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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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 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
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Westside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour
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Westside Artists
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestSide-Artists-Holiday-Tour-2018-.jpgWestside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour

A consortium of nine Westside artists will hold an open studios event to display their work. From studio and plein air paintings, batik birds to Hawaiian wood boxes, one-of-a-kind jewelry to ceramic and bronze sculptures, these artists have captured the essence of the Central Coast. Stop by their studios and see how the art is made.


Sandra Cherk Arts https://www.sandracherk.com/ 103 Redwood, pastels

Sydney Zentall- sydney.zentall.com, 316 Walk Circle, Paintings featuring the interplay of water & light.

Alexandra Sanders- ladywholovesbirds.com, 637 Columbia St, Batik images of birds and nature.

Annette Lanni- alanni.com/blog, 211 Sunset Ave, Plein Air and studio oil paintings.

William Winkler- zoeandcoalby@gmail.com, 211 Sunset Ave, unique jewelry fabricated from silver and gold, with precious stones

Timothy Lydgate- woodcircus.com, 108 Clark Ave, Woodwork using Hawaiian woods.

Marianne de Hatten Groh- mariannegrohsculptures.com, 214 Pelton Ave, Sculptures in ceramic and bronze.

Nicole Ribeyrolle-Launier- 214 Pelton Ave, handcrafted jewelry

Lynn Guenther- lynnguenther.com, 215 Walk Circle, handcrafted jewelry in copper, silver & gold with precious stones

 


Location: 103 Redwood St, Santa Cruz Map
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 12/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

Saturday December 8 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
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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)


(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

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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"Live" Village of Bethlehem
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Santa Clara First Baptist Church
"Experience the Birth"
Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 10) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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December 6 - 10, 6:30-9pm

Thursday - Monday

Five 30 minute Performances Nightly

Free Admission & Hot Drinks

 

Come join us on a journey to the Biblical city of Bethlehem. Be a part of history and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

See Joseph and Mary search the city for a place to stay, see the lowly shepherds get visited by an angel and then proclaim the good news, see the noble entry of the wise men and their entourage looking for the new born king.

 

Enjoy the music, drama, lights, and exotic animals as you "Experience the Birth".


Location: 3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara Map
Phone: (408) 241-7635 •website Santa Clara Countycreate a direct event link
Holidays In the Plaza
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City of Watsonville
Multi-cultural Festival
Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 15) at 1:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) HolidaysinthePlaza.jpgHolidays in the Plaza - Multi-Cultural & Tree Lighting

1:30 pm - Multi-Cultural Festival, 3 pm - Holiday Train, 5:00 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting and 6:00 pm - Pictures with Santa

 

 

Sunday, December 2, 2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day!

2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day! - The North Pole has returned to downtown Watsonville. Bring a canned food item for your ticket to the winter wonderland.

2:00-6:00pm -  Holiday Train - Kids and kids at heart can board the train for a magical tour around the Plaza.

3:00-5:00pm -  Pictures with Santa - Join Santa in his workshop and snap a pic. #watsonville150

 


Saturday, December 8, 4:00-6:00pm - Jingle Bell Rock

Ring in the holiday cheer with musical performances, pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.

 

Saturday, December 15, 5:00-7:00pm - Holiday Movie in the Plaza

Enjoy a holiday -themed movie under the stars. There will be heat lamps to snuggle up to, as well as pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.


Location: City Plaza, Main & Peck, Watsonville Map
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Streets of Bethlehem
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First Baptist Church
Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 8) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Our History

Like the boy shepherd who serves as our logo, Streets of Bethlehem has been in the process of growing up. What began as only a dream in the mind of three individuals came to life in 1992. With the desire to share the gift of the true meaning of Christmas to the community, the idea for a live re-creation of that tiny village on that first Christmas night was born. Streets of Bethlehem was cared for and nourished by the loving hands of dedicated scriptwriters, skilled carpenters, gifted artists and set designers. But what makes Bethlehem special is the way it comes alive when hundreds of volunteers don period costumes and go back in time to "become" those village citizens once again.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and live animals help recreate and bring this Christmas story to l! ife outside. Go to www.streetsofbethlehem.com for more information.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas, California is the living enactment of Christmas. The public can walk along with the congregation actors and participate in a meaningful holiday experience.

 

Streets of Bethlehem is certainly one of the best named California Nativity Scenes, and offers some of the greatest audience participation. In many similar events, guests simply drive-through and are entertained. But at Streets of Bethlehem, you ha! ve a chance to walk the street, see the animals, people and costumes up close and gain a personal sense of what it must have been like over 2000 years ago to experience the joy of birth on a special, holy night.

 

The Salinas re-enactment includes livestock such as lambs, sheep and donkeys, an angel hovering above, and a manger scene with a real, live baby child, cradled in love. This outdoor Christmas community experience offers the public a chance to "rediscover the true reason for the Christmas season." Among the cast, kids and adults will meet or watch live actors such as shopkeepers, Mary & Joseph, and more. They may also be invited to pet the animals or walk with Mary & Joseph and the cast of 300. Lovely Christmas music played in the background inspires all who attend. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home. Domestic pets will scare the animals and disrupt the event.

 

With large events (especially about 2000 years ago), parking is almost always a problem, but not at Bethlehem! Free shuttle parking is available at the Quadrangle/Valley Center parking lots (800, 900, 1000 blocks of South Main Street). Free courtesy busses will leave every few minutes.  The streets immediately near the event will be closed so this is the best option for parking.


Location: 1130 San Vincente Ave, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 422-9872 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A December 2018) SwantonArtisans2018.jpgA trip to Swanton Berry Farm is a treat all year round. For the 18th year in a row, the farm will team up with local artists and crafters to create a unique and cozy holiday shopping fair. Shop sea glass jewelry, local landscape paintings, ceramics, ornaments, organic coffees and teas, eclectic jewelry, tea towels, prints-just to name a few. In addition to great gifts, you'll be able to partake in pies, fruitcake, cobbler, hot cider, and soup!


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: 831.469-8804 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Visit Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 for a holiday artisans emporium featuring the work of nine local artisans selling unique, locally made products and fine art.

Artists' booths will feature handcrafted goods ranging from jewelry to soap, to fine art and ceramics. The berry farm will also sell hot soup and berry treats. All artists donate to a raffle to raise funds for the Davenport Resource Center.

 


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: 831.469-8804 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Make a beautiful, unique wreath!
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


(0 A December 2018) AzulWreath2018.jpgHOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP Update! 

 

We are back to our original date: SAT. DEC 8th, 11-1, cost $30


All materials included to make a beautiful wreath! Lots of cuttings abound from our 2 acre sculpture garden! (The updated forecast is no rain
next Sat.)

 

Bring a lunch or eat later at Gizdich Ranch, Cafe Ella or Real Colima, all close by.


Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
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Little Craft Pop Up
Handmade crafts made by parents for families
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 A November 2018) LittleCraftPopUpDec.jpgA CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
The Little Craft Pop-up is a unique event featuring handcrafted products for babies and children.


OUR MISSION
To curate the best of local handmade children's goods and present them in a child friendly setting that the whole family will enjoy.


THE EVENTS
Our pop-ups are held in Santa Cruz County and incorporate fun family activities like face painting, craft stations, photo booths and workshops.


Craft shows don't need to be stuffy-come play with us at the next event!


Location: Mini Mint, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz CA 95062
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Westlake Winter Artisans Fair
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Westlake
Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestlakeChristmas.jpgJoin us for the Annual Westlake Winter Artisans Fair!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
11am to 4pm | Multi-Use Room


The ever-anticipated Winter Artisan Fair is back! This unique community Arts and Crafts Fair showcases the talents of some of Santa Cruz's finest Artists and Craftspeople. Artists' booths feature a fabulous array of gift items for children and adults, gift ideas from around the world, and much more! Support the local arts and our school and bring your friends and family to this holiday event!

  • Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking and edible goodies for everyone on your holiday list! Find the unexpected gift perfect for holiday giving.
  • Shop from local artists who get to keep all their profits
  • Buy a lunch from a couple food vendors
  • Enjoy delicious Baked goods and coffee for sale while you shop
  • Gift wrapping station available to dress up your gifts.
  • Have your chance to win curated baskets of the artists' creations in a raffle
  • $2 raffle tickets (6 for $5)
  • Bring your own shopping bag if you can
  • Enjoy FREE admission!
  • Please park in the residential area or the parking lot of the church adjacent if the limited spots on campus are taken


We hope you can come- and bring a grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, neighbor or friend! The whole family is invited.

We appreciate all your help! If you would like to help with planning, decorating, securing vendors, organizing a bake sale or promoting in the community, please chip in!

 


Location: 1000 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holidays at the Ranch
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State Park Wilder
Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) Wilder_Holidays.jpgHolidays on the Ranch

Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch State Park.

 

Hands-on activities and presentations include candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home, and strolling Victorian carolers.

 

Hot-spiced cider and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as baked goods are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in turn-of-the-century costumes.

 

Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Honk! Jr
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Mount Madonna School
You're invited to the Middle School production of Honk Jr!
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10-$16

(0 A September 2018) honk2.jpgThis delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville 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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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Exporatorium_CuriousContraptions_mermaid.jpgThe Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.


Celebrate the opening of Curious Contraptions, our whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

VIDEO Sneak Peek!

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
→ Pairings: Cooking Contraptions With Loretta Keller, Clay Reynolds, Jerrel KeyAuthor, and Julie Yu
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

→ Building Contraptions With Simone Giertz
8:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

→ Commercial-Grade Contraptions With Tinker Kitchen
6:30-9:30 | Gallery 4

→ Trash Automata
With Keith Newstead and Explorables
7:00-10:00 | Tinkering Studio, Gallery 2

***
More info: 18+, Free for AFTER DARK members
To become a member, please visit https://www.exploratorium.edu/membership/afterdark


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
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Transport of Delight
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Transportation models of all kinds
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 8-Jan 6) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SLVMuseum_Transport.jpgA delightful display of transportation models of all kinds. Sure to be fun for all ages, with a hands on, interactive play area for our younger visitors.

 

If you have models of trains, cars, wagons, ships, sleighs, planes, balloons, bicycles, horses - any method of transport and if you would like to share your model(s) please email us at slvmcollections at sbcglobal.net.

 

Exhibition - Dec 8, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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Introduction to Gouache 2nd classóCynthia Armstrong
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Santa Cruz Art League
Learn how to use gouache which can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic.
Date: 12/08/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) SCAL_Gouache_cynthiaarmstrong.jpgThis introduction to gouache will cover it's many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums.

 

It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic.

 

Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It's water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup.

 

Since it's dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day!

 

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Location: 526 Broadway, 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: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

(0 A November 2018) WaldorfWinterFaire2018.jpgPlease join us Saturday, December 8th, for our annual Winter Faire!

Come spend a day out amongst the redwoods, sipping hot drinks, listening to merry music, and enjoying the wonder and fun that the Winter Faire has to offer. Come one come all, big and small!

Winter Forest Walk
Bonfire with Chestnuts
Seasonal Kid's Crafts & Activities
Holiday Shopping
Food & Music
Story Telling by The Early Childhood Department

There will be a free shuttle bus from the UCSC Barn at High & Bay Streets. Limited parking at SCWS is available for $15.


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek 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 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit 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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Monarch Butterfly Tours
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State Park Natural Bridges
Butterfly numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-November; warm and sunny days are best for viewing
Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 3-Dec 30) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11am-12pm & 2-3pm

Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter in. Butterfly numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-November; warm and sunny days are best for viewing. To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more or for more information, call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8.

 

Please remember food is not allowed in the preserve.

 

Event free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W Cliff D, Santa Cruz Map
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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton 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 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
Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Google Science Fair
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Google
Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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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.

 

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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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