Get in the holiday spirit by bringing the family to ride the Redwood Forest Steam Train through the wintry redwoods to Bear Mountain. Sip hot cocoa while greeting Santa Claus. In town, enjoy winter themed activities.
A seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz. New: Gather your friends, family or coworkers together and make a night of it! First class private coach cars can be reserved for groups up to 50 people. Availability is limited so please book well in advance.
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.
Roaring Camp Railroads is proud to present Drive-In Movie Nights in the Redwoods. We will be showing your favorite movies surrounded by the beautiful redwood forest in the heart of Roaring Camp. Be sure to dress warm. Movie dates will be weather dependent. Must tune into a radio station to listen. Movie refreshments will be available for purchase.
Departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest.
Join us for the 7th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival. The weekend welcomes a variety of artists, multiple stages, camping, train rides including the ‘Sol Train’ shuttle from the Boardwalk and back again in the evening, craft beer, wine, vendors and gourmet food.
Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!
Evening train and dinner excursion from the beach to the redwoods. Upon arrival, a delicious barbecue chicken and steak dinner and live music awaits you.
The California Blacksmith Association Presents – The 5th Annual Hammer-IN at Roaring Camp Railroads. Watch demonstrators push the boundaries of hot metal, bring ancient techniques to life and share with the community their talent and dedication to the blacksmith craft.
Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp’s Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party. Start with a hearty BBQ dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars.
Heritage sounds like something old. Unless you’re talking Heritage Events at Roaring Camp. Free All Summer Long. Must have valid train ticket to participate in heritage activity.
Don’t miss this unique Culinary Journey! Be transported by the magic of steam to a dining experience amongst the trees. Prepare to savor a delightful three course dinner engineered by Roaring Camp’s Chef, Alessio Casagrande, direct from Italy. More Info Coming Soon.
Wrangle the whole family and come on up for our inaugural Spaghetti Western Dinner, Steam Train and Movie night! Piles of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread to warm the belly for a Steam train through the redwood forest to the top of Bear Mountain and back. Then settle in for a good ole’ family western comedy. Kids Welcome. More Info Coming Soon.
Roaring Camp with Legend Theatrical Presents the 3rd Annual Brewgrass Festival featuring, local breweries, music from favorite bluegrass artists and food from our popular local food trucks. Back this year- VIP Brewgrass Tasting Train roundtrip from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp. Line-up Info Coming Soon.
Welcome Fall with the Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp! Take the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain. Pick a pumpkin from the town pumpkin patch. Have fun with Covid-safe children’s heritage activities.
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. More Info Coming Soon.
Hosted by Roaring Camp & Heart Tribe Presents: Lovebirds and Friends, embark on a musical roundtrip train ride with Post Street Rhythm Peddlers, from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, through the Redwoods, on a trip back in time to Roaring Camp. Upon arrival at Bret Harte Hall, join us for a romantic night of entertainment, feasts and sweets. Dance the night away in Flapper finery to beats from The Cosmo Alleycats. Must be 21+ to attend.
Learn about California’s own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100 year old steam train. Along the journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists.
Adults and kids alike will enjoy viewing California Central Coast On30’s large scale model railroad display. Watch model trains chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them. During your visit be sure to see Roaring Camp’s authentic 1800s steam train.
The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train, your kids will have a blast participating in Easter activities in Town.
Treat Mom to something memorable on her special day with a delectable Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet accompanied with live music by Pat Hull. After a lovely brunch, relax with a train ride through the towering redwoods.
Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells. Admission included with purchase Redwood Forest Steam Train ticket.
Civil War Battles weekend. See the event as never before as night falls across the encampments. Tents glow like lanterns, while soldiers huddle around their campfires. Ladies in beautiful gowns head to the ball to waltz the night away.
The annual Redwood Mountain Faire brings together a wide range of music styles on two stages. The Faire benefits a wide range of nonprofit and service organizations and is organized by the Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley. 2020 info coming soon.
Join Thomas the Tank Engine™ for a tour through the Big Trees. Your train ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities. More Info Coming Soon.
Take a trip from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Roaring Camp Railroads on the Father’s Day Brew Train! Local brewers will be pouring tastes of some of their favorite beers as you ride the rails from the seas to the trees. More Info Coming Soon.
Salute Dad on Father’s Day by treating him to a ride on a steam train and lunch. In addition, local breweries will be pouring the best local brew for sale at the BBQ area. Dad will receive a complimentary engineer’s cap with the purchase of a train ticket and any BBQ platter meal. More Info Coming Soon.
Outdoor American BBQ and live music open 12-3PM Friday-Sunday through the summer.
This holiday season, give the gift of Roaring Camp Railroads with our Annual Pass so that your friend or loved one can enjoy unlimited rides on all regularly scheduled trains. Choose our Bronze, Silver and Gold package options each offering different discounts and benefits for special events, parking, food and more!
If you’re an Adventurer, Explorer, or Thrill-Seeker, you are invited to become a member of Roaring Camp Railroads’ Kids Club today. It’s free to join, a ten-gallon hat full of fun, and you can win more prizes than you can shake a stick at.