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Celebrate the Holidays, Santa Cruz Style!


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - Visitors to Santa Cruz County have an array of choices when it comes to celebrating this holiday season.  Tucked between redwood-covered mountains and the Monterey Bay, this artsy Central Coast community takes holiday traditions to a whole new level.


Surfing Santa – November 24, 2007

In California’s surf capital, Santa ditches the sleigh and opts to hang ten.  On Saturday, November 24, 2007, you can catch Surfing Santa and his reindeer as they ride the waves to shore on surfboards at noon at Capitola Beach.  Santa will pitch a lawn chair on the beach and take wish list requests from the kids while Donner, Blitzen and the others break out the candy and the holiday cheer. 


Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – November 24 & 30 and Weekends in December 2007

The popular Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train returns for the holiday season.  Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing in December, beautifully lit Pullman cars and open-air excursion cars will travel through Victorian Santa Cruz as carolers sing and the sweet scent of hot spiced cider fills the air.  Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling Roaring Camp Railroads at 831.335.4484, or tickets may be purchased online at


Lighted Boat Parade – December 1, 2007

 At the Santa Cruz Harbor, fifty decorated boats bedecked with twinkling lights will parade through the waters of the Santa Cruz Harbor for the annual Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 1, 2007.  The festive boats will set sail at 5:30 p.m. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided at various locations along the south harbor.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good to the event for Second Harvest Food Bank’s holiday food drive.


Holiday Time on the Ranch – December 15, 2007

For a touch of times past, celebrate Holiday Time on the Ranch on December 15, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wilder Ranch State Park, located off Hwy 1 in Santa Cruz.  Experience the winter holidays as folks did in early California[Back to Press Releases Main]