This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 27th – 29th, 2019

Our roundup of events is lighter than usual this weekend. Whether you’re recovering from the holidays or still celebrating, you’ll find great ideas to spend winter break, entertain out-of-town guests, and make new memories and family traditions.

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



Friday

The White Album Ensemble presents “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Concert

When: 12/27 & 12/28 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

Come together, right now, over…at the Rio for an “Abbey Road” 50th anniversary concert performed by The White Album Ensemble. Adding to the “British Invasion” theme is opening act The Beggar Kings, a live recreation of classic Rolling Stones albums. If you can’t attend Friday, there’s another show on Saturday!

Get more info here.

Toy Trains at the MAH

When: Daily through 12/29
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (The MAH)

All aboard! Bring the whole crew down to MAHvel at these mighty mini machines, speak with experts, master the controls, and even bring your own toy train to put on the track! Toy Trains is free and open to the public Friday, December 20th through Sunday, December 29th (some exceptions and early closures apply).

Get more info here.

Farley’s Winter Wonderland – 13th Annual Holiday Lights Walk Through

When: Now – New Year’s Day; Check website for daily hours and cancellations
Where: Farley’s Winter Wonderland, 108 Seaview Avenue, Santa Cruz

The Christmas Spirit is alive and flourishing at this Seabright neighborhood home. Park your car and walk in; fantastical winter scenes await you, including miniature villages, fairy houses and giant nutcrackers. With a forest of 30 evergreen trees and lights throughout, this display has won the hearts of thousands over the years.

Get more info here.

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

When: Now through January 5, 2020
Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy the best of both worlds this holiday season: ice skating and the beach! You can rent skates for an hour, or make a day of it with the Boardwalk combo. To add to the festive air, there is a magical snowfall every hour, festive food, arts and crafts, old favorite holiday movies and more. Reservations are recommended for skating.

Get more info here.

Bowl for Free at the Boardwalk Bowl

When: Daily through Dec. 31
Where: Boardwalk Bowl

Bowl for free and for a good cause when you bring canned food donations to help “Strike Out Hunger” at the Boardwalk Bowl. Donations go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County to help feed local families.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

The White Album Ensemble presents “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Concert

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Toy Trains at the MAH

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Farley’s Winter Wonderland – 13th Annual Holiday Lights Walk Through

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Boardwalk Holiday Ice

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Bowl for Free at the Boardwalk Bowl

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Sunday

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. TEXAS LEGENDS

When: 12/29 at 6:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Our Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Texas Legends in their last game of the year. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Golden State Warriors Snow Globe. ’Tis the season to cheer on the Warriors!

Get more info here.

Toy Trains at the MAH

See Description Under Friday Section

Farley’s Winter Wonderland – 13th Annual Holiday Lights Walk Through

See Description Under Friday Section

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

See Description Under Friday Section

Bowl for Free at the Boardwalk Bowl

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Polar Plunge 2020

What: New Year’s Day Polar Plunge
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
When: January 1, 2020

Start the new year with the most fun you can have for a good cause: Take the “plunge” down a chilly, twisty water slide to raise money for youth swim scholarships! This fundraiser for Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks is full of prizes, costumes, competitions, and many plunges.

Get more info here.

ALL IN for the Ocean

What: ALL IN for the Ocean Challenge
Where: Seascape Beach Resort
When: January 1, 2020

Jump into the Bay on New Year’s Day at the Save Our Shores “ALL IN for the Ocean”challenge! To participate, you can choose to be “all in” for $5, or “chicken out” and donate $10 (or more) to the cause. Money raised supports Save Our Shores to protect the health of our ocean and planet.

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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