Rock ‘N’ Retro Holidays in Downtown SLO!

Classic cars, shining stars, and electric guitars — cruise on over to downtown San Luis Obispo this holiday season for a nostalgic, rockin’ good time! Downtown SLO, in partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo, is delighted to announce that the theme of the 2022 Holiday Happenings is “Rock ‘n’ Retro!”

This year, treasured community traditions will continue, and brand-new activations will make the holiday experience bigger and brighter!

EVENTS:

46TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE

Friday, December 2, 2022, from 7–9 PM

The Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade returns for its 46th year! This beloved Central Coast holiday tradition will feature over 80 decorated floats, marching bands, vehicles, dancers, and more, representing all kinds of organizations. The Downtown SLO Holiday Parade is one of the largest parades on the Central Coast, attracting thousands of spectators.

THE HOLIDAY PLAZA 

Opens Friday, November 25, 2022, at 12:00 PM

Mission Plaza is the centerpiece of downtown San Luis Obispo — it all happens here! The 20-foot Holiday Tree (sponsored by Dignity Health) will be lit in an official ceremony on Friday, November 25, 2022, at 5:45 PM. The Plaza will also feature many show-stopping photo opportunities, including a dazzling walk-through ornament, 6-foot-tall sparkly
SLO letters, a lighted tree forest, animated light tunnels, and larger-than-life decorations. These stunning lights will synchronize with music as part of the brand-new Musical Light Show, which will occur nearly every evening in the Plaza.

Join Downtown SLO on Friday, November 25, 2022, at noon to watch Santa ride into Mission Plaza on a firetruck, enjoy a live performance from the SLO County Band, and celebrate the opening of all the fun in the Holiday Plaza.

SANTA’S HOUSE 

Friday, November 25, 2022 – Saturday, December 24, 2022

A beloved tradition, Santa’s House returns to the Plaza. Young visitors can recite their holiday wish list and pose for photos with Santa out on his front lawn before entering the house to purchase their souvenir photo package and receive free goodies!

LETTERS TO SANTA 

Kids can send their letters to Santa using the mailbox in front of Santa’s
House and receive a hand-written response!

THE SEARCH FOR SANTA’S MOUSE SCAVENGER HUNT

Children can grab a free booklet and follow clever clues to different storefront locations, each containing a miniature scene with clues about the mouse’s whereabouts. Upon completion, families can enter to win a membership to the Children’s Museum.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Downtown SLO invites the community to keep their dollars local this holiday season and support local businesses when shopping for gifts. Downtown SLO offers holiday shopping opportunities unlike any other, with a diverse line-up of small merchants. Shoppers can find a complete directory of small businesses downtown at DowntownSLO.com/ShopSmall.

DECORATED WINDOW SHOWCASE

This December, downtown businesses will enliven the streets with their creative Rock ‘n’ Retro-inspired window displays. An online map will be published with a list of participating businesses. Visitors will be able to scan the QR code in their favorite window to cast their vote for People’s Choice.

We hope to celebrate with you this holiday seasonin Downtown SLO!

Michelle Bhttps://www.enjoyslo.com/
Meet Michelle! Fellow foodie, owner of EnjoySLO and founder of At Her Table.

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