When: December 1, from 10:00 am — 12:00 pm Where: Downtown Santa Cruz 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade The Lighted Boat Parade is a Santa Cruz tradition and is always one of the most anticipated events of the season. How great that would be! Hot Chocolate, assorted sandwiches and refreshments will be served. Stretch your legs and take in the majestic surroundings on a nature stroll through nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This classic holiday show features a full professional orchestra and over 70 local performers. This journey is fun for the whole family and a great way to see the beauty of California, as well as learn about the states railroad and engineering history. Visit Santa Cruz County works to enhance tourism, the visitor experience, and the area economy by positioning and promoting Santa Cruz County as a year-around visitor, conference and film destination.
Scroll down to see all the events or click on the specific weekend dates below to plan your holiday fun. Crafts are tailored to a wide age range and kids may attend with an adult chaperone. Explore the Santa Cruz Mountains on a historic train ride through a redwood forest from Roaring Camp in Felton, California. Local vendors will be selling their goods while you listen to holiday music and performances, sip hot chocolate, and visit with Santa Claus. Hop aboard the train at Roaring Camp in Felton, near the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 80 miles south of San Francisco. However, some Santa Cruz politicians and other locals have long shown a leeriness toward linking themselves too closely with their counterparts over the hill, as the prospect of a direct rail line from Santa Cruz County to Silicon Valley makes many people uncomfortable.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Swanton Pacific Railroad this will be a good time to look around and talk with our volunteers. Travel over trestles up a winding narrow-gauge grade. This fundraiser helps support Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free after school dance and music classes, tutoring, and scholarships for Latino youth. The tunnels could have been sealed off until enough funding was made available. Sweet Treat tickets are available for the Saturday and Sunday shows.
Setting the stage for years of future battles, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors dismissed the Lockheed report outright, according to a y. Housing prices would be raised even higher. Sure, they were cool and slightly creepy places to hike and explore, but their rich history was completely lost on him. Venture into the forest and learn about the region from your informative train conductor, then explore an old-fashioned village where you can shop and take photos. Once aboard the train you will enjoy Chanukah traditions while riding through the streets of Santa Cruz.
The other route meanders through the forest on Bear Mountain with big redwood trees all around. Getting There Santa Cruz Metro Transit Route 34, get off at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Stat Park and Felton Covered Bridge. Kids will love it, and so will you! This would have clear advantages in bad weather and when traffic is backed up. Get in the spirit and dress in your best turn-of-the-century costume and hop on a draft-horse carriage ride! The hulking historic train dates back to the late 19th century and is one of the best preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in the country. Settle in to your seat in the open-air car and breathe in the clean forest air as you chug into the redwood forest.
Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain where you can exit the train to stand in a redwood grove. Your wonderful forest trip starts by riding this 19th century steam train. Located at Roaring Camp five miles east of Scotts Valley in Felton, the route opened in 1875 and was designed to carry picnickers and tourists to the Big Trees and Santa Cruz. We continue to work to restore track that was damaged last winter. Once settled in his beach chair, Santa will visit with all the children and listen to their holiday wishes.
This is one of the oldest and most historic lines in California providing an authentic experience that takes you back in time. Dress warm, grab some hot chocolate, and find a spot to take in 50 boats decked out in holiday lights as they parade through the yacht harbor. The volunteers will be happy to show you around and tell you about the history of the railroad and explain the work they do to keep the trains rolling. Settle into your open-air car and hang on as you chug past hundreds of old-growth redwoods with an unobstructed view. The 10th Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K, now has a new 10K course option, and as always, the Kids 1K Fun Run.
There will be prizes awarded for best dressed runner, best dressed team, ugliest holiday sweater, and best decorated stroller. Join your conductor on a ride up Bear Mountain as he shares the history of Roaring Camp and the trains that used to haul logs down from the mountains. Inquire at the ticket office when you visit. It would require building some new roadway at the Lexington end but otherwise the bypass could connect to Hwy 17 at Glenwood at at Los Gatos. The hours are informal but work normally starts around 9 and wraps up around 5 each day. Come prepared to wonder and laugh at this all-ages magical performance. This, the study found, would significantly lower traffic congestion and accidents on Highway 17.