10 Family Friendly Things to do in Santa Cruz During Christmas Weekend

monarchs at Natural Bridges

Happy Holidays!

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, as the big event will be time with family.

If you’re entertaining out of town guests, see our top 10 picks for things to do this weekend, plus a day-by-day guide of music, nature walks, and more:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 1st – 3rd, 2017

santa cruz christmas parade 2017

Hello, December…wow, that was quick!

Some of our favorite local holiday traditions take place this weekend and it looks like we may get to leave our umbrellas at home. Saturday’s a biggie—we’ll be in our usual spot for the Downtown Holiday Parade and bundle up later for the Lighted Boat Parade, plus we’ll squeeze in some holiday shopping in between.

On the non-holiday front, you can take in a tribute to Johnny Cash, cheer on our Warriors, and support a fundraiser for Napa and Santa Rosa fire victims.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 24th – 26th, 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

We have a great variety of events in Santa Cruz this Thanksgiving Weekend. Whether you’re Team Opt Outside, Team Shop ’til You Drop, or even Team What Do I Do With My Visiting Relatives?, we have you covered.

Read on for ideas to enjoy the great outdoors, support local causes, honor your favorite holiday traditions, or try something new: a Yogathon or Stashe Dash, anyone?

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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