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November 19 - December 26

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds: Holiday Lights

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project will again present HOLIDAY LIGHTS 2021 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Starting November 19, 2021 – Holiday Lights will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in November and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS is over a 1/2 mile drive-through experience at the Fairgrounds of spectacular lighted Holiday displays all around you. Giant Christmas trees twinkling with lights – Santa – reindeer – snowmen – lighted tunnels and many more magical moments. Stay in your warm car and drive through this Holiday Experience.

The event is open on  Hours from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. We will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Evening to add to your Holiday Festivities.

NEW THIS YEAR: Walk-THru Holiday Lights happening December 3rd and 4th!


Purchase Tickets Here


Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 E. Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076 United States

831.724.5671 |
November 26 - December 23

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

The seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz.

Holiday Lights Train runs on November 26-27, December 4-5, December 11-12, December 17-23.

Departs from Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

831.423.5590 |
December 19

Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market

Come on out and support local artists and makers at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market every THIRD Sunday of the month! 10am-5pm (Raindate to following Sunday)

We are now on the 1100 block of Pacific Ave. between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets near New Leaf and alongside so many amazing downtown restaurants.

Support local and shop small with over 30 Santa Cruz County artists and makers! AND don’t forget to stop in and visit the downtown merchants and grab a bite to eat from the downtown restaurants.

Remember to social distance as you shop & wear your mask 🙂 If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. There will be hand sanitizing stations at the market and signs to remind you about all these things!

Friendly leashed pups are welcome!

#supportlocalartists and shop local!

Sponsored by Farm Fresh to You & Supported by Downtown Santa Cruz. Presented by SCM Makers Market.

Downtown Santa Cruz: Pacific Ave. between Cathcart St & Lincoln St
1100 Block Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States

831.246.0926 |

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