Northern California Holiday Events

The charming city of Watsonville in Northern California boasts joyful holiday events, festivals and happenings this season - from the Heritage Harvest Festival to the annual Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale. Celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz County with colorful tree lightings, wine and food tastings, classic car parades, arts and craft fairs and spectacular shopping events that make your winter vacation an magical experience.

Watsonville Things to See and Do

  • Holiday on the Ranch
    Celebrate the holiday season at Wilder Ranch State Park on Dec. 15th. Gather for games, crafts, and music that take you back to the early 20th-century. Create holiday wreaths and ornaments, decorate the tree, enjoy festive sing-alongs and carriage rides, and wander the beautiful and historic park.
  • Heritage Harvest Festival
    Honor the bounty of the fall harvest season at this wonderful and free festival on October 19th. Families and kids will have a blast picking and decorating pumpkins, watching draft horse demonstrations and enjoying wagon rides and live music at historic Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz.
  • Santa Cruz Holiday Parade and Club Luncheon
    Rev up your Thunderbirds and cruise in this festive holiday parade through beautiful Santa Cruz. Hosted by the Monterey Bay Classic Thunderbird Club, the parade of classic T-Birds is followed by a luncheon with delicious food, drinks and the friendship of iconic car lovers.


  • Wine Wednesdays at the Sanderlings
    Get into the spirit of the season with pours of holiday cheer. Enjoy Santa Cruz wines, delicious tapas and live music every Wednesday at Sanderlings at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos. This weekly event is the perfect way to relax and take a break from shopping. At $15 per person, it's the gift that keeps giving!
  • Bargetto Winery's Annual Art In The Cellars
    Enjoy holiday shopping and sipping at Bargetto Winery's annual Art in the Cellars, Dec. 7 ' 8. Browse original art by local artists in this historic winery cellar while tasting flavorful Bargetto wines and hot spiced mead. Purchase a festival glass and enjoy free wine tasting in this charming winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • Cocoanut Grove Santa Cruz NYE
    Ring in the New Year with a festive NYE bash at Cocoanut Grove Santa Cruz. Feast on a buffet of sumptuous cuisines and decadent deserts and sip drinks from the full bar. Dance the evening away to the music of the Alison Sharino Band and enjoy a merry magic show and party favors. Toast with a complimentary glass of Champagne at midnight!


  • Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
    Enjoy holiday shopping at the Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. This jolly weekend marketplace ' Nov. 30 ' Dec. 2 - will feature gifts, toys, crafts, wreaths, antiques, collectible and flowers. Enjoy delicious food, hayrides and the 'Country Christmas" at the Ag History Project.
  • Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale
    Shop for unique Christmas gifts ' from wines to art to jewelry - at Watsonville's wonderful shops. Enjoy cheerful discounts at local shops, including the Roudon Smith Winery, Mica Cellars, Mystic Fish Creations, Anniglass, PhotoFlexa and KIub Nico. The Watsonville Factory Sale is on December 1st from 9am to 4pm.
  • Capitola Mall
    Shop for the perfect Christmas gift ' from designer clothes to electronics - and enjoy the festive holiday decorations at the Capitola Mall ' the only enclosed mall in Santa Cruz County. Capitola Mall features stylish department stores like Macy's and Kohl's, fashion shops, like Aeropostale and Sunglass Hut, and wonderful eateries such as Takara Japanese Restaurant.

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