Central Coast Holiday Events 2018

Central Coast Holiday Events 2018
The Holidays are here! And as if living on the Central Coast isn’t amazing enough, there are countless holiday festivities that really bring this season to life. Here are some of my favorites:

Cambria Christmas Market

Where: Cambria
November 23rd – December 23rd
Enter a winter wonderland and find yourself immersed in a world of twinkling lights, music and merriment throughout the holiday season. Shop in the vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live music, taste traditional German foods, sip warm glühwein and more at this charming outdoor festival.


Where: Morro Bay
November 30th- December 12th
Winterfest is back for the second year! This is one of my favorite holiday events in Morro Bay. Come and enjoy 12 days of fun at the second annual Winterfest in Morro Bay! Find lighted boats, lighted trees, Santa’s House open daily, a Santa Crawl for 21 and over, tall ships in the harbor, and real snow for the kids.

Santa House

Where: San Luis Obispo
November 24th-December 24th
Come visit Santa in Mission Plaza at Santa’s House from November 24 through December 24! Children who visit Santa receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Pictures are also available for purchase.

Holidays at the Apple Farm

Where: San Luis Obispo
November 24th-December 25th
Celebrate the merriest season in San Luis Obispo at the Apple Farm. Events include photos and visits with Santa, holiday music at the restaurant, seasonal menus, and more.

A Christmas Story

Where: San Luis Obispo
November 30th- December 23rd
Sold out for four years in a row and back by popular demand, the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre is proud to present the family holiday classic, A Christmas Story. Reoccurring on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

52nd Annual South County Holiday Parade

Where: Grover Beach
December 1st
This family-friendly Holiday Parade begins at 16th Street, travels west down West Grand Avenue to 9th Street and finishes at the Ramona Garden Park Center. This is the only daytime parade in South San Luis Obispo County! Bring the entire family and celebrate the holidays in Grover Beach.

Holiday Harmony

Where: Pismo Beach
December 7th
This event is FREE to the public and the evening will include fresh snow, bounce houses, crafts, music, and cookie decorating. The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM. In addition, kids will have the chance to visit and take a picture with Santa!

Winter Wonderland

Where: Atascadero
December 7th
A winter paradise indeed for all ages! Massive snow slide, snow play areas, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and over 50 food and craft vendors await you! Have fun and get some shopping in all in one evening.

Handmade Holiday Market

Where: Avila Beach
December 8th
The Avila Beach Golf Resort Holiday market has the craftiest local vendors, tastiest food trucks and live music by Noah Colton. Admission is FREE, but feel free to bring a canned food donation for the SLO Food Bank, or an unopened toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Vine Street Christmas Victorian Showcase

Where: Paso Robles
December 8th
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas along Vine Street from 8th to 21st Streets as the neighbors feature entertainment in their yards, refreshments, music, Santa and much more.

Away in a Manger

Where: Los Osos
December 8th
Enjoy the Christmas Season by viewing over 250 Nativities from all over the world. The Nativities are beautiful and quite a site to see! Refreshments are available, admission is free, and live music will also take place at Away in a Manger

Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo

Where: Atascadero
December 15th
Santa is visiting the animals at the Charles Paddock Zoo to deliver special gifts to our animal friends on Saturday, December 15th.

Watercolor Pop-up at Biddle Ranch

Where: San Luis Obispo
December 18th
Join Biddle Ranch for a beginning watercolor workshop where you learn how to paint a beautiful holiday wreath! The ticket fee includes professional artboards that are ready to display, paper to use during the workshop, instruction from the resident artist, and a glass of wine!
Whether it’s your first year on the Central Coast or you’ve lived here for years, we are certainly lucky to live here!

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