This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 21st – 23rd, 2018

King Tide bikes at Pleasure Point

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend, with traditional holiday events taking center stage.

Also sharing the spotlight is Mother Nature and the California King Tides. No, that’s not a band name (that we know of). Extreme high and low tides are coming this Saturday and Sunday—with the extreme lows providing perfect tidepooling conditions.

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

2018 Holiday Guides

2018 Santa Cruz Holiday GuidesYour guide to celebrating the holidays in Santa Cruz is here. You’ll find holiday events, shopping guides, local Christmas tree farms & New Year’s Eve events. Happy holidays!

Read the holiday guides

Friday

ABBA-solutely Christmas Show

When: 12/21 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $40 Gen, $60

Calling all Abba fans! A magical holiday tribute awaits at the Rio, complete with your favorite dance floor hits and spectacular costumes. Who’s ready to travel back to the seventies for the holidays?

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History: Toy Trains


When: 12/21 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Cost: Free

All aboard! Bring the whole crew down to MAHvel at these mighty mini machines, speak with experts, and even master the controls. Toy Trains is up from December 21 through January 6.

Get more info here.

Holiday Blanket Drive at Farley’s Christmas Wonderland

When: 12/21 & 12/22 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Farley’s Christmas Wonderland

If you’re looking for a unique, local Christmas tradition to share with family, a visit to Farley’s Christmas Wonderland is a must. And if you’re going this Friday or Saturday, you can donate new blankets to those in need in our community. Autism Family Network Santa Cruz and the Coastal Riderz MC will work together to deliver blankets to the tenants of Hearts and Hands in Santa Cruz.

Get more info here.

The Nutcracker @ The Civic

When: 12/21 – 12/23
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $20.50 – $96.50

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents the Nutcracker at the Civic Auditorium. This classic holiday show features a full professional orchestra and over 70 local performers. Sweet Treat tickets are available for the Saturday and Sunday shows. These special tickets include a free cookie from Pacific Cookie Company, a commemorative ornament, and photo opportunities with the Nutcracker characters  prior to the performance.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

Nutcracker Suite Ballet

When: 12/22 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm and 12/23 at 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Cost: $18 to $31

Agape Dance Academy is back for another season of The Nutcracker Ballet, with both a full-length Grande Nutcracker Show as well as a brilliant miniature production for the youngest dancers and audience members, lovingly known as Petite Nutcracker.

Get more info here.

Capitola Village Holiday Music Series


When: 12/22 & 12/23
Where: Capitola Village

Local musicians and colorful village shops will make any last-minute shopping merrier. Don’t miss the last Capitola Village Holiday Music Series with Dennis Dove playing at Monterey Plaza from 3pm to 4:30pm on Saturday, and Rola J and Friends playing at the Capitola Mercantile on Sunday from 12pm to 2pm.

Get more info here.

California King Tides

King Tides are here, bringing extreme high and low tides to Santa Cruz. The high tides give some insight into how rising sea levels impact our coastal regions — please be safe! However, it’s the extreme low tides that make for great tidepooling. Enjoy Mother Nature at her highest and lowest this Saturday and Sunday!

  • Saturday— High Tide 6.4 ft at 9:04 am, Low Tide -1.3 ft at 4:22 pm
  • Sunday— High Tide 6.4 ft at 9:48 am, Low Tide -1.4 ft at 5:08 pm

Get more info on King Tides here.

Holiday Blanket Drive at Farley’s Christmas Wonderland

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The Nutcracker @ The Civic

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Sunday

The Nutcracker @ The Civic

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Capitola Village Holiday Music Series

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Nutcracker Suite Ballet

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California King Tides

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

8 Tens at 8 Short Play Festival

What: 8 Tens at 8 Short Play Festival
Where: Center Stage, 1001 Center Street
When: January 4 – February 3

Sixteen winning plays from Actors’ Theatre’s annual international playwriting contest will be hitting the stage. Each night will have a performance of eight plays that are 10 minutes long. A total of 16 plays will be split into A and B nights. This event is popular and always sells out so get your tickets soon.

Get more info here.

New Year’s Eve

Santa Cruz New Year's Eve Party

What: New Year’s Eve Events
Where: Throughout Santa Cruz County
When: New Year’s Eve!

Whether you’re into a casual kind of evening or want to make it a formal affair, there are plenty of exciting choices for an evening filled with music, dancing or even bowling. Whatever strikes your fancy this New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

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