Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Have a person or two that has you stumped? Then think outside of the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ totally Santa Cruz ideas!
Santa Cruz may sport more surfboards than sleighs, but we’ve got no shortage of yuletide cheer. During the holidays, dazzling light-strung boats illuminate the Monterey Bay and local artisans fill in for elves with beautiful, handmade gifts. Here’s a roundup of festive and fun events for all ages to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.
Lined with grand Victorian homes, vintage streetlamps, and a wondrous tree canopy, Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz is a visual treat any time of year. Yet come fall, when leaves are set ablaze with vibrant fall colors, it’s absolutely magical. The next time you’re enjoying downtown’s shops, eateries, or farmer’s market, stray two blocks from from the main drag and you’ll be treated to one of the most enchanting streets in Santa Cruz.
Photo by Garrick Ramirez The Santa Cruz art scene is on fire. A flourishing community of diverse artists are complemented by hugely popular events such as Arts Council Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour and First Friday as well as institutions like The Tannery Arts Center and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.
Fall has officially begun and that means Open Studios are just around the corner! This fall favorite has been bringing artists and art fans together for over 30 years. Imagine 278 artists opening their studios and workspace to the public to view their craft and process, while giving visitors the chance to buy direct from the artist’s hands. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with many of Santa Cruz County’s talented artists! And a big bonus for this year – the Open Studios Art Tour Guide and App are FREE! So no excuses, experience the vibrant artists and work they are creating. See event info below and a little sampling of artists and some of the creations featured this year..