Holiday Calendar: Nov. 30, 2012 – Santa Cruz Sentinel

A Celtic Christmas Celebration

Join Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Irish Turkish Dancers for an evening of music to celebrate the holidays. The concert will include an opportunity to join in and sing some favorite carols, perhaps one of the most important holiday traditions.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Don Quixote’s International Hall of Music, 6275 Highway 9, Felton

Cost: $15 advance, $18 door

Details:, 603-2294

Train to Christmas Town

Hop aboard the Train to Christmas Town on this one-hour ride on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line, newly acquired by Santa Cruz County. Along the way, passengers will be served gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa, and Santa Claus boards the train at “Christmas Town” near Wilder Ranch. The ride re-enacts the children’s book of the same name.

WHEN: Several daily departures Wednesdays through Sundays to Jan. 6

WHERE: Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

COST: 35


Miracle on 34th Street

Looking for a holiday tradition? Check out Miracle on

34th Street at Ben Lomond’s Hall. The classic play has been a family favorite for many generations for children and grown upsss.

When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 to Dec. 22

Where: Ben Lomond’s Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street

Cost: $17 general admission, $10 children, students, seniors, and matinee performances

Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert

The Cabrillo College Dance Department presents their annual winter concert, an evening of original and diverse dance works created by guest, faculty and invited student choreographers. Cabrillo student dancers will perform exuberant new choreography in an exciting mix of contemporary techniques and styles, from popping and locking to post-modern physical theater.

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridayand Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Cost: $14 general, $12 students/seniors, $10 Student Activity Card

Details:, 479-6154

Light up a Life memorial

Heartland Hospice will sponsor its second ‘Light up a Life’ event 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the village of Capitola by the bandstand. The event is free and open to the public and food and beverages will be available. Participants are invited to decorate a luminary bag in honor of a loved one and illuminate the bag in unison (using battery power) at 5:15 p.m. Celina and the C Monkeys will perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Hawaiian style.

When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Capitola Village by the bandstand

Cost: Free

Details: 869-0169

International Fair Trade Sale

Rising International, a nonprofit that helps the poorest women in the world to rise out poverty by selling their handmade products, is hosting a holiday sale. Offerings will include handmade silk scarves made by landmine survivors in Cambodia, kids felt backpacks made by survivors of human trafficking in Nepal, beaded dog collars made by HIV survivors in South Africa, shawls made by a secret women’s cooperative in Swat Valley, Pakistan, seed jewelry made by disabled women in Columbia and more. Proceeds from the sales events will benefit women both locally and globally. Rising International trains under-employed women in Santa Cruz Country to run their own Rising International businesses.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22

Where: 300 Potrero St., Santa Cruz

Details: 429-7474,

Boulder Creek Craft Fair Sale

Looking for a place to buy gifts and have some holiday fun? Check out the Boulder Creek Craft Fair Holiday Sale. The event will feature art, crafts, music and a bake sale.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Boulder Creek Recreational Hall, 13333 Middleton Ave., Boulder Creek

Cost: Free

Details:, 338-4144


Check out a variety of crafts, folk art, antiques, collectibles and gift foods at the Holiday Craft Fair. The event, sponsored by the Santa Cruz Heritage Foundation, also will feature a food court and free parking.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2

WHERE: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville

DETAILS: 725-5671,


Come to Bargetto Winery’s annual Art in the Cellar for a chance to taste wine and shop for locally made gifts. The event will feature 27 local artists, food for purchase and holiday wines.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St., Soquel

COST: Free

DETAILS:, 475-2258


About 1,500 seniors will come together for a home-cooked holiday dinner and socialize with old and new friends. Special home-delivered meals will be made for 1,400 home-bound seniors who can’t attend. There also will be local entertainment.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz

COST: Free


Pancake Breakfast

Looking for a deliciously satisfying breakfast? Come to the pancake breakfast at St. Michaels Catholic Church. The event will include raffle prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Valley Churches United Mission’s 31st annual Christmas Project.

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: St. Michaels Catholic Church, 13005 Pine St., Boulder Creek

Cost: Donation/sliding scale

Details: 336-8258

Tis The Season!

The Market Street Theater presents “Tis the Season!” directed by Jo Luttringer and performed by cast members from The Santa Cruz Follies. The musical features favorite holiday songs.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Market Street Senior Center, 222 Market St., Santa Cruz

Cost: $5 adults, $3 children



Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is holding its annual Holiday Sale. At each of four ParkStores, as well as online, receive up to 25 percent off on all merchandise including iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations, park apparel, nature guides, local history books, educational toys, jewelry and other merchandise that represents the special cultural history and environment of each park.

Fifth Annual Beauty Bash Sale

Looking to pick up the perfect gift for the makeup lover in your life? Check out the fifth Annual Beauty Bash Sale at Seascape Village Fitness. The event, which benefits Santa Cruz Children’s Charities, will include luxury salon haircare and skincare brands as well as holiday gifts at below wholesale prices.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Seacscape Village Fitness, 16A Seascape Village. Aptos

Details: 708-2323

WHEN: Dec. 3-9

WHERE: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Seacliff State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park and online at

DETAILS:, 429-1840

Children’s Christmas Tree Trimming

San Lorenzo Valley Museum will host the 10th annual Children’s Christmas Tree Trimming on Dec. 2. The event, designed for children 3 and older with their parents, is an opportunity to string popcorn and cranberries, make corn husk angels and decorate gingerbread cookies. There are simple ornament projects for younger children and more intricate ones for older children, with plenty of paper, ribbons, glitter and doodads available. Come for an hour or spend the afternoon. Cookies and juice will be provided. Sponsors are W/A Insurance, Joe’s Bar and Redwood Resorts.

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek

Cost: $5 per family

Details:, 338-8382


The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz welcomes the community to participate in the annual Holiday Parade along Pacific Avenue. The event will feature floats, marching bands, classic cars and downtown’s grand marshal, as well as Santa Claus himself.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Pacific Avenue, from Laurel Street to Front Street and Water Street, Santa Cruz


Holiday Craft Fair

Come check out arts and crafts made by locals at the Holiday Craft Fair. The event will feature jewelers, woodworkers, fine art painters, seamstresses, bookmakers, photographers, graphic artists, knitters, felters, folders, screen printers and more. Proceeds will benefit the Monarch Community School, a kindergarten through sixth-grade alternative public elementary school.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz

COST: Free admission

DETAILS: 408-482-4971,


Music For the Feast of Christmas celebrates the songs of the season, with music including Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols,’ Gabrieli, Hassler, Palestrina, and many more traditional carols.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz

COST: 23


Swanton Area Artisans

Swanton Berry Farm is featuring the world of 10 local artists and crafts people at its 12th annual holiday sale. The event will include locally crafted wreaths, porcelain, ceramics, sea glass jewelry and votives, beadwork and crystal jewelry, soaps, beeswax candles and salves, local landscape paintings, organic teas and coffees, prints and notecards. During the winter season, the Swanton Berry Farm offers organic bakery treats including farm made pumpkin pie, Jim’s famous fruit cake, blackberry cobbler, truffles, hot strawberry-apple cider, hot farm-made soup and berry jams.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Swanton Berry Farm, 25 Swanton Road, Davenport

Details: 234-7542, 469-8804

SPCA at the Mall

The SPCA is hosting a photo booth at the Capitola Mall where people can come by and take a picture of their pet with Santa Claus.

When: 6-8 p.m. Monday and Dec. 10

Where: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola

Details: 465-5000

Seascape Village Tree Lighting

Gather in the Seascape Village Plaza for an evening of community fellowship at the Seascape Village Holiday Tree Lighting. The event is the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors and celebrate the holidays.

When: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7

Where: Seascape Village Plaza, Aptos

Details: 708-2323


Hosted by Summit Wineries, this event will feature holiday activities, wine tastings and gifts. There will be live music, hot mulled wine and gift baskets.

WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9

WHERE: MJA Vineyards, 328 A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz

DETAILS: 421-9380


The Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train features vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of colorful lights rolling through the streets of Santa Cruz. The event includes holiday carols, hot spiced cider and musical entertainment.

WHEN: 5 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 21-23

WHERE: Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

COST: $20 kids, $26 adults



Thomas the Tank Engine will be all decked out in decorations for the holidays. The 25 minute-ride will include carol singing and a visit from Santa, as well as a variety of events to participate in at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

WHEN: Various times Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 22-23

WHERE: Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz

COST: $24



Gail Rich Award recipient Rhan Wilson presents the eighth annual ‘An Altared Christmas,’ which features traditional holiday music played entirely in minor keys. More than 20 of the finest musicians will perform in blues and blacks (the official color of the evening). The event will raise money for local charities, and there will be an altar created for lost loved ones.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 8

WHERE: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

COST: 50


Holiday Craft Fair and Tree Lighting

Check out crafts and Christmas lights at the Aptos Village Tree Holiday Craft Fair. In addition to the village’s annual tree lighting at the Aptos Village tree, there will be local vendors with holiday gifts, food, Christmas carols by Twin Lakes Youth Choir Credo, and a special visit from Santa Claus. People are encouraged to bring an ornament to hang on the tree. There will be collection bins for unwrapped presents and/or canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

When: 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos

West End Holiday Fair

New Leaf Community Markets has organized the “West End Holiday Fair” featuring an assortment of handmade gifts, arts and crafts, gingerbread house workshop, pictures with Santa, Christmas trees for sale, SPCA with adoptable pets, live music, West End beer and wine tastings, a raffle, and food for sale. KPIG radio will broadcast live from 3-5 p.m. Bring non-perishable food and receive a free raffle ticket. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County.

When: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Westside New Leaf Community Market’s parking lot, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz


Santa Cruz Holiday Faire and Sale

Hotel Paradox is hosting a holday fair eand sale. Admission is normally charged, but in keeping with holiday spirit, admission is a food raiser. The event offers free admission to anyone who brings five canned or packaged food items to donate to Valley Churches United Mission for their annual Christmas project. Military personnel and their families are admitted free of charge. Children under 13 are also admitted free of charge in the company of parents.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

Cost: Free admission with five or more canned goods

Details: 438-5349

Family Gift-Making Workshop

The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center will present a free family gift-making workshop. Participants are welcome to drop any time during the three-hour workshop to make a variety of holiday gifts and have some festive snacks. The workshop is intended for families, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Where: The Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center, 9341 Mill St., Ben Lomond

Cost: Free

Details:, 336-3513

Holiday in the Plaza

Holiday in the Plaza will provide residents and visitors of Watsonville a chance to get into the holiday spirit. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with the third annual Snow Day, when Peck and Union Streets will transform into a Winter Wonderland. Admission to the snow is a can of food or non-perishable food item. A 30-foot living Redwood tree will be decorated and on display, and there will be a lighting ceremony in the plaza at 6 p.m. with a special appearance from Santa Claus. Farmers Market vendors will be on site to provide a variety of food and drinks, and Green Valley Cinema will serve complimentary hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies.

When: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9

Where: Watsonville City Plaza, Main and Peck Streets, Watsonville

Cost: Free admission with a donated can of food

Details: 768-3240


Seascape Beach Resort is set to once again host their annual Mad Hatter’s Holiday Tea Party to benefit the 2012 Toys for Tots Santa Cruz County campaign. The fundraiser, which is based on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” will take place at the resort on Dec. 9. The fourth annual festive holiday tea party will feature a production under the direction of Nathan Figone and include beloved characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit, and Mad Hatter. Reservations are required by Dec. 7.

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Where: Seascape Beach Resort, One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos

Cost: $8 for kids ages 2 and younger, $31 ages 3-11 and $47 for 12 and older

Details: 662-7141


The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatres presents the Nutcracker Ballet with conductor Larry Granger. The show will feature dancers from the Houston Ballet.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 16

WHERE: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz

COST: 55



Cabrillo Stage presents a comedic twist on the holiday classic “A Night At The Nutcracker.” The production focuses on the Marx Brothers attempting to run a ballet company, bringing together song, slapstick comedy and the ballet for a zany Christmas treat.

WHEN: Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees at 2 p.m., Dec. 14-30

WHERE: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

COST: 40

DETAILS:, 479-6154

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Joing the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for their annual Christmas concert, directed by Tom Graves. Bring your family and friends for a fun, always-entertaining evening with the SFGMC.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: First Congregational Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz

Cost: 40

Details:, 415-865-3650

Santa Claus at Surf Dog

Looking to eat a hot dog and meet Santa Claus? Check out Surf Dog on Pacific Avenue. People will get the chance to interact and take photos with Santa Claus.

When: 10 a.m. Dec. 15

Where: Surf Dog, 719 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

Details: 423-2301

Be Natural Music’s Holiday Concert

Be Natural Music will present its Second Annual Holiday Concert at the Boardwalk Bowl’s Coaster’s Bar and Grill. Bands that will perform include Walkaway Raven, Slime, 3-Hole Punch and Alter Ego. Proceeds from this family-friendly concert will be donated to the Santa Cruz SPCA and Be Natural Music’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to young talented musicians and children in need who are interested in learning music. Admission is $3 (ages 3 and younger are free). Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Those who attend are asked to bring dog and cat food (wet or dry), collars, toys, blankets and beds for animals.

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Boardwalk Bowl’s Coaster’s Bar and Grill, 115 Cliff St., Santa Cruz

Cost: $3

Details: 515-8369

Light Up the Valley

The annual “Light Up the Valley” holiday competition is open to homeowners, businesses and nonprofits. The winners of the contest will be announced at a potluck supper at Felton Community Hall on Dec. 16. The San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce will judge entries Dec. 15.

When: Dec. 16

Where: Felton Community Hall

Details:, 222-2120

Watsonville Community Band

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas and catch the Watsonville Community Band in their new uniforms. The group, which has performed since 1947, will play holiday favorites.

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Henry Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 E. Beach St., Watsonville

Cost: Free



Novices and experts alike are welcome to come sing Handel’s legendary ‘Messiah’ at the third annual Messiah Sing-A-Long. The event is conducted by Cheryl Anderson, with Cabrillo Symphonic, Chorale and Cantiamo Choruses, and Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 18

WHERE: First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St., Santa Cruz

COST: $23


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Catering a Domicilio

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