Santa Cruz is well-known as California's favorite beachside destination. So when locals host friends and family for visits during summertime, the holiday season or just for a long weekend, the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has a way to help! A free Visiting Friends and Relatives Kit, (VFR) is packed with information for your guests on all there is to see and do in town.
Residents of Santa Cruz County are welcome to stop by the year-round visitor center at 303 Water Street, Suite 100 in Santa Cruz for this free kit. Complete with an Official Santa Cruz County Traveler's Guide, shopping directories, a Birding and Wildlife Watching guide, brochures and other goodies, this valuable resource is an ideal way to open a visitor's eyes to the many things to do in the area. Read more...
As most locals know, Santa Cruz offers an abundance of fun, family-friendly activities all add up to a great time to get out and enjoy our county. There are a host of fun-filled events happening every weekend so get the family out and enjoy! Here are our favorites for this week:
The honoring of "Nuestros Antepasados", our ancestors and those who have gone before us is a three thousand year-old tradition on this continent. This exhibit of community based altars will shine the light on the diverse cultural traditions and connections of our community.
Location: Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.
Location: Departs from Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St.
Cheer on your Santa Cruz Warriors, the most advanced players in the world outside of the NBA as they compete in a 3,200 seat facility near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Location: Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front Street
Surfin' Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach at 12 noon. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children.
Location: Capitola Beach
This family-friendly event showcases the work of local artisans who create products for babies and children. Kids can create a work of art at the Kaiwa Art & Play Space table while you browse clothing, decor, accessories and vintage items. Photo mini sessions with Lisa Jo Photography. Face painting and food vendors will also be on hand for festive fun!
Location: Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center