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

Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Presented by Dignity Health Medical Network

November 11, 2017- January 7, 2018

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

Festivities Include:

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

Schedule

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

Fridays-Sundays: 12pm-9pm

Mondays-Thursdays: 4pm-9pm

December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018

12pm-9pm

Ice Skating

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

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

$12

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Reserve your ice skating session before you arrive!

(Online reservations coming in November)

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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


Location: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Dr, Los Gatos Map
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Holidays Downtown
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Magical holiday times downtown!
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 24)


Downtown for the Holidays

Holiday Traditions and Magical Moments happen in Downtown Santa Cruz 

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


Black Friday Weekend

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

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


Small Business Saturday - Nov 25th

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


Downtown Holiday Parade - Saturday, Dec 2nd

Starting at 10 am on Pacific Avenue,

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

The Holiday Parade is Rain or Shine!


Santa Cruise - Saturday, Dec 9th

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

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

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


Saturday, Dec 16 - Free Family Movie

10 am at the Del Mar Theatre

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

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

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


Victorian Carriage Rides

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

Limited Rides - Dates TBD


Visits with Santa at Marini's Candies

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

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

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


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Holiday Tree Walk

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Toys for Tots


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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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!

 

 

Tickets

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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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 1-Dec 4)
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
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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 25-Dec 23) at 2:00pm


Gingerbread House Workshops

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

 

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

 

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


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Jingle Bell Rock 5K
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Toys for Tots
5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 12)
Admission Fees: $25 with a toy donation/$35 without a toy donation
Special Instructions: RACE DAY DEC 10

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9:00 am for Kids 1K

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


TOY DROP OFF LOCATIONS

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

 

Award Categories

Top 3 Junior Men and Women 15 - 19

Top 3 Boys and Girls 11 -14

Top 3 Boys and Girls 7 - 10

Top Three Men and Women in the following age groups:

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

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

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

 


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

(0 Nov 2017) CarolingwithBenjammin.jpgHark, the Family Carolers Sing!

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

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


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

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

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


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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
    Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
    Winter Open House
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    Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
    Enjoy nature's gifts and explore the Museum of Natural History with FREE admission during our Winter Open House
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)


    (0 Nov 2017) SCMus_WinterOpenHouse.jpgEnjoy nature's gifts and explore the Museum of Natural History with FREE admission during our Winter Open House.

     

    Celebrate the season with crafts and activities, and take advantage of our store-wide sale to find something special for the nature-lovers in your life.

     

    Plus complimentary hot cider and cookies!

     


    Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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    Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair
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    Santa Cruz County Fair
    Bring your family and friends to find one-of-a-kind special holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)
    Admission Fees: $5 and children get in free

    (0 Nov 2017) christmas_FairHeritageHoliday.jpg40th Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

    The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation invites you to the 40th Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair happening at our beautifully decorated Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds this December. The Harvest, Crosetti, and Fine Art buildings will be filled with great handmade crafts and gift ideas for this holiday.

     

    Christmas trees by Corrigans will be for sale! Come join us for what has become the official start of the holiday season here in the Pajaro Valley. Bring your family and friends to find one-of-a-kind special holiday gifts for everyone on your list. With three buildings to shop, you will find crafts, gifts, antiques, collectibles, toys, and much more. Many of our crafters have been with us for years.

     

    Our train-friends from Roaring Camp will be back again this year with a brand new train layout. Mister and Ms Claus will be making their visit again on Saturday and Sunday too. You can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal too, serving from both Harvest and Crosetti buildings. The Kettle Corn is always fresh in the Christmas Square. Don't forget to grab a slice of wonderful Gizdich Pie from our pie booth.


    Mark your calendars:

    • December 1, 2, and 3
    • Friday from 10AM to 6PM
    • Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 4PM

    Parking is free and includes shuttle service right to the building doors! We shuttle you and your great buys back to your car too.


    Location: Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville 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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    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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    The Peace of Wild Things by Imant Raminsh and music of the seaso
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    Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3)
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission, $21 senior, $20 students.

    The Peace of Wild Things by Imant Raminsh and music of the season, plus Sing-Along Traditional Carols

    Music of the Season, a Monterey Brass Ensemble plus Sing Along Traditional Carols

     

    Cheryl Anderson, Director  ~  Vlada Volkova-Moran, Accompanist

    Join Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus & a Monterey Brass Ensemble for this popular concert, a wonderful way to begin the holiday season with an evening of warmth, music and sing-along Christmas carols.


    • Friday, the 1st of December 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, the 2nd of December 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
    • Sunday the 3rd of December 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

    Holy Cross Church

    Under the direction of Cheryl Anderson, the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus has toured throughout the finest concert halls in the United States and Europe. The Chorus traveled to Cuba in 2016 and performed at Carnegie Hall, NY in 2017 to premier a work by the brilliant Latvian composer, Êriks Esénvalds.

     

    $25 general admission, $21 senior, $20 students. Proceeds support the Chorus' scholarship program.

     

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    The Program:

    • The Peace of Wild Things, Imant Raminsh
    • Sure on This Shining Night, Morten Lauridsen
    • Manna, Êriks Esénvalds
    • Prayer, Morten Lauridsen
    • Ave Maris Stella, Guillaume Dufay

    Email info@feastofchristmas.com or call 831-479-6154 for more details. To join our mailing list to receive concert announcements  email concerts-subscribe@feastofchristmas.com and send a blank email.


    Location: Holy Cross Church, 126 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Reindeer at SF Zoo
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    San Francisco Zoo
    Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
    Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 18-Jan 1)

    Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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


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

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

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

     

     


    Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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    ParkStore Holiday Sale 2017
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    Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
    Find apparel, jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and...
    Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 3) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


    (0 Nov 2017) ParkStores_LunaseaDesigns.jpgParkStore Holiday Sale 2017

    December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

     

    Shop four Park Store locations for thoughtful holiday gifts on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

     

    On Saturday, December 2, walk with us in the Holiday Parade in downtown Santa Cruz (meet on Pacific Avenue at 9:30 am). Follow us up to the Mission for the Holiday Sale and "Tacos on the Terrace" with Taquitos Gabriel's.

     

    Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks. Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

     

    Preview Sale: Friday, December 4 • 4-7 pm

    Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

     

    Holiday Sale: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 • 10am - 4pm

    Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz

    Seacliff State Beach, State Park Drive, Aptos

    Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz


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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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    Ninth Annual $25 and Under Artisans Gift Sale
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    The Art Factory and Blue Heron Design Group
    $25 and Under Handmade Gifts by local artists
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

    (0 Nov 2017) Christmas_Artisans_Elephant.jpgCome browse a unique marketplace of exquisite, local, handcrafted holiday gifts!

     

    All items are $25 or less. Satisfy every need on your gift list under one roof.

     

    Check out our creative local vendors!

     

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    Location: The Vets Hall, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Book Sale
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    Library Scotts Valley
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


    Purchase great quality, gently used books for yourself and your friends this holiday season!


    Location: 230 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Community Open House
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 10) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


     

    Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

    Community Open House

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


    Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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    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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    Celebrate Las Posadas
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    Live Oak Community Resources
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm


    (0 Nov 2017) LasPosadas.jpgJoin Live Oak Community Resources at 4pm on Dec. 2 for a Las Posadas celebration, featuring dinner, live music and dance performances. The evening is free for families to attend - see the schedule below for details:

    4:00 PM - Depart from Live Oak Community Resources. Procession will visit houses down 17th Ave.

    5:00-5:15 PM - Arrive at Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave. Speakers from the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions will speak about their cultural celebrations of the season. Dinner will be served. (hot chocolate, homemade champurrado and atole, rice & beans donated by Taqueria Vallarta)

    7:00 PM - Free Studio Ghibli Family movie night begins: "Kiki's Delivery Service."

    Questions? Contact Vicky at (831) 476-7284 x110.


    Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Norrie's Gift Shop Open House
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    Arboretum
    A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Special Instructions: OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 2

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     


    Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair
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    Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
    Art, crafts, baked goods by the children!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair

    Table registration is now open online!
    Location: Boys & Girls Club gym downtown (543 Center St.)

     

    (A Nov) boys-and-girls-club-craftfair-.jpgThe Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz invites all children (18 and under) who enjoy arts & crafts, baking, and/or cooking to rent a table at our annual craft & food fair. They can decorate their table as much as they like and sell their homemade goods to shoppers, family, and friends. This Craft Fair is truly unique in its support of children's creativity and entrepreneurship.We hold the craft fair in our gym immediately following the annual downtown Santa Cruz parade a couple blocks away where lots of people will be gathered. There will be live music from local performers (if you know of any groups who might like to perform, let us know). Customer admission is free.

     

    Table space is limited, so reserve yours early by registering and making payment for $15 per table (can be shared to save $, limit 2 per participant). How to Register: Registration is now available online.


    You can choose to pay online on that page, pay at the Club, or send a check.Feel free to pass this email along to friends who might be interested. We look forward to another fun event!


    Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Felton Toy Train Days
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    Felton Presbyterian Church
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 25-Dec 31)

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

    You are invited! Felton Toy Train Days

     

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


    Location: 6900 Highway 9, Felton Map
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    Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
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    Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
    Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food,
    Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 3) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


    (0 Nov 2017) Christmas_LomaPrietaCraft2017.jpgLoma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire, Celebrating 25 years!

    There’s a little bit of everything here! Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food, furniture, gems and minerals, glass, jewelry, handknits, leather, local honey and beeswax products, metal, paintings, photographs, soaps and lotions, sculptures, textiles, toys and woodwork.

     

    The Holiday Craft Faire happens on the first weekend in December.

    Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 5 pm
    Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm

     


    Location: Loma Prieta Gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos Map
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    Holiday Book Sale
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    Library Central
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


    (0 Nov 2017) Library_CentralHolidayBookSale.jpgEnjoy the Downtown Santa Cruz Parade and then join your Friends at our annual Holiday Book Sale event!


    Santa Cruz Downtown Library - Upstairs Meeting Room


    Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz County Map
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    Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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    Santa Cruz County Parks
    Do your holiday shopping, and support local artists and craftspeople!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
    Special Instructions: Free parking, too

    (0 Nov 2017) CountyCraftFair2017.jpgA wide variety of high-quality, handmade art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire!

     

    Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind items created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople, including jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, nightlights, succulent mini gardens, craft kits for kids, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more!

     

    Come on by to find that perfect gift, stocking stuffers, or something for yourself! Free parking and admission.


    Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
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    Holiday Parade
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    Downtown Santa Cruz
    Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Special Instructions: Spruce Street down to Pacific Avenue to Front Street

    (0 Nov 2017) DTAParade2017.jpgDowntown Association's Holiday Parade

    Starting 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!

     

    The annual holiday parade is rain or shine!

     

    For further information, please visit:  www.downtownsantacruz.com/wordpress/about/

     


    Location: 1346 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Come Home with A Beautiful Wreath
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    Earthbound Farm
    Learn to create a gorgeous holiday wreath with organic grapevines
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 per person

    (0 Nov 2017) Christmas_EarthboundWreath.jpgLearn to create a gorgeous holiday wreath with organic grapevines dressed with local greenery as you enjoy hot cider and cookies.

     

    Plan on spending at least an hour, so please arrive no later than 1:00 to have enough time. Bring your garden gloves and clippers if you have them!


    $25 per person - take home your finished wreath


    Location: 7250 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley Map
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    Lighted Boat Parade
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    Santa Cruz Harbor
    50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    (A Nov) LightedBoatParade-150x150.jpgSponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and including a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor.

     

    Charter boats available.

     

    This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor.


    Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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    Lucia Festival of Lights
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    The Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
    Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
    Admission Fees: $5 adults, $3 ages 5-12, $15 families, under 5 no charge

    Dec 2, 2017 - Lucia Festival

    Lucia 2008

    • Refreshments and Butik
    • Children's Crafts
    • Bring Cookies to Kitchen before the Program

    The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2017 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats.  The well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony.  After the program, Jultomtem leads the way to cookies, coffee, and punch.  Everyone is invited to join in the dancing around the Christmas tree.  A craft table for children will be available.

    20131207_174301Our Butik will be open featuring unique Nordic gifts and items for the home and family.  Beautiful wooden, metal, and glass items, linens, candles, cards, books, jewelry, shirts, dolls, and Christmas decorations will be available for purchase.

     

    If your child or grandchild would like to participate in the program, please email Helene at helene@olsmats.com before Oct 25.  Rehearsals start in November.

     

    History of Lucia Day

    Before daybreak, Lucia, dressed in a white gown with red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerges our of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family.  According to one legend, Lucia was born in Sicily and secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.

     

    Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse; now this date is the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year when all celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun - a festival of light!


    Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale
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    City of Watsonville
    Sale with a delightful array of products... save the date, it happens only once a year!
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


    Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

    Each year Watsonville's business community holds a factory sale, which is held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 4pm.  There are great deals on the many products grown, manufactured or produced right here in Watsonville!


    Click here for a list of Participating Vendors and Map

    This annual event features local businesses offering great Christmas gifts at deep discounts. Finish your holiday shopping early, save money and support local businesses.  Participating merchants will include:

    La Selva Designs - Gifts and Collectibles - 948 East Lake Avenue

     

    Head'n Home - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

     

    El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen -Free Hot Chocolate. Featuring locally prepared food and Artisan products - 412 East Riverside Drive

     

    S. Martinelli & Company - Martinelli's Gold Medal Cider - 345 Harvest Drive

     

    Anniglass - Art for the Table - 310 Harvest Drive

     

    Smith & Vandiver - Bath, Body and Skincare - 480 Airport Blvd.

     

    Hidden Fortress Coffee - Coffee - 125 Hangar Way

     

    Roche Leather Company - Custom  Leather Handbags- 161 Harkins Slough Rd.

     

    Environmental Science Workshop - Unique gifts for the DIYer- 120 Second Street

     

    American Hatmakers / Head'n Home Hats - Handmade Hats - 125 Aviation Way

     

    Integrity Wines - Local handcrafted wines made to exceed your expectations -135 Aviation Way

     

    Creator Haven, LLC - jewelry, metal and glass artists- 41-B Hangar Way


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    Holiday Craft Fair & Tree Lighting
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    Chamber of Aptos
    Enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus, Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and entertainment
    Date: 12/02/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


    Holiday Craft Fair & Tree Lighting

    Saturday, December 2 (Rain Check Saturday, December 9)

    2:00- 5:00pm

    Aptos Village Park Tree

    Join us for a festive craft fair and tree lighting ceremony sponsored by Aegis Living of Aptos.

     


    Location: Aptos Village Park Tree, Soquel Drive and Aptos Creek Road, Aptos Map
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    Hidden Valley String Orchestra
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    Santa Cruz Waldorf
    An afternoon highly romantic string music performed without a conductor
    Date: 12/03/2017 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
    Ages: 9+ Admission Fees: $9-$25

    (0 Nov 2017) ClairdeLune.jpgThe Santa Cruz Waldorf School is proud to sponsor our own Polly Malan along with Artistic Directors Roy Malan and Stewart Robertson and the Hidden Valley String Orchestra for an afternoon highly romantic string music performed without a conductor!

     

    The performance is recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

     

    TICKETS


    Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Molly's Revenge
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    Don Quixotes International Music Hall
    A dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm
    Date: 12/07/2017 at 7:30pm
    Admission Fees: $18 adv./$22 door seated <21 w/parent

    "A seriously joyous, masterly musical experience." -- Tom Clancy, Irish Music Magazine


    Join Molly's Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song, and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. You'll have an opportunity to join in and sing some of your favorite carols, and our dancing guests will surely set your toes tapping. Born of the timeless tradition of the all-night music session, Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious on-stage enthusiasm.

    The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, and song -- set against a backdrop of guitar, bouzouki, and mandola accompaniment -- guarantee an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. The new Winter Dance CD featuring music from the show will be available at the concerts . Singer and bodhrán player Christa Burch possesses a singular voice: warm, supple, expressive, intimate -- and instantly recognizable.

     

     

    Artist sites and sounds:  www.mollysrevenge.com and www.christaburch.com

     


    Location: 6275 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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    Thriller Bike Ride
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    Bike Church
    Families welcome...caution, best for teens and up
    Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


    Location: 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Winter Faire
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    Santa Cruz Waldorf School
    Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: None

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    Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
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    Festivos on the Rancho
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    Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
    Open House visitors will be able to tour the property including the restored cocina (kitchen) and the Potter-Church Garden.
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    (0 Nov 2017) Festivos.jpgFestivos on the Rancho

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

     

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

     

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

     


    Location: Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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    Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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    State Park Big Basin
    Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
    Date: 12/09/2017 at 1:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

    Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

    Saturday December 9 at 1pm

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

     



     


    Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    Holiday Artisan Food & Gift Market
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    Food Lounge
    Get all your most unique gifts, foods and holiday staples
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


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

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

    Do not miss! Over 24 vendors.


    Location: 1001 Center St Ste 1, Santa Cruz Map
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    Holidays on the Ranch
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    State Park Wilder Ranch
    Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century.
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: $10 parking fee

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

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

     

     


    Location: 2 miles North of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Map
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    A Country Christmas
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    Ag. History Project
    Paper chains, reindeer puppets, cranberry and popcorn stringing and Holiday movies in the Owl Theater, hay rides and....
    Date: 12/09/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: All

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

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

     

    Admission is FREE and donations are gladly accepted.  


    Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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    Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
    Join us for our annual winter holiday celebration, featuring local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean
    Date: 12/10/2017 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
    Ages: 10 years of age and older. Admission Fees: Public: $6 adults, $4 kids, Children 2 and under FREE Members: FREE

    JINGLE SHELLS ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

     

    Sunday, December 10, 2017
    12 - 5:30 PM


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

     

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

     

     

     

     

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

     

    2017 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

     

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


    Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Chanukkuh Train
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    Beach Boardwalk
    Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
    Date: 12/14/2017


    Santa Cruz Chanukah Train

    December 14 - One Night Only!

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

    Share the light of this special season with a ride on the Chanukah Train.

    Light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments. Happy Chanukah!

     

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    Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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    "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
    Phone: (831) 420-5260 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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    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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    Phone: 831-359-0850 •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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    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
    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
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    Peace United Church of Christ
    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."
    Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission

    Messiah Sing-A-Long

    Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long and Gala

    Cabrillo Chorus & Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

     

    A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."

    Everyone will sing the Christmas portion of the "Messiah" with chamber orchestra and guest conductors. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door (limited amount available.)

     

    Gala reception to follow.


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    Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Peace United Church of Christ
    Date: 12/19/2017 at 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: $25 general admission


    Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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    Christmas Eve Service
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    Hope Church
    Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message
    Date: 12/24/2017 at 5:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

    (0 Nov 2017) ChristmasattheRio2017.jpgChristmas Eve Service

    Hope is a local church with chill style, real faith and no perfect people allowed. Our simple vision is to reach out and serve our community and share the love of Jesus! Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message.  Refreshments and cookies too! See you at the Rio!


    Show time: 5:00 PM
    Tickets: FREE
    Advance tickets: www.discoverhope.church and info@discoverhope.church

     


    Location: Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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