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Into The Woods
WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)
Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map

Into The Woods

 

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST BOOK AND ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

 

THE PLAY

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

INTO THE WOODS follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

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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 1-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $50/gingerbread house
Special Instructions: Classes 11/24 - 12/23

(0 A November 2018) Marinis_GWorkshops2018.jpgGingerbread House Workshops

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

 

Our popular Gingerbread Workshops are back again this year! New dates and times added! Visit us on line at www.mariniscandies.com to sign up! Classes fill quickly!

 

Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.

 

Dates 11/24 - 12/23

 

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


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Dia De Los Muertos
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Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm


(0 A September 2018) MAH_DiaDeLosMuertos2018.jpgCelebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Altar Contest
Be inspired by altars created by local organizations, artists, and community members. Enter your own for a chance to win prizes!
More details coming soon!

At-a-glance Schedule

12:30-2:00pm Begin with facepainting by Mariposa's Art, tissue paper flowers with Salud y Cariño, luminaries with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and art activities with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in Abbott Square and on Cooper St.

2:00pm Gather in Cooper St to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery

2:20-2:45pm Procession stops at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park with performance by Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomates

3:00-3:30pm Procession moves on to Evergreen Cemetery

3:30-6pm Conclude with music, dancing, Mexican food & drink by Senderos and altars at Evergreen Cemetery

Explore an outdoor altar installation connecting those buried in Evergreen with current active community members, groups and local social issues including: Louden Nelson Community Center, Volunteer Veteran's of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, E. Clampus Vitus, and many more.

6:15pm: Movie Screening of Coco. We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy this family friendly film in Evergreen Cemetery. Popcorn will be provided. Bringing your own blanket or lawn chairs is recommended.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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SLV Chili CookOff
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Library Felton Library Friends
Eat chili and support the library!
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) ChiliCookoff_SLV_Nov3.jpg5th Annual SLV Chili CookOff

All Proceeds Benefit Felton Library Friends and the New Felton Library

9:00 am Cooking Starts (Tasting Kits & Raffle Tix on Sale)
11:30am Live Music and Tasting Kits available
1:00 pm Tastings Begins
4:00-5:00 Winners Announced & Raffle


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Taiko Holiday Boutique
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Watsonville Taiko
Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this holiday boutique.
Date: 11/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 A October 2018) WatsTaikoHolidayBoutique.jpgGet all your holiday shopping done in one place! Watsonville Taiko's Holiday Boutique is almost here!

 

Baskets, quilts, gift certificates to local restaurants and attractions will all be available!

 

Great raffles too!

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Acompáñenos a celebrar la memoria de nuestros queridos. Tendremos cuentos, música, pinta-caritas, manualidades y un altar comunitario al cual puede añadir artículos.

Join us as we celebrate the memory of y[our] loved ones. We will have stories, music, face painting, crafts, and a community altar that you are welcomed to add items to.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)


The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.


We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.

 

Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.

 

Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM

Open To The Public  Wednesday November 7 5 PM - 8 PM Opening Night


Open To The Public
Thursday November 8 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 9 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday November 10 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 11 10 AM - 3 PM


Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Bear Creek Community Nights
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: Every Wed (Nov 7-Dec 19) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BearCreekCommunityNightsNov2018.jpgCommunity Nights are in full swing.
Come out to the Bear Creek Facility and join us for organized family fun.


FREE for the community, or join in our enrichment program Kids Empowered and drop off from 2:30-6pm


November
WED, 14  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 28  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

December
WED, 5  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 12  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 19  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location: 15685 Forest Hills Dr, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Meet the Grinch!
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Meet the Grinch and have your picture taken!
Date: 11/08/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


SAVE THE DATE and come meet the #Grinch and have your picture taken! Enjoy downtown Santa Cruz during the holidays and stop in at Bookshop to say hi to the Grinch and enjoy some fun holiday activities for the kids. More details to come!


Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Intro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread c
Date: 11/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee
Special Instructions: 10/6 & 11/10

(0 A July 2018) SourDoughBread.jpgIntro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread 

 

Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread cooking cloches, and the vital stages of the bread-making process. We'll discuss the science behind successful bread-making, including types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. A no-knead sourdough bread will be demonstrated. You will go home with a starter and recipes; the bread made in this course will be easy to re-create at home.

 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay "Best Food Artisan" in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor's website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Sat 11/10* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19036
Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 10/6* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19035

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 11) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Sat - Nov 10th - 10 to 4

Sun - Nov 11th - 10 to 3


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Veterans Dinner
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Redwood Keg
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, an
Date: 11/11/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 -$45

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, and a sharing of their history.

 

5:00 pm: No Host Bar

5:15 pm Program Begins

6:00 pm: Dinner is served

 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and bring memorabilia to display along with items from the San Lorenzo Valley Museum's collection.

Dinner includes salad, a selection of entrees, wine, and dessert.

 

This event is sponsored by The Redwood Keg


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Holiday Homeless Garden Sales
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Homeless Garden Project
Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 24)


(0 A November 2018) HomeslessGardenHolidayStore2018.jpgThe wait is almost over - our Holiday Store is opening Nov. 12th! We're looking for volunteers to staff the store; email our Volunteer Coordinator at JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org for more info.

 

Our store is "at the center of a web of community ties-of people, actions, dreams, things made, and relationships created." -- Quentin Hancock, store volunteer & HGP supporter

 

Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.

 

Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM, Nov. 12th - Dec. 6th
10 AM - 8 PM, Dec. 7th - Dec. 24th

 


Location: 1338 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Beauty and the Beast
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Theatre in the Mountains
A fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Nov 18)


(0 A November 2018) Beautyand22.jpgBased on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

Performances
November 16, 17, 18
Loma Prieta Community Center Main Stage

 


Location: Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Rd , Los Gatos Map
Phone: 408 353 9999 •websitecreate a direct event link
Holiday Art Festival
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Aromas Hills Artisans
A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

(0 A November 2018) Aromas_shepherd22.jpgHoliday Art Festival and Raffle

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 - 10am-4pm - at the Aromas Grange


NEW! Buy Raffle Tickets Online!


Buy Tickets Here! Enjoy a huge display of artwork by Aromas Hills Artisans all under one roof at the Aromas Grange!

There will be a wide variety of artwork offered by numerous artisans, from glass and clay, wood and stone, paper and canvas, yarn and fabric, photos and books-whatever your wish, you'll find it at the Grange, corner of Rose and Blohm Ave., Aromas.

No matter what the weather, you can comfortably stroll through the wonderful labyrinth of creativity, talk to the artists, learn about their methods and fill your Christmas list. Finish off your visit with hot cider, coffee, cookies and relax in front of a fire in the fireplace. Or don't stop there. Take a free class making something fantastic, taught by our Artisans.

The Aromas Hills Artisans guild is a non-profit philanthropic organization that promotes art education through community art events and workshops.  The organization also provides scholarships to members, enabling them to attend classes to further develop their artistic abilities.

Don't miss out on a chance to win a beautiful piece of artwork!. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 19th.  Attendees will have a chance to buy last-minute tickets at the Holiday Art Festival. Maybe your name will be drawn-just more excitement added to a wonderful experience in Aromas.

See you there!


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
Phone: 831-594-0033 •website Monterey Baycreate a direct event link
Santa's Shelves
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Felton Fire Station
Crafters, artist, Santa and bakers await you!
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18)

Special Instructions: Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4

(0 A November 2018) FeltonSantaCraft.jpgAnnual Santa’s shelves craft faire and bake sale! Come by and see Santa from 11-1 or shop from many local artists and merchants! Hours are 9-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday! Come support a good cause!


Location: 131 Kirby St, Felton Map
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Dickens Fair
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Dickens Fair
A Victorian Christmas Card come to Life!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 17-Dec 23) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $14 - $30

(0 A December 2018) DickensFairMomChild.jpgA Victorian Christmas Card come to Life!

Visit London - at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM, Saturdays and Sundays now through Dec. 23, 2018.

 

BUY TICKETS


Free BART Shuttle from Glen Park Station every Fair day.


 

A parking fee of $12.00 per car (cash only) is charged at the entrance to the lot to the Cow Palace.

Wheelchairs are also available for rental at the 'Cloak Check' inside the Fair for $10.00 per half day (4 hours) or $20.00 per full day (4+ hours) on a first-come, first-served basis.

We offer discounted group tickets for groups of 20 or more. Please contact Golden Gate Group Tickets at tickets@gggrouptickets.com for more information.


Location: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City Map
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Holiday On Ice
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends ice skating by the sea
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 6)
Admission Fees: $14.95 + tax

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Presented by Dignity Health

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

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

(0 A November 2018) Boardwalk_holiday-ice-fam-skate.jpgFestivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach-on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Kids Craft Activities
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations

Ice Skating by the beach!

Our new 32' x 90' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.


Ice skating session schedule PDF

 

Reservations recommended. Reserve Now


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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Reindeer Romp

 
November 17 through January 1

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 Zoo staff at the Reindeer from 11:30-4 daily.

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting the animals who help Santa deliver presents to all the children in the land.  Learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close and on the ground.  Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus.  Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years.  Reindeer are highly adapted to their life in cold climates as they have two thick layers of fur to keep them warm and what are called "turbinate" bones in their nose, which helps warm cold air before it enters their lungs.  They also have specially designed hooves which provide extra traction on the wet, spongy tundra during the spring; in the winter the footpads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and snow for a surer grip.  They are used by many circumpolar cultures for their meat, hide, milk and antlers.

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Gift and Wreath Sale
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Arboretum
Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Date: 11/17/2018

Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public

Wonderful Thanksgiving and HChristmas items will be available at the 33rd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

 

(0 A November 2018) arboretum_GiftWreathSale.jpg9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale
10am-4pm General Public


Local artists join forces with talented Arboretum volunteers to produce one-of-kind living succulent wreaths and dried floral wreaths, floral centerpieces and other artwork for the sale. These beautiful botanic decorations will make the perfect seasonal accent for your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!

 

This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants. From amazing Australian Banksias to South African Proteas, the Arboretum has a world of natural materials to inspire. Succulent pumpkins and dish gardens will also be for sale!  These are the perfect decorations and centerpieces to last through the holidays.  Get creative! The artistry of these volunteers may also encourage you to buy plants or dried flowers to make your own creations.

 

Wreath making demonstrations and a wide variety of succulents will be available at the sale. *Memberships will be available at the door or sign-up now by visiting https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/support/index.html

 

Interested in being an event volunteer? Sign-up here: www.volunteersignup.org/M3RHW


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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Library La Selva Beach
Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, c
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) LaSelvaBeachHolidayGiftSale.jpgDon't miss this year's La Selva Beach Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 17! The event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse.

 

Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, clothing and more. Find great bargains for gifts or winter fireside reading at the giant Friends of the Library Book Sale. Enjoy a delicious Bake Sale treat and with no guilt - you're helping fund our La Selva Library projects!


Enjoy lunch or take away food from two local food trucks: Rogue Pye and G's Tacos. Kids' crafts at 1 pm in the Library. Buy raffle tickets to win great deals while supporting Friends of the Library.

For questions contact: cinjack6860@gmail.com


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Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/17/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: $5-$30 online

Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, kids' 1k race

 

Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place RAIN OR SHINE! Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k! Event details and schedule

 

Race Registration begins 6:45 am

1K Race begins7:455K

Race begins 8:0010K

Race begins 8:45

Course Closes 10:15

 

COURSE: Flat, fast out and back courses that begin & end on Delaware Street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges. A run with spectacular ocean views!

 

DIVISIONS: 10K and 5K have 5 year age groups; 4 and under,5-9, 10-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95 & over. 1K Kids Run: 0-2, 3-4 & 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12

 

AWARDS and PRIZES:

Awards for top 3 age-group winners.

Ribbons for all Kid's.

REGISTRATION FEES: 10K & 5K Postmarked by 11/13

$30 Race Day $40 Socks Included!

 

1K Kids Run (12 and under) $5 Socks not included ADD $5 for Socks

 

Please make checks payable to: SCTC (Santa Cruz Track Club)

Mail:1541 Cox Road, Aptos, CA 95003

 

RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers and registration available on race day only. Race numbers and confirmations will NOT be mailed


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Norrie's Gift Shop Sale
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Arboretum
A collection of holiday gifts, plants, and handmade treasures you won't find anywhere else!
Date: 11/17/2018


(0 A December 2018) Norries1.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 candles, jewelry, succulents dish gardens & 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 and abundant holiday cheer, light refreshments will be available. 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.

 

Read more about our event here https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/openhouse.html

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •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 (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Holiday Wreath Sale
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Camp Joy Gardens
Dried wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample
Date: 11/18/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 A November 2018) CampJoyWreathSale.jpg42nd Annual Wreath Sale and Open House

 

Join us for our annual Open House and Harvest Celebration: dried wreaths, garlic and onion braids, candles, honey, and other goodies for sale as well as yummy treats to sample. Support Camp Joy with your holiday shopping and enjoy an autumn afternoon on the farm.

This event is a fundraiser for the farm and the work we do all year. The products we offer for sale are the result of an entire season's work and the making of them has served as a way to teach ourselves and those working with us. By making purchases at this one time a year event you support our farm's mission to farm organically and sustainably and teach others how to as well.


Location: 131 Camp Joy Rd, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Trade food cans for a free swim
Date: 11/20/2018
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free

(0 A November 2018) ScCountyParks_Nov20.jpgJoin us in supporting the Holiday Food & Fund Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank this Tuesday 11/20!

 

Bring in canned food items for free swim entry or visit our "pop-up" farmers market between 11a-1p in the Swim Center lobby!

 

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Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ Map
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Christmas Events in Monterey County
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Monterey County
Holiday celebrations in Monterey County bring back memories of a golden era and create new memories to last a lifetime.
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 31)


Ice Skating by the Bay

Wednesday, November 21 - Thursday, January 6

Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. The ice rink is open daily Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm.


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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
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First Presbyterian Church Salinas
Make an early morning Turkey Trot part of your family's Thanksgiving Day tradition
Date: 11/22/2018
Admission Fees: $30 advance/ $35 race day 14+, 9-13 are $10, under 8 free

The 8th annual Salinas Valley Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5k will take place at 9AM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an event for the whole family! Race route is a scenic 3.1 mile loop with moderate elevation change. Dogs and strollers are welcome!

 

Registration fee for ages 10 & older - $35 by 11/19/18; $40 on race day. Kids 9 & under are FREE and do not need to register.

 

Overall male and female first place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all age/gender divisions. Pre-registered, PAID participants will receive a complimentary tech shirt & finishers medal. Participating children (9 & under) will receive race medal but no t-shirt.

 

Proceeds benefit the Compass Church youth ministry program. Come out and support a great cause!

Event details and schedule

NOW THROUGH 11/19/18:
Registration fee is $35 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt)

  • Register online at www.active.com
  • Mail or bring registration form and check to Compass Church, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, CA 93901

THURSDAY, 11/22/17 (THANKSGIVING DAY):
Registration fee is $40 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt pending availability - tshirts are limited, please arrive early or PRE-REGISTER for best selection)

8:00AM: Packet Pickup for pre-registered participants
8:00AM: Race Day Registration opens at Toro Regional Park (Badger Flats Picnic Area)
9:00AM: Race Start

Parking will be available inside the gates of Toro Regional Park FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses!


Location: Toro Regional Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Hwy (Hwy 68), Salinas Map
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Holiday Lights Train
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Roaring Camp
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 31)


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NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23 PLUS 26-31 TICKETS

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

 

EXTENDED LIGHTS TRAIN DATES TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR! December 26 - 31

Responding to popular demand, the Holiday Lights Train is extending its dates to December 31st for a New Year's Bash! Live DJ from Music Now, performances by The Hoopin' Honeys and more! Come dance your way into the new year aboard the Lights Train.


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 a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. 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.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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JOY!
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Tandy Beal & Company
Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 2)


(0 A November 2018) Joy20.jpgJOY! Nov. 24 - 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm.

 

The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz - also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak.

 

The show, which follows up on last year's critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular.

 

This zany holiday spectacular performs November 24 - 26 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, and December 1 - 3 at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. Group discounts for 10+ available.

 

Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Tree Walk
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 9)


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NOVEMBER 23 - 25, DECEMBER 1 - 2 & 8 - 9

 

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.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Kirking of the Tartans
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St. Andrew's Church
Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation: $10 (adult) $5 (seniors and Kids under 12)

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Come and celebrate with us at our annual Feast of St Andrew!


Kirking o'the Tartans (or Blessing of the Families) is a long tradition here in Ben Lomond, CA. Bring your tartan/kilt (or rep your family) for a blessing and enjoy some food and fellowship.

Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Featuring our dancer for this year: Nationally Ranked Highland Dancer Ashlyn Boothby! She is a 7th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School and ranked 2nd in 2016 and 5th this year at Nationals! Pipers Laura Boothby and Paul Llewellyn will be playing for us. This is going to be amazing!
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the board next to the office. If you would like to help, please check the board. Thanks!

"Kirking of the Tartans" is a tradition here at St. Andrew's for over 20 years. This historic church was built in 1901 by Scottish settlers in Ben Lomond and has served as a symbol of the Valley's Scottish heritage. This is not only a celebration of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland), but a tradition dating back to when it was banned in Scotland to claim your own family and cultural heritage. But families, or clans, would gather at church wearing a small piece of their tartan under their clothing representing their clan. The blessing bestowed at that secret gathering was a blessing on the entire clan.


Location: 101 Riverside Ave, Ben Lomond Map
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Surfin Santa & Tree Lighting
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Caitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce
Santa, tree lighting and small biz shopping!
Date: 11/24/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SurfinSanta2018.jpgHo...Ho...Ho...Surfin' Santa is heading to Capitola for his annual visit! Join us on the beach to welcome Santa's wave riding arrival at 12pm. Once Santa hits the shore, the jolly fellow will greet the crowd before settling in his beach chair for a nice long visit with all the kids. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a memorable day in Capitola...makes a perfect Christmas photo! Enjoy refreshments, face painting, music and a photo booth.

Surfin' Santa surfs in at 12pm
Face painting and entertainment from Happily Ever Laughter 12:30 - 2:30pm
Live Music from Live Again from 2:30 - 4:30pm
Community Tree Lighting at 5pm in front of Mijo's Taqueria & Souza's Ice Cream at 200 Monterey Ave.

Trees will be twinkling throughout the village, storefronts will be decorated with holiday cheer, and your favorite local shops will be open and filled with merchandise perfect for gift giving. It's Small Business Saturday...kick off your holiday shopping and support the wonderful small businesses in our community!


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Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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Felton Business Association
Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Date: 11/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

Felton's Heritage Tree, located at the deck in the middle of Felton is illuminated by an army of Volunteers including professional tree climbers & electricians.


(0 A November 2018) FeltonBiz_Santa2018.jpgTwo years ago the FBA decided that it was time Santa added Felton to his itinerary, so local youngsters could visit with him right here in town, and last year he showed up wearing a brand new and very classy suit.


Last years' ceremony was the best ever, with a great crowd several people deep along the sidewalk and on the deck.

 

As a new addition to the program, the Santa Cruz Chorale sang carols beneath the tree and the audience enjoyed homemade cookies, hot cider and chocolate while they waited for Santa to arrive on a fire engine.


After the Jolly Old Elf turned the tree lights on, the kids and their parents followed him to his parlor in the firehouse, where they received a free color photo to commemorate their visit with Santa, courtesy of the FBA.

 


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Small Business Saturday
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Streetlight Records
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
Date: 11/24/2018


(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.


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Parkstore Holiday Sale: Preview Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: 11/30/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop four ParkStore locations for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches. The Preview Sale is on Friday, November 30th, from 4-7 pm.

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!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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No Room at the Inn 2018
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St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church
'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1)

Special Instructions: See different times

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  • Opening Gala: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Family Day/ Advent Festival: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

" We invite you to participate in our THIRD annual 'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area by sharing your nativity for display and attending one or all of our events. "Gala proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy. 

 

"Opening Gala -Friday, November 30, 2018 -6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"Family Day/ Advent Festival - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Special Children's Activities 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Bake Sale and Opportunity Drawing
  • View the Nativities 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Entry donation:  A non-perishable food item per person to stock our Food Pantry Family Day proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy as well as St. Philip's Food Pantry/Second Harvest Food Bank."


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Festive event full of holiday cheer includes crafts, folk art, antiques, collectibles, gift foods, delicious refreshments at the
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 2)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Adults $6, Children under 10 FREE

(0 A November 2018) HeritageHolidayCraftFair-Wide.jpgHeritage Holiday Craft Fair

 

🎄41st Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair🎄


Presented by the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation

Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd

🎟Admission - Adults $6.00, Children under 10 FREE🎟
🚙🚜🚛Parking FREE🚗🚕🚙

Three huge buildings filled with one of a kind gifts!!! 👩🏼‍🎨Crafters, Artists, Photographers, Flowers, Wreaths, Antiques, Woodworking, Jewelry, Holiday Foods, Gifts, 1000's of great gifts for all of those people on your gift list🎁

🎅🏼🤶🏼Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the fair 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday and will be available for pictures - bring your camera
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the historic red delivery truck from Martinelli Cider!

🎄Home cooked holiday foods available from our friends at Grace Works Bible Church and Ella's at the Airport (back with us again this year

🎄Fairgrounds Foundation Pie booth serving Gizdich Pies both by the slice and whole pies

🍰Kettle Corn and a new Delicious Waffle vendor
🥂Fairgrounds Foundation Cheer Bar serving Bloody Mary's, Hot Toddies, Wine and more all day long everyday🍾

Biggest show ever - 140 vendors this year - a new record - our biggest show ever - all inside nice warm buildings☃️

Perfect way to start the Holiday Season
Free shuttle service to and from the parking lot

🎉NEW THIS YEAR🎉
🎈New Metal Sculpture Art
🎈New Bakery (Christmas goodies for sale)
🎈Over 30 new crafters this year

🎁And of course all the favorites with new gifts and crafts again this year.🎊


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrou, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)612-9118 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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