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Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

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CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA
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Temple Beth El
First Night of Chanukah
Date: Every day (Dec 12-Dec 15)
Ages: all

CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA IS BACK!


First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
Sunday, December 12

6:30 PM ~ First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
Families please bring your menorah and candles
Jelly doughnuts will be served and there will be Israeli Dancing

 

Friday, December 15

5:45 PM   Dinner
We have a treat this year. Our Chanukah meal will include a wide range of wonderful food provided and prepared by Zeena, the Sisterhood and of course, the Brotherhood's famous latkes. Assorted beverages will be included as well. You're welcome to bring wine to enjoy with dinner. And as we always ask, please bring a dessert to share with 12 people or more. (Fruit and gluten free goodies are always welcome.) Reservations are required for dinner. Please remember to reserve early as we usually have to turn folks away due to our limited space. The RSVP Deadline is Tuesday, December 12. The cost: $18.00 per adult, $10.00 per child ages 6-13. Please use the attached registration form.

7:00 PM   Rock of Ages
Our inspiring service with the Rock Shabbat Band and the Junior Rock Shabbat Band will include traditional and brand new Chanukah music. There will also be childcare in the library. If you wish to, please bring your Menorahs! No reservations are required for those attending only the service.

For questions contact Richie Solomon at (831) 336-1642 or solomonzoo@comcast.net.


Location: Temple Beth El Jewish Community , 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 336-1462 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family
Special Instructions: AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family



Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.

 

AUGUST DANCE CANCELLED, SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Dec 2-Dec 30) at 11:00am


Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturdays, December 2 at 11am

Saturday, December 16 at 11am

Saturday, December 30 at 11am

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

 

 

Rain and/or wet weather cancels this event!

Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center.

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd. Free, but parking costs $10


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Holiday Puppet Special: Caterpillar Puppets
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Library Central
Giggles guaranteed!
Date: 12/16/2017 at 11:00am


(0 Dec 2017) Library_sidekickcpuppets.jpgHoliday Puppet Special: Caterpillar Puppets

A family show featuring a busy elf, some monkey business, a shy artist mouse and a caterpillar who identifies as a butterfly. Giggles are guaranteed.

 

Saturday December 16th

11:00 AM Downtown Library
224 Church St. SC

 

Saturday December 16th

3:00PM Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd. SV

 

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Holiday Puppet Special: Caterpillar Puppets
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Library Scotts Valley
Giggles guaranteed!
Date: 12/16/2017 at 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 Dec 2017) Library_sidekickcpuppets.jpgHoliday Puppet Special: Caterpillar Puppets

A family show featuring a busy elf, some monkey business, a shy artist mouse and a caterpillar who identifies as a butterfly. Giggles are guaranteed.

 

Saturday December 16th

11:00 AM Downtown Library
224 Church St. SC

 

Saturday December 16th

3:00PM Scotts Valley Library
251 Kings Village Rd. SV

 

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Morning in the Preschool
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Join us for Morning in the Preschool
Date: 12/16/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Parents and their young children who will be 2 years 6 months old in September are warmly invited to join us in experiencing our preschool program


Location: Santa Cruz Waldorf School, 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-0519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Oct 21-Dec 16) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide!

Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16   10 am


How did Rancho del Oso become the park it is today? Who are the plants and animals that live here? Why are they here? How did humans influence the natural history of the Waddell Valley? Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a hike on the beautiful Skyline-to-Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way,
we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley, and explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.

We will start our hike at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate on the inland side of Highway 1, across from the Waddell Beach parking lot). The hike will be approximately four miles. Bring water, snacks if you wish, and wear sturdy footwear. Don't forget your curiosity and inner-naturalist. It will be a great day!


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Triple P Workshop: Taking the Struggle Out of Mealtimes
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
How to prevent problems at mealtime and encourage your child to develop healthy eating habits; Tips for creating positive mealti
Date: 12/16/2017 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Triple P Workshop: Taking the Struggle Out of Mealtimes
December 16, 3 - 4:30 pm
Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us to learn: Why children might have problems at mealtimes; How to prevent problems at mealtime and encourage your child to develop healthy eating habits; Tips for creating positive mealtime routines in your family.

This Triple P Workshop is free and open to the public. Please note: child care is not available at this location.
Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources


To register: Contact Caitlin McElroy, Baby Registry Supervisor at Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us (831) 479-8208;4296 or 5843. Registry@toysrus.com


Location: Babies "R" Us/Toys "R" Us, 1660 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Holiday Mart on the Bridge
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Holiday Mart on the bridge, complete with holiday lights and other festivities
Date: 12/16/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


(0 Dec 2017) FeltonCoveredBridgeXmas2017.jpgCome celebrate the season at Felton Covered Bridge County Park!

 

Join us December 16 from 10AM - 3PM for a traditional Holiday Mart on the bridge, complete with holiday lights and other festivities.

 

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


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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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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class
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The Spokesman
Learn how to fix your flat tire!
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00am
Ages: Free

Spokesman Bicycles Free Maintenance Class

3rd Saturday of every month, 10AM

Spokesman Bicycles, Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, CA

http://www.spokesmanbicycles.com/events

 


Location: Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family Meetings
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Create more overall harmony in the home and family with family meetings - tips!
Date: 12/16/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $20.00

Learn how to use family meetings as a space for family members to join together regularly, offer appreciations, plan fun activities, and create more overall harmony in the home and family.

 

Limited scholarships are sometimes available.  Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but please request it and/or sign up for it in advance.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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


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

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

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

 

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 25-Dec 23) at 2:00pm


Gingerbread House Workshops

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Gulliver Unlimited
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Alternative Family Education
AFE middle school production of Gulliver Unlimited-a steampunk coming of age story set during the industrial revolution
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Dec 17)
Admission Fees: Discounted Advance tickets ($6 Youth, $8 Adults), $10 at the door
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

(0 Dec 2017) Gulliver.jpgAFE THEATRE presents the AFE middle school production of Gulliver Unlimited-a steampunk coming of age story set during the industrial revolution. There are two casts, each with three shows.

Discounted Advance tickets ($6 Youth, $8 Adults) are available on the AFE campus in the Resource Center until Thursday at 3 pm for Cast A, and Friday at 3 pm for Cast B. All tickets are $10 at the door.

Show Times:
Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm (Cast A)

Friday, December 15 at 7 pm (Cast B)

Saturday, December 16 at 2 pm (Cast A) LIMITED TICKETS

Saturday, December 16 at 4 pm (Cast A) BEST OPTION

Sunday, December 17 at 11 am (Cast B) BEST OPTION

Sunday, December 17 at 1 pm (Cast B) SOLD OUT


Location: Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz 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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Holiday Movies
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Beach Boardwalk
Free Christmas and Hanukkah movies
Date: Every day (Dec 14-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: Free

Classic holiday movies

Through Jan. 7, 2018 - 6pm-9pm at the Neptune's Stage (near the Pirate Ship) 

On outdoor screen near Ice Rink (More on skating here).

 

Admission free!

 

From Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:

"Share the tradition of these nostalgic short films.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (2000)
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

"Thursday, Dec 14 watch Maccabees: The Story of Hanukkah will rotate 6pm-9pm."

 

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**


Location: Near Ice Rink, 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


http://www.pgmuseum.org/.../wildflowers-through-a-quilters-ey...


Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
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Rescued by the Child born in Bethlehem
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Green Valley Christian Church
A Christmas Musical
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 17)

Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

(0 Dec 2017) Rescued.jpgCome join us for a "behind the scenes" Christmas story, Rescued by the Child born in Bethlehem, A Christmas Musical with music created by Michael W. Smith, Wes King, Bradley Knight and Luke Gambill. Drama written by Kendra Fortes. 

 

Three FREE presentations:

Friday, December 15th at 7PM

Saturday, December 16th at 2PM

Sunday, December 17th at 10AM

 


Location: 376 S Green Valley Rd, Watsonville 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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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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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 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays 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; day use fee for vehicles 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
Nutcracker Santa Cruz: Experience The Magic!
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International Academy of Dance, Santa Cruz Dance Guild
Kick off your family's holiday traditions with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and insp
Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
Ages: all Admission Fees: $30-$40
Special Instructions: Performances 1:00pm and 4:30pm

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

 

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

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

Affordable tickets the whole family can enjoy!

 

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


Location: Cabrillo's Crocker Theater, Lower Perimeter Road, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 466-0458 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Holidays Downtown
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DTA
Magical holiday times downtown!
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)


Downtown for the Holidays

Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

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


Black Friday Weekend

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

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


Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

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


Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

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

The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!


Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

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

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

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


Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

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

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

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


Victorian Carriage Rides

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

Limited Rides - Dates TBD


Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

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

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

Marini's Candies


Santa's Reindeer Round-up

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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.

 

 

 


Location: Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. 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.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.

 

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

 

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Hike to Buzzard's Roost
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State Park Big Basin
Moderate two-mile climb going out, easy return, not recommended for small children
Date: 12/17/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Buzzard's Roost

Sunday, December 17 at 10am

Develop your hiking muscles with this challenging 5-mile, 4-hour round trip to Buzzard's Roost. Join Docent Steve Stolper for a hike to a dramatic rock formation with a commanding view of the park. We gain 1,200 feet in elevation on the way up. After a relaxed lunch on the rocks, we return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain cancels. 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
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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
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Science Sunday
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist
Date: The 3rd Su of every month at 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free with admission
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(A Dec) Seymour_ScienceSunday3.jpgJoin us on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

 

  • Lectures take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
    • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
    • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
    • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.

Lectures are one hour long, including time for a few questions at the end. Science Sunday is free with admission, and always free for members. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Free ADMISSION for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz Undergraduates with valid Student ID.


Location: La Feliz room, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Of the Sea: Fishermen, Seafood, and Sustainability
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Join us for a special film screening followed by an engaging discussion.
Date: 12/17/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


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Of the Sea: Fishermen, Seafood, and Sustainability


Join us for a special film screening followed by an engaging discussion. The film, Of the Sea, tells the story of five California fishermen and demonstrates how seafood choices can influence ocean sustainability. Today, small scale fishing is a rare and challenging profession, and fewer fishing families remain in the industry. Struggling to revive a fading way of life, American fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for responsibly produced seafood. In the film, we learn from fishermen about the salmon, black cod, sea urchin, crab, and squid fisheries along the California coast. Melissa Stevens, co-producer of the film, will host a question and answer session following the film.


Location: 100 McCallister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
Ice skate by the sea!!
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Admission Fees: $10 with ice skate rentals available for $5, or bring your own

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

 

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

 

 


Location: Esplanade Park , Capitola Village Map
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Sempirvirens Fall Hike
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State Park Big Basin
You'll see an ocean view, waterfalls, wildflowers, massive trees, interesting geology, historic sites and more!
Date: 12/17/2017 at 10:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Sempervirens Falls Hike

Sunday, December 17 at 10:30am

This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more! Join Docent Hal Anjo on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. 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
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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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Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Date: Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

Holiday Closures
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1, 2018


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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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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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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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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Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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San Jose Downtown
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
"The Nutcracker"
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 17)
Ages: 3 - 103 Admission Fees: $15-58 plus box office service charge
Special Instructions: For Group Sales rates , call the Box Office.

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


Click HERE to purchase tickets online

 

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


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

 


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2018!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $20

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey 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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    Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition
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    San Lorenzo Valley Museum
    An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.
    Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 15-Jan 28) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    (0 Dec 2017) slvmus_CabinetCuriosities.jpgCabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

    An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.

    Have something unusual to share - what have you collected on your life's adventures? Something from a relative, bought on a trip, found in the yard, made at work - let us make this the most unusual collection of exhibited items - younger, older, and in-between-er's are encouraged to share their treasured possessions.

     

    Contact slvmcollections@sbcglobal.net.

    Opening Reception December 16, 2-4pm

    This special holiday exhibition will be on display from Friday December 15 through January 28, 2018.


    Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Santa Cruz Gives
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    Santa Cruz Gives
    Date: Every day (Dec 11-Dec 31)


    (0 Nov 2017) SantaCruzGives.jpgWe vetted and selected 33 valuable local nonprofits and created a platform to make it easy for you to browse, donate at SantaCruzGives.org and help make our community an even better place to live. Donations accepted at SantaCruzGives.org through December 31, 2017.

    If you have walked on a clean beach, enjoyed a park, attended an arts event, music event, adopted a pet, received health care services, or enrolled a child in an activity-you have encountered the good work of numerous local nonprofits.

    Often the benefits are not visible-when the work prevents or mitigates negative impacts. One thing is certain: Our community would be far less desirable without the dedication of these groups, driven by nothing more than a desire to improve our collective circumstances.

    Join in and do some good for the holidays!


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    Toy Trains 2017
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    MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
    Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.
    Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 31)
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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

    Back for their 12th year, the Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. Members of the the Golden State Toy Train Operators will be on hand to help young engineers' master controls and to answer questions. You can even bring your own toy train and put it on the track!

    Also enter the raffle to win a toy train! Raffle drawing will be on Saturday December 30th at 12:00 noon.

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

    December 15 - December 31


    Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Petite Nutcracker
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    Agape Dance
    The Petite Nutcracker comes to Santa Cruz County
    Date: Every day (Dec 16-Dec 17)
    Ages: Young Audiences Admission Fees: $16 - $25

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

     

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


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


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


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


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


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

     

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

    Farley's Christmas Wonderland

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     


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

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

    You are invited! Felton Toy Train Days

     

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


    Location: 6900 Highway 9, Felton Map
    Phone: (831) 335-6900 •website Felton create a direct event link
    Elephant Seal Walks
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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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    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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    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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    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

    (0 Nov 2017) Christmas_FantasyDrive.jpgTuesday, December 5 - Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm, (Closed December 25), ADMISSION WITH PRE-PAID TICKETS ONLY! -- ON SALE NOVEMBER 1! --

     


    • $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
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