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December 15, 2011

Jingle Shells, Jingle Shells, Jingle All the Way!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Thar she glows! That's no typo...she really was glowing. She being Ms. Blue, the largest displayed whale skeleton in the world. Every December, The Seymour Marine Discovery Center hosts a holiday celebration known as Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival. I took my family for the first time this year and I just know we've added another tradition to our holidays. This is an outrageously popular event and I can see why. Where else can you take in amazing ocean views, listen to live music, and shop for unique gifts from local artisans? My kids were won over by touch tanks where they felt sea stars and pet a shark! Add in arts 'n' crafts activities and plenty of holiday snacks, and we could've called it a day. But wait! The best was yet to come. At dusk, a crowd gathered outside, surrounding Ms. Blue for a group sing-along. The kids and I bundled up and joined in on a Santa Cruz version of Jingle Bells, fittingly titled "Jingle Shells." It was one of those moments I felt thankful to live where we live and be surrounded by such community spirit. At 5:45 p.m, the countdown began, and before our very eyes, Ms. Blue lit up and glowed against a darkened sky. Do mark your calender for next year...I know I will!


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  • Lisa Dyer 6 years 251 days ago
    sorry we missed it this year. We will make a plan next year.

  • Celia 6 years 251 days ago
    I think that grandpa and I will mark our calendar for next year too. Would love to see Ms. Blue!