Santa Cruz Holiday Craft Fairs & Shopping Events 2019

‘Tis the season to shop unique, handmade, and most of all, local.

Santa Cruz businesses and organizations are making it easy with a full slate of holiday shopping fairs, makers markets, and boutiques.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to buy some awesome gifts and help support the local economy and arts culture at the same time.

Be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

November 2 – 3

11th Annual Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival

When: 11/2 & 11/3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Cocoanut Grove Sunroom on the Beach Boardwalk

Calling all sea glass lovers and ocean enthusiasts! Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts featuring authentic sea glass and coastal art from over 40 artists. Your entry fee includes a chance to win a gift basket filled with sea-inspired goodies, and a portion is donated to ocean conservation through the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Get more info here.

Zinnia’s Annual Holiday Open House

When: 11/2 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Zinnia’s Gift Boutique in Scotts Valley

Zinnia’s Home & Garden kicks off the holiday season with their annual Open House and unveiling of their holiday trees. Start your holiday shopping early and enjoy beautiful decor, appetizers, special guest artists, and fun for all.

Get more info here.

Bumblebees by the Sea Holiday Open House

When: 11/2 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Bumblebees by the Sea in Scotts Valley

You’ll find unique gifts, home decor, and jewelry at Bumblebees by the Sea’s 7th Annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments while you shop and get inspired by the many beautifully decorated trees and decorations.

Get more info here.

Scotts Valley Holiday Craft Fair

When: 11/2 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Scotts Valley Senior Center & Community Center

Over 25 years of hand-crafted and home-baked goods—now that’s a holiday shopping tradition! And all for a good cause because proceeds benefit programs and resources at the Senior & Community centers. The activity lineup includes family zumba, a visit with miniature ponies, a holiday singalong, and the famous chicken dinners.

Get more info here.

Watsonville Taiko’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Raffle

When: 11/3 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Kizuka Hall in Watsonville

Get a jump start on holiday shopping and support the performing arts and community spirit of Watsonville Taiko. This family-friendly boutique features a variety of themed baskets, succulents, and unique gifts for everyone. Raffle prizes include a stunning, handmade Japanese motif quilt. Enjoy baked goods and snacks for purchase while you shop.

Get more info here.

Downtown Makers Market

When: 11/3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz

Join us in wishing the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market a happy 1-year anniversary! Enjoy a free concert featuring local instrumental quartet Asari while you shop the unique wares of over 40 Santa Cruz makers and crafters.

Get more info here.

November 9 – 10

Goat Hill Fair

When: 11/9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm & 11/10 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Fairgrounds

After attending Goat Hill for ourselves, all we can say is wow! This unique antiques and artisan fair features over 100 vendors showcasing vintage treasures, up-cycled junk, antiques, collectibles, and artisan food. It’s fun, nostalgic, and full of DIY inspiration. Plus, you’re sure to cross a few folks off your shopping list.

Get more info here.

Bonny Doon Craft Faire

When: 11/9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Bonny Doon Union Elementary School

Go for the fabulous local vendors including Fish Princess Farm, Sarah’s Succulents, and Jessica Vaughan. Stay for the annual chili cook off and bake sale!

Get more info here.

5th Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair

When: 11/9 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Aptos Grange

Local holiday shopping made easy with over 20 local art and craft vendors, plus delicious homemade food to keep you fueled as you shop. Proceeds go back into the community, as well as a raffle to support the Quilt of Valor Project. 

Get more info here.

Old Oak Artisans’ Market

When: 11/10 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: 322 McCormick Ave., Capitola

A wonderful lineup of local makers and their amazing arts and crafts awaits, including Mckella Jo, Native Nirvana, and Bee Happy Today. Sweet tunes provided by Lindsey Wall + Soledad Naomi, plus fall libations for all!

November 16 – 17

Westlake Winter Artisan Fair

When: 11/16 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Westlake Elementary

Indulge in a little stress-free shopping and do some good for local artists and craftspeople, as you raise money for Westlake Elementary. This annual artisan fair is a great place to score unique gifts while you sip your coffee and snack on baked goods while browsing the amazingly talented vendors.

Get more info here.

La Selva Beach Holiday Fair

When: 11/16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: La Selva Beach Clubhouse

If your homemade holiday is going to be made by someone else this year, that’s ok! La Selva Beach Holiday Fair has over 50 arts and crafts vendors with everything imaginable, bargain books from the library, a bake sale and local food trucks.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Holiday Sale

When: 11/16 & 11/17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Live Oak Grange

Prepare to be dazzled at The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society holiday sale, where members will be displaying and selling their treasures, including rocks, minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, lapidary arts, and more.

Get more info here.

November 23 – 24

UCSC Arboretum Gift & Wreath Sale

When: 11/23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: UCSC Arboretum

A visit to the arboretum is always a treat, so why not get some holiday shopping out of the way while there? You’ll find carefully crafted dried flower works of art, as well as traditional and one-of-a-kind wreaths. If you’d rather go the DIY route, get inspired with a selection of plants, dried flowers, frames, wreath kits and wreath demonstrations.

Get more info here.

DIG Gardens 10th Annual Holiday Open House

When: 11/23 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Dig Gardens, Santa Cruz

Visiting DIG during the holidays is a must. You’re guaranteed to feel festive and inspired to decorate, DIY some gifts, and kick your indoor and outdoor gardens up a notch. Their annual holiday open house is the perfect occasion to shop and enjoy small bites and drinks, plus 10% off the entire store.

Get more info here.

Holiday Market!

When: 11/23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Cafe Iveta

Visit this gem of a cafe on the westside for an afternoon of supporting local, connecting with others, and finding the perfect gifts for loved ones. Enjoy sangria and snacks while you shop art, teas, jewelry, clean beauty, wellness balms, textiles, and more. Meet the women behind the scenes of some of your favorite local businesses including Lunar Tea Co., Flourish Designs, Nuestra Cosa, Deerhaven Lavender Farm, and Santa Cruz Bee Company. 

Get more info here.

Santa’s Shelves Fundraiser

When: 11/23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm & 11/24 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Felton Fire Station

Come on out and show your support at this annual fundraiser for the Felton Volunteer Fire Department. A variety of craft vendors will help you cross some names off your list. Visit with Santa and save room for breakfast or lunch and the bake sale.

Get more info here.

November 29 – December 1

Sip & Shop Small at Humble Sea

When: 11/29 from 11:00 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 Valley Botanicals, Mountainside Jewelry, Fiber Punk Studio, Tiny House Chocolate, and more. 

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers Market

When: 11/30 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.

Santa Cruz (Witch) Craft Fair

When: 11/30 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Concrete Rose Salon

Get a tarot reading while shopping the magical gifts from local artisans and witches, including candles, oils, jewelry, art, locally designed tarot and oracle decks, skincare and more!

Get more info here.

Holiday Makers Market at Abbott Square Market

When: 12/1 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Abbott Square

Street fair meets craft fair at Abbott Square! Enjoy live music while checking out the goods from over local 20 artists and artisans. From body care products to hand-stitched leather to culinary rubs, you’re sure to find some great gifts.

Get more info here.

Glass Ornament Show

When: 12/1 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange

Shop fabulous hand-blown glass ornaments, all locally handmade by Chris Johnson Glass. Other vendors joining this event include Bloomglass – fused glass jewelry, and Matthew Stout – pottery.

Get more info here.

December 6 – 8

Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

When: 12/6 – 12/8
Where: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Don’t let the Gizdich pie, model trains, and Mister and Ms. Claus sightings distract you from all the one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. With three big buildings filled with handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles, and toys, you’re bound to cross everyone off your list and earn that slice of pie.

Get more info here.

Alladin Nursery 15th Annual Christmas Open House

When: 12/6 – 12/8 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop

Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop will transform into a Christmas wonderland, full of gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy live music, hot apple cider, wine, and homemade pastries while you shop. Bring in a bag full of non-perishable or canned groceries to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank and receive 10% off your purchase.

Get more info here.

Winter Open House – Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

When: 12/6 – 12/8
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

For all the nature lovers on your shopping list, take advantage of the museum’s store-wide sale throughout the weekend. Admission is free! Enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies, crafts and activities, plus the chance to explore the museum’s latest exhibits.

Get more info here.

Winter Art Market 2019

When: 12/7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Tannery Arts Center

Craving a total arts and craft experience? Motivate your hand-craftiness at the Tannery Arts Center. An impressive array of artist demonstrations, envy-inducing craft activities, irresistible food, beer and wine, and open studios where you can meet the makers.

Get more info here.

Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

When: 12/7 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Participating Merchants

It’s time for the annual Holiday Factory Sale featuring products grown, manufactured, or produced right in Watsonville. Participating merchants include S. Martinelli & Company, Roche Leather Company, and American Hatmakers / Head’n Home Hats. Not only will you finish your holiday shopping early, you’ll save money while supporting local businesses.

Get more info here.

Boys & Girls Club Kids Craft Fair

When: 12/7 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Boys & Girls Club Downtown Clubhouse

Support young entrepreneurs and find adorable, unique gifts at the Annual Kids Craft Fair, which takes place immediately following the Annual Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade. Admission is free and open to the public.

Get more info here.

Holiday Gift Show 2019

When: 12/7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: 250 California St., Santa Cruz

Head on over to the Westside for handmade artisan goods and plenty of holiday spirit. Plus, a percentage of sales will be donated to the Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center. Shop ceramics, prints, fabric designs, jewelry, painted tiles and more.

Get more info here.

Holiday Art & Craft Faire

When: 12/7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone or festive stocking stuffers, you’ll find a wide variety of high-quality, locally-made art and crafts at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire, including: jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, leather goods, soaps, art, candles, nightlights, pottery, original artwork, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more! Come on by to find that perfect last-minute gift ­­or something for yourself! FREE admission and parking!

Get more info here.

Annual Holiday Sale at Santa Cruz Mountains Arts Center

When: 12/7 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center makes it easy to give the gift of handcrafted, unique art. Don’t miss their annual holiday sale to find beautiful jewelry, ceramics, scarves, sculpture, paintings, photography, and more. If you can’t make the sale, check out their “Home is where the Art is” exhibit during gallery hours for smaller, affordable pieces of artwork and new items added every week.

Get more info here.

12th Annual Artisans Gift Sale 2019

When: 12/7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building

This is a special collection of hand-crafted gifts, all under $25. Artists and craftspeople curate their wares to offer beautiful, handcrafted items within the budget! Something for everyone, even the dog in your life!

Get more info here.

28th Annual Art in the Cellars at BARGETTO Winery

When: 12/7 & 12/8 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Bargetto Winery in Soquel

Wine and local art is a great pairing, and one you’ll find at Bargetto Winery, along with artwork, jewelry, and handmade goods. Admission is free, and you can taste Bargetto’s selection with the purchase of a $15 commemorative glass. Sip, shop, and stroll the historic cellars!

Get more info here.

Swanton Artisans Annual Holiday Sale

When: 12/ 7 & 12/8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Swanton Berry Farm

Swanton Berry Farm is always a fun destination with their to-die-for chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, shortcakes and jam. Did you know they have soup, hot coffee and cider too? This weekend you can support labor and sustainable agriculture as well as local artisans who will be selling their art, jewelry, soap, and so so much more.

Get more info here.

Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop Holiday Open House

When: 12/7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: UCSC Arboretum

Shop green, support a good cause and find treasures at Norrie’s annual open house. Entirely run by volunteers, this quaint and elegant gift shop abounds with locally-made items, as well as books, jewelry, toys, etc. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s conservation, education, research and horticulture programs. Light refreshments will be served, and artists and makers will be creating their wares to make your holiday shopping easy and ecological.

Get more info here.

ParkStore Holiday Sale

When: 12/7 & 12/8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Preview sale Friday at Seacliff!)
Where: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, Seacliff State Beach

With iconic posters and apparel on sale, along with books and plenty of other gifts, this annual sale is a great way to support our beautiful parks and please the nature-lovers on your shopping list.

Get more info here.

Holiday Tree Lighting and Craft Fair

When: 12/7 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Aptos New Leaf Community Market

Santa is coming to Aptos, so you better be good! Get your picture taken with the jolly man himself at the big Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy coffee or cocoa and cookies while you shop locally-made crafts and the carolers croon your favorite songs and performers jazz up your holiday spirit.

Get more info here.

BOULDER CREEK WINTER ART & CRAFT FAIR

When: 12/7 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Where: Boulder Creek

Santa will make a stop in Boulder Creek to help light the Christmas tree and take some pictures. With food trucks and restaurants, arts and crafts activities as well as local vendors, there’s plenty for everyone, and the hip shops will stay open late for holiday shopping.

Get more info here.

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

When: 12/8 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets

With over 40 vendors to choose from, you will find many tempting treasures to take home for yourself or a gift for someone special. Located right downtown, this market has the advantage of being near lots of restaurants and cafes so you can refuel. Live music performed by Whiskey West adds to the fun.

Get more info here.

December 13 – 15

Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival

When: 12/15 from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab

The Seymour Center is another local treasure, catering to families and ocean-lovers of all ages. Always worth a visit for the excellent exhibits, Jingle Shells Festival gives you another reason to stop by. You can do some last-minute shopping for ocean-themed hand made arts and crafts, and proceeds directly support marine science education. With over 30 artists on hand, shopping will be fun and easy. Enjoy 10% off in the gift shop, free gift wrapping, live music and hot apple cider, along with activities for kids.

Get more info here.

Christmas Market on the Felton Covered Bridge

When: 12/15 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Felton Covered Bridge Park

Covered Bridge in Felton, built in 1892, is a charming and iconic landmark, and makes a gorgeous setting for this artisan Christmas market. This beautiful piece of history will be decorated with lights, food and beverages will be available, along with fun, friends and festivities.

Get more info here.

LoOk Collective Winter art Extravaganza

When: 12/15 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: 5221 Coast Road Hwy, Santa Cruz

Drive up the coast to an old farmhouse and meet some of our fabulous local artists. Working in a variety of media, LoOk Collective artists will show off and discuss their printmaking, ceramic, textile, paper, and other handmade gifts. In addition, you can support the bake sale fundraiser to help our immigrant neighbors to the south.

Get more info here.

More December Events Coming Soon!

Submit your craft fair event here and be sure to check back often, as new pop-up shopping events are added throughout the holiday season.

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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