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December 03, 2015

Lighted Boat Parade at the Santa Cruz Harbor

Photo by Instagram fan, @benkaykenbayPhoto by Instagram fan, @benkaykenbay
Don't miss one of the season's best events! The Lighted Boat Parade features 50 festively decorated boats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor. Rain or shine, this FREE event is a classic that is sure to get the family in the holiday spirit!

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December 01, 2015

It’s the Most Wonderful Santa Cruz Holiday Guide

110-14-46Holiday Lights Train - Photo Credit: Paul Schraub
We may do more sand than snow yet Santa Cruz has enough holly jolly to go around. Come December, colorful lighted boats illuminate the bay and cozy redwood forests become a backdrop for winter merrymaking. Here is a roundup of joyous celebrations, markets and activities to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.

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November 24, 2015

Surfin' Santa Comes to Capitola Beach!

Surfin' Santa arrives on Capitola Beach Surfin' Santa arrives on Capitola Beach
Surfin' Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and a camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children. After your visit with Santa, take some time to shop in Capitola Village and pick up a few items on your Christmas list! The Surfing Santa event is FREE!

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November 19, 2015

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo
The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!

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October 23, 2015

Chili Cook-Off at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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No plans for the weekend? Head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this Saturday for the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs compete for the title of Best Chili!

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