Christmastime is a magical time in Capitola and Santa Cruz. The weather is gorgeous and there are tons of things to do!


Here are our top things to do in Capitola and Santa Cruz for the holiday season

View the toy train display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History from December 15- 31st. Tiny train tracks take over the museum! Be amazed at the small rushing trains, speak with experts and even get a chance at mastering the controls.

Don’t miss the Nutcracker at the Civic Auditorium! The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents the famous Nutcracker, complete with a full professional orchestra and over 70 local performers. Insider tip: When you buy a “Sweet Treat” ticket on Saturday and Sunday shows, you get a free cookie from Pacific Cookie Company, a commemorative ornament and a photo opp with Nutcracker characters. The show runs from December 15th to 17th.


Ice Skating at Capitola Beach! Don’t miss this special opportunity to go ice skating in Capitola by the Sea! Imagine gliding to “Santa Baby” us the sun sets behind the Monterey Bay! Unforgettable.

Ride a horse drawn carriage down Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz with family and friends from December 22 – 23!


Check out the decorations at Farley’s Christmas Wonderland in midtown Santa Cruz through New Years.


Enjoy a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at Chaminade.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful Santa Cruz and Capitola area and go on a wonderful Christmas day hike or beach run!  Celebrate the local way with a homemade crab dinner with an ocean view at one of our available beach houses.

We only have 3 houses left for Christmas:


Capitola Vistas Unit 4

Oceanside Luxury Dream Beach House

Peaceful Capitola Home