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January Events

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Sunday, January 1 at 1pm
Sunday, January 15 at 1pm
Monday, January 16 at 2pm
Saturday, January 29 at 1pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Tours are conducted rain or shine.

Mission Building Game
Monday, January 2 at 2 - 3:30 pm
Sunday, January 8 at 2- 3:30 pm
Monday, January 16 at 11am- 12:30 pm
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older.  The event is FREE. Rain or shine.

Wool, Spinning, and Weaving at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, January 7 at 1pm
How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. The event is FREE.  Rain or Shine.

Hides and Tallow at the Santa Cruz Mission
Saturday, January 14 at 1pm
Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.

What They Wore
Brand new Living History Demonstration!
Saturday, January 21 at 1pm
Color, cloth, & cut – the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn’t all about style – it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We’ll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. This event is FREE. Rain or Shine.

Drop In Family Craft – Ramillettas at the Santa Cruz Mission
Sunday, January 22 1-3:30pm
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create colorful layered paper decorations. Rain or Shine. This event is FREE. 

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, January 28 at 1pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. The event is FREE. Rain cancels.


All events and activities are FREE, and are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

For more information about events and activities please call the Santa Cruz Mission at (831) 425-5849. All programs meet at the Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street off of Mission Street and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.