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Community Open House
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map


Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

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

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.


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


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


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


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


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

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Cell Phone Tours Monterey Historic Park
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State Park Monterey Historic
Take a cell phone tour of historic buildings
Date: Every day

Cell Phone Tours

Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
Click here for downlodable Cell Phone Guide and Map.

Stop Number/Building
Call (831) 998-9458
After prompt, enter Stop Number:

401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)


Location: Alvarado St and Franklin St, Monterey Map
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Winter Series of Celtic Music Night
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St. Andrew Church
One of Celtic Music Night's most dynamic act...
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 15)

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

St. Andrews Celtic Night 11/24

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

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

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

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

Location: 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos Map
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Family Yoga
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Come stretch, play & explore!
Date: Every Su at 1:30pm
Ages: 4+ Admission Fees: $14 drop in (class cards + memberships also available)

Family Yoga: Ages 4+

Family Yoga is now offered EVERY Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm! This class offers a unique approach by blending yoga and family bonding! Laughter and love fill each class and are sure to inspire and nurture the entire family's relationship. This class works best for children who can follow instructions and participate and is designed for parents and little ones ages 4 and up.


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Location: Luma Yoga and Family Center, 1010 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 325-2620 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Claus at Marini's
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Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 23) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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

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

Saturday, December 5th

Sunday,December 6th

Saturday, December 12th

Sunday, December 13th

Saturday, December 19th

Sunday, December 20th

Monday, December 21st

Tuesday, December 22nd

Wednesday, December 23rd 

Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Community Food Drives
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Second Harvest Foodbank
Help is needed for families who are hungry
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 31)

Holiday Food Drive Kit:

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

Holiday Food Drive:

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


What kind of food you should collect:

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


What can you do if:

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

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

Phone: (831) 722-7110 ext 226 •websitecreate a direct event link
Train to Christmas Town
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Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway
Relive the tale of a child's train ride with woodland friends, jolly elves serving cookies and cocoa, and a bag full of surprise
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 27) at 2:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $15-$48
Special Instructions: At the Depot across from Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville

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Climb Aboard the Train to Christmas Town

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


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


Get your tickets today!

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

Vasona Lake County Park

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



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

Cash, Visa or Mastercard accepted, no Debit Cards  

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru Night

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

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


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

Location: 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 355-2201 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Celebrate Heritage Day in Saratoga
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Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial
Date: Every day
Ages: All

A new exhibit-Saratoga and the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition-100 Year Centennial opens February 13 at the Saratoga History Museum.


The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a world's fair held in San Francisco, in the United States, between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. The purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal but the reality was to demonstrate that San Francisco had recovered from the 1906 earthquake.


The fair was constructed on a 635 site in San Francisco. It featured 11 Exhibit Palaces with over 40 countries and all the states participating. Among the exhibits at the Exposition was the C. P. Huntington, the first steam locomotive purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad; A telephone line was also established to New York so people across the continent could hear the Pacific Ocean. The Liberty Bell traveled by train on a nationwide tour from Pennsylvania to attend the exposition. Henry Ford had cars assembled every 10 minutes for 3 hours each day.


The exhibit will cover the PPIE exhibit and include information on Saratogans participating. The exhibit will run from February -June 26. Fair artifacts and ephemera will be on display.



Location & Nearby Info Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.
Saratoga, CA 95070


Location: 20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd. , Saratoga 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
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Classes at Love Apple Farms
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Love Apple Farm
Take a class at Love Apple Farm
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Dec 31)

On-site workshops are held at what GQ Magazine calls our "stunning beautiful farm," located off of Highway 17 (the former Smothers Brothers Winery), just 15 minutes from Los Gatos or Santa Cruz, and 30 minutes from San Jose.



To ask a question about our on-site classes, please email us.




For information about hosting a private event for your organization or business at the farm or at your venue contact

View our cancellation/rescheduling policy.


October 2015

Farm Dinner  $139 - Saturday, October 3

Hard Apple Cider $89 - Saturday, October 10

Backyard Chicken Keeping  $99 - Sunday, October 11

Sausage Making  $99 - Saturday, October 17

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, October 17

Succulent Wreaths  $119 - Sunday, October 18

Hearty Soups & Stews  $89 - Saturday, October 24

Beginning Cheese Making  $99 - Sunday, October 25


November 2015

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, November 7

Wreaths from the Garden  $59 - Sunday, November 8

Perfect Holiday Pies  $89 - Saturday, November 14

Apple Butter for Gift Giving  $79 - Sunday, November 15

Chocolate Truffles & Other Decadence  $99 - Saturday, November 21

Beginning Cheese Making  $99 - Sunday, November 22

Bread Making  $89 - Saturday, November 28

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Sunday, November 29


December 2015

Home-Made Liqueurs for Gift Giving  $119 - Saturday, December 5

Holiday Sweets & Treats  $89 - Saturday, December 12

Docent-Led Farm Tour  $18/$9 - Saturday, December 12

Garden Mosaics  $119 - Saturday, December 19

Soap Making for Gift Giving  $89 - Sunday, December 20

Location: 2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 588-3801 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa's Kingdom Holiday Lights Train
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa and
Date: Every day (Nov 27-Dec 23)

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

November 27–8, December 5-6, 12-13, 18-23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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


Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with your choice of arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!


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


Buy tickets online - select date for Holiday Lights Train and click 'Purchase'

Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Naranon for Families
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12-Step support programs for those affected by someone else's addiction problems
Date: Every Su, Tues and Th
Admission Fees: Free. Donations accepted.
Special Instructions: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Los Gatos, Scotts Valley

Nar-Anon Family Groups are 12-Step support programs for those affected by someone else's addiction problems. We come together to share our experience, strength and hope (ESH) in finding better ways to live.


Newcomers, please come 15 min. early to get acquainted with us and our literature.


Santa Cruz Sunday 6:30pm-8:00pm

Sutter Hospital, 2900 Chanticleer Ave

Walk through to the back door, we're in the Sutter Room.

(888) 374-1164


Aptos Tuesday: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Freedom Roads Church, 7200 Freedom Blvd.
"Lighting the Way," a candlelight meeting
(parking and meeting room in back of church, please drive through to the back.)
Santa Cruz Greater Bay Area Helpline: (831) 291-5099

Los Gatos Sunday: 7:00pm-8:00pm "Peace and Serenity on Sunday"
Faith Lutheran Church, 16548 Ferris Ave Rm #13.
Cross Streets are Kennedy and Los Gatos Blvd.
Contact: 408-395-9125


Scotts Valley Thursday 7:00-8:30pm
St. Phillip's Church. 5271 Scotts Valley Dr., Rm 1

Los Gatos Thursday: 7:30pm-8:30pm "Vision of Hope"
Mission Oaks Hospital (2nd Floor Behavioral Health Unit)Room 295
15891 Los Gatos Almaden Road
Los Gatos
Contact: 408-395-9125

Phone: (888) 374-1164 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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