Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve Events – Welcome 2017!

New Year's Eve Santa Cruz 2016

How do you want to ring in the New Year?

You can keep it casual or dress to the nines, party on the beach or head to a club. Whatever your New Year’s objective, there’s probably an event that’s just right for you.

We’ve broken out this year’s Santa Cruz New Year’s Eve events into categories to help you find just what you’re looking for:

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

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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 7 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 16th – 18th, 2016

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Holiday events continue this weekend with performances of The Nutcracker, Winterpalooza, Holidays on the Ranch, and a few more local artisan shopping events.

Even the Warriors are spreading the holiday cheer with a festive ugly sweater t-shirt giveaway (yeah, you read that right).

There are plenty of non-holiday events to choose from too, including a food truck event and a rockin’ anniversary celebration.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 9th – 11th, 2016

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It’s very clear that we’re in the midst of the holiday season this weekend with toy drives, a chance to eat waffles with Santa, ocean-inspired holiday craft fairs and more festive surprises! There’s even a bar crawl/scavenger hunt for adults led by Santa himself!

And if you’re not quite ready to get into the holiday spirit just yet, watch the Santa Cruz Warriors play the Austin Spurs on Friday, try a cedar wood inspired beer from a local brewery, or check out a free screening of the newest full length video from the people that brought you the “screaming hand,” legendary Santa Cruz Skateboards.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 2nd – 4th, 2016

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Hello, December!

Enjoy local holiday traditions this weekend and maybe start some new ones.

On the non-holiday front, we’ve got beautiful dancing and music from different regions in Mexico, a comedy show about psychedelics, and a Steam Punk aerial murder mystery costume dance party. Yup, you read that right.

Be sure to scroll down to the end for our Featured Upcoming Event and mark your calendar.

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

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2016 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

Judging by the sheer variety of events throughout the county, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit in Santa Cruz.

Celebrate the season with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and by sea, and of course, surfin’ Santa.

If you enjoy playful, thoughtful, and unique family traditions, check out our picks for fabulous and festive ways to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 25th – 27th, 2016

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Nov. 25-27, 2016

This edition of the Weekend Roundup has us feeling grateful with so many ways to get the most out of life in Santa Cruz this holiday season.

If you’re looking for some non-holiday events, live music, and outdoor activities or hikes, check out the additional events listed under each day.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 18th – 20th, 2016

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The week started with a super moon that was lost behind some super fog, and will end with what looks to be a super weekend full of fun events.

This weekend brings another Warriors home game, a Tony nominated play, a film festival and a radical night at the MAH.

You’ll also have a few opportunities to get a jump on your holiday shopping with some unique local shopping events, and (even though Thanksgiving isn’t here yet), you can also catch a holiday train to the North Pole.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 11th – 13th, 2016

this-weekend-in-34Start this holiday weekend off honoring our Veterans with a variety of commemorative events around town.

Then, from sports to the arts to local natural history, this weekend has it all. Catch the opening night D-league Warriors game, be inspired at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, and go on an insect-education scavenger hunt.

Don’t forget wine tasting Sunday afternoon around Downtown Santa Cruz and a book fair for young adults. Enjoy!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 4th – 6th, 2016

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First Friday infuses a heaping dose of art into this weekend’s events, from a new mural unveiling to painting plein air in Capitola.

Festivities for sea glass lovers, hot rod enthusiasts, and opera fans give you plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy yourself or try something new. Enjoy!

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

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