Holiday Events: Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Mountains

Christmas_Tree_by Jorge Barrios_2013-11-26Here’s a guide I’ve compiled of Holiday Events in and around Santa Cruz, including Holiday Events in the San Lorenzo Valley and Holiday Events in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

If you don’t see your event here, please comment so everyone else can see it!    Thanks.

11/15-12/8  Theater – UCSC Theater Arts Main State – Santa Cruz Shakespear – Its a Wonderful Life    tickets & info: or 459-2159

11/27 – 1/5 Gift Show – Saratoga – Aegis Gallery of Fine Arts – 14531 Big Basin Way

11/29        Boulder Creek Tree Lighting – 5-8 pm – Santa, Caroling, Carriage Rides, Face Painting, Family Dance Party

Nov. 29 and 30; Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23   Holiday Train: cider & caroles, Santa & Mrs. Claus – Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz        5pm, 6:30 & 8 pm – tickets $19 kids/$26 adults

11/30-31    Craft Fair – Felton Firehouse    9-4 pm

11/30         Felton Tree Lighting 5-7 – downtown – photos with Santa, Caroling, Hot Chocolate

11/30         Surfin’ Santa – Capitola Beach – Free!  noon

12/4           Scotts Valley Christmas Tree Lighting – 5 pm SV Community Center

12/5           Valley Churches United Emergency Food Pantry – Boulder Creek – Fundraising Dinner at Scopazzi’s- 6-10 pm  RSVP by    11/29 to enter a special drawing   Auction & Raffle  Tickets $55 advance-$60 Door 336-8258 ext. 221

12/6           Winter Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center – 1050 River St Santa Cruz – 6 pm

12/7           Peacock Christmas Tree Farm – Loma Day Fundraiser – Summit – 17950 Mt Charlie Road 8 am -4:30 pm     plus wine tasting Loma Prieta Winery

12/7           Lighted Boat Parade – Capitola – Free!  5:30 pm Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, 135 Fifth Ave 818-2271

12/8           Grey Bears 40th Annual Holiday Dinner  – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium  11:30 – 1:30 with dance troupes!

12/9           Snow Night in Downtown Santa Cruz – 5-8 pm Pacific Avenue

12/11-12    Holiday Gifts and Crafts Faire – Felton-Henry Cowell State Park 10 am – 5 pm

12/15         Mad Hatters Holiday Tea Party at Quail & Thistle Tea Room – Capitola – Children: 11,1, 3:30, Adults: 6pm    benefits Toys for Tots:    purchase tickets:

12/31         New Years’ Eve Party – Santa Cruz – Cocoanut Grove –

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Loch Lomond is Open in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Today, March 1st, marks opening day at Loch Lomond  

Lovely Loch Lomond is a pristine mountain lake located in the Lompico area of Felton – about half an hour from Santa Cruz.   (see directions below)

Image Anglers, hikers, and picnickers can enjoy this quiet reservoir –(no motor toys allowed) – plus some great weather this weekend!    If you’re a boater, know that this lake is part of the water supply system for Santa Cruz, so no outside boats are allowed to be brought in.   This is because the pipelines need to be kept clear of invasive species.   But you can rent a boat there, or contact the park rangers about leaving your own boat there.    Recreation Area staff can be contacted by calling 831-335-7424 for more information. A substantial boat rental fleet is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

From Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Valley or Scotts Valley, take Graham Hill Road to Zayante Road.    Follow Zayante for a few miles, then take a left on Lompico Road.   After a few miles take a left on West and go up to the top of the mountain.    There are signs along the way.

Up at the top of West, I’m about to list a wonderful cabin with end-of-the-road privacy and a delightful separate studio/out building…within walking distance to the Lake!   Contact MC Dwyer for details…(831) 419-9759

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Santa Cruz Mountains – Pathway to Pinot Paradise

Fun things to do in the Santa Cruz Mountains 

March 31st – Saturday – the 8th annual Pathway to Pinot Paradise

This almost sold out self-guided tour of over 20 wineries starts at 11 am and runs until 5 pm.

These wineries, some of our best mountain treasures, may also offer barrel tastings and gourmet food selections to compliment the Pinots.    Tickets are on sale for $25 – click for more information.

Watch this great video I found posted on the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Associations Facebook page.

Cupid in a Wine Glass
Painting of Cupid in a Wine Glass by Abraham Woodside 1840s, from Wikimedia Commons

Fun stuff to do around Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and the San Lorenzo Valley

Fun stuff to do: San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, and Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off
Fun things to do in Santa Cruz

 February 25thSaturday – the 31st annual Clam Chowder Cook Off

Tastings start at 1 pm at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, featuring 70+ cooking teams; winners announced at 4 pm    Attendance is free, but a Ballot and Tasting Kit cost $9


Feb 26thSunday   Blue Chevrolet at Henflings in Ben Lomond – starts at 9 pm


March 2ndFriday 6:30  – 8 PM Scotts Valley Satellite features

       Local Underwater Photographer and Author Marc Shargel


March 3rd Crab Feed Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fundraiser

Saturday 6pm at the BC Firehouse on HWY 9       Make your reservation: there will only be 200 tickets sold!     $45 tickets sold only in advance – call extension 338-7222 extension 29


March 10th:     Saturday Street fair in downtown Boulder Creek

March 16th & 17th – Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at Trout Farm Inn

March 17th – Saturday – St. Patrick’s Day

       Joes Bar in Boulder Creek:    Acoustic Shadows

       Moes’ Alley – Santa Cruz – Ronnie Montrose

March 23 – Friday – 7 p.m. FELTON Satellite     Permaculture Film Series – “Ecologically Sound Living by Designs for Health”     Transition San Lorenzo Valley presents its latest film


March 25th – Sunday – Celebration of Jim Morrison & the Doors by WILD CHILD

7pm, $20 in advance or at the door


Red Pearl Chinese – locals get 10% off on Mondays when they mention the Boulder Creek Events Flier

Boulder Creek Brewery – Live Bluegrass Thursdays and Sunday nights –

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Fun Things to do in Boulder Creek

February 11th:     This weekend, the town merchants are “putting out.”  …  Putting their merchandise out on the streets that is, in the manner of a street fair.  There will be a raffle, crafts demonstrations, discounts, and Valentines’ gift ideas.  These street fairs occur on the 2nd Saturday of every month…

February 14thValentines Day – this coming Tuesday – no time to cook? Take your loved one for a Valentines’ Dinner – 4pm to 10pm at Boulder Creek’s legendary Scopazzi’s Restaurant 338-6441

February 18th – Windy Hill – Bluegrass at Joe’s Bar – These guys are next scheduled for venues like Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, Amnesia in San Francisco.    338-3417

February 19th – SLV Water District History – 3pm at the Senior Center in Ben Lomond  Admission/Donation $5 per family – details 338-8382 – sponsored by Terry Vierra of Century 21 Showcase REALTORS.

February 25th – Flea Market at Junction park – hosted by Boulder Creek Parks and Recreation District 338-4144



SHOP LOCAL BC Hardware- say Hi to Doug andAnnMarie – featuring a February sale on Stanley Shop Vac ($17.95) – 338-3866

Great coffee, baked goods and bagels at Jenna Sues / Dessert First 338-7008

Winter clearance sale at Plumline Vintage – boots, sweaters and more 338-2701

BC Liquors – where the prices are good, the wine selection is awesome, and the clerks provide off beat humor  338-6448

Boulder Creek Brewery – Live BluegrassThursdays and Sunday nights –



Crab Feed – Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fundraiser

March 3rd at 6pm at the BC Firehouse on HWY 9

Hurry to make your reservation: there will only be 200 tickets sold!

$45 tickets sold only in advance – call extension 338-7222 extension 29

The Fire Department is right across Hwy 9 from Johnnie’s Market

Sports Car and motorcycle enthusiasts love to drive Highway 9
Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

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