Christmas at The Carissa

Check out Christmas at the Carrisa: Where the Holidays Glow and the Whiskey Flows. The historic downtown Carrisa Building will be undergoing a complete Christmas transformation of epic proportions, with the help of Ah Louis Store owners Karson Butler, to offer a
totally immersive holiday experience to the community of San Luis Obispo.

The lavish space, located at 736 Higuera Street, will feature 4 zones decorated floor to ceiling in nostalgic holiday decor, set in a wintery wonderland for folks to sip, snack, shop and saunter within. They include:

  •  Cozy Sweater Nook – where guests can cuddle up in the fireplace nook with friends or a significant other. Here, guests will be surrounded by sweater knits, felt ornaments and lots of twinkle and glitter.
  • Holly Jolly Hall – Imagine if Santa’s sleigh spilled out of the sky with Kris Kringle approved kitsch, giant sized ornaments and holiday wonderment all around.
  • Rod & Hammer Ski Chalet – Apres ski without the ski! This space oozes winter chalet vibes with leathers, whiskey cocktails and faux furs to cozy up with inside and outside on the creekside patio.
  • Oh-What-Fun Game Room – Upstairs Santa’s toys are unwrapped and ready to play with. Pool, dice, shuffle board, board games and more. The leg lamp will be on — “don’t shoot your eye out!”

The space will be the first of its kind in the downtown SLO area, offering an interactive holiday destination for people of all ages. Themed nights and holiday programming is scheduled throughout the installation with Ugly Sweater Night, dueling piano sing-alongs, Santa-con and more. Owner’s Rodney Cegelski and Hamish Marshall hope the installation brings traffic to the downtown after over two years of closures and restrictions.

“Downtown SLO has never looked better and we have one of the most beautiful spaces to share with the public and attract some tourism to our downtown neighbors and friends,” says Cegelski. “We’ve all been through many setbacks so we’re looking forward to turning things around in a positive direction, supporting local business and revitalizing our downtown. You don’t have to leave town to enjoy a cool Holiday experience. It’s right in our own backyard.”

With the addition of two anchor hotels, parklets, new restaurants and retail, downtown has a completely new look and aesthetic from just a few years ago. Event planners Karson Butler are eager to get back into the festive spirit and showcase their talents and goods from the Ah Louis Store. “We’re so excited to collaborate with Rod & Hammer and the SLO Brew team to bring something very special into yet another gorgeous historic building in Downtown SLO!” says Amber Karson, co-owner of the Ah Louis Store.

“We’re dreaming up a space that’s flexible and will be a destination you won’t want to miss — whether that be post-shopping cocktails with friends, bringing your family for holiday dessert and wonderment or hosting your company’s holiday party or team outing.”

Christmas at the Carrisa is available for private events as well as being free to the public. Music events, programming themes, food and beverage menus and more information is available at

Michelle B
Meet Michelle! Fellow foodie, owner of EnjoySLO and founder of At Her Table.

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