Capitola Local Holiday Must-Do’s 

It seems here in the glorious Capitola Village, Holiday-Season is upon us just like that. There is hardly any warning; our weather is pretty amazing October through December and some of our best beach weather is to be had. So how does Capitola get in the Spirit of the Season? I asked a few of our locals about their cherished traditions. At the top of everyone’s list is the Family Tree Cutting adventure. With the Santa Cruz Mountains in our backyard, what a great way to get started and tie in with your Capitola Vacation.

Start with the Six Sisters Beachfront Retreat as your new Holiday Family tradition, home away from home located in Capitola. This beautiful, comfortable and spacious beach house will be the highlight of your family time. While the home can sleep 12 people, there’s as much outdoor living as indoor. A huge fenced-in front yard for fun and games sits adjacent to all the excitement of Capitola Beach. Lifetime memories are sure to happen no matter where you spend your time.


Pick a day to trek the family up to the Santa Cruz Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas Tree. There are 2 locations to choose from at Patchen Tree Farm. Not only is the drive up there beautiful in its own right, but there are also quite a few activities for all ages to partake in, from wreath-making to Santa sightings. Make this adventure one the whole family will want to do year after year. 

The lovely living room window back at your beach house can host the pride of your tree cutting. Imagine the twinkling of the lights amongst the glistening of the moonlit ocean while gathered around your loved ones. The relaxation of a beach vacation paired with the adventure of tree hunting will be a family holiday to be remembered for years to come.

Another desirable family beach house is the Luxurious Dream Beach House. This beautiful vacation rental sits just at the beginning of the Capitola Wharf and is steps away from the sweetest beach spot to the right. The two-level beach home has decks on both, with views of the gingerbread-like houses lit up on Depot Hill this time of year. The expansive kitchen and dining area provide enough space for your Holiday feasts; with 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, comfort is felt throughout the beach house. 

Take in some fresh mountain air and head out to the Four Winds Christmas Tree Ranch. Get the family involved to pick the right tree for this exquisite beach house. Any tree you cut down is a flat $70.00 so go big if you choose; the home is meant for grandiose. The Four Winds also serve up gratis, hot chocolate and apple cider on the weekends. They are conveniently open until Christmas. If the timing is right, you might get lucky and have a sprinkling of snow to make it truly magical. It can happen but know your gorgeous beach house awaits you. Dreams do come true here in Capitola Village. 

Make this Holiday family time extra special. Experience a couple of other local Must-Do activities in Santa Cruz County. Roaring Camp and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offer Holiday Lights Train rides. Either of these gets the anticipation and excitement of the season rolling. 


My personal favorite Must-See is the lighted boats at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Bundle up at sunset and walk along the water’s edge and if feeling extra energized go all the way to the spectacular Walton Lighthouse. There is about a 1-2 mile option across the Glen E. Coolidge Memorial Bridge on Eaton St. or cover the entire Santa Cruz Harbor and get your 10,000 steps in.  


There are also many benches along the way; you may want to sit, pause and ponder on the wonder of the season in Santa Cruz. The decorated boats glistening upon the water under the moonlight are so beautiful; it makes us realize how blessed we are to be here. 

All of us at Beach House Rentals wish you and your families Love and Joy this Holiday Season and may the coming year be one of Health and Hope for all.