This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 23rd – 25th, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

This Thanksgiving edition of the Weekend Roundup is filled with family-friendly ideas for entertaining your out-of-town guests.

Enjoy local holiday traditions, gift shopping in the mountains, and a zany holiday circus. Have a wonderful holiday!

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 (coming soon). Be sure to check back weekly as we’ll be adding new events to these guides as they pop up. Happy holidays!

Read the holiday guides

Friday

Tandy Beal & Company Presents “JOY! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music”

Joy

When: 11/23 – 11/25 & 11/30 – 12/2
Where: UCSC Theater Arts Center Mainstage Theater, Santa Cruz
Cost: $19.50-$55.25

Wow the kids with a holiday circus! Tandy Beal & Company returns this holiday season with the zany holiday spectacular “JOY! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music,” featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and musicians. Runs November 23 through December 2.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Outdoor Movies: Ratatouille

Ratatouille

When: 11/23 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Library Parking Lot
Cost: Free

Now playing in a library parking lot near you…free, family-friendly outdoor movies every Friday from November 23 through December 21. Bring your low-back chairs and a picnic dinner (but save room for snack bar popcorn and hot chocolate). Up first: Ratatouille!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

Santa Cruz Holiday Light Train

When: November 23 – 24, December 1 – 2, 8 – 9 & 15 – 23
Where: Train Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Cost: Adult $33, Child $28

The Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train is your chance to enjoy some old fashioned holiday cheer aboard vintage train cars. Sip hot spiced cider as you listen to holiday music, partake in carols, and visit with Santa Claus. Arrive back at the Boardwalk in style and enjoy arcade games, rides, and even ice skating!

Get more info here.

Roaring Camp: Holiday Tree Walk

When: 11/23 – 11/25 at 11:00 am
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $23 – $29

Start your adventure at Roaring Camp, where you’ll board the daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. Once you make it to the summit, you’ll be treated to hot cider as you walk through the beautifully decorated trees. Guests are encouraged to bring new toys to benefit Santa Cruz County’s Toys for Tots program. For each toy donated, guests will receive $2.00 off the price of their train ticket.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

A Gala Gourd Music Celebration

When: 11/24 at 7:30 pm
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence
Cost: $20

Gourd Music, the Santa Cruz independent record label specializing in acoustic music, presents their 30th Anniversary Show featuring William Coulter (guitar), Shelley Phillips (harp, winds), Barry Phillips (cello, tabla), Neal Hellman (dulcimer), Deby Benton Grosjean (fiddle), and Steve Coulter (harp).

Get more info here.

Capitola Village Surfin’ Santa and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Surfin Santa Capitola

When: 11/24 from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Capitola Village
Cost: Free

Watch Santa and his reindeer arrive on Capitola Beach via outrigger canoe and surfboard. Once settled in his beach chair, Santa will visit with all the children and listen to their holiday wishes. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the memories! Stick around all afternoon for refreshments, face painting, live music, and the community tree lighting ceremony at 5pm.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers Market


When: 11/24 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Felton Community Hall

Shop the art, music, and tastes of the Santa Cruz mountains community. This free public event is held indoors and features live local music while you discover treasures and gifts from over 40 local artists and crafters. Best of all, your shopping dollars help benefit a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources.

Get more info here.

Sip & Shop at Humble Sea


When: 11/24 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Humble Sea Brewing Co.

Drink beer. Get your holiday shopping done. Be happy. It’s that simple! So grab a humbly delicious brew and check out the variety of high quality wares from local makers, including Santa Cruz Engraving (those awesome wooden maps), Upcycled Skate Art (functional art made from broken skateboards), and Mountainside Handmade Jewelry.

Get more info here.

Tandy Beal & Company Presents “JOY! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music”

See Description Under Friday Section

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

See Description Under Friday Section

Roaring Camp: Holiday Tree Walk

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Tandy Beal & Company Presents “JOY! A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music”

See Description Under Friday Section

Roaring Camp: Holiday Tree Walk

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Winter Performance: December in Mexico

What: Winter Performance: December in Mexico
Where: Harbor High Theater
When: November 30 & December 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Take in dinner and a show at Harbor High. Senderos presents its winter dance performance, Colores de mi Tierra, featuring Centeotl Danza y Baile dance troupe and Ensamble Musical youth band. Arrive early to enjoy delicious Mexican food. This fundraiser helps support Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free after school dance and music classes, tutoring, and scholarships for Latino youth.

Get more info here.

2018 Santa Cruz Stache Dash

What: 2018 Santa Cruz Stache Dash
Where: Swift Street Courtyard
When: December 1

No mustache is too big or too small to join the Stache Dash—even fake ones are allowed! The whole point is to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research, and the whole family can get in on the fun. Sign the kids up for the 1k, register yourself for the 5k/10k walk/run, and meet up at the finish line (Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery) for beer and live music by Moshe V Music.

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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