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:

Holiday Events in Santa Cruz

Want to jump straight to the best holiday events? We’ve got you covered. The guides below will keep you full of holiday cheer this weekend and throughout the month of December.

Holiday Event Guide

Santa Cruz Holiday Events 2016Catch every holiday event in Santa Cruz County with our Santa Cruz Holiday Event Guide.

Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events

santa cruz holiday shopping eventsThere are dozens of local craft fairs and shopping events in Santa Cruz County, many of which take place this weekend. You’ll find them all here.


Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce

Santa Cruz Warriors Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night

When: 11/25 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena
Cost: $30 – $85

Stephen Curry bobbleheads in the house! The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive one so arrive early to watch our Warriors take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Bonus: Golden State Warriors’ Assignment Player Damian Jones makes his Santa Cruz debut.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

When: 11/25 – 11/26 at 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm (additional dates: Dec. 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 23)
Where: Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cost: $31 adult; $25 for children ages 2-12 years

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.

Once aboard, your experience will go a little something like this:

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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SCM Holiday Makers Market

When: 11/26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Felton Community Hall – 6191 Highway 9, Felton, CA
Cost: FREE Admission

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. Best of all, your shopping dollars help benefit a local non-profit, Mountain Community Resources.

Get more info here.

Surfin’ Santa

Surfin Santa Capitola

When: 11/26 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach
Cost: Free

Surfin’ Santa and his reindeer will arrive at Capitola Beach via outrigger canoe and surfboard. Once on the beach Santa will visit with all the kids, so be sure to bring your wish list and a camera. Don’t miss the annual Palm Tree Lighting at 5pm.

Get more info here.

Surfin’ Santa Photo Credit: Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce

Tree Lighting Party

When: 11/26 at 6:00 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest Beach Market
Cost: Free

Extra Large provides the tunes, Santa and Mrs. Claus the photo opps, and Crow’s Nest Beach Market the festive tree lighting. The store, transformed into a candy house, will be open for food, bevs, and holiday shopping.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Hive & Hum Holiday Open House


When: November 27 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Hive & Hum on River St.

Celebrate the season at Hive & Hum’s Holiday Open House. Enjoy sips, nibbles, samples, and giveaways while shopping and supporting local. The best part: Hive & Hum is donating 5% of their profits to Center for Farmworker Families.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event


Celebrate holiday magic in Capitola Village! Enjoy an afternoon of kid-friendly activities, complimentary snacks, caroling, gift certificate giveaways, and a window display contest leading up to a tree lighting and grand prize drawings at 5:30pm.

What: Capitola Village Winter Festival
Where: Throughout the Village and Mercantile
When: Saturday, December 3 from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

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.