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:

Santa Cruz Holiday GuidesReady or not, the holidays are here, along with craft fairs, local celebrations, and time-honored traditions.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Guides where you’ll find what to do and where to shop this holiday season.

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JOY! A Holiday Show

Wondering what to do with your Thanksgiving weekend houseguests? How about wowing them with a holiday circus! Tandy Beal & Company presents a brand new holiday spectacular complete with acrobats, dancers, and live music performers.

When: November 24 – 26
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $12.25 – $55.50; Groups 10+ Discount

Get more info here. 

Observation Deck Hike

When: 11/24 at 1:00 pm
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Cost: Event is free; parking is $10

Towering redwoods meet rare ancient marine deposits on this approximately 5-mile loop excursion. Nothing like a hike to press some reset buttons post-Thanksgiving indulgence, and the panoramic views from the Observation Deck are well worth the effort. If you can’t make this date, don’t worry. We know another trail that leads to the Observation Deck and the Santa Cruz Sandhills.

Get more info here.

Friday Night Live: The Puffball Collective

When: 11/24 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Don’t know about you, but we’ve been enjoying listening to live music on the weekends at Abbott Square. And there’s something about the name Puffball Collective that you just know some dancing is going to be involved, too. See you there!

Get more info here.

Mountain Community Theater Presents: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

When: 11/24 – 12/17 Fridays/Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm
Where: Park Hall 
Cost: $17 – $20 plus service fee

It’s a dark and stormy night in the San Lorenzo Valley, and all the roads into the Valley have been closed (sound familiar?). This is the set up for The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), a hilarious show that will boost your holiday spirit while possibly poking fun at it. There will be singing, a live band, holiday desserts, and you can even bring a wrapped holiday gift to participate in an audience gift exchange.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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5th Annual Santa Cruz Stache Dash 1k/5k/10k Fun Run for Charity

When: 11/25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Swift Street Courtyard (Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co)
Cost: $15 – $30

No mustache is too big or too small to join the Stashe 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 ice cream, beer, and live music by The Coffee Zombie Collective.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers Market

When: 11/25 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: November 25, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach

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!

Get more info here.

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

Tandy Beal & Company Presents “JOY!”

See Description Under Friday Section

Mountain Community Theater Presents: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Wellness for Warriors

When: 11/26 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Urban Sanctuary 881 41st Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Cost: $20 Suggested Donation

Urban Sanctuary and the Jay Moriarity Foundation are teaming up and offering something we usually put on the backburner during the holidays, self-care. Enjoy an all-day Yogathon benefitting Angel Warriors, a program that supports kids and families who are impacted by childhood cancer. In addition to a variety of yoga classes, there will be chair and table massage, live music by Polo Jones, yummy food, face painting and balloons, cupcakes by Buttercup Cakes, a raffle with prizes from local vendors, and more! Please call and reserve your space in the classes you would like to participate in (831) 464-6968.

Tandy Beal & Company Presents “JOY!”

See Description Under Friday Section

Mountain Community Theater Presents: “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

What: Family Friendly First Friday at the Tannery
Where: Tannery Arts Center
When: Friday, December 1, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Families are invited to welcome winter and celebrate community! There will be tons of activities for the kids, the Tannery’s own studio and loft artists will be showing and selling their work, live music, a festive Light Up the Night bike ride, and more.

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.