Roaring Camp Railroads Calendar of Events - 2014


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Day Out with Thomas™

JULY 24 – 26, JULY 31, AUGUST 1 – 2

Join Thomas the Tank Engine™ for the Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with Thomas™, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,™ temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

Purchase tickets here

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Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner and Train


Evening train and dinner excursion departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at 5:30pm and travels along the San Lorenzo River through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Roaring Camp. Upon arrival, a delicious steak dinner awaits you. After dinner, relax to musical entertainment or dancing. On the return trip to Santa Cruz, the train ride brings the forest to life with dazzling color and light. The evening event is four hours, returning to the Boardwalk at 9: 30pm.

Ticket Pricing:
$49 adults
$39 children (ages 2-12)

Purchase advance tickets here


Summer Gathering of Mountain Men

AUGUST 23 – 24

Relive history by traveling back to the time of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. Visit Roaring Camp's summer gathering of wild and wooly mountain men. Wander through the wilderness encampments, as the colorful and hardy lifestyles of early trappers are re-created. Watch frontiersmen perfect their skills while you chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue lunch from noon to 3 p.m.




Harvest Fair & Steam Festival


Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letterpresses, printing presses and more! Admission is FREE for the whole family October 4–5 and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from our Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain.

Harvest & Steam themed activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making, hand car racing and much more. 

Purchase Steam Train Tickets Here.



Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party™

OCTOBER 10 – 11, OCTOBER 17 – 18, OCTOBER 24 – 25, OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1


Little engineers won’t believe their eyes—or their ears! This year, for the first time ever, Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also for the first time ever, Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans!
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.

Purchase tickets here

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Halloween Ghost Train

October 24 & 25
Departs from Roaring Camp in Felton at 6:15, 6:30 & 8:00pm

Run Ichabod Run - The Headless Horseman invades Roaring Camp

Ghost Train for Saturday, October 25th has been canceled due to weather. Please call 831-335-4484 x 135 for more information.

MWHAHAHA! Do you dare enter the wood of the Headless Horseman?

Sleepy Hallow has overtaken Roaring Camp and a headless spirit haunts the mist. Can Ichabod run faster than the Headless Horseman's beast? Can youuuu?

Ride the Ghost Train and see how Ichabod fares as Roaring Camp renacts the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in our haunted forest. Trick o' Treating, a haunted house and games add to the Halloween fun for all ages.

Buy Tickets Online - select Oct. 24–25 Ghost Train and click 'Purchase'


Holiday Tree Walk

November 27-29 December 5-6, 12-13

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain.  At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.  Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp’s depot to benefit Santa Cruz County’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, whether purchased online or in person. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

Toys for Tots 

Toys for Tots 


Buy tickets online - select date for Holiday Tree Walk Steam Train and click 'Purchase'


Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

November 27-28 December 5-6, 12-13, 18-23
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 your choice of arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 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.

Buy tickets online - select date for Holiday Lights Train and click 'Purchase'


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