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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

chili cook-off flyer
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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October 20, 2015

Coastal Farms

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why these scenic stops make the perfect fall outing:

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