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Holiday Lights Train
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map

(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

 

Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice

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Intro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread
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Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread c
Date: 11/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee
Special Instructions: 10/6 & 11/10

(0 A July 2018) SourDoughBread.jpgIntro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread 

 

Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread cooking cloches, and the vital stages of the bread-making process. We'll discuss the science behind successful bread-making, including types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. A no-knead sourdough bread will be demonstrated. You will go home with a starter and recipes; the bread made in this course will be easy to re-create at home.

 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay "Best Food Artisan" in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor's website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Sat 11/10* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19036
Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 10/6* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19035

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)


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  Wednesday November 7 5 PM - 8 PM Opening Night


Open To The Public
Thursday November 8 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 9 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday November 10 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 11 10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 11) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Sat - Nov 10th - 10 to 4

Sun - Nov 11th - 10 to 3


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Veterans Dinner
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Redwood Keg
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, an
Date: 11/11/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 -$45

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, and a sharing of their history.

 

5:00 pm: No Host Bar

5:15 pm Program Begins

6:00 pm: Dinner is served

 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and bring memorabilia to display along with items from the San Lorenzo Valley Museum's collection.

Dinner includes salad, a selection of entrees, wine, and dessert.

 

This event is sponsored by The Redwood Keg


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Gift and Wreath Sale
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Arboretum
Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Date: 11/17/2018

Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public

Wonderful Thanksgiving and HChristmas items will be available at the 33rd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

 

(0 A November 2018) arboretum_GiftWreathSale.jpg9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale
10am-4pm General Public


Local artists join forces with talented 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 for your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!

 

This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants. From amazing Australian Banksias to South African Proteas, the Arboretum has a world of natural materials to inspire. Succulent pumpkins and dish gardens will also be for sale!  These are the perfect decorations and centerpieces to last through the holidays.  Get creative! The artistry of these volunteers may also encourage you to buy plants or dried flowers to make your own creations.

 

Wreath making demonstrations and a wide variety of succulents will be available at the sale. *Memberships will be available at the door or sign-up now by visiting https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/support/index.html

 

Interested in being an event volunteer? Sign-up here: www.volunteersignup.org/M3RHW


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/17/2018 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 Registration begins 6:45 am

1K Race begins7:455K

Race begins 8:0010K

Race begins 8:45

Course Closes 10:15

 

COURSE: Flat, fast out and back courses that begin & end on Delaware Street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges. A run with spectacular ocean views!

 

DIVISIONS: 10K and 5K have 5 year age groups; 4 and under,5-9, 10-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95 & over. 1K Kids Run: 0-2, 3-4 & 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12

 

AWARDS and PRIZES:

Awards for top 3 age-group winners.

Ribbons for all Kid's.

REGISTRATION FEES: 10K & 5K Postmarked by 11/13

$30 Race Day $40 Socks Included!

 

1K Kids Run (12 and under) $5 Socks not included ADD $5 for Socks

 

Please make checks payable to: SCTC (Santa Cruz Track Club)

Mail:1541 Cox Road, Aptos, CA 95003

 

RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers and registration available on race day only. Race numbers and confirmations will NOT be mailed


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, c
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) LaSelvaBeachHolidayGiftSale.jpgDon't miss this year's La Selva Beach Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 17! The event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse.

 

Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, clothing and more. Find great bargains for gifts or winter fireside reading at the giant Friends of the Library Book Sale. Enjoy a delicious Bake Sale treat and with no guilt - you're helping fund our La Selva Library projects!


Enjoy lunch or take away food from two local food trucks: Rogue Pye and G's Tacos. Kids' crafts at 1 pm in the Library. Buy raffle tickets to win great deals while supporting Friends of the Library.

For questions contact: cinjack6860@gmail.com


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Norrie's Gift Shop Sale
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Arboretum
A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
Date: 11/17/2018


(0 A December 2018) Norries1.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 candles, jewelry, succulents dish gardens & 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 and abundant holiday cheer, light refreshments will be available. 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.

 

Read more about our event here https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/openhouse.html

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Holiday Wreath Sale
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Camp Joy Gardens
Dried wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample
Date: 11/18/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 A November 2018) CampJoyWreathSale.jpg42nd Annual Wreath Sale and Open House

 

Join us for our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration: dried wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample. Support Camp Joy with your holiday shopping and enjoy an autumn afternoon on the farm.

This event is a fundraiser for the farm and the work we do all year. The products we offer for sale are the result of an entire season's work and the making of them has served as a way to teach ourselves and those working with us. By making purchases at this one time a year event you support our farm's mission to farm organically and sustainably and teach others how to as well.


Location: 131 Camp Joy Rd, Boulder Creek 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 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

(0 A November 2018) Aromas_shepherd22.jpgHoliday Art Festival and Raffle

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 - 10am-4pm - at the Aromas Grange


NEW! Buy Raffle Tickets Online!


Buy Tickets Here! 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.

The 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!. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 19th.  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!


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
Phone: 831-594-0033 •website Monterey Baycreate a direct event link
Beauty and the Beast
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Theatre in the Mountains
A fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Nov 18)


(0 A November 2018) Beautyand22.jpgBased on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

Performances
November 16, 17, 18
Loma Prieta Community Center Main Stage

 


Location: Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd , Los Gatos Map
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Santa's Shelves
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Felton Fire Station
Crafters, artist, Santa and bakers await you!
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18)

Special Instructions: Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4

(0 A November 2018) FeltonSantaCraft.jpgAnnual Santa’s shelves craft faire and bake sale! Come by and see Santa from 11-1 or shop from many local artists and merchants! Hours are 9-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday! Come support a good cause!


Location: 131 Kirby St, Felton Map
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Trade food cans for a free swim
Date: 11/20/2018
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free

(0 A November 2018) ScCountyParks_Nov20.jpgJoin us in supporting the Holiday Food & Fund Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank this Tuesday 11/20!

 

Bring in canned food items for free swim entry or visit our "pop-up" farmers market between 11a-1p in the Swim Center lobby!

 

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Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
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First Presbyterian Church Salinas
Make an early morning Turkey Trot part of your family's Thanksgiving Day tradition
Date: 11/22/2018
Admission Fees: $30 advance/ $35 race day 14+, 9-13 are $10, under 8 free

The 8th annual Salinas Valley Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5k will take place at 9AM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an event for the whole family! Race route is a scenic 3.1 mile loop with moderate elevation change. Dogs and strollers are welcome!

 

Registration fee for ages 10 & older - $35 by 11/19/18; $40 on race day. Kids 9 & under are FREE and do not need to register.

 

Overall male and female first place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all age/gender divisions. Pre-registered, PAID participants will receive a complimentary tech shirt & finishers medal. Participating children (9 & under) will receive race medal but no t-shirt.

 

Proceeds benefit the Compass Church youth ministry program. Come out and support a great cause!

Event details and schedule

NOW THROUGH 11/19/18:
Registration fee is $35 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt)

  • Register online at www.active.com
  • Mail or bring registration form and check to Compass Church, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, CA 93901

THURSDAY, 11/22/17 (THANKSGIVING DAY):
Registration fee is $40 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt pending availability - tshirts are limited, please arrive early or PRE-REGISTER for best selection)

8:00AM: Packet Pickup for pre-registered participants
8:00AM: Race Day Registration opens at Toro Regional Park (Badger Flats Picnic Area)
9:00AM: Race Start

Parking will be available inside the gates of Toro Regional Park FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses!


Location: Toro Regional Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Hwy (Hwy 68), Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 422-7811 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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Felton Business Association
Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Date: 11/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

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.


(0 A November 2018) FeltonBiz_Santa2018.jpgTwo years ago the FBA decided that it was time Santa added Felton to his itinerary, so local youngsters could visit with him right here in town, and last year he showed up wearing a brand new and very classy suit.


Last years' ceremony was the best ever, with a great crowd several people deep along the sidewalk and on the deck.

 

As a new addition to the program, the Santa Cruz Chorale sang carols beneath the tree and the audience enjoyed homemade cookies, hot cider and chocolate while they waited for Santa to arrive on a fire engine.


After the Jolly Old Elf turned the tree lights on, the kids and their parents followed him to his parlor in the firehouse, where they received a free color photo to commemorate their visit with Santa, courtesy of the FBA.

 


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Small Business Saturday
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Streetlight Records
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
Date: 11/24/2018


(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.


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Surfin Santa & Tree Lighting
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Caitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Santa, tree lighting and small biz shopping!
Date: 11/24/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SurfinSanta2018.jpgHo...Ho...Ho...Surfin' Santa is heading to Capitola for his annual visit! Join us on the beach to welcome Santa's wave riding arrival at 12pm. Once Santa hits the shore, the jolly fellow will greet the crowd before settling 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...makes a perfect Christmas photo! Enjoy refreshments, face painting, music and a photo booth.

Surfin' Santa surfs in at 12pm
Face painting and entertainment from Happily Ever Laughter 12:30 - 2:30pm
Live Music from Live Again from 2:30 - 4:30pm
Community Tree Lighting at 5pm in front of Mijo's Taqueria & Souza's Ice Cream at 200 Monterey Ave.

Trees will be twinkling throughout the village, storefronts will be decorated with holiday cheer, and your favorite local shops will be open and filled with merchandise perfect for gift giving. It's Small Business Saturday...kick off your holiday shopping and support the wonderful small businesses in our community!


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Kirking of the Tartans
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St. Andrew's Church
Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/24/2018 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 with us at our annual Feast of St Andrew!


Kirking o'the Tartans (or Blessing of the Families) is a long tradition here in Ben Lomond, CA. Bring your tartan/kilt (or rep your family) for a blessing and enjoy some food and fellowship.

Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Featuring our dancer for this year: Nationally Ranked Highland Dancer Ashlyn Boothby! She is a 7th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School and ranked 2nd in 2016 and 5th this year at Nationals! Pipers Laura Boothby and Paul Llewellyn will be playing for us. This is going to be amazing!
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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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understandi
Date: 11/28/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgLearn more about becoming a volunteer at the Seymour Center, 6:30-8 PM:
*Join us to hear about upcoming training opportunities and the exciting benefits of volunteering
*Come talk with current volunteers and staff educators
*Join us for all or part of the evening
*Training begins mid-January 2019

Plus, enjoy convenient after-hours shopping, 5-8 PM:
*Dive into great holiday gifts, all the while supporting ocean conservation
*The Ocean Discovery Shop is open throughout the evening


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Parkstore Holiday Sale: Preview Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: 11/30/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop four ParkStore locations for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches. The Preview Sale is on Friday, November 30th, from 4-7 pm.

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!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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: 12/01/2018 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!


Click here for a list of Participating Vendors and Map

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, 125 Aviation Way,

 

American Hatmakers / Head'n Home Hats, 125 Aviation Way

 

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation Commercial Kitchen, Free Hot Chocolate,Featuring locally prepared food and Artisan products, 412 East Riverside Drive


Environmental Science Workshop, Toys, Tinkering Kits and More, 120 Second Street

 

Martinelli's Company Store, Juice & Merchandise, 345 Harvest Drive

 

Annieglass Handmade Glass Dinnerware & Home Décor,  310 Harvest Drive

 

Smith & Vandiver, Bath, Body and Skincare, 890 Beach Street

 

Integrity Wines, Local handcrafted wines made to exceed your expectations, 135 Aviation Way Ste. 16

 

Roche Leather Company, Quality Leather Handbags, 161 Harkins Slough Road


Orion Telescopes & Binoculars, Telescopes, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Microscopes, Tripods & Stocking Stuffers, 89 Hangar Way

 

Creator Haven, LLC, Artisan Jewelry, Fused Glass and Classes 41-B Hangar Way


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No Room at the Inn 2018
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St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church
'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1)

Special Instructions: See different times

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  • Opening Gala: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Family Day/ Advent Festival: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

" We invite you to participate in our THIRD annual 'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area by sharing your nativity for display and attending one or all of our events. "Gala proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy. 

 

"Opening Gala -Friday, November 30, 2018 -6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"Family Day/ Advent Festival - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Special Children's Activities 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Bake Sale and Opportunity Drawing
  • View the Nativities 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Entry donation:  A non-perishable food item per person to stock our Food Pantry Family Day proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy as well as St. Philip's Food Pantry/Second Harvest Food Bank."


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Winter Performance: December in Mexico
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Senderos
Take in dinner and a show with Senderos
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1) at 7:00pm


Winter Performance: December in Mexico

Ta(0 A November 2018) Senderos_Winter-Poster2018.jpgke in dinner and a show at Harbor High. Senderos presents its winter dance performance, Colores de mi Tierra, featuring Centeotl Danza y Baile dance troupe and Ensamble Musical youth band.

 

Arrive early to enjoy delicious Mexican food. This fundraiser helps support Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free after school dance and music classes, tutoring, and scholarships for Latino youth.

 


Location: Harbor High Theater, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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: 12/01/2018 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.)

 

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Come to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County Downtown Clubhouse at 543 Center St (corner of Lincoln and Center) on Saturday, December 1, 11am - 2pm for the Annual Children's Craft and Food Fair.

 

Right after the Downtown Parade, creative children (age 6-18) turn out to sell homemade baked goods, crafts, artwork, jewelry, clothing, bath items, plants, ornaments, clothing, and much more.

 

This popular event has tons of repeat customers because of the impressive quality, great selection, reasonable prices, and the opportunity to support young entrepreneurs while doing holiday shopping. Admission is free for customers. There are always plenty of great food, snack, coffee, and light lunch options too!

 

If you know a crafty kid interested in renting a table for only $15, they can still register online at: http://boysandgirlsclub.info/events/craftfair/


Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Do your holiday shopping at the Holiday Art & Craft Faire - support local artists and craftspeople!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Free parking, too

(0 A November 2018) CountyCraftFair_Large_2018.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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Holiday Parade
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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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11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show
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Blue Heron Design Group
Local Artisan Holiday Gift Show! All items $25 and under!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free Admission

The 11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show is Saturday, December 1st from 10am-4pm at the Veterans Hall (846 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz).

 

All items priced at $25 or less.

 

Over 30 vendors will be selling beautiful handmade gifts. Browse locally made clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, candles, soaps, artisan food and more. Come down to celebrate and support our local artists and finish your holiday shopping early!

 

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Location: Vets Hall, 845 Front Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Gabriella's Snow Day
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G Team
Our little event has grown so big that we are having TWICE as much snow!!! For the first time ever, there will be active snow
Date: 12/01/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 advance, $20 at gate

(0 A November 2018) GabriellasSnowDay.jpgThe 6th annual Gabriella's Snow Day will be held Sunday, December 1st, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at SkyPark in Scotts Valley.  Our little event has grown so big that we are having TWICE as much snow!!!  For the first time ever, there will be active snow flurries thanks to SnoWonder!!  It's going to be a magically "snowy" day you won't want to miss!!

 

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"A little girl fighting cancer had a wish to see snow on her Christmas Eve birthday. With the help of two caring individuals, Deb and Glenna who heard Gabriella's story, the community came together and made it happen."

 

This charity event benefits Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation's mission of supporting newly diagnosed families of childhood cancer with our Hope Tote program and fund research for pediatric cancer. Our little event has grown so big that this year, we are having TWICE as much snow!!! It's going to be a magically "snowy" day you won't want to miss!! For the first time ever, in addition to the snow, we will have snow flurries thanks to SnoWonder!!

 

The celebration will include a special Santa's Workshop with cookie decorating, a special craft from Home Depot, and facepainting for all the kids to enjoy! We will also have a games for the kids to play including jenga, corn hole, bobbing for donuts, the lollipop tree, balloon darts and a special visit from Santa and the Scotts Valley Fire Dept!!

 

RAFFLE PRIZES include donations from the following businesses:

Ace Hardware, Adventure Out, Adventure Sports, Annie Glass, Aunt Lali's, Betty's Burgers, Bumblebees by the Sea, Chaminade Resort & Spa, Clos La Chance ,Craft Gallery, Hula's, La Madrona, Penny Ice Creamery, Plantronics, Santa Cruz CORE, WindelHill Photography, Wings...and more! Tickets will be sold at the event!

 

PLAYHOUSE RAFFLE includes a beautifully hand painted, hand crafted wooden playhouse donated by Habitat for Humanity Silicone Valley!! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

 

LETTERS TO SANTA will be created by all kids at the snow day! We've got all the supplies...just bring your little one to the Letters to Santa station and have them write a letter. Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter written!

 

FOOD TRUCKS will be available by purchase from Pono's Hawaiian Grill and G's Taco's! Team G will also provide a hot chocolate booth!

 

A $15 donation for a ticket is asked and will include snow play, games, crafts, bounce houses, and entertainment! The event is rain or shine! Purchase your ticket TODAY!! Tickets will go up to $20 the day of the event!

 

CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS TREE

We will be holding up our Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree tradition! Decorated in gold for the ribbon color representing childhood cancer, the tree will be adorned by colorful bulbs each representing a child who has been affected by cancer. The Green bulb will represent a Survivor, the Blue will represent an Angel and the Red will represent a Warrior. Everyone is encouraged to participate and we welcome any child's name and age so we can recognize them on the tree. To fill out the child's information, please CLICK HERE.

 

To date, Team G has donated over $200,000 in childhood cancer research at hospitals on the west coast including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, UCSC Treehouse Project, and Seattle Children's Hospital. We've also sent off over 1300 Hope Totes to hospitals across the nation for families newly diagnosed with childhood cancer.

 

100% of the ticket proceeds and sponsorships will fund the Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation's mission!


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road , Scotts Valley Map
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Lucia Festival of Lights
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Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
Date: 12/01/2018 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

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  • 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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Lighted Boat Parade
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Santa Cruz Harbor
50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 12/01/2018 from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
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
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) LomaPrietaCraft2018.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 1 from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm

 


Location: Loma Prieta Gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Natural Bridges
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

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!

 

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Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Winter Open House
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Kick off December, with winter crafts, FREE admission and a store-wide sale
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2)
Admission Fees: free

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It's that time of year again! Our annual Winter Open House is the perfect way to kick off December, with winter crafts, FREE admission and a store-wide sale.

 

Come enjoy complimentary cookies and cider while you find the perfect gift for your nature-loving friends and family. Choose from natural history books and field guides, nature ornaments, educational toys, works produced by local artists, and books on local fossils and geology found nowhere else!


Saturday, December 1 &  Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Admission


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Storytime

Join Nancy and Marisa for an hour of natural history storytime! Stories will be chosen based on the interests and ages of the group. (Saturday and Sunday)


12 - 2 p.m. | Gift Making

We'll feature a different gift each day of the Winter Open House. All ages are welcome and staff will help guide your creation. Materials and instruction are free! Saturday: Bird nest necklaces inspired by specimens from the Museum's collections. Sunday: Wreaths using foraged materials from the Museum's Native Plant garden and beyond!

 

3 p.m. | Tidepool Feeding

Join Tyler at our Intertidal Touch Pool and learn about this special habitat while helping to feed our animals! (Saturday only)


ALL DAY | Nature Crafts

Explore the science of snowflakes or create gift bags and greeting cards using pressed plants! Free for all ages!


ALL DAY | Holiday Sale

Find the perfect nature-themed gift in the Museum Store. All items will be 10% off for the public, and 15% or 20% off for Museum Members (discounts may not apply to consignment and clearance items).


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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State Park Wilder
Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Holidays on the Ranch

Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch State Park. Hands-on activities and presentations include candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home, and strolling Victorian carolers. Hot-spiced cider and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as baked goods are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in turn-of-the-century costumes. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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 23-Dec 2)


(0 A November 2018) Joy20.jpgJOY! 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.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Seacliff
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

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!

 

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Location: Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive, Aptos Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Mission
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

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!

 

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Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Seasonal Wreath Making Class
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Mountain Feed
Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring fresh or dried flowers, berries, ribbon, or other adornments
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

(0 A November 2018) AlbaSchoolhouseWreath.jpgJoin us for a hands-on class on seasonal wreath making.
Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring fresh or dried flowers, berries, ribbon, or other adornments you may wish to attach to your wreath.

The wreath, with its circular shape, is said to represent eternity, as it is without beginning or end, like the circle of life itself. The evergreens from which it is most often crafted symbolize growth and everlasting life. It's no wonder that we choose them, again and again, to hang on our doors, or anchor our laden tables at a time of year that calls us to remember tradition and the larger circles of seasons.

 

The Santa Cruz mountains contain an abundance of materials from which to craft a beautiful seasonal wreath, from wild-crafted evergreen boughs, fern fronds, lichen, and branches, to the bounty of yards and gardens closer afield.

Class Fee includes materials for a base, wire, evergreen materials and a limited quantity of dried flowers, lichen, berries, et cetera for accent plus snips for you to take home with you.

Water and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle and a lunch.

Class is held at Alba Schoolhouse. Space is limited. Register online. $45/per person


Location: Alba Schoolhouse, 12070 Alba Rd, Ben Lomond Map
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Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) DowntownSantaCruz_MakersMarket_wherewho.jpgTime to get your Holiday shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local on Sunday, December 2 at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets. 10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day by Jasmine Bailey Apple City Slough Band & Taylor Rae
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !

Sponsored by Renewalbyandersen.com Santa Cruz Mountains & Downtown Santa Cruz

See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Light Up the Night
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Valley Churches United
Date: 12/02/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


(0 A December 2018) ValleyChurches_Dec2018_LightUp.jpgCome on out and have fun! Start the season off helping Valley Churches United!

 

This event is a fundraiser for VCUM! Don't be afraid of the rain - mostly indoors at the Scotts Valley Community Center!

 

Entertainmemt, Bounce House, Light Treats, Photo with Santa, Belle and the Beast

 

Bring canned goods and unwrapped toys!

 

Saturday 5:30pm-7:30pm!


Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Wilder
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

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!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Winter Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center
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Tannery Arts Center
20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: Free

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Saturday, Dec 1, 11am-7pm
Sunday, Dec 2, 11am-5pm

20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine

Craft activities:
Studio #104 Terry McInerney Leather Bracelet Stamping
Studio #107 Printmakers at the Tannery - Collage card making, Mono printing
Studio #124, Wishi Washi Studio - Gift tag stencilling
Studio #127, Radius Gallery - Ornament making
Studio #128, Katie Scott Photography - Pet-friendly photos and card making

Artist demonstrations:

Studio #107, Printmakers at the Tannery - Screenprinting
Studio #114 & #109, Shalom Clothing & Design Studio - Screenprinting & design
Studio #116, Watershed Art Studio - Orange oil printing
Studio #117, Cosmo Chic - Embroidery
Studio #120, Ceramic/Pottery Collective - Porcelain, Potter's Wheel, Handbuilding ceramics
Studio #122, Stephanie Schriver Studio - Clay and painting
Studio #123, Paola Favata - Jewelry making

In the Radius Annex:

Gary Ingram - Metal jewelry sawing techniques
Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour - Spoken word Poetry/Hip Hop
Noelle Correia - Painted paper collage

Bistro 112 will be open for breakfast & lunch, Espresso drinks, beer and wine


Location: 1050 River Street Santa Cruz, Ca, Santa Cruz Map
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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: 12/03/2018


Chanukah Train

December 3

Share the Light of Chanukah Aboard Roaring Camp Railroad's New Chanukah Train!

Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the lighting of the menorah at 6:15 pm, and then set off on an incredible 1-hour train ride on Roaring Camp's vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.

 

We'll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcade and games in Neptune's Kingdom.

 

Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whole new way! Tickets are $33 adult, and $27 children.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Date: 12/06/2018 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $29 - $53

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An Irish Christmas


A perfect family event!
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!

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:00 PM ~  TICKETS


Location: 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-1070 x 21 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Frosty Fun Fest
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Transform the Art Gallery into a winter wonderland at our Snowflake Create Station.
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A December 2018) FrostyFunFest.jpgEnjoy a night of creative crafting of First Friday! Transform the Art Gallery into a winter wonderland at our Snowflake Create Station.

 

Candy coat your dream home in the Team Gingerbread House contest.

 

Wear your favorite holiday sweater while sipping on hot chocolate.

 

Let the Fun Fest begin! FREE!


Registration is now FULL for the Team Gingerbread House Contest. A limited amount of community tables will be available for drop-in participants


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Westlake Winter Artisans Fair
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Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestlakeChristmas.jpgJoin us for the Annual Westlake Winter Artisans Fair!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
11am to 4pm | Multi-Use Room


The ever-anticipated Winter Artisan Fair is back! This unique community Arts and Crafts Fair showcases the talents of some of Santa Cruz's finest Artists and Craftspeople. Artists' booths feature a fabulous array of gift items for children and adults, gift ideas from around the world, and much more! Support the local arts and our school and bring your friends and family to this holiday event!

  • Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking and edible goodies for everyone on your holiday list! Find the unexpected gift perfect for holiday giving.
  • Shop from local artists who get to keep all their profits
  • Buy a lunch from a couple food vendors
  • Enjoy delicious Baked goods and coffee for sale while you shop
  • Gift wrapping station available to dress up your gifts.
  • Have your chance to win curated baskets of the artists' creations in a raffle
  • $2 raffle tickets (6 for $5)
  • Bring your own shopping bag if you can
  • Enjoy FREE admission!
  • Please park in the residential area or the parking lot of the church adjacent if the limited spots on campus are taken


We hope you can come- and bring a grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, neighbor or friend! The whole family is invited.

We appreciate all your help! If you would like to help with planning, decorating, securing vendors, organizing a bake sale or promoting in the community, please chip in!

 


Location: 1000 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holidays at the Ranch
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State Park Wilder
Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) Wilder_Holidays.jpgHolidays on the Ranch

Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch State Park.

 

Hands-on activities and presentations include candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home, and strolling Victorian carolers.

 

Hot-spiced cider and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as baked goods are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in turn-of-the-century costumes.

 

Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Streets of Bethlehem
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First Baptist Church
Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 8) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Our History

Like the boy shepherd who serves as our logo, Streets of Bethlehem has been in the process of growing up. What began as only a dream in the mind of three individuals came to life in 1992. With the desire to share the gift of the true meaning of Christmas to the community, the idea for a live re-creation of that tiny village on that first Christmas night was born. Streets of Bethlehem was cared for and nourished by the loving hands of dedicated scriptwriters, skilled carpenters, gifted artists and set designers. But what makes Bethlehem special is the way it comes alive when hundreds of volunteers don period costumes and go back in time to "become" those village citizens once again.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and live animals help recreate and bring this Christmas story to l! ife outside. Go to www.streetsofbethlehem.com for more information.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas, California is the living enactment of Christmas. The public can walk along with the congregation actors and participate in a meaningful holiday experience.

 

Streets of Bethlehem is certainly one of the best named California Nativity Scenes, and offers some of the greatest audience participation. In many similar events, guests simply drive-through and are entertained. But at Streets of Bethlehem, you ha! ve a chance to walk the street, see the animals, people and costumes up close and gain a personal sense of what it must have been like over 2000 years ago to experience the joy of birth on a special, holy night.

 

The Salinas re-enactment includes livestock such as lambs, sheep and donkeys, an angel hovering above, and a manger scene with a real, live baby child, cradled in love. This outdoor Christmas community experience offers the public a chance to "rediscover the true reason for the Christmas season." Among the cast, kids and adults will meet or watch live actors such as shopkeepers, Mary & Joseph, and more. They may also be invited to pet the animals or walk with Mary & Joseph and the cast of 300. Lovely Christmas music played in the background inspires all who attend. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home. Domestic pets will scare the animals and disrupt the event.

 

With large events (especially about 2000 years ago), parking is almost always a problem, but not at Bethlehem! Free shuttle parking is available at the Quadrangle/Valley Center parking lots (800, 900, 1000 blocks of South Main Street). Free courtesy busses will leave every few minutes.  The streets immediately near the event will be closed so this is the best option for parking.


Location: 1130 San Vincente Ave, Salinas Map
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Westside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour
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Westside Artists
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestSide-Artists-Holiday-Tour-2018-.jpgWestside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour

A consortium of nine Westside artists will hold an open studios event to display their work. From studio and plein air paintings, batik birds to Hawaiian wood boxes, one-of-a-kind jewelry to ceramic and bronze sculptures, these artists have captured the essence of the Central Coast. Stop by their studios and see how the art is made.


Sandra Cherk Arts https://www.sandracherk.com/ 103 Redwood, pastels

Sydney Zentall- sydney.zentall.com, 316 Walk Circle, Paintings featuring the interplay of water & light.

Alexandra Sanders- ladywholovesbirds.com, 637 Columbia St, Batik images of birds and nature.

Annette Lanni- alanni.com/blog, 211 Sunset Ave, Plein Air and studio oil paintings.

William Winkler- zoeandcoalby@gmail.com, 211 Sunset Ave, unique jewelry fabricated from silver and gold, with precious stones

Timothy Lydgate- woodcircus.com, 108 Clark Ave, Woodwork using Hawaiian woods.

Marianne de Hatten Groh- mariannegrohsculptures.com, 214 Pelton Ave, Sculptures in ceramic and bronze.

Nicole Ribeyrolle-Launier- 214 Pelton Ave, handcrafted jewelry

Lynn Guenther- lynnguenther.com, 215 Walk Circle, handcrafted jewelry in copper, silver & gold with precious stones

 


Location: 103 Redwood St, Santa Cruz Map
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A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
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Little Craft Pop Up
Handmade crafts made by parents for families
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 A November 2018) LittleCraftPopUpDec.jpgA CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
The Little Craft Pop-up is a unique event featuring handcrafted products for babies and children.


OUR MISSION
To curate the best of local handmade children's goods and present them in a child friendly setting that the whole family will enjoy.


THE EVENTS
Our pop-ups are held in Santa Cruz County and incorporate fun family activities like face painting, craft stations, photo booths and workshops.


Craft shows don't need to be stuffy-come play with us at the next event!


Location: Mini Mint, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz CA 95062
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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: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

(0 A November 2018) WaldorfWinterFaire2018.jpgPlease join us Saturday, December 8th, for our annual Winter Faire!

Come spend a day out amongst the redwoods, sipping hot drinks, listening to merry music, and enjoying the wonder and fun that the Winter Faire has to offer. Come one come all, big and small!

Winter Forest Walk
Bonfire with Chestnuts
Seasonal Kid's Crafts & Activities
Holiday Shopping
Food & Music
Story Telling by The Early Childhood Department

There will be a free shuttle bus from the UCSC Barn at High & Bay Streets. Limited parking at SCWS is available for $15.


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, 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: 12/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

Saturday December 8 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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HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Make a beautiful, unique wreath!
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


(0 A December 2018) AzulWreath2018.jpgHOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP Update! 

 

We are back to our original date: SAT. DEC 8th, 11-1, cost $30


All materials included to make a beautiful wreath! Lots of cuttings abound from our 2 acre sculpture garden! (The updated forecast is no rain
next Sat.)

 

Bring a lunch or eat later at Gizdich Ranch, Cafe Ella or Real Colima, all close by.


Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Miracle On 34th Street
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Mountain Community Theater
The heart-warming story of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosi
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Dec 9)
Ages: 12+

MCT's Miracle on 34th Street - The Play

 

(0 A November 2018) MiracleOn34thSt.jpgJoin us for MCTs 10th production (and first since 2012) of its very own "Miracle on 34th Street, The Play, written by MCT's founders and first produced in 1982. This holiday favorite directed by Peter Gelblum tells the heart-warming story, familiar to most from the classic 1947 film, of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosity to convince a little girl, and then everyone else that he is, in fact, St. Nick.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"This is a tale that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards; what we want Christmas to be all about, really."

*Join us for a champagne reception after the show on opening night, 11/16.


Miracle on 34th Street performances:

November 16 @ 8 pm Opening Night Champagne Reception
November 17 @ 8pm
November 18 @ 2pm
November 23 @ 8pm
November 24 @ 8pm
November 25 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
November 30 @ 8pm
December 1 @ 8pm
December 2 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
December 7 @ 8pm
December 8 @ 8pm
December 9 @ 2pm

 

TICKETS


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A December 2018) SwantonArtisans2018.jpgA trip to Swanton Berry Farm is a treat all year round. For the 18th year in a row, the farm will team up with local artists and crafters to create a unique and cozy holiday shopping fair. Shop sea glass jewelry, local landscape paintings, ceramics, ornaments, organic coffees and teas, eclectic jewelry, tea towels, prints-just to name a few. In addition to great gifts, you'll be able to partake in pies, fruitcake, cobbler, hot cider, and soup!


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: Navidad Mexicana
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Rio Theatre
Famous all female mariachi band!
Date: 12/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A October 2018) MariachiBand.jpgPerhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first all-female mariachi in the United States – is that there are now other all-female mariachi groups. It is the growing proof that when mariachi maestro Jose Hernandez founded Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre.

 

Reyna, which was formed in 1994, has taken the history of women in mariachi from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The accolades have not stopped since their forming. In a musical landscape where many mariachi songs are often written by men, about male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.

 

That history had the best of beginnings with the mentorship of Lola Beltran, “La Reina de la Musica Ranchera” and their success has propelled Reyna de Los Angeles to record multiple successful albums. On this date, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will be performing Navidad Mexicana, featuring a holiday-themed setlist.

At Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062)
Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door
Regular General Admission Youth Ticket: $10/Adv/Door (ages 18 & under, available while supplies last!)
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $52.50/Advance $60/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service fee not included)
No Comps
Doors at 6:00 PM


Location: 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map
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James and the Giant Peach
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All About Theatre
"A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey acr
Date: Every day (Dec 7-Dec 9)
Admission Fees: $15 - $20

(0 A December 2018) JamesAndTheGiantPeach_Large.jpg"A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean."


Based on one of Roald Dahl's most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "master-peach" of a tale. 

 

Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

 

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

 

James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

December 7 - 9, 2018

  • Fri, 12/7 at 6:30pm
  • Sat, 12/8 at 1:30pm
  • Sat, 12/8 at 6:30pm
  • Sun, 12/9 at 1:30pm

Tickets

$13 - Students & Seniors (over 62)

$16 - General Admission

$20 - Reserved Seating

Suitable for all children & families.

Featuring 6-11 year olds



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Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Visit Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 for a holiday artisans emporium featuring the work of nine local artisans selling unique, locally made products and fine art.

Artists' booths will feature handcrafted goods ranging from jewelry to soap, to fine art and ceramics. The berry farm will also sell hot soup and berry treats. All artists donate to a raffle to raise funds for the Davenport Resource Center.

 


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport 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 23-Dec 9)


(0 A November 2018) HolidayTreeWalkSanta.jpgHoliday Tree Walk


NOVEMBER 23 - 25, DECEMBER 1 - 2 & 8 - 9

 

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.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
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 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 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 Bell Rock 5K
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Toys for Tots
5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
Date: 12/09/2018
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

We are really happy that we can now have a 10K course (two loops) and a 5K course because the Riverwalk makes a complete loop. You can view the course here. The Kid's 1K course will be timed this year with awards for the top 3 boys and girls under 10.

 

We especially want to thank the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for sponsoring again in 2018 with such a great venue- 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.

 

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!


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Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Celebrate the holidays-Santa Cruz-style!
Date: 12/09/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Special one-day-only price: Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgThe Seymour Center will host its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival on December 9, 2018 from Noon-5:30 PM.

 

Celebrate the holidays - Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosts its Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival annually in December. 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!

 

Special one-day-only price:

Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

2018 Sponsor: Elizabeth Quinn, MS DC

 

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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"Live" Village of Bethlehem
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Santa Clara First Baptist Church
"Experience the Birth"
Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 10) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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December 6 - 10, 6:30-9pm

Thursday - Monday

Five 30 minute Performances Nightly

Free Admission & Hot Drinks

 

Come join us on a journey to the Biblical city of Bethlehem. Be a part of history and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

See Joseph and Mary search the city for a place to stay, see the lowly shepherds get visited by an angel and then proclaim the good news, see the noble entry of the wise men and their entourage looking for the new born king.

 

Enjoy the music, drama, lights, and exotic animals as you "Experience the Birth".


Location: 3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara Map
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Holidays In the Plaza
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City of Watsonville
Multi-cultural Festival
Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 15) at 1:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) HolidaysinthePlaza.jpgHolidays in the Plaza - Multi-Cultural & Tree Lighting

1:30 pm - Multi-Cultural Festival, 3 pm - Holiday Train, 5:00 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting and 6:00 pm - Pictures with Santa

 

 

Sunday, December 2, 2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day!

2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day! - The North Pole has returned to downtown Watsonville. Bring a canned food item for your ticket to the winter wonderland.

2:00-6:00pm -  Holiday Train - Kids and kids at heart can board the train for a magical tour around the Plaza.

3:00-5:00pm -  Pictures with Santa - Join Santa in his workshop and snap a pic. #watsonville150

 


Saturday, December 8, 4:00-6:00pm - Jingle Bell Rock

Ring in the holiday cheer with musical performances, pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.

 

Saturday, December 15, 5:00-7:00pm - Holiday Movie in the Plaza

Enjoy a holiday -themed movie under the stars. There will be heat lamps to snuggle up to, as well as pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.


Location: City Plaza, Main & Peck, Watsonville Map
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Mac Powell and the Family Reunion
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Rio Theater
Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes
Date: 12/15/2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Rio_MacPowell.jpgFor the past several years, Mac Powell has hosted a Christmas party at his home in Georgia to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends.

 

This year, he is bringing the party to you with his new band, MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, as well as get a first listen to brand new music from MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Plus, VIP Christmas Party ticket buyers will have the opportunity to participate in an actual Christmas Party and fellowship with Mac and the band following the show. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today before they sell out!

Pre-sale is 10/5 at 10AM - 10/7 at 10PM, public on sale is 10/8 at 10AM PST.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets : www.ticketfly.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, 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 (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Christmas Market
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San Lorenzo Chamber of Commerce
Gifts from local artists, enjoy delicious food and drinks, plus more!
Date: 12/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


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Come celebrate the season at Felton Covered Bridge Park! Join us December 16 from Noon to 4pm for a traditional Holiday Mart on the bridge, complete with arts & crafts, delicious food & beverages, music, holiday lights and other festivities.

 

Great opportunity to get last minute gifts from local artists and to socialize with your neighbors.

 

The Felton Covered Bridge was built in 1892, and is recognized as a historical treasure in the State of California.


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Homemade Holiday Craft Fair
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The Discovery Learning Center
Date: 12/16/2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: parents

(0 A November 2018) DLC_CraftFair.jpgWe will be hosting a Homemade Holiday Craft Fair at the DLC in four weeks!


We hope you will save some of your holiday shopping for this fundraising event benefiting our non-profit organization.

 

You are sure to find unique homeschooler made items and some higher end crafts contributed by seasoned crafters.

 

 

 


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Holiday Tea with Santa
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Seascape Beach Resort
Holiday Tea with Santa
Date: 12/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 0-100 Admission Fees: 45 plus tax and service

Holiday Tea with Santa

Sunday, December 16, 2018

12:00-3:00pm

$45 per person (plus tax & service charge)
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  • Visit with Santa Claus
  • Enjoy Hot Chocolate, Assorted Sandwiches & other Sweet Treats
  • Mimosa Bar
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Holiday Ornament Crafts
  • Balloon Twisting
  • Face Painting

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Location: 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-6800 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Nutcracker Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz City Ballet
What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $30-$45
Special Instructions: December 15th & 16 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

The Full Length Nutcracker Ballet - Experience the Magic!

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

(0 A October 2018) NutcrackerSC_2018.jpgThe Santa Cruz Dance Guild (501c3), presents the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater for one weekend only on December 15th & 16th. Join us for our 10th year and our 8th year at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?

Director/Choreographer and Juilliard Alumnae, Shannon Chipman began the Nutcracker tradition as the Snow Queen in the first ever production of the Nutcracker in Santa Cruz at Cabrillo's old theater in 1988... Thirty years of Nutcracker! Since 2008, she has brought her vision to life with Co-Director, Vicki Bergland at the International Academy of Dance, home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet. Chipman and Bergland combine their artistic efforts alongside Choreographer, Melissa Palumbo to once again bring the stunning Nutcracker Ballet to life.

The Santa Cruz Dance Guild production is the premier Nutcracker Ballet in Santa Cruz and has become a steadfast holiday tradition showcasing local talent, as well as bringing in guest artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Many dancers have grown up with the production and began as tiny Angels, Lambs or Gingersnaps and are now dancing en pointe.

For the fourth year in a row, Mother Ginger will be preformed by Krazy George. You may know him as the inventor of "The Wave" or may have seen him cheer for the San Jose Earthquakes or the Oakland A's. Don't miss this special opportunity to cheer on Krazy George and his team of adorable Gingersnaps!

It is exciting to see the production continue to grow as well as the dancers. Every year this is something new to see!

We invite you to experience quality, entertaining Classical Ballet, enchanting choreography, magnificent guest artists, beautiful sets, brilliant costumes, family tradition and the JOY of Dance at the premier Nutcracker in Santa Cruz! Experience the Magic for yourself!


Location: Cabrillo College's Crocker Theat, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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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: 12/18/2018 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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Bear Creek Community Nights
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: Every Wed (Nov 7-Dec 19) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Come out to the Bear Creek Facility and join us for organized family fun.


FREE for the community, or join in our enrichment program Kids Empowered and drop off from 2:30-6pm


November
WED, 14  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 28  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

December
WED, 5  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 12  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 19  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location: 15685 Forest Hills Dr, Boulder Creek Map
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ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
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Rio Theater
Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and T
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: $40 Gen, $60

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Featuring The ABBA Show

Abba-Solutely Christmas Show! All of your favorite ABBA hits with the perfect mix of Christmas music sprinkled in to celebrate the holidays.

 

America's most popular ABBA tribute show will light up your holidays. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and Thank you for the Music, the hit list goes on and on and on...

 


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $60
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.theabbashow.com

 

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Outdoor Movies
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Library Central
Celebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening
Date: Every Fri (Nov 23-Dec 21) at 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free Admission
Special Instructions: 5:30pm: set-up chairs, 6-8pm: Movie

(0 A November 2018) Library_MoviesGrinchD7.jpgCelebrate the holiday season with free, family-friendly outdoor movies Downtown, in the Library parking lot every Friday evening between November 23rd and December 21st.

Chairs can be set up at 5:30pm and movies start at 6pm. Please bring low chairs to sit on. There will be a snack bar offering popcorn, hot chocolate and other movie watching treats.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner! Visit http://www.downtownsantacruz.com/eat/ to find to-go dinner options!

The movies are suitable for all ages.
The Library parking lot is located at 224 Church Street in Santa Cruz. Each movie night will also highlight a local community organization.

 

November 30: A Christmas Story

December7: The Grinch

December 14: Zootopia

December 21st movie: Frozen

5:30pm - set-up chairs
6-8pm - Family Movie


Location: Parking Lot, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Lights Train
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Roaring Camp
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)


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NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

 

Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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"The Nutcracker"
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 23)
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!


Dec. 21, 201Friday 12/21 8:00 PM

  • Saturday 12/22 1:00 and 4:30 PM
  •  Sunday 12/23 1:00 and 4:30 PM.

"Come see our annual production of 'The Nutcracker' with live orchestra, performed at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.  

 

"Starring alumna Melody Mennite and Chun Wai Chan, principal dancers with Houston Ballet. 

"Tickets for Sweet Treats meet-and-greet event prior to 1 pm performances are available for an additional fee."

 

 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5260 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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 1-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $50/gingerbread house
Special Instructions: Classes 11/24 - 12/23

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

 

Our popular Gingerbread Workshops are back again this year! New dates and times added! Visit us on line at www.mariniscandies.com to sign up! Classes fill quickly!

 

Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.

 

Dates 11/24 - 12/23

 

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
Holiday Homeless Garden Sales
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Homeless Garden Project
Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 24)


(0 A November 2018) HomeslessGardenHolidayStore2018.jpgThe wait is almost over - our Holiday Store is opening Nov. 12th! We're looking for volunteers to staff the store; email our Volunteer Coordinator at JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org for more info.

 

Our store is "at the center of a web of community ties-of people, actions, dreams, things made, and relationships created." -- Quentin Hancock, store volunteer & HGP supporter

 

Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.

 

Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM, Nov. 12th - Dec. 6th
10 AM - 8 PM, Dec. 7th - Dec. 24th

 


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Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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Reindeer Romp

 
November 17 through January 1

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 Zoo staff 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
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Zoo Lights Celebration
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San Francisco Zoo
Experience bright holiday light displays, Santa Claus and the only place around where you can see Santa's reindeer!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Dec 14-Dec 30) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great Highway

(0 A November 2018) sfZooLightswide.jpgThe best time of year is here as we present our annual ZooLights celebration! Bring your family and friends to be a part of your new holiday tradition. Experience the magic and wonder of the season during this special evening event, featuring bright holiday light displays, Santa Claus and the only place around where you can see Santa's reindeer!

Plus! Enjoy strolling carolers, sip delicious hot cocoa and tasty seasonal delights, and shop at our Zoo gift store.

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT: No admission charge for San Francisco Zoo Members and Guardians!

ZooLights takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on December 14-16, 18-23, and 26-30.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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Transport of Delight
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Transportation models of all kinds
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 8-Jan 6) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SLVMuseum_Transport.jpgA delightful display of transportation models of all kinds. Sure to be fun for all ages, with a hands on, interactive play area for our younger visitors.

 

If you have models of trains, cars, wagons, ships, sleighs, planes, balloons, bicycles, horses - any method of transport and if you would like to share your model(s) please email us at slvmcollections at sbcglobal.net.

 

Exhibition - Dec 8, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Toy Trains 2017
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MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.

The Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. Members of the the Golden State Toy Train Operators will be on hand to help young engineers' master controls and to answer questions. You can even bring your own toy train and put it on the track!

Holiday Hours: The Museum is closed on Christmas Day, and closes early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

December 15 - December 31


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Festive event full of holiday cheer includes crafts, folk art, antiques, collectibles, gift foods, delicious refreshments at the
Date: Every day (Dec 30-Jan 2)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Adults $6, Children under 10 FREE

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🎄41st Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair🎄


Presented by the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation

Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd

🎟Admission - Adults $6.00, Children under 10 FREE🎟
🚙🚜🚛Parking FREE🚗🚕🚙

Three huge buildings filled with one of a kind gifts!!! 👩🏼‍🎨Crafters, Artists, Photographers, Flowers, Wreaths, Antiques, Woodworking, Jewelry, Holiday Foods, Gifts, 1000's of great gifts for all of those people on your gift list🎁

🎅🏼🤶🏼Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the fair 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday and will be available for pictures - bring your camera
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the historic red delivery truck from Martinelli Cider!

🎄Home cooked holiday foods available from our friends at Grace Works Bible Church and Ella's at the Airport (back with us again this year

🎄Fairgrounds Foundation Pie booth serving Gizdich Pies both by the slice and whole pies

🍰Kettle Corn and a new Delicious Waffle vendor
🥂Fairgrounds Foundation Cheer Bar serving Bloody Mary's, Hot Toddies, Wine and more all day long everyday🍾

Biggest show ever - 140 vendors this year - a new record - our biggest show ever - all inside nice warm buildings☃️

Perfect way to start the Holiday Season
Free shuttle service to and from the parking lot

🎉NEW THIS YEAR🎉
🎈New Metal Sculpture Art
🎈New Bakery (Christmas goodies for sale)
🎈Over 30 new crafters this year

🎁And of course all the favorites with new gifts and crafts again this year.🎊


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrou, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Christmas Events in Monterey County
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Monterey County
Holiday celebrations in Monterey County bring back memories of a golden era and create new memories to last a lifetime.
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 31)


Ice Skating by the Bay

Wednesday, November 21 - Thursday, January 6

Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. The ice rink is open daily Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm.

 

Cannery Row Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, November 23, 5pm-9pm

Santa sleighs in for a full day of play along legendary Cannery Row. The festivities begin at Steinbeck Plaza overlooking Monterey Bay at 5pm with Christmas carolers and live reindeer. Stick around until 6pm when Santa flips the switch on a towering 25-foot holiday tree.

 

Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights

Sunday, November 25, 6pm

Kick off your holidays at the annual Salinas family and community delight that attracts over 10,000 spectators. Parade entrants range from marching bands, floats and dancers to walking groups and classic cars. The route winds up South Main Street and through Oldtown to the National Steinbeck Center. Celebrity announcers keep you well informed during the festivities.

 

Pacific Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

Monday, November 26, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Come to Pacific Grove for an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting! The town Christmas tree is located at Jewell Park, at the corner of Central and Forest Avenues. Don't forget to visit Santa's Christmas Party at Chautauqua Hall for refreshments, live entertainment and a dance show.

 

Christmas at the Inns

Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28, 6pm-9pm

It's Pacific Grove at its most picturesque, as ten of the town's bed and breakfasts and inns deck their halls and open their doors so you can share their holiday cheer in Victorian-era splendor. Each and every location will have great live music and tasty holiday treats! A limited number of tickets are available. Admission is $20. Please call 831-373-3304 or visit the official website to reserve your spot.

 

Holiday Parade of Lights

Thursday, November 29, 6pm-7pm

An annual tradition, Pacific Grove's Holiday Parade of Lights is a fun hometown parade down "Main Street, USA." This lighted parade includes floats, marching bands, dance troupes, equestrian performances and Santa Claus. After the parade, carolers will walk through the streets of downtown Pacific Grove as local businesses stay open well into the evening for the holiday celebration.

 

Colton Hall Christmas Tree Lighting 

Friday, November 30, 5pm-6pm

Watch downtown Monterey flip the switch on the Christmas Tree at Colton Hall this afternoon. The tree lighting ceremony will be full of cheer including carols, candles, cookies and cider.

 

Christmas on the Wharf 

Friday, November 30 - Sunday, December 16

Old Fisherman's Wharf invites you for some festive cheer with special holiday entertainment, sweet treats, free Santa "meet and greet" visits, holiday princesses and much more! "Christmas on the Wharf" occurs on Friday evenings from 5pm-9pm, Saturdays from 11am-9pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Click here for the entertainment schedule. 

 

Smuin Ballet's The Christmas Ballet

Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 1 at 2pm

Light up the holiday season with a stellar performance from the Smuin Ballet at the Sunset Center! This holiday-themed program is filled with a stunning and original array of ballet, tap and jazz.

 

Stillwell's Fun in the Park

Saturday, December 1, 10am-4pm

Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove behind the Post Office will be full of wintry fun for all! Fun in the Park features Santa's arrival on a shiny Pacific Grove fire truck, Frosty the Snowman, hayrides, a petting zoo & lots of entertainment.

 

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade

Sunday, December 2, 5pm-7pm

Watch decked out boats cruise along Monterey Bay's scenic coastline during the Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade. The boats will start at Old Fisherman's Wharf and turn around at Hopkins Point, just after the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

 

Streets of Bethlehem

Wednesday, December 5 - Saturday, December 8, 6pm-8:30pm

Step into the Nativity story, as 200 re-enactors, along with live animals and musical groups, recreate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, December 7, 3pm-7pm

Carmel-by-the-Sea lights up the night with a special tree lighting ceremony at Devendorf Park. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 3pm in Devendorf Park with plenty of entertainment, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus! After the tree is lit at 5:45pm stop by Carmel Plaza for their annual open house with live entertainment and refreshments. 

 

Seaside's Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting

Friday, December 7, 6pm-9pm

Celebrate the Christmas season in the City of Seaside! The annual Winter Wonderland Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony features ice skating, interactive crafts, hay rides, a petting zoo and a special visit from Santa.

 

Christmas in the Adobes

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, 5pm-9pm

Step back into Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candlelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style. The twenty 19th-century adobes, lit by luminaries and enhanced with period decorations, are within an easy walk of each other. Learn while you celebrate; docents and volunteers will be on hand to tell the story of each of these charming buildings, many of which are only open to the public during this celebration. Tickets are $25 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by a paying adult), and free for children ages 5 and under. Buy tickets online

 

The Nutcracker performed by Dance Kids of Monterey County

Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at 7pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2pm

Join the celebration as Dance Kids of Monterey County present its 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker featuring the live Monterey Pops! Orchestra at the Sunset Center. Tickets are $49 for adults and $35-$45 for children. 

 

Jingle Bell Run

Saturday, December 8, 8am-11am

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Arthritis Foundation introduce a festive Jingle Bell 5K race (run or walk) at Lovers Point Park. Have fun with Santa, tie jingle bells to your shoes, and help raise funds to support the foundation.

 

Santa's Fly-In

Saturday, December 8, 10:30am

Santa and Mrs. Claus fly-in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield! There they'll board their sleigh and lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village. The parade is filled with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos and more! Afterward, kids can head to the Carmel Valley Youth Center for a photo with jolly Old Saint Nick.

 

TubaChristmas

Sunday, December 9, 1pm-2pm

Don't miss your chance to see an incredible (and free) holiday concert featuring the spectacular resonance of over 50 tubas during TubaChristmas! Your holiday spirit will vibrate with delight during this toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and soul-stirring sing-along concert of your favorite holiday carols at the Monterey Conference Center.

 

Inns of Distinction

Sunday, December 9, 2pm-5pm

Several quaint inns and B&Bs in Carmel-by-the-Sea open their doors this afternoon for the Inns of Distinction tour. Stroll the streets of Carmel and visit charming inns while sampling tastings from some of the area's finest restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Visit the Carmel Heritage website for ticket information.

 

The Nutcracker performed by Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre

Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7pm and Sunday, December 16 at 2pm

Bring the entire family out to a performance of The Nutcracker performed by the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre. The Sunset Center comes alive with this magical tradition with over 150 dancers, countless volunteers and enthusiastic supporters. Tickets are $40 for adults and $32-$37 for children.

 


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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

Welcome to our FNM 2018 website, celebrating 25 years! Planning is being finalized and we will keep you updated with changes as they occur. Watch for a complete listing of performers, coming later this month (you can see a sneak peek here). 80% of the performances are indoors and an FNM Button is your ticket to those performances. 

 

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out! The First Act for the Young and Young-at-Heart

First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 celebrates "25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance and artwork.

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The most creative New Year's Eve you will have with your family!

Kids' Night Out (5 and under free) features music & art activities for the younger set, culminating with the Costume Contest & Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.

 

At 3:00 p.m. kick-off at Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, culminating with the Twilight Parade at 5:30 p.m on Alvarado Street serving as the kids' Finale. Music, song, drumming, dance, ballet, face art, art creating, hat making and more! Check out the Colton Lawn on Pacific Street, the Monterey Art Museum and the Work Building on Alvarado Street for activities to complete artful time.

 

Make sure to have your FNM button - admission to all the fun for the over-5 set! Please refer to the afternoon and evening grids to plan your New Year's Eve and participate in all the fun! Thanks to First Five Monterey County for their support of the free kids' activities.


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Holiday On Ice
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends ice skating by the sea
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 6)
Admission Fees: $14.95 + tax

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Presented by Dignity Health

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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

(0 A November 2018) Boardwalk_holiday-ice-fam-skate.jpgFestivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach-on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Kids Craft Activities
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations

Ice Skating by the beach!

Our new 32' x 90' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.


Ice skating session schedule PDF

 

Reservations recommended. Reserve Now


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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