Join Shakespeare Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts as they present their annual holiday co-production, "It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play." Nine actors perform dozens of characters from the beloved 1946 Frank Capra film.
With lodging options ranging from four-diamond resorts with sweeping views of Monterey Bay to cozy vacation bungalows and budget motels, Santa Cruz County offers accommodations for every taste and price point. A handful of hotel conference centers provide corporate meeting facilities in the midst of a tourist-friendly town awash in natural beauty.
Thanks to the legacy of organic farming innovator Alan Chadwick, who came to UC–Santa Cruz in 1967 to start a student garden and ignited a movement, Santa Cruz is a center of sustainable agriculture. And that means loads of fresh organic produce available year-round to local chefs. The signature local cuisine shows off this bounty with seasonally changing menus, fresh seafood from the bay and natural meats.
Legendary since the 1960s, when spillover from the San Francisco psychedelic scene swirled through its downtown venues, Santa Cruz’s thriving music scene still brings the freshest rock, indie, blues, jazz, hip-hop and reggae to town. It’s now possible to catch a national touring act or up-and-coming band on almost any night of the week, in any corner of the county.
It’s famous for surfing and the Boardwalk’s wooden roller coaster, but Santa Cruz is much more than a string of gorgeous beaches dressed up in pretty lights. Home to more California state parks than any other county, Santa Cruz features magnificent redwoods and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as museums, skateboard parks, a UC campus, golf courses, shopping districts and the aptly named Mystery Spot. It also has a formally recognized winegrowing region—the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA—that’s winning notice for its pinot noirs. Dozens of wineries offers pours at their tasting rooms, either in town or amid their mountain vineyards.
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