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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.


During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.


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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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Senderos Winter Dance
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Come for dinner and a show!
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) at 5:30pm

(0 Nov 2017) Senderos.jpgThe Senderos winter performance features Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensamble Musical showcasing dances and music on the first weekend each December.


Come experience beautiful dances from different regions in Mexico and also enjoy delicious Mexican food!


The 2017 December in Mexico show will be Friday December 1 and Saturday December 2 at the Harbor High Little Theater.

Location: Harbor High, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz 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 1 and Sunday December 2 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 4 - Saturday, December 30,  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+)

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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Art Classes
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Santa Cruz Art League
Holiday art shopping special
Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Mark your calendars! Saturday, December 2nd, 2-4pm
Member Double Discount Day. Come and see what we have done with the place.....and join us for refreshments, holiday shopping and a special 20% discount for members! If you are not already a member, this is a great day to become one.
A portion of all proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade
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Los Gatos Recreation
This is a great parade!
Date: 12/02/2017 at 11:00am

(0 Dec 2016) LosGatosHolidayParadeSanta.jpg Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas & Holidays Parade


Rain or shine.


The Annual Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade is sponsored by the Los Gatos Lions Club & LGS Recreation, in cooperation with the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos High School.


Huge parade!


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Winter Art Market
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Tannery Arts Center
Enjoy ornament making, holiday gift show, art demonstrations, stocking making, live music, caroling, and more. Free and open to
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3)
Ages: All ages

(Photos General) Tannery_PaintingofBuilding.jpgHoliday gifts, caroling, ornament making, and seasonal art activities for all ages!

The lighting of Griswoldia also kicks off the Tannery's Winter Art Market, a four-day shopping celebration of locally made arts, crafts, and goods.

The Winter Art Market will feature over 50 artists who work in ceramics, glass, textiles, printmaking, illustration, painting, jewelry and sculpture, as well as food vendors and music.

Art Market hours

Thursday 4-7
Friday 6-9
Saturday & Sunday 12-5


Winter Art Market

Shop local this holiday season!  50+ artists exhibit and sell their work.

  • Hands-on activities for all ages
  • Card making
  • Ornament making
  • artist demonstrations
  • FREE!

Location: 1050 River St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea
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Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Date: 12/03/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea


Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas tea while taking in the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California. The house will be filled with sweet treats, beautiful clothing and objects of art, and there will be a wonderful slide show to enjoy.


Location: 332 East Beach St, Watsonville 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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