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Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Trains depart and return in front of Neptune’s Kingdom on the Boardwalk of Santa Cruz at 5:00pm, 6:30, and 8:00 pm for a 60-minute round-trip excursion. Departure times added without notice. Click HERE to check for day/time availability.

Ticket Prices:

Standard Class Canopy Cars:
Adults: $44.95
Children: $32.95

First Class Coach Cars:
Adults : $59.95
Children: $45.95
Private Coach Cars. Call us at 831-335-4484 for booking.
$3000 for up to 40 people


Nov. 26-27, Dec 4-5, 11-12, 17-23

Hanukkah Train: Monday, December 26th

The boardwalk at Santa Cruz is a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, 45 minutes from the Monterey/Carmel area, and 30 minutes from the San Jose area. Take Highway 17 or scenic Highway 1 to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

A surface parking lot is located directly across the street from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Masks required aboard the train

Who needs tickets?
Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

Where does the train go?
All trains depart from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

How far does it go?
The train goes to the edge of the forest at highway 9 and returns to the Boardwalk.

What if there is inclement weather?
Trains run rain or shine.
Open canopy cars will be sheltered from the rain if needed. Cars are not heated. Please remember to bring a jacket.

Is the train handicap accessible?

Are dogs allowed?

How do I get my tickets?
Tickets can be picked up inside Neptune’s Kingdom. Please look for the Roaring Camp Holiday Lights Train sign and bring your confirmation number.

When should we arrive?
Plan enough time to park and to pick up tickets.

Are there food options?
Select Boardwalk locations will be open for food and beverage.
Eating is not allowed aboard the train due to covid.

Are there any refunds?