The holiday season is kicking off in a big way! After a 2 year hiatus, many of our events have returned. Gather your family and friends and celebrate on the central coast. Stay safe, shop local, and support our small businesses. Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, there’s something for everyone to ENJOY.
1Cambria Christmas Market (Cambria) – December
Enjoy the 8th annual Cambria Christmas Market The Market returns to its full event format with artisan vendors, photos with Santa, live entertainment, taste traditional German food and drink and more at this charming outdoor festival with over 2 million Christmas lights!
2Morro Bay Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Morro Bay) – Friday, December 2 @ 3:30pm
Come enjoy the lighting of the Morro Bay City Park tree for the holidays! There will be holiday perfromances, hot cider, cookies, and say hello to Santa!
3Próxima Parada at the Fremont Theater (San Luis Obispo) – Friday, December 2 @ 4pm
The Fremont Theater presents Próxima Parada plus special guest The Charities live!
4Light Up the Downtown Holiday Celebration (Atascadero) – Friday, December 2 @ 5:30pm
The City of Atascadero is delighted to present their annual Light Up the Downtown Holiday Celebration. ganjoy a lighting ceremony of City Hall, music, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and more!
5Art and Wine Tour | Light Up The Downtown (Atascadero) – Friday, December 2 @ 5:30p
Experience over 40 local wineries, enjoy local breweries, distilleries and more, with the 2023 Atascadero Wine Passport.
646th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade (San Luis Obispo) – Friday, December 2 @ 7pm
This beloved Central Coast holiday tradition will feature over 80 decorated floats, marching bands, vehicles, dancers, and more, representing all kinds of organizations.
719th Annual Holiday Craft Faire! (Santa Margarita) – Saturday, December 3 @ 9am
Stock up for your holiday gifts (or for yourself) with amazing local crafts, while also supporting Friends of the Santa Margarita Library.
8Big Ditch Holiday Market (Arroyo Grande) – Saturday, December 3 @ 10am
Join Big Ditch for their Special Holiday Market at Heritage Park in Arroyo Grande. They will have over 50 makers & artists, 3 food trucks, & sweet treats!
93rd Annual Harmony Christmas Market (Harmony) – Saturday, December 3 @ 11a (CANCELLED)
Shop and support local businesses for the holidays this year by purchasing gifts from a variety of vendors.
10Holiday Treasure Stroll (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, December 3 @ 4p
Save the date and tell your friends! We’re one of 12 locations participating in the Holiday Treasure Stroll of Monterey Street.
11Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade (Morro Bay) – Saturday, December 3 @ 6:30p (Postponed to 2023)
Bring the entire family out to enjoy the brilliant lights for the Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade!
12Paso Robles Christmas Light Parade (Paso Robles) – Saturday, December 3 @ 7p
Ring in the holiday season at Downtown City Park in Paso Robles as you celebrate the 61st Holiday Parade.
13Cabernet Franc Day (Paso Robles) – Sunday, December 4 @ 10:30a
Paso Robles invites you to celebrate Cabernet Franc, the genesis grape of Bordeaux. Renowned wine educator, Wes Hagen, will lead a discussion and tasting of Cab Francs from regions around the world, followed by the grand tasting where leading Paso Robles producers will showcase their expression of the varietal.
14Olde Towne Nipomo Family Christmas (Nipomo) – Sunday, December 4 @ 2p
The Christmas Marketplace features dozens of vendors offering a variety of homemade crafts.
15Cayucos Christmas Tree Lighting – Sunday, December 4 @ 5p
Visit Cayucos to kickstart the holidays. Enjoy the sounds of carolers while watching the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on firetrucks.
16SLOCALLY Made (San Luis Obispo) – December 4th – 24th
Shop with the ladies! SLOCALLY Made has over 25 local makers and artists who have come together to bring form, identity, and purpose to the concept of shopping local this holiday!
17Holiday “Trail of Lights” Tour – December 5th – 25th
Enjoy the 3rd Annual “Trail of Lights.” This is an opportunity for residents and businesses to show off their homes and storefronts this holiday season. This drive is perfect for families to enjoy a safe and fun activity driving through town to check out all the wonderful outdoor lights this season!
18Murder Mystery Dinner at The Castle (Paso Robles) – Friday, December 8th at 6p
Come to Tooth & Nail for an immersive, interactive experiece! It’s time for “The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year”. Dress up in your best Ugly Sweater or fun Christmas attire and get ready for an evening you won’t forget.
19Santa’s Pop-Up Reindeer Farm (Atascadero) – December 9th – 11th
Santa is sending two of his famous reindeer to visit, and they’ll be right here at the Charles Paddock Zoo!
20Mid-State Winter Fair Market (Paso Robles) – December 9th – 11th
The Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center features local crafters and artisans from throughout San Luis Obispo County selling handmade and unique items.
21Winter Wonderland (Atascadero) – Friday, December 9th @ 5p
Winter Wonderland is back for another exciting snow-driven evening in Downtown Atascadero with OVER 75 TONS OF SNOW!
22Reindeer Run 5K (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, December 10 @ 9a
The Reindeer Run brings community members together to participate in a 5k Fun Run and celebrate the winter season!
23Makeshift Muse Holiday Market (San Luis Obispo) – December 10 & 11
Shope with over 50 designers, artists, curators, & makers set-up w/ live music, food, & drinks at Madonna Inn!
24Kingdom Come: A Holiday Drag Celebration (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, December 10th @ 6p
Glitterotica returns to the Central Coast to bring you a night of drag, dancing & drinks! Come see what hot presents get unwrapped!
25Vine Street Christmas Victorian Showcase (Paso Robles) – Saturday, December 10th @ 6p
Come to Paso Robles to celebrate the Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase! Enjoy holiday lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snow King & Queen and SCROOGE!
26W(rap)ping Party (Atascadero) – Wednesday, December 14th @ 7p
Wrapping Presents Party at Raconteur Room! They will supply all the paper and tools to wrap all your presents, plus have DJ Manuel from Traffic Records spinning Rap songs all evening. Wrap, Dance, Repeat!
27Tin City Lights + Forklift Parade (Paso Robles) – Thursday, December 15th @ 5p
Tin City Paso is getting lit! Bundle up and bring the whole family down for their annual parade!
28SLO SantaCon 2022 (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, December 17th @ 12p
29Creston Christmas Light Parade (Creston) – Saturday, December 17th @ 5p
Watch as lighted up, trucks, boats, horses, 4-wheelers, goats…you name it…roll through town spreading Small Town Christmas Cheer!
30SLO Hanukkah Downtown (San Luis Obispo) – Sunday, December 18th @ 5p
The SLO Jewish community is honored to continue its annual tradition of lighting the public menorah outside the Old Mission of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa