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November 28, 2012

It’s a Holly Jolly Weekend in Santa Cruz County!

‘Tis the season for fantastic family holiday events and Santa Cruz County has a lot to choose from!  This weekend is chock-full of parades, festivals, and fun Christmas traditions for everyone!  Get out your calendar and start planning for a weekend filled with cheer and prepare the whole family for some magical memories.     Shakespeare Santa Cruz Holiday Show – HONK! Administration:  Tel: (831) 459-2121         Ticket Office: (831) 459-2159 Multiple dates and showings, see web site for tickets and further details Based on the beloved children’s story “The Ugly Duckling,” this rollicking musical tells the story of a duckling not quite like the rest who discovers his own true beauty and finds love and acceptance along the way. A comedic treat that’s perfect for the whole family! Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train Phone: (831) 335-4484 Multiple dates and ride times, see web site for tickets and further details Roaring Camp’s annual holiday attraction is a favorite in Santa Cruz County.  Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.  You and the kids will love it! Carriage Rides Downtown Multiple dates and times, see web site for further details There’s no better way to see the festive holiday sights of Downtown Santa Cruz than from atop horse-drawn Victorian carriage on Pacific Avenue in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz.  Come down and let Santa Cruz Carriage Company take you for a magical holiday treat like no other.  It’s a fairy tale experience that everyone is sure to remember! Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 10:00 a.m. to Noon Join the fun and watch as floats, marching bands, Santa Clause, and more parade down Pacific Avenue in the heart of Santa Cruz.  Parade starts at 10 a.m. rain or shine! Lighted Boat Parade Phone: (831) 475-616 Saturday, December 1, 2012 – parade starts at 5:30 p.m. A truly unique Santa Cruz experience, the lighted boat parade takes place at the Santa Cruz Harbor and will awe you with gorgeous lights twinkling off the sea.  Bring the family for a Christmas experience they’ll never forget complete with hot coco and Christmas carols. Scotts Valley Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Saturday December 1, 2012 – 5:00 p.m. Phone:  (831) 438-1010 Join in on the annual music and fun as the Christmas tree is lit up and the community welcomes Santa Clause and Christmas to Scotts Valley.   Drink hot coco, sing Christmas carols and have your picture taken with Santa Clause at this free event. The Train to Christmas Town Phone:  888-978-5562 Multiple dates and ride times, see web site for tickets and further details Climb aboard and see the characters from the story book The Train to Christmas Town come to life in the one-hour magical train ride complete with cookies, hot coco, and visits from the characters in the book. Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale Saturday, December 1, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone: (831) 768-3240 Get your Christmas shopping done this weekend at Watsonville’s annual sale event!  Businesses all over the town open their doors to bargain shoppers and offer great deals on awesome products.  For a list of all participating businesses check the web site. Watsonville Snow Day Saturday December 1, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm Phone: (831) 768-3240 Watsonville’s City Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland where you and the family can play in the snow!  Located at the corner of Peck and Union Streets, this snowy play-land only requires a donation of one can of food for entry. Gingerbread House Workshop Sunday December 2, 2012 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phone: (831) 688-6800 Start a new holiday tradition! Create your own charming and tasty gingerbread house along with Seascape Beach Resort's very own executive chef Karl! $54.95 includes: one gingerbread house kit per family of four, assortment of candy decorations, petite sandwiches, hot chocolate, eggnog, cookies and seasonal snacks.  Visitors will be impressed when they see the beautiful and playful house you’ve created! Jingle Shells Art & Craft Festival Sunday, December 2, 2012 – Noon to 5:30 p.m. Festive Whale Lighting – 5:45 p.m. Phone: (831) 459-3800 Peruse some gorgeous ocean-inspired gifts from local artists, enjoy live music, and let your children participate in some fun activities at Seymour Marine Discovery Center.  Don’t forget to stay for the festive whale lighting ceremony at dusk and see Ms. Blue – the largest displayed whale skeleton in the world – decorated for the holiday season! Bring the family to Santa Cruz this weekend to kick off your Christmas celebrations and enjoy a wonderful weekend in this awesome coastal destination!

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