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December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.

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December 11, 2015

Winter's Whale Wonderland in Santa Cruz

Photo by Instagram fan, @maxphilpPhoto by Instagram fan, @maxphilp
Whales are always in season in Santa Cruz - just look at the handy guide below that shows what you might spot and when. Recent sightings, by boat and from shore, have been all about the humpback whales. Lunge feeding, tale slapping, blowhole sprays, these guys have been putting on a show for months and whale watchers are enjoying every moment.

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December 10, 2015

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

Photo Courtesy of Roaring CampPhoto Courtesy of Roaring Camp
Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers and meet Santa & Mrs. Claus! The Roaring Camp Railroads train departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - the perfect spot to let the good times continue with a round of mini golf at Neptune's Kingdom, bowling, or arcade games!

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December 09, 2015

The Train to Christmas Town

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Now taking place in Watsonville....hop on board the Train to Christmas Town! This holiday season, fall in love with the heartwarming tale of Janice, a little girl who looks forward to riding the Train to Christmas Town every year with her brother and Grandmother. This year is a little different though, as readers of the story already know. Accompanied by a bag full of surprises, woodland friends and jolly elves, Janice relives happy memories as she rides the train to Christmas Town once again.

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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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