castle Rock State Park parking lot for a 3-mile guided hike along the Saratoga Gap Trail. Discover the history of the area, from Ohlone times through the attempts at farming here, until the present day. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Portola Redwoods State Park From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Rd., go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. (650) 948-9098

 

Portola Redwoods Guided Hike Friday, November 24 at 8:45am

Join us for a 3-hour guided hike on the Slate Creek Trail and discover the secrets of the redwoods. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Please no pets. Please bring water, snacks, hiking shoes, and layered clothing. For more information, please call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236(831) 338-8883 | www.parks.ca.gov/bigbasin/activities Facebook @BigBasinRedwoodsSP

 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving at 1pm, Friday, November 24 Green Friday at 11am and 2pm, Saturday, November 25 at 11am and 2pm, Sunday, November 26 at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Outlook from Mt. McAbee Friday, November 24 at 10:30am

Join Docent Hal Anjo on a hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Difficulty level is moderate. The hike is six miles and about three and a half hours. Bring plenty of water, snacks and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Saturday, November 25 at noon Sunday, November 26 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike is tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Snakes Alive! Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room/Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park144 School Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060 | (831) 425-5849Hours: Mondays,Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays from 10am-4pm; Sundays from 12pm-4pm.Closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving

 

Mission Building Game Friday, November 24 at 11am

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Mission Cooking Demonstration Saturday November 25 at 1pm

Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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An Irish Christmas
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Golden State Fox Theatre
Don't miss a fabulous An Irish Christmas performance with world champion Irish dancers at the Golden State Theatre in Downtown M
Date: 11/29/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $27 - $53

(0 Nov 2017) IrishChristmasLine.jpgAn Irish Christmas

 

World Champion Dancers, Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz, star in An Irish Christmas!

 

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

 

An Irish Christmas features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin' Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring.

 

Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen's Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

 

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGQp0-db-V0

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2017 - 8:00 p.m.

TICKETS: Tickets are now available at www.goldenstatetheatre.com, or by calling 831-649--1070 or on the day of the show. Tickets range from $27.00 - $53.00.

Group ticket discounts are available for 10 or more.

 


Location: 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
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Irish Christmas In America
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Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Enjoy the ever popular group Irish Christmas In America
Date: 11/30/2017 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: Advance $26 Door Price $30

The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay proudly present the ever popular group Irish Christmas In America.

 

Irish Christmas In America


A fascinating performance of music, song, dance and stories of seasonal Irish traditions.

Advance $26 Door Price $30
Members receive $2 discount on the above prices
Reservations: call 831-464-9778 or online: http://www.celticsociety.org/

 

 


Location: Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Parade
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Spruce Street down to Pacific Avenue to Front Street

(0 Nov 2017) DTAParade2017.jpgDowntown Association's Holiday Parade

Starting on Pacific Avenue, The traditional holiday parade is the official kickoff for the winter holidays celebration.

 

Bands, Dancers, Classic Cars, Synchronized Librarians, perhaps even a "Rootbeer Float". One never knows exactly what to expect at the Parade, but you can be sure to expect the whole community to show up and have a great time!

 

The annual holiday parade is rain or shine!

 

For further information, please visit:  www.downtownsantacruz.com/wordpress/about/

 


Location: 1346 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Celebrate Las Posadas
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Live Oak Community Resources
Date: 12/02/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) LasPosadas.jpgJoin Live Oak Community Resources at 4pm on Dec. 2 for a Las Posadas celebration, featuring dinner, live music and dance performances. The evening is free for families to attend - see the schedule below for details:

4:00 PM - Depart from Live Oak Community Resources. Procession will visit houses down 17th Ave.

5:00-5:15 PM - Arrive at Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave. Speakers from the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions will speak about their cultural celebrations of the season. Dinner will be served. (hot chocolate, homemade champurrado and atole, rice & beans donated by Taqueria Vallarta)

7:00 PM - Free Studio Ghibli Family movie night begins: "Kiki's Delivery Service."

Questions? Contact Vicky at (831) 476-7284 x110.


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Lucia Festival of Lights
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The Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
Date: 12/02/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $5 adults, $3 ages 5-12, $15 families, under 5 no charge

Dec 2, 2017 - Lucia Festival

Lucia 2008

  • Refreshments and Butik
  • Children's Crafts
  • Bring Cookies to Kitchen before the Program

The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2017 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats.  The well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony.  After the program, Jultomtem leads the way to cookies, coffee, and punch.  Everyone is invited to join in the dancing around the Christmas tree.  A craft table for children will be available.

20131207_174301Our Butik will be open featuring unique Nordic gifts and items for the home and family.  Beautiful wooden, metal, and glass items, linens, candles, cards, books, jewelry, shirts, dolls, and Christmas decorations will be available for purchase.

 

If your child or grandchild would like to participate in the program, please email Helene at helene@olsmats.com before Oct 25.  Rehearsals start in November.

 

History of Lucia Day

Before daybreak, Lucia, dressed in a white gown with red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerges our of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family.  According to one legend, Lucia was born in Sicily and secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.

 

Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse; now this date is the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year when all celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun - a festival of light!


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Come Home with A Beautiful Wreath
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Earthbound Farm
Learn to create a gorgeous holiday wreath with organic grapevines
Date: 12/02/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 per person

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_EarthboundWreath.jpgLearn to create a gorgeous holiday wreath with organic grapevines dressed with local greenery as you enjoy hot cider and cookies.

 

Plan on spending at least an hour, so please arrive no later than 1:00 to have enough time. Bring your garden gloves and clippers if you have them!


$25 per person - take home your finished wreath


Location: 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley Map
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Lighted Boat Parade
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Santa Cruz Harbor
50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 12/02/2017 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(A Nov) LightedBoatParade-150x150.jpgSponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and including a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor.

 

Charter boats available.

 

This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor.


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade
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Los Gatos Recreation
This is a great parade!
Date: 12/02/2017 at 11:00am


(0 Dec 2016) LosGatosHolidayParadeSanta.jpg Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade

 

Rain or shine.

 

The Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade is sponsored by the Los Gatos Lions Club & LGS Recreation, in cooperation with the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos High School.

 

Huge parade!

 


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Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Art, crafts, baked goods by the children!
Date: 12/02/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair

Table registration is now open online!
Location: Boys & Girls Club gym downtown (543 Center St.)

 

(A Nov) boys-and-girls-club-craftfair-.jpgThe Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz invites all children (18 and under) who enjoy arts & crafts, baking, and/or cooking to rent a table at our annual craft & food fair. They can decorate their table as much as they like and sell their homemade goods to shoppers, family, and friends. This Craft Fair is truly unique in its support of children's creativity and entrepreneurship.We hold the craft fair in our gym immediately following the annual downtown Santa Cruz parade a couple blocks away where lots of people will be gathered. There will be live music from local performers (if you know of any groups who might like to perform, let us know). Customer admission is free.

 

Table space is limited, so reserve yours early by registering and making payment for $15 per table (can be shared to save $, limit 2 per participant). How to Register: Registration is now available online.


You can choose to pay online on that page, pay at the Club, or send a check.Feel free to pass this email along to friends who might be interested. We look forward to another fun event!


Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Craft Fair & Tree Lighting
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Chamber of Aptos
Enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus, Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and entertainment
Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Holiday Craft Fair & Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2 (Rain Check Saturday, December 9)

2:00- 5:00pm

Aptos Village Park Tree

Join us for a festive craft fair and tree lighting ceremony sponsored by Aegis Living of Aptos.

 


Location: Aptos Village Park Tree, Soquel Drive and Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
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Holiday Book Sale
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Library Central
Date: 12/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Library_CentralHolidayBookSale.jpgEnjoy the Downtown Santa Cruz Parade and then join your Friends at our annual Holiday Book Sale event!


Santa Cruz Downtown Library - Upstairs Meeting Room


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz County Map
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Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Do your holiday shopping, and support local artists and craftspeople!
Date: 12/02/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Free parking, too

(0 Nov 2017) CountyCraftFair2017.jpgA wide variety of high-quality, handmade art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire!

 

Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind items created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople, including jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, nightlights, succulent mini gardens, craft kits for kids, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more!

 

Come on by to find that perfect gift, stocking stuffers, or something for yourself! Free parking and admission.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
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Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale
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City of Watsonville
Sale with a delightful array of products... save the date, it happens only once a year!
Date: 12/02/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

Each year Watsonville's business community holds a factory sale, which is held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 4pm.  There are great deals on the many products grown, manufactured or produced right here in Watsonville!


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This annual event features local businesses offering great Christmas gifts at deep discounts. Finish your holiday shopping early, save money and support local businesses.  Participating merchants will include:

La Selva Designs - Gifts and Collectibles - 948 East Lake Avenue

 

Head'n Home - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

 

El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen -Free Hot Chocolate. Featuring locally prepared food and Artisan products - 412 East Riverside Drive

 

S. Martinelli & Company - Martinelli's Gold Medal Cider - 345 Harvest Drive

 

Anniglass - Art for the Table - 310 Harvest Drive

 

Smith & Vandiver - Bath, Body and Skincare - 480 Airport Blvd.

 

Hidden Fortress Coffee - Coffee - 125 Hangar Way

 

Roche Leather Company - Custom  Leather Handbags- 161 Harkins Slough Rd.

 

Environmental Science Workshop - Unique gifts for the DIYer- 120 Second Street

 

American Hatmakers / Head'n Home Hats - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

 

Integrity Wines - Local handcrafted wines made to exceed your expectations -135 Aviation Way

 

Creator Haven, LLC - jewelry, metal and glass artists- 41-B Hangar Way


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Book Sale
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: 12/02/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


Purchase great quality, gently used books for yourself and your friends this holiday season!


Location: 230 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale 2017
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Find apparel, jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and...
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) ParkStores_LunaseaDesigns.jpgParkStore Holiday Sale 2017

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Shop four Park Store locations for thoughtful holiday gifts on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

 

On Saturday, December 2, walk with us in the Holiday Parade in downtown Santa Cruz (meet on Pacific Avenue at 9:30 am). Follow us up to the Mission for the Holiday Sale and "Tacos on the Terrace" with Taquitos Gabriel's.

 

Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks. Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

 

Preview Sale: Friday, December 4 • 4-7 pm

Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

 

Holiday Sale: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 • 10am - 4pm

Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz

Seacliff State Beach, State Park Drive, Aptos

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz


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Winter Open House
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy nature's gifts and explore the Museum of Natural History with FREE admission during our Winter Open House
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)


(0 Nov 2017) SCMus_WinterOpenHouse.jpgEnjoy nature's gifts and explore the Museum of Natural History with FREE admission during our Winter Open House.

 

Celebrate the season with crafts and activities, and take advantage of our store-wide sale to find something special for the nature-lovers in your life.

 

Plus complimentary hot cider and cookies!

 


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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The Peace of Wild Things by Imant Raminsh and music of the seaso
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Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)
Admission Fees: $25 general admission, $21 senior, $20 students.

The Peace of Wild Things by Imant Raminsh and music of the season, plus Sing-Along Traditional Carols

Music of the Season, a Monterey Brass Ensemble plus Sing Along Traditional Carols

 

Cheryl Anderson, Director  ~  Vlada Volkova-Moran, Accompanist

Join Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus & a Monterey Brass Ensemble for this popular concert, a wonderful way to begin the holiday season with an evening of warmth, music and sing-along Christmas carols.


  • Friday, the 1st of December 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, the 2nd of December 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday the 3rd of December 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Church

Under the direction of Cheryl Anderson, the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus has toured throughout the finest concert halls in the United States and Europe. The Chorus traveled to Cuba in 2016 and performed at Carnegie Hall, NY in 2017 to premier a work by the brilliant Latvian composer, Êriks Esénvalds.

 

$25 general admission, $21 senior, $20 students. Proceeds support the Chorus' scholarship program.

 

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The Program:

  • The Peace of Wild Things, Imant Raminsh
  • Sure on This Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen
  • Manna, Êriks Esénvalds
  • Prayer, Morten Lauridsen
  • Ave Maris Stella, Guillaume Dufay

Email info@feastofchristmas.com or call 831-479-6154 for more details. To join our mailing list to receive concert announcements  email concerts-subscribe@feastofchristmas.com and send a blank email.


Location: Holy Cross Church, 126 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair
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Santa Cruz County Fair
Bring your family and friends to find one-of-a-kind special holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)
Admission Fees: $5 and children get in free

(0 Nov 2017) christmas_FairHeritageHoliday.jpg40th Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation invites you to the 40th Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair happening at our beautifully decorated Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds this December. The Harvest, Crosetti, and Fine Art buildings will be filled with great handmade crafts and gift ideas for this holiday.

 

Christmas trees by Corrigans will be for sale! Come join us for what has become the official start of the holiday season here in the Pajaro Valley. Bring your family and friends to find one-of-a-kind special holiday gifts for everyone on your list. With three buildings to shop, you will find crafts, gifts, antiques, collectibles, toys, and much more. Many of our crafters have been with us for years.

 

Our train-friends from Roaring Camp will be back again this year with a brand new train layout. Mister and Ms Claus will be making their visit again on Saturday and Sunday too. You can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal too, serving from both Harvest and Crosetti buildings. The Kettle Corn is always fresh in the Christmas Square. Don't forget to grab a slice of wonderful Gizdich Pie from our pie booth.


Mark your calendars:

  • December 1, 2, and 3
  • Friday from 10AM to 6PM
  • Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 4PM

Parking is free and includes shuttle service right to the building doors! We shuttle you and your great buys back to your car too.


Location: Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831.406-1446 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Ninth Annual $25 and Under Artisans Gift Sale
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The Art Factory and Blue Heron Design Group
$25 and Under Handmade Gifts by local artists
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_Artisans_Elephant.jpgCome browse a unique marketplace of exquisite, local, handcrafted holiday gifts!

 

All items are $25 or less. Satisfy every need on your gift list under one roof.

 

Check out our creative local vendors!

 

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Location: The Vets Hall, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
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Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food,
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_LomaPrietaCraft2017.jpgLoma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire, Celebrating 25 years!

There’s a little bit of everything here! Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food, furniture, gems and minerals, glass, jewelry, handknits, leather, local honey and beeswax products, metal, paintings, photographs, soaps and lotions, sculptures, textiles, toys and woodwork.

 

The Holiday Craft Faire happens on the first weekend in December.

Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm

 


Location: Loma Prieta Gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos Map
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Hidden Valley String Orchestra
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Santa Cruz Waldorf
An afternoon highly romantic string music performed without a conductor
Date: 12/03/2017 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 9+ Admission Fees: $9-$25

(0 Nov 2017) ClairdeLune.jpgThe Santa Cruz Waldorf School is proud to sponsor our own Polly Malan along with Artistic Directors Roy Malan and Stewart Robertson and the Hidden Valley String Orchestra for an afternoon highly romantic string music performed without a conductor!

 

The performance is recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

 

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Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Art Market
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Tannery Arts Center
Enjoy ornament making, holiday gift show, art demonstrations, stocking making, live music, caroling, and more. Free and open to
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 4)
Ages: All ages

(Photos General) Tannery_PaintingofBuilding.jpgHoliday gifts, caroling, ornament making, and seasonal art activities for all ages!


The lighting of Griswoldia also kicks off the Tannery's Winter Art Market, a four-day shopping celebration of locally made arts, crafts, and goods.

The Winter Art Market will feature over 50 artists who work in ceramics, glass, textiles, printmaking, illustration, painting, jewelry and sculpture, as well as food vendors and music.


Art Market hours

Thursday 4-7
Friday 6-9
Saturday & Sunday 12-5

 

Winter Art Market

Shop local this holiday season!  50+ artists exhibit and sell their work.

  • Hands-on activities for all ages
  • Card making
  • Ornament making
  • artist demonstrations
  • FREE!

Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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Molly's Revenge
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Don Quixotes International Music Hall
A dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm
Date: 12/07/2017 at 7:30pm
Admission Fees: $18 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

"A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience." -- Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine


Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song, and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. You'll have an opportunity to join in and sing some of your favorite carols, and our dancing guests will surely set your toes tapping. Born of the timeless tradition of the all-night music session, Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm.

The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song -- set against a backdrop of guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment -- guarantee an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. The new Winter Dance CD featuring music from the show will be available at the concerts . Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate -- and instantly recognizable.

 

 

Artist sites and sounds:  www.mollysrevenge.com and www.christaburch.com

 


Location: 6275 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Thriller Bike Ride
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Bike Church
Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) ThrillerRide2017.jpgIt's close to midnight and something evil's lurking In the dark
Under the moonlight you see a bike that almost stops Your heart
You try to scream (Bike Party!), but terror takes the sound before You make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed
'Cause this is thriller, THRILLER RIDE!
Friday the 13th, 7pm at the Bike Church!

...Darkness falls across the land
The 7pm hour is close at hand
Creatures ride in search of jams
To cruise through y'all's neighborhood!

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme.


SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month, all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, (zombie) friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:


Guidelines
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Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring:
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 12/09/2017 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

Saturday December 9 at 1pm

Enjoy a festive walk in the famous old-growth redwoods at Big Basin Redwoods State Park with Docent Karen DeMello. We'll listen to the Nutcracker Suite and imagine the forest performing the ballet along the easy, level, half-mile Redwood Loop Trail. This walk is dedicated to the memory of Big Basin Docent Scott Peden. Dress warmly. If it's raining, we'll listen inside our warm Sempervirens Room. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Festivos on the Rancho
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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 Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Festivos en el Rancho (Holidays at the Rancho)." Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden.

 

The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

 

Make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden and learn about the next CA State Historic Park. Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged. On leash dogs allowed in parking area only.

 


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Holidays on the Ranch
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 parking fee

Holidays on the Ranch
Saturday December 9, 1 am to 3 pm

Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music, and merriment from the early 20th century.  We'll busy your hands with holiday wreath-making, invite you to join in an old-fashioned sing-along around the player piano, and provide you with materials to make Victorian and Mexican holiday crafts. Come play games, take a draft-horse carriage ride, decorate the tree, and create ornaments while spending the day on the grounds of the cultural preserve at beautiful, historic Wilder Ranch State Park.

 

 


Location: 2 miles North of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Artisan Food & Gift Market
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Food Lounge
Get all your most unique gifts, foods and holiday staples
Date: 12/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Nov 2017) FoodLounge.jpgFood Lounge's annual Holiday Artisan Food & Gift Market is a great festive place to get all your most unique gifts, foods and holiday staples. Shop all LOCAL vendors and support our community's most creative and mission-based small businesses!

Artisan Foods (olive oil, jams, chocolate, mole...)
Fresh Foods (baked goods, meat pies...)
Jewelry (seaglass, modern, beaded)
Body Products, Candles, Essential Oils
Scarves & Textiles
Art (glass art, print art, holiday crafts)

Do not miss! Over 24 vendors.


Location: 1001 Center St Ste 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Faire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

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Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
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A Country Christmas
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Ag. History Project
Paper chains, reindeer puppets, cranberry and popcorn stringing and Holiday movies in the Owl Theater, hay rides and....
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All

We will have traditional Christmas craft projects for the kids such as paper chains, reindeer puppets, cranberry and popcorn stringing and Holiday movies in the Owl Theater.  We will also go on a hay wagon ride and sing Christmas carols.  Enjoy some of our favorite activities such as wooden cow milking, water pump, learning to drive a tractor and don't forget the chickens and rabbits! You won't want to miss the "12 Happenings of Ag History Scavenger Hunt".

 
Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic on the lawn or under the trees.  This is a fun event for the entire family! 

 

Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.  


Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 10) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

Enjoy free admission during the Aquarium's annual Community Open House. Become an Aquarium member during this event and receive an extra two months of benefits.

 

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2017 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us for our annual winter holiday celebration, featuring local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean
Date: 12/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: Public: $6 adults, $4 kids, Children 2 and under FREE Members: FREE

JINGLE SHELLS ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017
12 - 5:30 PM


Celebrate the holidays - Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center will host its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 12 - 5:30 PM.

 

This holiday tradition features local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired gifts. Enjoy live music, hot apple cider, and children's activities. Shop jewelry, ceramics, art glass, photography, gourmet food gifts, and much more-all by local artisans-and save 10% in the Ocean Discovery Shop!

 

 

 

 

Entrance fees to the Center are reduced during the entire day.
Public: $6 adults, $4 kids and seniors, Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

 

2017 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

 

Special Admission:
Public: $6 adults, $4 kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Tree Walk
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 24-Dec 10)


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Holiday Tree Walk

NOVEMBER 24 - 26, DECEMBER 2 - 3, 9 - 10

 

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp's daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

 

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp's depot to benefit Santa Cruz County's Toys for Tots campaign.

 

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

 

Toys for Tots


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Hark, the Family Carolers Sing!
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SC Performing Arts
Enjoy the tradition of holiday caroling with families.
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 11)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times/locations

(0 Nov 2017) CarolingwithBenjammin.jpgHark, the Family Carolers Sing!

Once upon a time, we sang one recital down on Pacific Garden Mall - we still do - but now also perform at the following FOUR LOCATIONS:

FRI / DEC. 1 - Frosty Fest: The Louden Nelson Center - 5pm
SUN/DEC. 3 - Senior Dinner: The SC Civic Center - Noon
SAT/ DEC. 9 - Downtown: Pacific Garden Mall - 3pm
MON/DEC 11 - Museum of Art & History - 6pm


If you know someone who might enjoy this performance, you can invite them here on our FaceBook page! The more the merrier!

Enjoy the tradition of holiday caroling by coming to hear our annual multi-generational choir! Kids and their families will be performing an array of traditional as well as secular holiday carols, including, "Seasons of Love", "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", "Hanukkah in Santa Monica", and "Silent Night" in German!

For more information about SC Performing Arts upcoming spring classes in comedy or for tots, feel free to visit our website: santacruzperformingarts.org or contact Artistic Director, Ben Jammin (831) 334-2121.


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Jingle Bell Rock 5K
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Toys for Tots
5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 12)
Admission Fees: $25 with a toy donation/$35 without a toy donation
Special Instructions: RACE DAY DEC 10

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9:00 am for Kids 1K

9:15 for 10K and 9:30 for 5K

This year we are really happy that we can have a 10K course (two loops) and a 5K course due to the opening of the new bridge connecting the San Lorenzo Levee Trail at Soquel Avenue. You can view the course here.

We especialy want to thank the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for stepping up and providing us a clean and safe place for this year's event - not to mention the killer views of the Boardwalk, the river and the ocean!

 

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Come and join our annual year end holiday event! Its all about the toys and the fun. Put a smile on a child's face for a REALLY great cause. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, go for a walk or run along the San Lorenzo River Levee.

You can get some exercise before you go holiday shopping! This event makes a difference in our community! Please come out and give all the support you can.

This is the 8th year for Jingle Bell Rock and each year as the participation grows we try to set a big goal for collecting toys. Last year was great - over 800 toys donated at our sponsor locations and at the race. This year let's try and hit 1000 toys. All the collected toys stay in our community.


TOY DROP OFF LOCATIONS

To participate in Jingle Bell Rock you can select to be timed or untimed. Awards for age group winners are large jingle bells on ribbons - suitable for wearing to claim bragging rights, or you can hang them on your tree!

 

Award Categories

Top 3 Junior Men and Women 15 - 19

Top 3 Boys and Girls 11 -14

Top 3 Boys and Girls 7 - 10

Top Three Men and Women in the following age groups:

20- 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 - 79, 80+

We'll have prizes for the best dressed runner who comes decked out in holiday running wear, the best dressed team, the ugliest holiday sweater, and the best decorated stroller runners!

Get busy and get creative. See you at the Jingle Bell Rock.

 


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Chanukkuh Train
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
Date: 12/14/2017


Santa Cruz Chanukah Train

December 14 - One Night Only!

Operated by Roaring Camp Railroads.
Will-Call/Ticketing at Main Entrance

Share the light of this special season with a ride on the Chanukah Train.

Light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments. Happy Chanukah!

 

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Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

It's time for Made in the Mountains again! What is Made in the Mountains, you ask? Well, it's a fun event that happens the 3rd Saturday of every month in beautiful downtown Boulder Creek.

 

Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts. You might find a photo you like. Or a metal art piece for your garden. Or get a henna tattoo. Or a piece of jewelry. Or some woodwork. You never know what incredible art you'll find!

 

To top it off, you could win $100!! Just spend $50 at any local business during the event, take your receipt to Karen in front of Century 21 and you could be the lucky recipient of a $100 gift certificate to a BCBA member business of your choice! It's one of those win-win situations! Looking forward to seeing you there!

 


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"The Nutcracker"
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 17)
Ages: 3 - 103 Admission Fees: $15-58 plus box office service charge
Special Instructions: For Group Sales rates , call the Box Office.

"The Nutcracker" - the original Santa Cruz production, with live orchestra!


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A Santa Cruz tradition!  Our sixteenth production with full professional orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.  Over seventy local dancers perform choreography by Robert Kelley with sumptuous costumes and scenery.  Guest starring SCBT alumna Melody Mennite, who will be partnered by fellow Houston Ballet principal dancer Ian Casady.  The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra is conducted by our Music Director Pamela Martin.  


Friday December 15 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 and 4:30 pm

 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5260 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
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International Academy of Dance, Santa Cruz Dance Guild
Kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and insp
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $30-$40
Special Instructions: Performances 1:00pm and 4:30pm

The Premier NUTCRACKER in Santa Cruz
Cabrillo's Crocker Theater ~ 2017

 

Join the festivities and kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire!

This Thanksgiving weekend, International Academy of Dance and the Santa Cruz Dance Guild, present the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

Affordable tickets the whole family can enjoy!

 

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Cabrillo's Crocker Theater
Saturday, December 16th
Sunday, December 17th
Two shows per day at 1:00pm and 4:30pm


Location: Cabrillo's Crocker Theater, Lower Perimeter Road, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 466-0458 •website Aptos create a direct event link
The Petite Nutcracker
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Agape Dance
The Petite Nutcracker comes to Santa Cruz County
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
Ages: Young Audiences Admission Fees: $16 - $25

A brilliant miniature rendition of the classic Nutcracker Ballet especially created for the youngest of dancers and young audiences! Tickets sell out every year!

 

Petite Nutcracker 2017 Cast A (Aptos, Pleasure Pointe)
Sat, Dec 16 at 10:00 AM $16.00 - $25.00


Petite Nutcracker 2017 Cast B (Scotts Valley, Westside Santa Cruz)
Sat, Dec 16 at 12:00 PM $16.00 - $25.00


Grande Nutcracker Suite Cast A
Sat, Dec 16 at 2:00 PM $16.00 - $25.00


Grande Nutcracker Suite Cast B
Sat, Dec 16 at 7:00 PM $16.00 - $25.00


Grande Nutcracker Suite Cast B
Sun, Dec 17 at 1:30 PM $16.00 - $25.00


Grande Nutcracker 2017 Cast A
Sun, Dec 17 at 4:30 PM $16.00 - $25.00

 

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The Ultimate Christmas Show
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Mountain Community Theater
The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+ Admission Fees: $17-$20
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm

The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holidays in their upcoming comedy production of Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor's The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) playing Nov. 24 through Dec. 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM at Park Hall in Ben Lomond.

 

Tickets can be purchased for $20 general and $17 for students and seniors at www.mctshows.org, or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

It is festive, funny, physical and fun as some of your favorite MCT comedians poke fun at many holiday traditions, while stepping on more than a few sacred cows. There's lots of singing, a live band, and you can even bring a wrapped holiday gift of $5 value or less and participate in the audience gift exchange! Delicious holidays desserts will be served, as well as inspired madness! This hilarious show promises to boost your spirits and bring gales of holiday belly-aching laughter!

The show stars Santa Cruz area favorite comedians Karin Babbitt, W. Scott Whisler, and Jackson Wolffe, and is directed by MCT veteran Kathie Kratochvil, with musical direction by Mazera Cox, and choreography by Shannon Marie Kerr.

Audience members will enter the world belonging to the "Saint Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church" who are currently hosting their annual "Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant." Scheduled to perform are groups such as: The Holy Strollers (Holiday toddlers perform the Nativity story); as well as The Christmas Boys' Choir from our Our Lady of Eternal Suspicion Catholic Church.

  • Unfortunately, it is a dark and stormy night in the San Lorenzo Valley and all the roads into the Valley have been closed (sound familiar?). Fortunately, the costume trunks and props from all the scheduled performing acts arrived before the big storm. Unfortunately, the scheduled performers can't get into the Valley. So, the evening's hosts must perform the show themselves! Join us as Mountain Community Theater rekindles the joy, inner-child and familial dysfunction inside us all! This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.

  • Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
    Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
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    Peace United Church of Christ
    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."
    Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission

    Messiah Sing-A-Long

    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long and Gala

    Cabrillo Chorus & Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

     

    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."

    Everyone will sing the Christmas portion of the "Messiah" with chamber orchestra and guest conductors. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door (limited amount available.)

     

    Gala reception to follow.


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    Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Peace United Church of Christ
    Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission


    Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    December at The Farm
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    The Farm
    Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm. Weather permitting!
    Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 23)

    Special Instructions: Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68

    Dec 2 & Dec 3 (Fri. & Sat.): Open House/Christmas Sale!  
    Our Last Day of 2016!

    Dec 2 (Fri.): Christmas Night at The Farm
    Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm.  Weather permitting!

    Dec 9 (Fri.): Fresh-baked pies. Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm.  Credit card or check only, please.

    Dec 16 (Fri.): Fresh-baked pies. Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm. 

    Dec 19 (Mon.): Deadline for Christmas Pie orders.

    Dec 22 & 23 (Wed. & Thur.): Christmas Pie pick-up!  Pick up from office (green house) 1pm-4pm. 

     

     


    Location: Boulevard West, Spreckels Map
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    Holiday Train Rides
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)


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    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

    November 24 through December 23

    Operated by Roaring Camp Railroads.
    Will-Call/Ticketing at Main Entrance

    Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through Santa Cruz streets.

    Passengers lend their voices to holiday carols and sip spiced cider while Santa visits with the little ones and the young at heart!

     

     

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    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Gingerbread House Workshops
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    Marini's
    Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
    Date: Every day (Nov 25-Dec 23) at 2:00pm


    Gingerbread House Workshops

    For kids of all ages! Beautiful gingerbread houses that you design and create.

     

    Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.866-627-4647

     

    Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!


    Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Christmas Eve Service
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    Hope Church
    Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message
    Date: 12/24/2017 at 5:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

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    Hope is a local church with chill style, real faith and no perfect people allowed. Our simple vision is to reach out and serve our community and share the love of Jesus! Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message.  Refreshments and cookies too! See you at the Rio!


    Show time: 5:00 PM
    Tickets: FREE
    Advance tickets: www.discoverhope.church and info@discoverhope.church

     


    Location: Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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    Holidays Downtown
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    DTA
    Magical holiday times downtown!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)


    Downtown for the Holidays

    Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

    The Holidays are a magical time of year, and nowhere is that magic more apparent than in Downtown Santa Cruz. Throughout the season there are so many reasons to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. One of the things that makes this time of year so special is our traditions. The Victorian Carriage Rides, Visits with Santa at Marini's, the Holiday Parade, Just strolling through the neighborhood and checking off your gift list. Whatever your favorite Downtown holiday traditions, we wish you and yours all the best and we invite you to come join us and celebrate at our fun holiday events!


    Black Friday Weekend

    Sidewalk Sale - Nov 24th, 25th, 26th

    Get a jump on your holiday shopping while enjoying a beautiful weekend in Downtown Santa Cruz. Bring the family and enjoy the walkable sidewalks of Downtown Santa Cruz. Sales run all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with great end of month clearance deals all around the Downtown.


    Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

    Don't miss the biggest small promotion of the year. Think Big and shop Small with the annual event celebrating Small businesses. Pick up a Copy of the Santa Cruz Sentinel for a full listing of all of the local participating shops, eateries and other small businesses.


    Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

    Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

    The traditional holiday parade is the official kickoff for the winter holidays celebration. Bands, Dancers, Classic Cars, Synchronized Librarians, perhaps even a "Rootbeer Float" one never knows exactly what to expect at the Parade, but you can be sure to expect the whole community to show up and have a great time, and of course, at the end of the parade, Sitting in a horse-drawn Victorian Carriage, the man of the hour is welcomed back to Downtown Santa Cruz. Bring the family or participate! Register to be in the parade HERE.

    The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!


    Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

    Back by popular demand, Santa Cruise is a spirited, text-based scavenger hunt, throughout downtown, including holiday spirits at your favorite Downtown Drinking establishments.

    Your ticket gets you a custom "Suessean" Santa Hat and the codes to connect with Santa himself, who will lead you on a frivolous journey through the streets of Downtown, sprinkled with specialty seasonal imbibements at some of Santa's favorite local haunts.

    The Downtown Santa Cruise is a 21 and over event. Get a crew together a come hunt, scavenge and sleuth your way to a great after party!


    Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

    10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

    The Free Family Movie at the Del Mar is a special tradition and a wonderful way to support Second Harvest Food Bank as their holiday food drives help so many people in our community have healthy food, every day of the year.

    Bring a food or cash donation and enjoy a great holiday classic on the Big Screen.

    This is a fun, Saturday morning event for the whole family.


    Victorian Carriage Rides

    Reserve the traditional horse-drawn Victorian Carriage for a magical ride around downtown. Experience the lights and festive holiday environment in style. A fun outing for friends and family or part of a perfect date with that special someone. $50 reserves the carriage for a ride around Downtown. Two facing benches, seats 4-6 people comfortably, depending on size. The ride lasts about 15-20 minutes.

    Limited Rides - Dates TBD


    Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

    No matter how old you are, if you were a kid In Santa Cruz, you probably visited the Jolly Fellow himself at Marini's Candies on Pacific Avenue.

    Well, it turns out, enough of us must have been nice this year, because he's coming back. Stop in for a relaxed, not rushed visit and photo with your own camera. Ho, ho, ho!

    Marini's Candies


    Santa's Reindeer Round-up

    reindeer

    Nov 25 - Dec 18
    Santa Needs your help!!!

    It seems the whole team of reindeer is hidden in stores throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

    Help him find them before his big night! Pick up a map, have fun with this scavenger hunt and you could win Downtown Dollars and other great downtown prizes!


    Parking for Hope

    From December 18-Dec 24 revenue from Downtown Parking meters supports the great work of HOPE Services. Last year the Downtown meters raised over $30,000 for the HOPE services litter abatement crew.

     

     

     


    Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Reindeer at SF Zoo
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    San Francisco Zoo
    Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
    Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 18-Jan 1)

    Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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    Santa is sending his favorite reindeer, "Belle", "Holly" and "Peppermint" to spread holiday cheer at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Until January 1, majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo's Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground.  We will have a Program Guide at the Reindeer from 11:30-4 daily.


    Celebrate the holiday season by visiting the animals who help Santa deliver presents to all the children in the land.  Learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close and on the ground.  Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus.

    Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years.  Reindeer are highly adapted to their life in cold climates as they have two thick layers of fur to keep them warm and what are called "turbinate" bones in their nose, which helps warm cold air before it enters their lungs. 

    They also have specially designed hooves which provide extra traction on the wet, spongy tundra during the spring; in the winter the footpads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and snow for a surer grip.  They are used by many circumpolar cultures for their meat, hide, milk and antlers.

     

     


    Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
    Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
    Fantasy of Lights
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    County of Santa Clara Parks
    Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
    Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    Admission Fees: Tickets available NOW!
    Special Instructions: OPEN DECEMBER 2-30

    Fantasy of Lights is a spectacular 1.5 mile Drive-thru extravaganza of Holiday Lights and Displays for the entire family.

    Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated
    displays while listening to Holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of
    an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops,
    wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing Pirate Cannons and sail through tunnels
    of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you
    "oohing and aahing" throughout your adventure.

     

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    • $10 - adult (13 & up)
    • $5 - child (4 thru 12)
    • FREE - 3 years old or younger

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    • $20 - PER VEHICLE (up to 12 people)
    • $50 - oversize vehicles (capacity 13+)

    IMPORTANT NOTE!
    There is NO event parking at Vasona County Park! Free parking & shuttle available at NETFLIX, 121 Albright Way. We HIGHLY encourage ridesharing with LYFT or UBER.  Please respect our neighbors! Event cancelled ONLY with heavy rains or unsafe conditions.


    Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Dr, Los Gatos Map
    Phone: (408) 355-2201 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
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    Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
    Ice skate by the sea!!
    Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
    Admission Fees: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own

    (0 Nov 2017) IceSkating.jpgiSKATE Capitola glides into California's oldest seaside resort town for three weeks of unique winter fun.

     

    Trade your flip-flops for ice skates and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Santa Cruz County's first eco-friendly, synthetic ice rink, located in Esplanade Park, in front of the stage and overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.

     

     


    Location: Esplanade Park , Capitola Village Map
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    Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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    San Jose Downtown
    Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
    Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
    Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

    Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink

     

    Our goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

     

    If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

     

    Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

     

    Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

     

    Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

     

    November 17 - 18
    Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
    Saturday: Noon - midnight

    November 19 - 25
    (Thanksgiving Week)
    Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.
    Monday - Tuesday: 5 - 9 p.m.
    Wednesday: 2 p.m. - midnight
    Thursday/Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
    Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - midnight


    See website for January schedule


    Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
    Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
    Norrie's Gift Shop Open House
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    Arboretum
    A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Special Instructions: OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 2

    (0 Nov 2017) Norries2017.jpgNestled upon a hill in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum lies Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop. Only here can you find a stunning array of handmade wreaths, ornaments, centerpieces, succulent pumpkin planters, dish gardens, candles, and more, that draw upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary collection of natural materials.

     

    This shop also curates a collection of books, jewelry, toys, scarves, logo apparel and accessories that have drawn accolades from local press to Sunset Magazine..

     

    Join in the festivities: tastings and displays by local vendors and artists. Sample cider, hot chocolate and homemade cookies along with abundant holiday cheer.

     

    Members enjoy a 10% DISCOUNT. Memberships and Gift Certificates can be purchased as well.

     

    Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop is run entirely by volunteers. The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a 50-year-old treasure and beloved destination for the central coast and local community. All profits support the Arboretum's conservation, education, research and horticulture programs.

     


    Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Farley's Christmas Wonderland
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    Farley's Christmas Wonderland
    Visit an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis
    Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 31) from 5:45pm to 9:00pm
    Admission Fees: Donations accepted

    Farley's Christmas Wonderland

    untitled-design-37Tucked away in Seabright is a one-of-a-kind local neighborhood attraction: Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

     

    Pat Farley, a local Seabright resident, creates an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis each year in his front yard and opens it up for the public to walk through and view.

     

    If you're looking for a uniquely local Christmas experience to share with family then consider stopping by Farley's Christmas Wonderland.

     

    Visit the Farley's Christmas Wonderland website or Facebook page for more information.

     


    Location: 108 Seaview Ave., Aptos Map
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    Felton Toy Train Days
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    Felton Presbyterian Church
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 25-Dec 31)

    Special Instructions: Saturdays 10AM - 6PM & Sundays 12PM - 5PM

    You are invited! Felton Toy Train Days

     

    Amazing toy trains rolling along 3 giant, beautifully decorated train layouts. Refreshments, photo booth, holiday music, train tables and more for children of all ages! Admission and Parking FREE! FREE community event! Enjoy an amazing toy train display, refreshments, photo booth and FUN!!!


    Location: 6900 Highway 9, Felton Map
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    Holiday Ice Skating
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
    Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
    Admission Fees: Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental. $12

    Boardwalk Holiday Ice
    Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

    November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

    Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

    Festivities Include:

    • Ice Skating by the Beach - on Real Ice!
    • Holiday Lights and Decorations
    • Boardwalk Rides* & Games
    • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
    • Classic Holiday Movies

    Schedule

    November 11 - December 24, 2017, and January 2 - 7, 2018

    Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

    Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

    December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

    12pm-9pm

    Ice Skating

    Our new 40' x 60' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

    Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

    $12

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    Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

    (Online reservations coming in November)

     

    *Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open.

     


    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Strike Out Hunger
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    Boardwalk Bowl
    Can of food for a free game
    Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)


    (0 Nov 2017) BoardwalkBowl.jpgYou can help #StrikeOutHunger and bowl for FREE!  Bring a can of food to the Boardwalk Bowl, now through December 31st, and bowl a game on us.  Food for the needy...free bowling for you! All donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz

     

    Bring a can of food, and bowl a game for FREE!
    All food donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed local families. Last year, we collected over 10,810 cans or over five tons of food!

     

    For a $100 cash donation to Second Harvest, we're giving away 25 FREE BOWLING passes for use at the Boardwalk Bowl on future visits.

     

    Boardwalk Bowl League Players who bring in 3 cans of unexpired food during league play receive 3 FREE BOWLING passes for a future visit.

     


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