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Celebrating the Holidays in Sunny Santa Cruz

Celebrating the Holidays in Sunny Santa Cruz

December 09, 2021

In Santa Cruz, we are blissfully spared harsh winter weather—but there’s no shortage of holiday cheer! Here are a few of our favorite events going on this December:


Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds: Holiday Lights

Nov 19 – Dec 26
Open Thursdays – Sundays, this wonderland of lighted tunnels features twinkling snowmen, St Nick, reindeer, and much more. Best of all, you get to stay toasty in your car as you marvel at the radiant displays.

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Nov 26 – 27; Dec 4 – 5; Dec 11 – 12; Dec 17 – 23
Collector car enthusiasts, take note! For several weekends this December and the whole week leading up to Christmas Eve, you can enjoy the procession of vintage cars decked out in glistening lights as they make their way through town.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Winter Wonderland
Nov 26 – Jan 2
This beachside Christmas celebration treats visitors to rides, games, arcades, and more. You can snap a selfie with Santa, saunter by the 3-story Christmas tree, roast s’mores, do a little shopping, and even catch a family-favorite holiday movie.