Holiday Events Around Santa Cruz County - Santa Cruz, CA
People choose to buy Santa Cruz real estate and live in Santa Cruz County for many reasons. Who would disagree that the diversity of Santa Cruz and the variety of things to do in the area makes is a great place to live? Take a look at these upcoming holiday events to entertain and bring a little more magic and cheer to you and your family.
From the trains at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to New Years at Cocoanut Grove, wreath making at Wilder Ranch State Park and the original Nutcracker Ballet at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, there is something for everyone in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-23 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider, and listen to musical entertainment. Continue the merriment with inclusive activity at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
The Train to Christmas Town
November 23rd-January 6th
Train Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
There's a new train in town! Experience the heartwarming story of a little girl who loves riding the Train to Christmas Town with her brother and grandmother. The tale comes to life as you ride the train to Christmas Town with Janice and her friends - Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, and Zephyr the depot cat. Busy elves serve cookies and cocoa and sing Christmas carols.
Holiday Out with Thomas
December 8-9, 15-16, & 22-23
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Holiday Out With Thomas event includes a 25 minute train ride led by a life-sized Thomas decorated for the holidays and ready to greet his friends in Santa Cruz. Festivities also include a spin on the Boardwalk’s 101-year old Looff Carousel, face painting, a choice of arcade games, miniature golf or laser tag, a “make and take” Thomas ornament, and photo opportunities with Holiday Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway. Thomas & Friends™ merchandise will also be available.
Holidays on the Ranch
December 15th, 11am-3pm
Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz
Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century. We’ll busy your hands with holiday wreath-making, invite you to join in an old-fashioned sing-along around the player piano, and provide you with materials to make Victorian and Mexican holiday crafts. Come play games like dreidel, take a draft-horse carriage ride, decorate the tree or create ornaments to bring home to your own tree.
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 14th, 15th and 16th
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents the holiday magic of The Nutcracker! John Larry Granger conducts. Principal dancers are from the Houston Ballet. Dec 14, 8pm; Dec 15 and 16, 1 and 4:30pm both days.
After Hours Shopping at Marine Discovery Center
Tuesday, Dec 11 5:00p to 7:00p
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz
See Ms. Blue all aglow, enjoy refreshments and holiday music while you shop the Ocean Discovery Shop after hours! Free admission to the exhibit hall from 5-7 PM
New Year's Eve at the Cocoanut Grove
Monday, Dec 31 7:00pm
Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz
A traditional New Year’s Eve party with full bar, party favors, and a countdown clock. Enjoy a strolling New Year’s Eve buffet in the elegant Cocoanut Grove Ballroom with live entertainment by The Surfing Magician and Innisfree Celtic Music. After dinner to dance the night away with The Alison Sharino Band.
Christmas Dinners and New Year's Party
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve
Chaminade Resort and Spa, Santa Cruz
Spend your evenings ringing in the Holidays at Chaminade Resort & Spa. Catch a glimpse of some of the spectacular things that await all party goers.
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