No fruitcake here, we only list the good stuff!
First, my apologies to fruitcake lovers everywhere. Some of my best friends love fruitcakes. Second, Half Moon Bay loves to throw a good ol' fashioned community event, and none are bigger than those during the Christmas holiday season. From the "Night of Lights", lighted boats at the harbor to a community tree lighting ceremony – Half Moon Bay knows how to put on the Ritz!
Half Moon Bay Christmas Tree Farm Locations – Late Nov through Dec.
Multiple locations for pick and cut Christmas farms are listed.
Getting your family's Christmas tree can become a cherished family memory and the beginning of a new family tradition!
AAUW Holiday Tea at Ocean Shore Train Depot – Sunday, Nov. 7 & 8, 14 & 15
Ocean Shore Train Depot, Higgins Purissima Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 245-7320
The Holiday Tea is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Half Moon Bay branch.
This festive event benefits scholarships for women and girls. There is one seating each day at 1:00pm.
Houses on display Monday, Nov. 30 till Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay’s Annual Gingerbread House Contest accepts creative entries by children, home cooks and culinary professionals. Contest winners are announced during the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. Many houses are up for auction, with proceeds benefiting Coastside Children’s Programs. Visit BiddingforGood.com/CCP to bid on your favorite house.
Johnston House Holiday Boutique – Nov. 7,8,14,15, 2015 ♦ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m – Free
Higgins Canyon Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-0329
The annual event offers a stroll through the historic house all decked out for the holidays. The boutique features gifts for all ages from regional craft artists, local merchants, and purchased items.
Night of Lights – Dec. 4. 2015 ♦ 6-9pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-8380
The event generally features a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park, a Parade of Lights down Main Street, carolers and musical entertainment, roasted chestnuts and activities for the kids.
Christmas in the Redwoods – Dec. 5, 2015 ♦ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020 (650) 747-1200
Enjoy a holiday celebration full of family activities, performances by the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, and a very special visitor from the North Pole! Please RSVP by December 2, 2015.
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration – Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 ♦ 5 to 6 p.m.
Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The resort’s annual holiday open house welcomes you to enjoy holiday carolers, Santa Claus and the lighting of the 25-foot tree on our beautiful Ocean Lawn. Hot chocolate, apple cider, eggnog and cookies are offered throughout the evening.
Holiday Lights Train – Nov. 27 – 28 & Dec. 5 – 6, 12 – 13, 18 – 23
Felton to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart!
Harbor Boat Lighting at Pillar Point Harbor – Dec. 12, 2015 ♦ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
Pillar Point Harbor – Half Moon Bay, CA (831) 475-6161
Decorated boats parade through Santa Cruz Harbor. This is a fun event for the whole family.