The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project are the proud to present a new Holiday Family Tradition at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds for the Holiday Season. Open now on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, get you tickets early!

HOLIDAY LIGHTS is a 1/2 mile drive through experience at the Fairgrounds of spectacular lighted Holiday displays all around you. Giant Christmas trees twinkling with lights – Santa – reindeer – snowmen – lighted tunnels and many more magical moments. Stay in your warm car and drive through this Holiday Experience. You can tune your radio to KDUB 99.9 FM and enjoy the the Holiday Lights Soundtrack in your car. 

The event is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for five weeks (14 evenings, weather permitting) from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas weekend. Hours from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. We will be closed Christmas Day. We recommend you purchase your reservation ticket early. You also drive up and purchase a ticket at the gate.

After your magical journey through the Lights stop at the Holiday Food Stands and pick up your favorites for the drive home. Each week different fair food vendors will be available for your enjoyment. You can stay in your car and they will come to you. Food is at the end of the Holiday Lights Drive.Click on Menu below for this weeks food service offerings.

Tickets and Reservations ON SALE NOW.  Get yours early before they sell out!  Click the button below.



PRESALE Admission and Reservation – $15.00/vehicle

At the Grounds Admission – $20.00/vehicle

Vehicles holding 13+ People Presale – $35.00/per vehicle

Vehicles holding 13+ People at the Grounds – $5.00 per person



Be a Fairgrounds Ambassador and help friends and family that attend events at our Fairgrounds. Click below for more information.


Thanks to all our Wrap Stars for lighting up our first ever HOLIDAY LIGHTS Event.

Click below to see the fun they had making this all come to life!

Bringing Home The Tree Vintage Style By Hudson Cortez

DJ’s Truck & Tractor Service, Inc.

Announcing the Winners of the

Community Groups Displays – Holiday Lights 2020

Community groups were given an opportunity to create a lighted Display for the Holiday Season. These beautiful lighted displays can be found along throughout your drive through the grounds.

Judging was done by Karen Cosentino, Jason Salas, Bill Smith and Lee Williams.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Holiday Lights Community Groups Displays:


Youth Organizations and Families
1st – Bringing Home the Tree Vintage Style by Hudson Cortez
2nd – Ag History 4-H Club
3rd – Watsonville FFA
Adult Organizations and Businesses
1st – DJ’s Truck & Tractor Service, Inc
2nd – Pajaro Valley Historical Association
3rd – Country Hills Feed
Special Thanks to all the Community Groups that Participated this year.



We hope you will join us for this new Holiday Tradition.


And say thanks to our Holiday Lights Founding Sponsors.  




Driscoll’s, Inc         Lakeside Organic Gardens     

Santa Cruz Deputy Sheriffs Association

Santa Cruz County Bank        Granite Construction         Cowles Berry Farm, Inc.     

Order Sons and Daughters of Italy, Watsonville Lodge #2016

The McSherry Group and McSherry Hudson LLC

KSBW-8, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV Central Coast     

C & N Tractors       Corralitos Feed and Pet Supplies

California Giant Berry Farms       Las Animas Concrete

Watsonville Auto Group       Couch Distributing Co. Inc.

S. Martinelli & Company        Plant Sciences, Inc.       Muzzi Family Farms LLC

Sam & Rebecca Cooley       Thomas and Bonnie Sprague      Renee Mello

Pajaro Valley Printing       KBK Insurance, Ed and Kathleen Banks

Pajaro Valley Irrigation       Kaiser Permanente       Alta Vista Farms LP

Kitayama Bros., Inc.       Garroutte Farms Inc.

Holiday Lights is a production of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project. All proceeds from this event benefit the Fairgrounds and the Agricultural History Project.