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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Winter Series of Celtic Music Night
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St. Andrew Church
One of Celtic Music Night's most dynamic act...
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 15)

Winter Series of Celtic Music Night, continues at St Andrew Church in Aptos. Spread the word! Check it out...

St. Andrews Celtic Night 11/24

Saint Andrew Day Celebration 11/15 10am-12pm featuring David piping in the courtyard 10am-10:30, Kirking O' the Tartans service with Celtic music 10:30-11:30, and a special program by David in the fellowship hall following, from 11:30-12. Free/Open to all

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/1 7pm, Guest: Erik Leiken Professional Highland Bagpiper

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/8 7pm Guest: Charmas - Local Irish band

St. Andrews Celtic Night 12/15 7pm, Guest: The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers

Location: 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos Map
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Holiday caroling for both kids and adults!
Date: 12/18/2015
Ages: All Ages

Hark, the Family Carolers Sing! Now you can pass-down the caroling tradition to your kids - and even sing-along if you want, in our annual multi-generational choir! Drawing from both traditional and non-traditional music, we will sing an array of traditional and secular holiday carols, including, "Seasons of Love", "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", and "Silent Night" in German!

Sat. Dec. 5th - Tree Lighting - SV Chamber of Commerce
Fri, Dec. 18th - Winterpalooza - Museum of Art and History

Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 334-2121 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Claus at Marini's
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Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 23) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Santa Claus at Marini's Candies Downtown
Come visit the jolly man himself during the holiday season. Take a photo for your scrapbook! Santa will be for your visit during the following hours:

1:00pm - 5:00pm on the following days:

Saturday, December 5th

Sunday,December 6th

Saturday, December 12th

Sunday, December 13th

Saturday, December 19th

Sunday, December 20th

Monday, December 21st

Tuesday, December 22nd

Wednesday, December 23rd 

Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Train to Christmas Town
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Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway
Relive the tale of a child's train ride with woodland friends, jolly elves serving cookies and cocoa, and a bag full of surprise
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 27) at 2:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $15-$48
Special Instructions: At the Depot across from Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville

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Climb Aboard the Train to Christmas Town

This holiday season, fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again.


The conductor will welcome you aboard and punch your ticket as you find your seat in warm, decorated cars. Meet Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, even Zephyr the depot cat and laugh along with Elves while they're busy serving cookies and cocoa, and leading guests in singing Christmas carols. Upon arrival at Christmas Town, Santa climbs on board and walks through the cars greeting each child with holiday cheer and his signature "Ho, Ho, Ho"!


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Location: Train to Christmas Town, 765 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: (888)978-5562 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Fantasy of Lights
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Vasona Lake County Park
Exciting, animated displays include the popular Fantasy Train, Tunnel of Lights, Santa Shoots the Hoops, Motorcycle Santa, and P
Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 31) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 - $50 per vehicle

Vasona Lake County Park

Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive-through holiday lights and display entertainment extravaganza for the whole family. Now in its 16th season, Fantasy of Lights continues to be the premier holiday lights spectacular in Northern California. The mostly animated larger-than-life displays, the special sounds of holiday music piped through your own car radio and the sights and sounds of an erupting Volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, Santa Shooting Hoops, a pen of Playful Penguins, blazing Pirate Ship cannons, Tunnels of Lights, and winking, Twinkling Trees will have you "oohing and aahing" throughout the ride.  See all this and so much more!



$20- per Vehicle (Up to 12 people)
$50- oversize vehicles (Capacity 13+)

Cash, Visa or Mastercard accepted, no Debit Cards  

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru Night

· Saturday, December 5, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meet Pope and Marla from MIX 106.5 Morning Show and receive your free holiday CD while supplies last! Bring a donation of canned goods or a cash/check contribution benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. View here for more details about this year's walk-thru night!


NEW THIS YEAR! Help Spread the word: No admittance without prepaid ticket! .

Location: 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 355-2201 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Community Food Drives
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Second Harvest Foodbank
Help is needed for families who are hungry
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)

Holiday Food Drive Kit:

For everything you need to know to host a food drive, read the: HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE KIT

Holiday Food Drive:

All of the materials needed to run a Holiday Food Drive are listed below:


What kind of food you should collect:

  • Canned Meat, Fish & Soups
  • Canned Ready to Eat Meals
  • Canned Vegetables & Tomato Products
  • Peanut Butter (plastic container)
  • Iron Rich Cereal (45% or more of daily value)
  • 100% Fruit Juice (48 oz. or less plastic bottles)
  • Canned Fruit (in juice)
  • Dry Beans (any type)
  • Enriched Rice or Pasta
  • Powdered Milk


What can you do if:

You don't have space for a Food Drive Barrel or You don't get much foot traffic?
Check out the (FOOD DRIVE KIT) For ideas and solutions to these challenges.

You don't have time right now?
We need help year round. Give us a call anytime-we fight hunger all year.

Phone: (831) 722-7110 ext 226 •websitecreate a direct event link
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