This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 22nd – 24th, 2019

Craft fairs and a snow-filled holiday celebration fill this November weekend in Santa Cruz.

Before things truly ramp up, check out a family volunteer opportunity, magic show at the MAH, opening weekend of a famous play, and a film experience for ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

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

Friday

The Cherry Orchard

When: 11/22 – 12/15 
Where: Park Hall, Ben Lomond

One of Anton Chekhov’s most famous plays and also his last, The Cherry Orchard is about a well-to-do family forced to surrender their home and orchard to a man who began life as a mere serf on their estate. Check the schedule for a Community Night deal on tickets, post-show champagne reception, and talk-backs with the cast and director.

Get more info here.

FrankenCon

When: 11/21 – 11/23
Where: DARC, Mainstage Theater, Second Stage Theater at UCSC; DNA’s Comedy Lab & Experimental Theater

There’s a Con for everyone, and this one’s for Frankenstein enthusiasts! Explore all things Frankenstinian during this three-day conference of scientists, theorists, and artists. Event highlights include a performance of The Frankenstein Project, a feminist and biotechnology-fueld play adaptation of Frankenstein, written and directed by UCSC theater arts lecturer Kirsten Brandt. All are welcome!

Get more info here.

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Saturday

National Family Volunteer Day at the San Lorenzo River

When: 11/23 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Riverwalk near Mimi de Marta Dog Park

You know what they say, the family that volunteers together helps support their community. You and your family are invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council to plant native species along the river to support birds, bugs, pollinators and a thriving river ecosystem. All ages and experiences are welcome.

Get more info here.

Warren Miller’s – Timeless

When: 11/23 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre

The anticipation of another skiing and snowboarding season never gets old. That’s where Timeless comes in— a film celebrating winter stoke as it follows ski legends and newcomers exploring renowned mountain locations around the world.

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.

Annual 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.

Magic at the MAH

When: 11/23 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm & 11/24 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Do you believe in MAHgic? Don’t miss the chance to experience Santiago the Magician performing two shows at the MAH this weekend. On top of magic, history and storytelling entertainment, your ticket gives you free admission to the museum where you can enjoy the exhibits and learn more about the magic that is Santa Cruz.

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.

Cafe Iveta 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.

The Cherry Orchard

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FrankenCon

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Sunday

WATSONVILLE: HOLIDAY IN THE PLAZA

When: 11/24 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Watsonville Downtown City Plaza

Hop on the the children’s holiday train, gather ‘round for the holiday tree lighting, and meet Santa! No winter wonderland is complete without snow, so gear up for a fun afternoon of snow play. Admission to the snow area is free, but ’tis the season to donate non-perishable food items or a small monetary donation to Second Harvest Food Bank which benefits children and families in Watsonville.

Get more info here.

Santa’s Shelves Fundraiser

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Magic at the MAH

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Holidays on the Ranch

What: Holidays on the Ranch
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
When: Saturday, December 7, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch. The Holidays on the Ranch Festival takes you back to a simpler time with crafts, games, and music from the early 20th century. Get in the spirit and dress in your best turn-of-the-century costume and hop on a draft-horse carriage ride!

Get more info here.

SCM Holiday Makers Market in Felton

What: Makers Market
Where: Felton Community Hall
When: Saturday, November 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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.

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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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