Winter break is rapidly approaching, luckily there are many fun, festive, and electric activities to partake in. There are so many possibilities when it comes to winter activities. With activities ranging from Santa Cruz to Santa Clara, this winter break will surely not be a boring one.
Ice skating is always a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Santa Cruz locals in the past would have to travel far to find a decent ice skating rink, but not anymore. The Boardwalk is now offering ice skating right here in Santa Cruz! The Boardwalk’s “Holiday Ice,” offers ice skating literally on the beach. The ice is open rain or shine and continues all the way until January 6, 2019. Each hour session includes ice skate rentals (the Boardwalk carries a variety of sizes.) Each session is $14.95 +tax. Ice skating at the Boardwalk is a perfect way to start off the holiday season.
Another fun activity to do over the break is going to see holiday lights. You could travel through neighborhoods for free or go to an organized light show. In Santa Clara, they are hosting their 20th annual Fantasy of Lights. The Fantasy of Lights is a drive-through light show that has become very popular, people of all ages can enjoy the colorful holiday lights. The lights are up on Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 30, 2018, • 6:00 pm-10:00 pm (Closed December 25.) Admission is with prepaid tickets only and you can pick a time for your convenience. The cost is $20 per vehicle (up to 12 people) and $50 for an oversize vehicle (capacity 13+). Being the 20th anniversary of the lights, every 20th car receives a commemorative giveaway. Seeing the lights is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy.
A fun indoor activity could be building a gingerbread house with family or friends. You can pick up a gingerbread house at most local grocery stores. Trader Joes has an especially popular one. This is great for a cold rainy day and can be built with a group of people or it can be done solo. Either way, it’s the perfect solution to an indoor, boring day.
There are so many events and activities to participate in over winter break. From being outside and skating in the wind to staying in a warm home building a gingerbread house, this winter break will surely be a fun one.
By Atara Miller