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

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

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

Festivities Include:

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

Schedule

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

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

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

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

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

 

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Free Story Time and Craft Time
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Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 10:30am


Free Story Time and Craft Time 10:30am. Join us on the second Friday of each month for free story time and craft time. Great for toddlers and preschoolers. All are welcome! Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources,


Location: 4101-B2 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
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Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 13-Dec 8) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley


Fridays, October 13 ~ November 10 ~ December 8

10 am

 

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley's plants within Rancho
del Oso's seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace and is great for learning the native habitats. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Hike will begin at the yellow gate across from the Waddell Beach parking lot.


Rancho del Oso, Located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport. 427-2288


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Live Oak Library Book Group
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Live Oak Library
Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) BookGroup.jpgThe Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction.

 

In November, we will be discussing The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Contra Dancing
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

 

Admission: Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card. Discounts for volunteers.

 

Wear: Comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

 

Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events.

 

This is an all-ages event.  Bring your joyful enthusiasm along with a sensibility toward care and consideration for your fellow dancers.

 

More information about upcoming dances in our area is online at the links below:

 

Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/drupal/

English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/

Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/


Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 12/08/2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Dec 9-Dec 23) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See times

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, December 9 at 10:30am

Saturday, December 23 at 10:30am

Join Docent Peggy O'Shea on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 12/09/2017 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

Saturday December 9 at 1pm

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

 



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
A Country Christmas
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Ag. History Project
Paper chains, reindeer puppets, cranberry and popcorn stringing and Holiday movies in the Owl Theater, hay rides and....
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All

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

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

 

Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.  


Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Oct 8-Dec 9) at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
Saturdays, October 14, November 11, December 9 at 8 am

 

Join Interpretive Specialist Jeremy Lin, for an approximate two mile hike to observe, listen, and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp fall morning in Waddell Valley. We will meet at the deck in front of the Nature Center.

 

Rancho del Oso - Coastal Section of Big Basin Redwoods State Park

The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is open to the general public.

The Center is located 2 miles south of Año Nuevo (or 16 miles north of Santa Cruz) just off Highway 1. Turn at the first road south of the Waddell Creek bridge and follow the signs. Extreme weather may cancel events; please call ahead. For more information or to register for events, call 831 427-2288 or email jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Go Green!

 

If you would like to go paperless, please send your full name and email to judybugg46@yahoo.com.
Rancho del Oso News is published quarterly by the Waddell Creek Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Holiday Artisan Food & Gift Market
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Food Lounge
Get all your most unique gifts, foods and holiday staples
Date: 12/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


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

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

Do not miss! Over 24 vendors.


Location: 1001 Center St Ste 1, Santa Cruz Map
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La Virgen de Guadalupe
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Christmas in the Park
A holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits and glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree
Date: 12/09/2017 at 9:00pm


(0 Dec 2017) VirginofGuadalupe.jpgCome join us in celebrating La Virgen de Guadalupe at San Jose's Christmas in the Park!


GFLS will be performing their annual Xmas performance December 9th, 9pm,  this year! Make sure to bring warm jackets and get a cup of hot chocolate! Don't forget to post any pictures on our page and tag us! We look forward to seeing you all there! :)

 

Each year, the two-acre park is transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits and glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Some of the original displays are housed in one of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, and include a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. A 25-foot Christmas tree surrounded by the animated 12 Days of Christmas exhibit and Santa's Booth welcome park visitors. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and entertainment by local schools and groups, and stroll through a forest of trees decorated by San Jose schools, community groups and businesses.


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Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Winter Faire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

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Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Holidays on the Ranch
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 parking fee

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

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

 

 


Location: 2 miles North of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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Young Eagles - Kids Fly Free
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Young Eagles
Kds fly free EAA airplane rides, on the first Saturday of every month between January and April and then again between September
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 8 yrs - 17 yrs Admission Fees: Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) WatsonvilleAirport.jpgExperimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119 flew over 400 children in 2009, and has safely flown over 4500 kids since starting to hold Young Eagle Rallies in 1992. The program consists of an explanation of how airplanes fly and a flight of approximately 20 minutes around the Watsonville - Santa Cruz area. After the flight, each child receives a certificate commemorating the experience. Parents / Guardians are required to sign a registration form. The program is open to kids 8-17.

 

The rallies are held at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC), sign-up is between 10:00am and 12:30pm on the day of the rally at the airport, we do not have pre-registration. Flying is from 11:00am to 3:00pm, weather permitting. Participants should expect to spend 1-2 hours at the airport during the event.  See us on Facebook below and on Twitter status is provided by searching for #EAA119.

 

For more information, contact: Tom Hail  Young Eagles Coordinator, EAA Chapter 119, Watsonville
831-531-8440


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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2017 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pjaro Valleys past.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen Houses, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. The two-story Castro Adobe in Watsonville is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration process lead by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a local non-profit, and partnering with California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

2017 Open House days at Castro Adobe

Enjoy traditional hot chocolate, make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden while exploring romance during the Rancho period. Learn about courting and marriage during that era - including the Bolcoff-Castro marriage and the Castro Adobe-Wilder Ranch historical connection - as well as concepts of race and intermarriage during in Alta California, the perception of the Rancho Period as a "golden age" compared to what historical and archaeological record show, and the loving relationship between a vaquero and his horse.

 

The open houses will be 11am to 3pm

January 21
Febraury 11
March 18
April 22
May 13
June 17
July 22
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18
December 9

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the site and is partnering with California State Parks to open the adobe as a State Historic Park. It is Santa Cruz County's second State Historic Park and the first non-beach state park in the Pajaro Valley. 

Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968 to 1972), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. Learn more on our website.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Succulent Gardens Open House
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Succulent Gardens
Join us for a fun, festive, and FREE holiday open house.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Dec 2017) SucculentWreath.jpgJoin us for a fun, festive, and FREE holiday open house. Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 10am-4pm at Succulent Gardens.

- DIY make-and-take holiday succulent crafts!
- Nursery tour at noon.
- Hot cider & doughnuts.
- Holiday centerpieces and decorations for purchase.


Location: 2133 Elkhorn Rd, Castroville Map
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Festivos on the Rancho
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State Park Castro Adobe
Make tortillas, stroll through the historic garden and learn about the next CA State Historic Park. Parking is limited; carpoo
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Festivos en el Rancho (Holidays at the Rancho)." Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area.

 

Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden. The garden is a unique outdoor space originally created by then-owners Elizabeth and David Potter (1968-72), in consultation with noted landscape architect Thomas Church.

 

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

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Become a Docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Become a docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Assist with class visits, private tours and special events as a docent at Castro Adobe State Historic Park. This involves sharing the stories of the families who made the Castro Adobe home, preparing tortillas and hot chocolate in the restored cocina, leading games and craft activities, event set-up and take-down, and more. Volunteer opportunities are flexible and come up at least monthly.

This docent training is a great way to get involved at the Castro Adobe. Prospective docents should fill out this application (http://www.thatsmypark.org/volunteer/castro-adobe-volunteer-form/) in advance of the training. The training will include lunch.


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Historical Aircraft Display
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Young Eagles
Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2016) WatsAirport_SecondSatHistorical.jpgWatsonville Municipal Airport hosts a Historical Aircraft Display every second Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft.

 

The pilots displaying their aircraft can top off at our self service island at the lowest fuel prices from 0800 Saturday morning until 0800 Sunday morning!

 

 For additional information call 768-3575

 


Location: Watsonville Aviation Education C, 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Festivos on the Rancho
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden.
Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 Nov 2017) Festivos.jpgFestivos on the Rancho

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Adoption Fair
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Pet Pals
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


ADOPTION FAIR!
EVERY SATURDAY
Come visit our adoptable animals from 12-4pm! 
(weather permitting)

  PET PALS
  3660 Soquel Drive
​  Soquel, CA


Location: 3660 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
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Reindeer at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 18-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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


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

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

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

 

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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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 6-Dec 9) 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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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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December at The Farm
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The Farm
Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm. Weather permitting!
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 23)

Special Instructions: Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


Location: Boulevard West, Spreckels Map
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Norrie's Gift Shop Open House
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Arboretum
A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 2

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 25-Dec 23) at 2:00pm


Gingerbread House Workshops

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 10) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Come join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm. Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun with this week's craft: Leaf Painting!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Fantasy of Lights
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County of Santa Clara Parks
Magical wonderland of thousands of colorful twinkling lights, exciting, animated displays and favorite holiday music
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 30) from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets available NOW!
Special Instructions: OPEN DECEMBER 2-30

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

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

 

(0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FantasyWalk.jpg Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3 ONLY!  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, ADMISSION WITH PRE-PAID TICKETS ONLY! -- ON SALE NOVEMBER 1!


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

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

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


Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Dr, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 355-2201 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
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All About Theatre
The whole gang is here Lucy, Schroeder, Sally, Linus, Snoopy, AND CB!!
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 10)
Admission Fees: $10 - $16

Charles Schulz's beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner's classic musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn't give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and "blockhead," himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine's Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.

All-time song favorites: "Happiness", "Suppertime", "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", "My New Philosophy" and more...

Tickets:

Children under 6 are free
$13.00 - Students & Seniors
$16.00 - General Admission
$20.00 - Reserved Seating

Afternoon Performances:
Friday December 8th, 6:30
Saturday December 9th, 1:30, 6:30
Sunday December 10th, 1:30

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Location: Santa Cruz Hope Church, 325 Washington St, Soquel Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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SPCA Gift Faire
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Bike Station and Santa Cruz SPCA
Unique health-oriented gifts
Date: 12/10/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


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Holiday gift shopping -- SCSPCA style #2!

 

Exactly ONE week from today Santa Cruz Cryotherapy is hosting a Holiday Fair for those looking to stock up on unique and healthy gifts!

 

A bunch of local vendors will be selling specialty gifts, food, services, and more! AND we will be there with really cute adoptable dogs. Because we all know a dog a day will keep the doctor away! Science said something like that. Come see what kind of trouble you can get yourself into. :)

 

#HolidayGiftGiving #Local #Gifts #HealthyMinded #HolidayFair #AdoptableDogsIncluded #BecauseDogsMakeYouHealthy #ItsScience #Adoption #SCSPCA #SantaCruzSPCA

 


Location: Bike Station, 3555 Clares St, Capitola Map
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us for our annual winter holiday celebration, featuring local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean
Date: 12/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: Public: $6 adults, $4 kids, Children 2 and under FREE Members: FREE

(0 Dec 2017) JS_Square2.jpgJINGLE SHELLS ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

 

Sunday, December 10, 12 - 5:30 PM


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

 

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

 

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

 

2017 Sponsor: ELIZABETH QUINN, M​S​ DC

 

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


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Jingle Bell Rock 5K
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Toys for Tots
5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
Date: 12/10/2017
Admission Fees: $25 with a toy donation/$35 without a toy donation
Special Instructions: RACE DAY DEC 10

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9:00 am for Kids 1K

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


TOY DROP OFF LOCATIONS

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

 

Award Categories

Top 3 Junior Men and Women 15 - 19

Top 3 Boys and Girls 11 -14

Top 3 Boys and Girls 7 - 10

Top Three Men and Women in the following age groups:

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

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

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

 


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Sip and Stroll
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Jacob's Heart
Meet carolers, Santa and sip wine.
Date: 12/10/2017 at 1:00pm


You're invited to enjoy our Holiday Open House at Redwood Village.


Proceeds from the Sip and Stroll go to Aptos Adopt-A-Family and Jacobs Heart.


Location: RedwoodVillage, 9099 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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State Park Big Basin
We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
Date: Every Su (Dec 3-Dec 10) at 10:30am

Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

Outlook from Mt. McAbee

Sunday, December 3 at 10:30am

Sunday, December 10 at 10:30am

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

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Farley's Christmas Wonderland
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Farley's Christmas Wonderland
Visit an elaborate Christmas-themed oasis
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 31) from 5:45pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Donations accepted

Farley's Christmas Wonderland

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


Location: 108 Seaview Ave., Aptos Map
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Family Caroling Class
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Santa Cruz Performing Arts
Holiday caroling course for both kids and adults! Learn how to harmonize.
Date: Every Su and Wed (Oct 23-Dec 11)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: TUITION; $150 (Family Discounts Available)

(0 Oct 2017) BenJamminCarolingClass.jpgFamily Caroling  ~  Hark, the Family Carolers Sing!

Now you can pass-down the tradition of holiday caroling by enrolling your child and/or self in our annual multi-generational choir! Drawing from both traditional and non-traditional music, students learn beginning harmony and vocal techniques, while singing an array of traditional and secular holiday carols, including, "Seasons of Love", "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", and "Silent Night"! 
Classes are fun, low key, meet once a week, and begin in mid-October.

SUNDAYS:@Kristy's School of Dance in Aptos - October 23 - December 11 - 2:00-3:30 OR  WEDNESDAYS @Ben Jammin's Studio in Live Oak - October 19 - December 11 - 3:30-5:00


Please note that students may choose to rotate between the Sunday and Wednesday locations to make-up missed rehearsals. The course will end with four caroling exhibitions (some exhibitions are subject to change), of which we request participants to perform in a minimum of two.

TUITION; $150 (Family Discounts Available)

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Location: Kristy's School of Dance & Ben J, 7970 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Annual Family Holiday Craft Event
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Family Christmas event
Date: 12/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2017) SLVMuseum_FamilyCraft2017.jpgAnnual Family Holiday Craft Event

 

Please join us at the Museum for this family holiday craft event for children of all ages.

Create an ornament for our Christmas tree or for your home. Decorate cookies, make a holiday table display, or create your own holiday treasure.

Cost: Free, donations appreciated.

 

Help decorate the SLV Museum! Cookies, juice, and craft supplies provided to create holiday ornaments and table displays.

 

 December 10, from 12:00 pm to 4:00

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Cantiamo! Concert for a Winter's Eve
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Holy Cross Church
Date: 12/10/2017 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 general admission, $21 senior, $20 students.

(0 Nov 2017) CabrilloChorus.jpgCantiamo! Concert for a Winter's Eve

 

Holy Cross Church
126 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Sunday Dec 10, 8 pm 2017

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Carmel Mission Basilica
3080 Rio Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
Saturday Dec 9, 8 pm 2017

Buy Tickets Now!

 


Location: 126 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Book Drive
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Give the gift of reading!
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 31)

Special Instructions: June 1st through September 5th

Holiday Book Drive, Bookshop Santa Cruz, November 24th to December 25th.


The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is once again partnering with Book shop Santa Cruz to gather donations of book s for use in school libraries and classrooms throughout Santa Cruz City Schools. Donate books or buy a gift card to fulfill the wish lists of book s in highest demand carefully compiled by your school librarians. All book s purchased for the Holiday Book Drive will be offered at 20% off from November 24th through December 25th. Co-sponsored by The Santa Cruz Education Foundation, Good Times and the Santa Cruz Warriors.

 

Special Bonus! Donate from December 4th- December 10th to be entered into a raffle to win a Warriors fan pack including four tickets to an upcoming game!

For more information or to donate now, visit: http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/hbd

 


Location: Pacific Av, Santa Cruz Map
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Write A Letter to Those Who Serve
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Libraries - All
It's easy to participate and your letter and/or artwork will make some one very happy. Kids are especially encouraged to write.
Date: Every day (Nov 15-Dec 31)


(0 Nov 2017) Library_VeteranLetter.jpgOperation Gratitude sends 200,000+ Care Packages each year to Deployed Troops, Veterans, New Recruits & First Responders. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! That's why we're partnering with Operation Gratitude on a letter writing campaign at all of our libraries.

 

We'll have pens, pencils, paper, and inspiration available at all branch libraries and at the Veterans Information Center at the Downtown Library. We will begin gathering letters from our branches starting now and continuing through the New Year. We will mail one giant box with our letters to Operation Gratitude!

 

It's easy to participate and your letter and/or artwork will make some one very happy. Kids are especially encouraged to write.


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
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Guided Redwood Grove Walks
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure - ask any questions you may have
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

Guided Redwood Grove Walks

Saturdays at 11 am & 2 pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday and Sunday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the Day Use area of Henry Cowell off of HWY 9, at 101 N. Big Trees Park Road in Felton.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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The Lion King Jr
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Mount Madonna School
A classic hero's journey where young Simba the lion must learn what it means to be a true leader
Date: Every day (Dec 9-Dec 10) at 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Lion King Jr  Discovery and redemption: The Lion King Jr. onstage at Mount Madonna School: a classic hero's journey where young Simba the lion must learn what it means to be a true leader. Simba faces great challenges and overcomes personal tragedy in gaining the wisdom needed to lead his kingdom. This production embraces a multicultural approach honoring African traditions and rhythms, with the middle school cast members often chanting and singing songs in Zulu. All seats reserved.

 

Matinee shows at 2pm on December 9-10.

Tickets available at http://mmslionkng.bpt.me


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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Hark, the Family Carolers Sing!
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SC Performing Arts
Enjoy the tradition of holiday caroling with families.
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 11)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See details for dates/times/locations

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

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


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

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

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


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Strike Out Hunger
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Boardwalk Bowl
Can of food for a free game
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

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

Festivities Include:

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

Schedule

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

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

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

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

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

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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The Ultimate Christmas Show
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Mountain Community Theater
The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+ Admission Fees: $17-$20
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

  • Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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    Ranch Tours
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    State Park Wilder Ranch
    History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
    Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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    Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

    History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

     

    Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

     

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


    Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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    Measure S Talks
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    Libraries
    Measure S projects are heating up!
    Date: Every day


    Measure S Building Projects

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    Catch up on all Measure S projects in one place: https://www.santacruzpl.org/measure_s/

     

    On February 11, 2016, the SCPL Facilities Financing Authority placed a $67 million bond measure (later designated Measure S) on the June, 2016 ballot. With 70% approval, voters agreed to fund Measure S. These funds are intended to improve each and every facility in the SCPL system, with new buildings slated for Capitola and Felton and a major renovation or new build under consideration for Downtown Santa Cruz.

     

    We encourage you to keep up to date with these building projects and to participate in the planning process. These are YOUR libraries, so lets imagine the future together.

     


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


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    Holiday Tree Walk

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Toys for Tots


    Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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    Curious Contraptions
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    Exploratorium
    A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
    Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

    (0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

     

    Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

     

    This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

     

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    Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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    Felton Toy Train Days
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    Felton Presbyterian Church
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 25-Dec 31)

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

    You are invited! Felton Toy Train Days

     

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


    Location: 6900 Highway 9, Felton Map
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    Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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    State Park Ano Nuevo
    3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
    Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
    Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
    Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

    Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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    Guided Elephant Seal Walks

    Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

    Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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    Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

     

    These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

     

    People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

    These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

     

    Self-Guided Seal Walks

    Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

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

     

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


    Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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    Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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    State Park Big Basin
    Explore the parks less traveled backcountry,
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 2-Dec 30) at 12:00pm
    Ages: All

    Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

    Saturday, December 2 at 12pm

    Saturday, December 9 at 12pm

    Saturday, December 16 at 12pm

    Sunday, December 17 at 12pm

    Saturday, December 30 at 12pm

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

     

     


    Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    Holiday Train Rides
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)


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    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

    November 24 through December 23

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

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

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

     

     

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    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Coffee Talk and Crafts
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    State Park Big Basin
    Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 31) from 9:30am to 12:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    Coffee Talk and Crafts

    Saturday, December 2 from 10am to 1pm

    Sunday, December 10 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

    Saturday, December 23 from 10am to 1pm

    Saturday, December 30 from 10am to 1pm

    Sunday, December 31 from 10am to 1pm

    Come to the Sempervirens Room next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. A Docent will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! 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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    Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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    State Park Big Basin
    Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 31) at 1:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

    Redwood Grove Loop Walk

    Saturdays and Sundays in December at 1pm

    Friday, December 1 at 1pm

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

     



     


    Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    Holidays Downtown
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    Magical holiday times downtown!
    Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)


    Downtown for the Holidays

    Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

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


    Black Friday Weekend

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

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


    Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

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


    Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

    Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

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

    The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!


    Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

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

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

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


    Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

    10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

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

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

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


    Victorian Carriage Rides

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

    Limited Rides - Dates TBD


    Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

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

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

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    Santa's Reindeer Round-up

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

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

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


    Parking for Hope

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

     

     

     


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