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May 21, 2022

Holiday drive-thru lights up fairgrounds

WATSONVILLE—The second annual Holiday Lights drive-thru light show at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is now fully lit up and open to visitors.

Holiday Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December through Dec. 26.

Presented by Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project, the attraction offers a half-mile drive-thru that includes lit giant Christmas trees, Santa, towering lighted packages, a lighted tunnel, a twirling Ferris wheel, Santa’s workshop and more.

New this year are two evenings where folks can walk through the light show, on Dec. 3 and 4. Those events will coincide with the annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair at the fairgrounds.

Holiday Lights, which was named Event of the Year in 2020 by the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, runs from 5:30-9pm.

Dave Kegebein said a team of volunteers plays a huge role in the production. He added that the event was so successful the first time around that the drive-thru will now be a permanent holiday fixture at the fairgrounds. 

Tickets range from $20-45. For information, visit


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