Day Out with Thomas™
Join Thomas The Tank Engine™ on a train ride through the Big Trees. Meet Sir Topham Hatt™ and enjoy a day of Thomas activities! For more information and FAQs CLICK HERE
Summer Gathering of Mountain Men
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.
Musical Saw Festival
For great music that’s a cut above the rest, come to the 36th Annual International Music Saw Festival at Roaring Camp. The big event starts with the world’s greatest saw players joining acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances. The festivities start at 10 a.m. with acoustic jams. Saw-Off competition from 11-1 and Chorus of the Saws at 3pm. You’ll hear bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, blues, classical and even show tunes!
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.
$39 children (ages 2-12)
Harvest Faire & 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 12–13 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.
Halloween Ghost Train
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.
Share the Light of Chanukah Aboard Roaring Camp Railroad’s New Chanukah Train!
Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the 5th night of Chanukah for the lighting of the menorah and then set off on an incredible train ride in Roaring Camp’s comfortable excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.
We’ll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Evening also includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag or arcade games.
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whole new way!
Produced in Association with Chabad by the Sea
Holiday Tree Walk
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.
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
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.
Santa Cruz Dream Inn. 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
$149 rates, 50% off parking
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Santa Cruz Mission Inn. 2250 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
1-800-895-5455 or 831-425-5455. Mention your Holiday Lights train tickets when reserving a room.