Lights, peppermint, action! Holiday cheer is making its way onto the streets and into the air of the California Central Coast. We've compiled your list of all the holiday happenings in the cities and towns of San Luis Obispo County. If lights are what you seek, we have parades aplenty (including one exclusively for boats). Grab your scarves, heat up some cocoa and play in snow…at the beach! No matter your fancy, we’ve got an event, parade and tree lighting for everyone this holiday season. Check them out and plan your trip today!

Paso Robles:

Downtown Lighting Ceremony – Downtown City Park – November 25

Christmas Light Parade – Downtown Paso Robles – December 3

Illuminating Evening – Vina Robles Winery – December 3

Holiday on the Farm – Windrose Farm – December 4

Santa’s Holiday House – Downtown City Park – December 4-24

30th Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase – Vine Street – December 10

26th Annual Victorian Teddy Bear Tea – Park Ballroom – December 17


Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Sunken Gardens – December 2

Holiday Musical Walk Around the Lake – Atascadero Lake Park – December 3

Winter Wonderland – Sunken Gardens – December 9

Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo – Charles Paddock Zoo – December 17

San Luis Obispo

Santa’s House in Mission Plaza – Mission Plaza – November 24-December 24

Pink Martini Holiday Spectacular – Christopher Cohan Center– November 28

Holiday Parade – Downtown SLO – December 2

A Christmas Story – SLO Little Theatre – December 3-23

Cal Poly Choirs’ ‘A Christmas Celebration’ – PAC – December 3

Madonna Inn New Year’s Eve Gala – Madonna Inn – December 31

Avila Beach

Polar Bear Plunge – January 1

Pismo Beach

Monarch Butterflies – Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove – Now-March 4

Holiday Harmony & Tree Lighting Ceremony – Pismo Pier – December 2

Grover Beach

50th Annual South County Holiday Parade – W Grand Ave – December 3

Holiday Tree Lighting – City Hall – December 5

Arroyo Grande

Christmas Parade – Downtown Arroyo Grande – November 27

Elegant Christmas in the Village – Downtown Arroyo Grande – December 4

Morro Bay

Lighted Boat Parade – Embarcadero – December 10


Cayucos Christmas Tree Lighting – Ocean Ave and D Street – December 4

Cayucos Christmas Open House – Ocean Ave – December 10

Polar Bear Dip – Cayucos Pier – January 1


Cambria Christmas Market – Cambria Pines Lodge – November 25-December 23

San Simeon/Hearst Castle

Holiday Twilight Tours – Hearst Castle – End of November through end of December

For a complete guide to all of San Luis Obispo County's holiday happenings, click here!