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Holiday Lights Train
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map

(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!


Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.


Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!


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Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
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Highland Rogue Productions
Immerse yourself in the sites, sounds, and the tastes of an ancient Scottish culture
Date: 10/07/2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $0 - $17

It is with great honor and anticipation that I invite you to join us as the clans once again gather in the highlands of the Santa Cruz Mountains!


(AAA July 2015) PipesandDrums.jpgIn 1830 Isaac Graham a mountain man of Scottish descent settled here and soon after the Mexican authorities named his wild settlement Roaring Camp. In 1842 near this very location Graham founded a distillery and the first saw mill west of the Mississippi. Fortunately the Big Trees here were spared the woodsman's axe and thus we are fortunate to have this beautiful and befitting location to celebrate and carry on the Scottish highland traditions of our ancient Celtic culture.


This year's gathering and games will feature all the wonderful activities you have come to know and love, the details of which you will find on this website. So bring your family and friends and for a day immerse yourself in the sites, the sounds, and the taste of an ancient culture kept alive in the hearts and by the hands of its proud descendants.




Jeff Simpson, Chief




Location: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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All Saints Day Children's Celebration
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St. Joseph's Church
Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!
Date: 10/28/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

All Saints Day Children's Celebration


Join us for our




"It is truly a spectacular family faith extravaganza!"

"The best Catholic kids event all year!"

Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint, angel or bible hero!

11am Mass & Saint Procession (All children are invited to be in the opening procession!)

12:30 - 4pm.  Lunch is provided & Celebration in the hall

For our Costume Ideas see the link on the right. Check out our gallery too!

Donations welcomed.

Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Meet other families , have fun, discover many amazing things about the holy heroes of our faith and how to live more like them! We can be Saints too!

Location: 435 Monterey Ave, Aptos Map
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Woofpack's Halloween Costume Parade
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Join the dogs in costume parade with or without your dog!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

(A A Oct 2016) Wolfpack.jpgOn Sunday, October 29th from 5-7PM, we'll be hosting Barktoberfest at Sante Adairius! All proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Last year we raised $2665.00. THis year we hope to hit $3000!!

Bring your canine best friend to Sante Adairius where you can enjoy the best beer in the county (4 POURS come with admission), and you can both enjoy LIGHT SNACKS and a COSTUME CONTEST.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED! Hurry and get yours today!

BRING YOUR BIKE and we'll give you an EXTRA DRINK on the house!

People without dogs are welcome too. One of the brewery dogs will happily adopt you
for the evening!


*6 foot leashes maximum
*Please ask owners first if dogs can meet
*No nose to nose interactions
*Please give ample space to those whose dogs are in training including our large packs and service animals
*Pick up after your dog, there are trash bins throughout the trail
*Make certain to step aside for those not part of our group to pass


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Halloween Party!
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Kennolyn Camp
Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Date: 10/29/2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Come celebrate Halloween at Kennolyn Camps!
Sunday, October 29 2-5pm

Trick or Treating at 4:30pm

Come and decorate cookies & pumpkins, get a free family photo and of course enjoy Trick or Treating!

Come in costume, free trick or treat bags for all!

Questions? Call 831-479-6714 or email


Join us for a wonderful family event.

Location: Hilltop Hacienda, 8205 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel Map
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Halloween Party
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Junebug's Gym
Party with us before going trick or treating!
Date: 10/31/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 3+ Admission Fees: ost is $6/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership)

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_Junebug.jpgDon’t forget to swing by the gym on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11-3 to party with us before going trick or treating!


We are celebrating our 9th Anniversary with festive activities, fun games, and refreshments.


Come in costume and let’s all have a blast! (Price: $6/hour— half the price of regular open gym 😮 and you get entered in a raffle to win prizes.)


Location: 3910 Portola Drive Ste. 2 &3, Santa Cruz Map
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