This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 29th – December 1st, 2019

Rain or shine, Thanksgiving weekend is here, possibly along with your visiting friends and family.

Enjoy local traditions like Surfing Santa in Capitola Village or a steam train ride at Roaring Camp. Shop small and local at an array of holiday craft fairs from Humble Sea Brewing Co. to Felton. Take the family out to a Warriors game—perfect for a rainy Saturday!

Enjoy the holiday!

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

Friday

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 Holiday Lights Train

When: 11/29 & 11/30, 12/7 & 12/8, 12/14 – 12/23
Where: Departs from Beach Boardwalk

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. Arrive back at the Boardwalk in style and enjoy arcade games, rides, and even ice skating!

Get more info here.

Roaring Camp Railroads: Holiday Tree Walk

When: 11/29 – 11/30, 12/1, 12/7 – 12/8
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads

Start your adventure at Roaring Camp, where you’ll board the steam train to Bear Mountain. Once you make it to the summit, you’ll be treated to hot cider as you walk through the beautifully decorated trees. Guests are encouraged to bring new toys to benefit Santa Cruz County’s Toys for Tots program. For each toy donated, guests will receive $2.00 off the price of their train ticket.

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. IOWA WOLVES

When: 11/29 at 7:00 pm
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena

Always thrilling to watch up close, the Santa Cruz Warriors have the home court advantage, so come out and cheer on the home team! The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Draymond Green San Francisco Edition bobblehead.

Get more info here.

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Saturday

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.

SCM 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.

SURFING SANTA

When: 11/30 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Capitola Beach

Watch Santa and his reindeer arrive on Capitola Beach via outrigger canoe. Once settled in his beach chair, Santa will visit with all the children and listen to their holiday wishes. Stick around all afternoon to enjoy festive entertainment with the fairies from Happily Every Laughter, magic from The Surfing Magician, refreshments, and the community tree lighting ceremony.

Get more info here.

Tree Lighting Party

When: 11/30 from 6:00 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest Beach Market

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

Get more info here.

SANTA CRUZ HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRAIN

See Description Under Friday Section

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS: HOLIDAY TREE WALK

See Description Under Friday Section

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Sunday

Holiday Glass Ornament Show

When: 12/1 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: 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.

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.

SANTA CRUZ HOLIDAY LIGHTS TRAIN

See Description Under Friday Section

ROARING CAMP RAILROADS: HOLIDAY TREE WALK

See Description Under Friday Section

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Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade

What: Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade
Where: Pacific Avenue from Laurel to Water St.
When: Saturday, December 7, at 10:00 am

Nothing captures the holiday spirit like the Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade! There will be floats, marching bands, classic cars, horses, crowd favorites like the Santa Cruz Public Library Precision Book Truck Drill Team, and naturally, Santa Claus. The parade takes place rain or shine.

Get more info here.

34th Annual Lighted Boat Parade

What: Lighted Boat Parade
Where: Santa Cruz Harbor
When: 12/7 at 5:30 pm

The Lighted Boat Parade is a Santa Cruz tradition and always one of the most anticipated events of the season. Dress warm, grab some hot chocolate, and find a spot to take in “Holidays on the Harbor”.

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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