November 4th, 2016

With sunny and warm temperatures in Capitola the past few November days it hardly feels like the Holidays are just around the corner! Nevertheless, we are excited to plan ahead!

Our hope at Beach House Rentals is that this upcoming Holiday season is enjoyable and memorable for you and your family. If you’re thinking of things to do this Holiday season in or around the Santa Cruz area, check out our list (maybe check it twice!) for some fun holiday ideas to get you in the spirit of the season.

Saturday, December 3rd

Downtown Santa Cruz Annual Holiday Parade is also on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 12pm. This fun and festive event starts at 10am (so you can attend both the Capitola Village Tree Lighting event in the afternoon, too!) and goes from Pacific Avenue through to Laurel and Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz!

Then, from 2pm to 5:30pm head on down to the Capitola Village! They will be hosting their 3rd Annual Winter Festival, featuring the Open House and Tree Lighting Event. There are tons of family-friendly activities going on during this event: caroling, cookie decorating, face painting, the Capitola Village businesses are participating in a window display contest, gift certificate giveaways, and don’t forget the tree lighting ceremony by the Mercantile! We are very excited for this event to jumpstart the holiday season! Parking is FREE in Capitola Village from Thanksgiving to Christmas!

And don’t forget the 2016 Lighted Boat Parade in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor also on Saturday, December 3rd! This annual event starts at 5:30pm rain or shine. This event is so fun and quite a sight!

Thursday, December 8th

Starting at 5:30pm, make your way to Downtown Santa Cruz for 2016 Winterfest! Celebrate the season by coming down to the city for a festival of choirs, carolers, Santa, and a super fun dance party for the performance of Foreverland (a 14 piece Michael Jackson tribute band)!

Friday, November 25th to Sunday, January 8th

Twinkle Tours: Zipline through the misty redwoods at night with the Redwood Canopy Tours in Mount Hermon!

November 25 and 26, December 3 and 4, 10 and 11, and 17 – 23th


If you’d rather stay on land, then we suggest boarding the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train through Roaring Camp this Holiday Season! Roll through the streets of Santa Cruz, sing some holiday carols, sip on hot spiced cider and you are sure to be entertained! The train takes off from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Purchase your tickets for this amazing experience!

Thursday, December 29th

Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the 5th night of Chanukah for Roaring Camp’s Chanukah Train! The train leaves the Boardwalk at 6pm and 8pm. You’ll get the opportunity to share and learn the Chanukah traditions and more!

Happy Holidays!