Top 10 Things to do in Capitola Village and Santa Cruz this Winter!

Published November 6th, 2017 (these events are subject to change per year)

The county of Santa Cruz is FILLED with tons of fun, family-friendly events this winter! Take your pick or come to all of them!

  1. Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball Games 

    Looking for a fun, family-friendly event? The Santa Cruz Warriors games are just that! Click here to buy tickets! The season JUST started early November.

  2. Surfin’ Santa and Winter Kick Off Event in Capitola Village on the Saturday following Thanksgiving!

    Santa will be surfin’ into Capitola Village and landing in Esplanade Park at 12pm on the Saturday after Thanksgiving) to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and talk with the kids! This is a great event as the Village will be having oodles of festivities for all throughout town! Fun for everyone!

  3. Window Decorating Contest in Capitola Village 

    The merchants in Capitola Village will be decorating their windows to get in the winter holiday spirit by having the friendliest competition ever. More details on voting for your favorite window display! Come on down to the Village to get your shopping done and enjoy the decorated windows, too!

  4. Ride the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train at Roaring Camp from November 24th to December 23rd!

    All aboard! Santa Claus is coming to town…not by sleigh, but by train! Click here to purchase your tickets!

  5. Pleasure Point Holiday Fair on in Pleasure Point on Sunday, December 3rd 

    – Opal Creative Co launched in 2017 and has been offering a space for local artists + makers to teach their craft in a small intimate workshop setting. They wanted to offer these incredible talents, as well as the rest of the Santa Cruz Maker’s community an opportunity to share their passion + goods with the public- just in time for gift giving season.

  6. iSkate Capitola at Esplanade Park in Capitola Village from December 15th to January 7th!

    For the first time ever, you can ice skate by the sea in Capitola Village! For 24 days you can skate in the iskate rink in Capitola Village! Click here for more details!

  7. Santa Cruz Symphony

    Enjoy a night out and experience incredible music at the symphony in Downtown Santa Cruz! The Santa Cruz Symphony’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage through artistic excellence, distinctive musical performances and varied activities that celebrate and enhance the cultural vibrancy of our community.

  8. Lighted Boat Parade in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor on Saturday, December 2nd! 

    Bundle up in your winter gear, grab a cup of hot cocoa and head on down to the yacht harbor on Saturday night. Your eyes will be dazzled at the decorated sail boats gliding all throughout the harbor!

  9. Boardwalk Holiday Bash

    Purchase your tickets for the Holiday Bash at the Boardwalk on December 4th! Tickets include a delicious buffet dinner, exclusive free play in Captain’s Game Deck, Free arcade play, photo booths, caricaturists and more! Click here for more info and to purchase your tickets.

  10. Sequoia Starlight Adventure!

    Zip Lining through the redwood trees at Mount Hermon up in Scotts Valley! Explore their Aerial adventure course under the starlight! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.