Boardwalk Holiday Ice

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"Holiday Ice" Returns to the Beach

Ice Skating, Holiday Trains and Kids' Activities

SANTA CRUZ, CA (November 14, 2018) – The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s “Holiday Ice” returns on November 17 with ice skating and other festive activities in the Boardwalk’s Main Plaza through January 6. This is the second year the seaside amusement park has offered ice skating by the beach.  

A covered skating rink is the star attraction but not the only fun on tap this season. An impressive display of holiday lights and decorations, cozy fire pits, fun holiday photo ops, a kids’ craft corner, classic holiday movies, photos with Santa, seasonal games and treats, and hourly snow flurries are all in the forecast.

“This year’s Holiday Ice event is bigger and better than last year,” said event director Karley Pope. “The rink is a little larger and we’ve added more decorations, more fire pits, new fun photo ops, and more games and activities for kids. Even if you don’t skate, it’s exciting to check out all the festivities.”

Hop onto a Giant Dipper “sleigh” in Cannonball Arcade for a unique holiday photo or silly selfie. You'll find Santa in his sleigh on weekends, November 24 - December 23, plus Friday 11/23 and Monday 12/24; 2pm -7:30pm. Several other self-serve seasonal photo ops are located around the Boardwalk. Can you find them all?

Try a special holiday treat like a fresh, made-while-you-watch, Pumpkin Apple or Oreo Peppermint Crepe topped with whipped cream. Or buy a S'more kit and make your own treat!  Weather permitting, some Boardwalk rides are open during Holiday Ice (check schedule to confirm). Boardwalk Arcades including Mini Golf are open daily.

Admission to Holiday Ice and some activities like movies, crafts and photo ops are free. Skating is $14.95/hour, skates included. Skating reservations are recommended because sessions fill up during popular times. Private party packages including firepits, food, and rink rental are also available.
For more information and online skating reservations visit
The Boardwalk’s seasonal ice-skating rink is sponsored by Dignity Health Medical Network.

Holiday Train Rides, November 23 - December 23
Roaring Camp’s Holiday Lights Train rolls into the Boardwalk on November 23 offering festive train rides through December 23. The colorful lighted train makes a round-trip journey from the Boardwalk through the streets of Santa Cruz while passengers sing carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus and sip cider with friendly elves. The Chanukah Train makes a one-night journey on December 3 as families gather to light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments.

For Holiday Lights and Chanukah Train schedule and reservations visit -

Boardwalk Holiday Bash, December 7
The Boardwalk Holiday Bash puts a fun spin on the traditional holiday party. Small companies, offices, departments, and groups of friends are invited to join the “mix-in” event for a cheerful evening with more play and less routine. Hang out with your co-workers while sharing an ocean-view with other small companies. The festive evening includes arcade games, photo booths, a DJ, as well as a casual buffet dinner in the Cocoanut Grove and full bar. December 7, 6-11pm.  For Holiday Bash info visit

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