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Drive Through Over Half A Mile Of Dazzling Lights At Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

By Arianna Gary

Drive Through Over Half A Mile Of Dazzling Lights At Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has started a whole new family holiday tradition this season.

The arrival of the Yuletide season always prompts an explosion of countless dazzling lights and holiday events happening all across the Bay. Although some have been cancelled due to the pandemic, Bay Area locals can still get their holiday cheer on at many others that have been able to morph into socially distant, Covid-friendly events.

Holiday Lights at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds adds another option for families looking for safe ways to celebrate the season, with a spectacular new drive-thru event. It’s the perfect Covid-friendly, socially distanced way to soak up all those holiday vibes!

The experience features countless twinkling lights over a half-mile drive through the fairgrounds. Marvel at extravagant displays including everything from giant holiday trees to cheerful reindeer and frosty snowmen. And don’t forget to take a selfie in the magical light tunnel

As you make your way through the fairgrounds, be sure to tune into KDUB 99.9 FM radio so you can jingle along to the Holiday Lights Soundtrack. This holiday experience is perfect for the whole family and will get even the grinchiest of people in a jolly mood.

At the end of your journey, you can even get some festive bites at the Holiday Food Stands, which has different fair food vendors each and every week. Stop by on your way out for tasty treats like funnel cakes, cinnamon buns and the ever-so-addictive kettle corn. You won’t even have to leave your car – vendors will come to you so that the entire experience remains completely contact-free.

Holidays Lights is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through December 27 (including Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas Day). 

Tickets start at $15 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance. There are four designated time slots available beginning at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. The event will happen rain or shine.

Location: 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville

Hours: 5:30pm to 9pm

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[Featured image: Derek Thomson via Unsplash]

See also: Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow Has Turned Into An Enchanted Forest Of Lights