Thursday, January 20, 2022

44 Things To Do This Holiday in SLO County

Happy Holidays! This winter is filled with holiday events for the entire family to enjoy. You won’t want to miss out. Grab those Christmas trees early – check our Christmas Tree Guide.  Most importantly there will be lots of local shopping at your fingertips. Check out our The Ultimate SLO County Holiday Gift Guide if you need some last-minute gift giving inspo!

Dinning With Julia | San Luis Obispo | December 1-5

In collaboration with Hotel San Luis Obispo’s Michelin-mentioned Ox+Anchor, enjoy a special dinner curated by Chef Ryan Fancher in honor of renowned culinary inspiration, Julia Child.

Hanukkah Downtown 2021 | San Luis Obispo | Nov 28 – Dec 5

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 each night of Hanukkah.

Olde Towne Nipomo Family Christmas | Nipomo | Thursday, Dec 2

This year’s event brings together the best of everything “Noel”, a Christmas Parade, a classic tree lighting ceremony, snow play area, pictures with Santa, a live nativity and petting zoo, a s’more fire pit area and much more!

Mid-State Fair Market | Paso Robles | Friday, Dec 3

Get your Holiday Shopping done all while helping to support locals! We’ve added one more opportunity before the end of the year to grab something new, used or just unique at this outdoor shopping opportunity held at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Morro Bay City Park Holiday Tree Lighting | Morro Bay | Friday, Dec 3

Morro Bay invites you to join them as they celebrate the Holiday Season!!! FCome out to City Park for their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration!

Sip & Graze | San Luis Obispo | Friday, Dec 3 & 17

Sip & Graze through the holidays & Find Your Taste at the  NEW Marketplace & Cellar at Apple Farm Inn.

45th Annual San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade | San Luis Obispo | Friday, Dec 3

The most popular holiday parade in the county, now in its 45th year, returns to Downtown SLO! The theme of this year’s Holiday Parade is California Dreamin’!

South County Holiday Parade | Grover Beach | Saturday, Dec 4

Enjoy South County’s 54th annual holiday parade. Ramona Garden Park, will be transformed into a 5-ton snowy winter wonderland!

2nd Annual Harmony Christmas Market | Harmony | Friday, Dec 4

Little town of Harmony

Shop and support local businesses for the holidays this year by purchasing gifts from a variety of vendors.

Sip & Shop Holiday Market at CASS | Paso Robles | Friday, Dec 4

Knock out some of that “last minute” shopping list, while enjoying a glass of wine, mulled wine or hot apple cider in-hand as carols fill the air.

The City of Atascadero is delighted to present their annual Light Up the Downtown Holiday Celebration Drive-In at Sunken Gardens.

Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade | Morro Bay | Friday, Dec 4

Be dazzled as our fishing, leisure, and yachting community takes to the water with decorated boats with dazzling lights and holiday cheer.

Elegant Christmas in the Village | Arroyo Grande | Sunday, Dec 5

Elegant Christmas, a favorite holiday event, is returning to the Village of Arroyo Grande this December with everything you love: festive lights, holiday music, Santa, carolers, extended-hours shopping, and wine tasting.

Cayucos Christmas Tree Lighting | Cayucos | Sunday, Dec 5

Gather (safely) for a fun, festive tree lighting, and refreshments in Cayucos!

Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling | Santa Margarita | Sunday, Dec 5

Charles Paddock Holiday Magic
Spend the holidays visiting the Charles Paddock Zoo

Join us in the Santa Margarita Community Park for caroling, cookies, coffee and cocoa as we light our community Christmas Tree.

Holiday Market Walk | Paso Market Walk | Thursday, Dec 9

Bring the family out to the Paso Market Walk to enjoy the holiday spirit. You can dine, shop, and create holiday memories with Santa!

Santa’s Pop Up Reindeer Farm | Atascadero | Dec 10 – 12

Santa is sending two of his famous reindeer to visit, and they’ll be right here at the Charles Paddock Zoo!

Winter Wonderland | Atascadero | Friday, Dec 10

Winter Wonderland with Santa

Winter Wonderland is back for another exciting snow-driven event in Downtown Atascadero. There will be over 75 tons of snow! Don’t miss out on one of Central Coasts Largest Holiday Events!

3rd Annual Paso Robles Santa Crawl | Paso Robles | Friday, Dec 10

Join hundreds of Santa’s and elves running around downtown Paso Robles. This year’s event will benefit RISE.

Breakfast With Santa | Arroyo Grande | Saturday, Dec 11

Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with the jolly man himself! Join us for Breakfast with Santa.

Reindeer Run | San Luis Obispo | Saturday, Dec 11

Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Reindeer Run, hosted by SLO County Friday Night Live!

Slocally Made 5.0 | San Luis Obispo | Dec 11 – 24

SLOcally Made is a lady-run collective of 25+ local makers and artists who have come together to bring form, identity, and purpose to the concept of shopping local this holiday season.

Santa’s Doggie Parade | Avila Beach | Saturday, Dec 11

Santa’s Doggie Parade will be held on the Avila Promenade. This year’s parade participants will receive goodie bags donated by Petco Arroyo Grande.

Holiday Makers Market at SLO Public Market | San Luis Obispo | Saturday, Dec 11

SLO Public Market is teaming up with Makeshift Muse to bring you a Holiday Makers Market!

Christmas in Cayucos Open House | Cayucos | Saturday, Dec 11

A fun and festive Downtown Cayucos tradition of evening shopping, dining, and merriment along Ocean Ave.

Frontier Fantasy Christmas Light Display | Santa Margarita | Saturday, Dec 11 & 18

Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit Critter Creek Ranch for their Frontier Fantasy Christmas Light Display. This is almost 3 miles worth of lights!

35th Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase | Paso Robles | Saturday, Dec 11

Bring your family to Vine Street for this annual community Christmas party tradition!

Tin City Lights + Forklift Parade | Paso Robles | Thursday, Dec 16

Wander through the Tin City neighborhood and gather up those last-minute holiday gifts! Bring the kids for your complimentary photos with Santa.

The 3rd Annual AmpSurf Santa Surf | Pismo Beach | Saturday, Dec 18

The Annual AmpSurf Santa Claus Surf and Costume contest is a fun event for all types and level of surfers.

Charles Paddock Zoo Holiday Magic | Atascadero | Saturday, Dec 18

Experience the magic of the holiday season as the zookeepers step in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals.

Creston Lighted & Local Christmas Parade | Creston | Saturday, Dec 18

The Creston Christmas Light Parade is back!!! This a parade like you’ve never seen! Creston will have lit up horses, tractors, boats, semi’s and more!

San Miguel 31st Annual Christmas Parade | San Miguel | Saturday, Dec 18

Enjoy the 31st Annual Christmas Parade! Have dinner locally before meeting Santa, Mrs. Clause, the Grinch, Cindy Lou, and the elves. The San Miguel Firefighters Association will be hosting a toy drive!

SLO Youth Symphony Holiday Music at the Mission | San Luis Obispo | Monday, Dec 20

Come grab a candy cane and join the SLO Youth Symphony for a night of holiday music and merriment.

SLO-Made Holiday Faire | San Luis Obispo | Saturday, Dec 21

Join the Annual SLO-Made Holiday Faire hosted at SLO MakerSpace. They highlight vendors who MAKE their products in SLO County while celebrating local innovation and art.

See Scrooge find his Christmas spirit in a heart-warming tale of holiday magic, laugh until your sides ache at the zany characters in a fractured fairy tale opera, and celebrate the music of the season in our Holiday Vaudeville Revue.

Cambria Christmas Market | Cambria | November 26 – December 23

This beloved, annual event will feature 2 million twinkling Christmas lights, complete with themed vignettes, visits from Santa, cozy fire pits, and more!


Spend your last hours of 2021 feasting on a five-course dinner and ringing in the new year with style.

Celebrate the start of a new year with a four-course meal with a champagne toast.

Celebrating the NYE with game play, dancing, jazz music by Casey Biggs & the Paso Wine Man Band, flowing glasses of wine, incredible hors d’oeuvres, and a whole lot of party!

Come dressed to impress and ring in the new year at Fossil Wine Bar. It will be an intimate evening with live music. Ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine.

Ring in the New Year at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo with Opera San Luis Obispo in an epic evening of pops, opera, musical theater, and dance!

Ringing in the New Year at The Cliffs! Welcome in the new year and celebrate with our Fire & Ice New Years Eve! Featuring The Killer Dueling Pianos on the Pool Deck.

New Years Eve @ Liquid Gravity | San Luis Obispo

Ring in the New Year in style at Liquid Gravity’s Roaring Twenties soiree! There will be live music, delicious food options, and everyone is urged to throw on their best 1920’s outfit!

This is a full property takeover will feature different rooms of entertainment, delicious eats, craft cocktails and much much more!




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