Santa Cruz Snow Night 2013: A Winter Wonderland in Downtown Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Snow Night

It’s tough to beat growing up in Santa Cruz.

Kids here have a dizzying array of activities to keep them entertained, but one thing they don’t get to experience very often is the snow.

That changes for one night each year when the Downtown Association hosts Snow Night, a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank.

When else will your kids make snow angels, build a snowman, frolic in the snow and maybe even toss in a snowball or two?  Sure, you can spend hours in the car to travel to Tahoe, but this is snow right here in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Snow Night 2013

Snow Night takes place this year on Thursday, Dec. 12.  The intersection of Pacific Ave. and Cooper St. is turned into a snow filled winter wonderland from 4:00 to 7:30.

Snow Night officially starts at 4:00, but you can get your free tickets starting at 3:00, so if you want an early time slot for the snow then be sure to come early.

Tickets are required to reserve a time slot, as kids are assigned a specific time to enter the snow area in order to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to enjoy the snow.  Each snow session lasts 10 minutes.

The snow sessions run from 4:00 – 7:00, with overflow snow sessions (if the tickets sell out) running to 7:30.

Remember to bundle your kids up, and don’t forget to provide them with gloves.

Tickets for Snow Night are free, but guests are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item.  Cash donations are also accepted.  Donations support Second Harvest Food Bank.

Snow Night Information

  • Date: December 12
  • Time: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Price: Free (with a non-perishable food donation)
  • Where: Pacific Ave & Cooper St. in Downtown Santa Cruz
  • Tip – Although entry into the snow area doesn’t start until 4:00 pm, tickets for time slots are handed out starting at 3:00 pm.

Here is a video from a few years back that will give you a feel for what Snow Night is all about:

PS – Don’t forget to bring a donation for Second Harvest Food Bank!

Get more information here.

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About Ethan Oates

Ethan Oates fell in love with Santa Cruz while visiting as a child. He has lived in Santa Cruz since the mid '90's, and is happiest when spending time with his family.