There are lots of local parades and tree lighting ceremonies throughout SLO County this holiday season!
See below, grab the kiddos and go-go!
Friday, Nov. 23
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa's house in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo will open for the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. It's free to visit Santa, but cost more to purchase photos. It's hours will vary day-to-day and can be found HERE.
Friday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Dec. 24
Wednesdays 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Fridays 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays noon to 4 p.m.
Santa will be on the front porch of the Conrad House at 208 East Branch St. in the Arroyo Grande Village.
Friday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 15
6 to 8 p.m.
Morro Bay at Embarcadero and Front Street (at the Chess Board)
Santa will be here every night with presents and treats for the children. Pictures are free, but frames are at a small cost. Visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick in Morro Bay at the Chess Board on the Embarcadero. Sponsored by Morro Bay Rotary.
Sunday, Dec. 9 & 16 from noon to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Dec. 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
Paso Robles Downtown City Park
Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 23
Closed on Nov. 26 & 27 and Dec. 3, 4 & 10
The seventh annual Cambria Christmas Market will take place through Sunday, Dec. 23 on the grounds of Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive in Cambria, at 5 p.m. every night except Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 3, 4 and 10 when the market is closed. The annual market offers a winter wonderland of colorful lights in addition to food, wine, live music, shopping, vendors and Santa’s House. Nightly shuttles are available at the Bramblest in East Village and Coast Union High School. The last shuttle to the market leaves at 8:15 p.m. The cost is $10, $15, $20 or $25 depending on the night and children 10 and younger are always free. For more information, call 805-927-6109. Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Friday, Nov. 23
Paso Robles Downtown City Park
Christmas and holiday lights will illuminate the way to this year’s holiday festivities in City Park. Mrs. Claus will arrive and light the downtown, inviting all to share in the holiday joy. Live music, speeches, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate.
Monday, Nov. 26
5 to 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza
The Holiday Tree on Mission Plaza will be lit on Monday, Nov. 26. Enjoy the ceremony with caroling, hot chocolate, and get in the holiday spirit in the heart of Downtown.
Friday, Nov. 30
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Atascadero/Sunken Gardens
There will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, tours of city hall and entertainment by school choirs, holiday singing and more. The Art & Wine Tour will happen from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festivities in Sunken Gardens starting at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Atascadero Lake Park
The 20th annual Musical Holiday Walk Around the Lake at Atascadero Lake will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hot cider, popcorn and other refreshments will be available as attendees walk around the lake. There will be free entry into the zoo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If there is steady rain prior to or during the event, some of the street activities may be canceled. Bring a flashlight and a warm coat. For more information, call 805-550-3147.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Downtown Paso Robles
The 55th annual Downtown Christmas Light Parade will take place in Paso Robles Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season with an array of floats, equestrian entries, vehicles and marching entries. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Christmas.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance. For more information, call 805-238-4103.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Morro Bay waterfront
The 33rd annual Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the waterfront. The procession of decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats and kayaks will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Tidelands Park and Morro Bay Waterfront
Join the fun as paddle-powered vessels get a chance to parade. Bring a paddleboard, kayak or non-motorized vessel, or rent one from local shops to participate. On land, there will be paper boat building, along with other family-friendly activities.
Friday, Dec. 7
The parade features over 80 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more This year’s theme is “Vintage Holiday.”
Friday, Dec. 7
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinosaur Caves Park
Enjoy snow, photos with Santa, bounce house, tree lighting, cookie decorating, crafts and more. Admission is free.
Friday, Dec. 8
5 to 9 p.m.
Sunken Gardens, Atascadero
The event will include a huge snow slide, snowy play areas, a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more than 50 food and craft vendors.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Merchants along Ocean Avenue in Cayucos
Cayucos merchants will host open houses. The event includes Free horse drawn carriage rides, children's activities, tree lighting, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa. Holiday shopping with gift ideas, special offers, giveaways, refreshments and entertainment.
Saturday, Dec. 8
10 a.m. to noon
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
The Parade route follows Los Osos Valley Road from Fairchild Way to the park at Palisades Avenue. Participants are encouraged to decorate and costume their employees, their cars, their floats and whatever else they’ll be showcasing to express their best creative ideas of the theme.
Saturday, Dec. 8
noon to 2 p.m.
Inn at Morro Bay
Individuals and professionals will display their gingerbread houses hoping to win judges and people choice awards. There will also be a caroling concert and goodies.
Saturday, Dec 8
6 to 9 p.m.
Vine Street in Paso Robles between 8th & 21st
There will be bands, dancers, refreshments, the Grinch, the Snow King and Queen, choirs, caroling, Santa and Mrs. Claus, illuminated floats, entertainers, community open houses, free refreshments and Ebenezer Scrooge. There are no dogs or cars allowed. The event will happen even in the rain. For more information, call 805-238-4103.
Sunday, Dec. 9
1 to 4 p.m.
There will be two snow play areas, one on a slope for the older children and a small flat one for under 4. The second annual Elf on the Shelf competition will take during the event.
Saturday, Dec. 15
2 to 4 p.m.
Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St., Paso Robles
Visit the Snow King and Queen, Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves, and Victorian friends. Attendees should bring their Teddy bears for an afternoon of cookies and juice and entertainment. Seating is limited and tickets may be pre-purchased at the Paso Robles Main Street office at 835 12th St., Ste. D. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, go to PasoRoblesDowntown.org.
Saturday, Dec. 15
2 to 8 p.m.
Parade begins at 6 p.m.
The parade will conclude a full day of fun. The children’s carnival and street fair begins at 2 p.m. There will also be a chili cook-off, silent auction, drawings and other activities. Stop by the fire station after the parade to see Santa and enjoy hot dogs and refreshments. For more information, call Mike Sanders at 805-712-9120.
Saturday, Dec. 15
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero
The annual event offers a chance to deliver special gifts to animal friends. For more information, call the zoo at 805-461-5080.
Friday, Dec. 14 & Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 & 7 p.m.
Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 South Main St. in Templeton
There will be live animals and shepherds, along with singing angels and wise men. Attendees may join in on singing Christmas carols or just enjoy the music. The entire event is about 30 minutes, but arrive early as seating is limited and dress warmly. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies available.
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The Advent season is when Christians prepare themselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. It is a time of “getting ready” for the celebration of Christmas. At AUMC, there a number of events and services during the Advent Season. All free and open to those who would like to attend.
The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale, a pop-up sale that is held two to three times a year in San Luis Obispo County, will have its next sale Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17.
How it works
Any parent is welcome to consign at the sale and there is no fee to consign. The first step is to register as a consignor on The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale’s website. Then they will be able to enter their own items, set prices, print out tags and then drop off the items before the sale. Consignors make 60 to 70% of their sales; percentage depends on whether or not they volunteer at the sale.
After the sale, consignors can either pick up their unsold items or elect to have them donated to local charities.
About the women behind the sale
The consignment sale is run by Maryanne and Amanda, both local moms. Maryanne has been involved in every Spotted Whale sale except for one (when her youngest was only 2 days old) since it was started by two other local moms almost seven years ago. When the previous owners decided it was time to sell, she didn't know how she was going to fit it into her already busy life, but said knew she wanted this great resource for Central Coast families to continue. She invited her good friend, Amanda, to be her business partner. Four years later, they love what they do.
Maryanne, being a former science teacher, loves the idea of recycling gently used items. As a stay-at-home-mom, she loves being able to earn money off items her kids no longer use and buy great gear for her two daughters at a fraction of the price. She also loves being able to help other moms throughout her community do the same.
Amanda grew up in San Luis Obispo and always knew that after college, she wanted to move back here to raise her family. She believes the Central Coast is the best place on Earth and is thankful her family is able to live here. When Maryanne invited her to be a part of The Spotted Whale, she loved the idea — even though she didn't have kids yet. Now, her 2-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, stays styling with all the great finds at the sales. Amanda is an adjunct math professor at two community colleges and works for Cal Poly as well, but she makes time for Spotted Whale because she believes in what it does for our awesome community.
While the sale is taking place, volunteers, consignors and VIP pass holders (purchase online for $10) will be able to shop Friday, Nov. 16. Volunteers shop at 5 p.m., consignors at 6 p.m. and VIP pass holders from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final hour of the sale, many items are marked half off.
What to expect at the sale
There are usually 100 consignors selling more than 10,000 items from maternity cloths to baby gears, toys, shoes and clothes up to size 12-14. While the sale has items from many different consignors, the items will be organized by type, gender and size and all items will be gone through to be sure they are in great condition.
In addition to the consigned items, there will also be a vendor fair with local moms who own businesses for moms and kids.
As much as I love summer and all that comes with it (yes, even the heat!), I love when the heat of the summer turns cool and it's time to wear sweaters and boots and head out to the pumpkin patch and figure out what costumes we'll wear for Halloween this year. Because there are so many different things happening around the county during October related to Halloween.
Halloween is quickly approaching and for those that like to be scared, there are many choices. Whether you want to visit one, or all, check out the list below to find out the best scare for you and your family. In addition to haunted houses, there are several free trick or treat events happening on Halloween and throughout the month of October.
This list does NOT include ALL of the events happening around SLO County and Santa Maria. Find more events on our events calendar.
Cambria Scarecrow Festival
Every October, the scarecrows come out in Cambria. The festival runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Scarecrows are constructed by local artisans and displayed around the town.
The Haunt in Atascadero
A moderate scary haunted house will open at 5805 El Camino Real on Friday, Oct. 5 and will continue on Fridays and Saturdays in October, and starting on Sundays on Oct. 21 and daily from Friday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. For hours each day or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Admission is $12 per person or $40 for four people on one ticket. The Lights On Tour for children is $5 each or four for $10. Front of the line VIP tickets are available in limited quantities for $20 each.
Pumpkin Palooza at Jack Creek Farms
Jack Creek Farms, 5000 W Highway 46 in Templeton, will host its fifth annual Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the whole family. Children can enter the pumpkin painting corral for $8, which includes one pumpkin and supplies to paint and/or decorate it.
The event includes:
4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest
Farm Supply will host the third annual 4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6 at all five locations. Four-H and FFA groups will have the opportunity to build a scarecrow as a group. Farm Supply will provide a bale of straw and an eight-foot stake to get started. Each group must provide all other materials and supplies needed to construct the scarecrow. Each club or chapter will receive a $100 gift card to farm supply just for participating.The first place store winner will get a $250 gift card and the overall winner in the pumpkin contest will get $250 cash. There will be more prizes awarded to winning scarecrows. Groups should RSVP by Oct. 1 at FarmSupplyCompany.com.
Nightmare on Main Street
For the sixth year, the Templeton Recreation Foundation will host its annual haunted house, Nightmare on Main Street, at 99 South Main St. in a historic home. The haunted house has both inside and outside sections with many surprises with sound and visual effects.
To make the haunted house fun for people who return year after year, the haunted house’s featured are changed, save for a few exceptions. Because of the scary nature of the haunted house, it is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
The haunted house is open Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be lights on tours on Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or at the Haunted House. Tickets for the lights on tour are $5 each. VIP tickets, to jump to the front of the line, are $17 each. For more information, call 235-7593 or CLICK HERE.
Ghost Tours at Dana Adobe Cultural Center
The Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo will host its annual Ghost Tours on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The tours will include tragic stories and ghostly tales not often shared with the public. Walk the worn wooden floors in candlelit rooms, touch the adobe walls, and hear the stories of the tragic deaths and murders that have occurred during the heydays of the Rancho Nipomo.
Cambria Historical Society Harvest Festival
The Cambria Historical Society will host its annual harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2251 Center St. in Cambria. The event will include live music by the Indigo Jazz Quartet, pumpkin decorating and face painting, family activities, food by Chef Jeanne Brodie from Soto's Market, local wine and beer, a pie baking contest and tasting, photography and art sale, root beer floats, vendors, popcorn and scarecrows.
Great Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest
Farm Supply Company will host its 13th annual Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday, Oct. 18 form 4 to 7 p.m. At this event, attendees will see who grew the heaviest pumpkin, the most beautiful and the most unusual. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest. There will be fun activities for all ages. Weigh-off begins at 5:30 p.m. Entry forms available in-store, or online.
Deadline to enter is Oct. 12.
Halloween fun at Downtown SLO Farmers' Market
Trick-or-Treat in participating downtown businesses from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. Maps and treat bags available at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera Street and Osos Street.
A costume contest will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Get creative and compete for some “wickedly” cool prizes. Age groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12, as well as pairs and groups, which can include older children, pets, and parents. Sign-up begin at 5 p.m. at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera and Osos streets.
Trunk or Treat Spooktacular
Morro Bay United Methodist Children's Center, 3000 Hemlock Ave. in Morro Bay, will host its third annual Trunk or Treat Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. A costume parade will be held from 4 to 4:15 p.m.; trunk or treating from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. and free play and auction from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Boo Bash at Meadow Park
San Luis Obispo's Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Boo Bash on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
The event is a free family friendly costume party and haunted house. Children (and their families) will enjoy food, games and activities, as well as partake in a spooky haunted park.
All Boo Bash attendees are asked to bring a canned food to be donated to the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.
After the party and costume party, there will be a kid-friendly outdoor movie, Curious George: A Boo Fest, on the Meadow Park lawn under the stars.
Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities
The city of Grover Beach will host its annual Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities event on Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. The event is for the whole family. Attendees are encouraged to bring already decorated or carved pumpkins to be entered for prizes. Children 6 and younger may only enter decorated pumpkins into the contest. The event will include carnival games, free hot dogs and more..
Halloween Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Hight, Avila Beach
Halloween Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Night will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St. in Avila Beach. The spaghetti dinner will be delicious with salad, garlic bread, and dessert and will be followed by Bingo. Costumes are optional, though there will be prizes for the best costumes: scariest, funniest, and most original. Dinner tickets, including your first Bingo card, are $10/person and $5/child 8 and under. Wine will be available for $5/glass and beer will be $3/bottle. There will be lots of prizes for Bingo winners. This event is being held to raise funds to support the programs and operations of the Avila Beach Community Center. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to get involved, call 805-627-1997 or email email@example.com.
Haunted Caves at Eberle Winery
The 17,000 square feet of underground caves at Eberle Winery are turned into a frightening delight recommended for trick-or-treaters 8 years old and older at the winery's annual Haunted Caves Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle for those 21 and older. Just ask for the Ca-BOO-Nay.
The cost is $5 per person donation. All money raised goes directly to CASA of San Luis Obispo County, an advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system.
Zombie Run for Autism
The third annual Zombie Run for Autism will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon behind Camp San Luis Obispo. It is a 5K family fun run and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center.
Pumpkins in the Park
Pismo Beach will host a Halloween-themed event for children on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include pumpkin decorating for the first 500 children, food and beverages, costume contests, games, crafts and bounce houses at Dinosaur Caves Park.
Halloween carnival & haunted maze, Arroyo Grande
Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande Valley, LifePoint, Scarecrow, Inc. and Kona Ice are co-sponsoring the Halloween carnival & haunted maze on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Elm Street Park at 1221 Ash St. in Arroyo Grande. There will be carnival booths, haunted maze, costume contest, prizes and cookie decorating. There will also be a carved pumpkin contest, so bring a carved pumpkin. Carnival admission is $5 for children and $2 for accompanying adults. Admission to the haunted maze is $3 per person. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the Arroyo Grande Recreation Services office at 1221 Ash St. by Oct. 26. For more information, call 805-473-5474.
Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo
Charles Paddock Zoo will host its annual Zoo Boo on Saturday, Oct. 27 from to 5 to 8:30 p.m. There will be carnival games, Halloween activities, haunted house and tricks and treats. Admission is $10 for general admission or $9 for zoo members. Children 2 and under are free. Go green by bringing your own trick or treat bag.
Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro at Santa Maria Speedway
The third annual Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Raceway. There will be a costume contest for both children and adults, which will be sponsored by American Garage Doors & Openers. Children will be able to trick or treat on the front stretch and get candy and treats from the drivers before the race. Children will also be able to vote on the Best Halloween Themed Car.
Morro Bay Trick or Treat
The annual Morro Bay Trick or Treat will be held for children in kindergarten through the 8th grade and younger on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in downtown Morro Bay on Morro Bay Boulevard. Trick or treat maps may be picked up at Grandma's Frozen Yogurt starting at 3 p.m. There will be a parade starting at Main Street and Morro Bay Boulevard starting at 5 p.m. and followed by a costume contest and prizes.
Halloween at the Market, Atascadero
Head down to Atascadero Farmers' Market in Sunken Gardens for a Trick or Treating event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be trick or treating from local nonprofits and businesses, bounce houses, food and more.
Cambria Halloween Parade
Children of Cambria are invited to join in on the Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Community Center at 3:30 p.m. for a trick or treat parade through the West Village business district.
Safe and Fun Halloween, Downtown Paso Robles
Paso Robles Main Street will host its annual Trick or Treat Downtown event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Paso Robles Historical Society will provide a barbecue dinner benefitting the society in Downtown City Park by Carnegie Library. Attendees can also get their photos taken with the Main Street witches at the corner of 12th and Park streets from 4 to 7 p.m.
During the month of October, downtown merchants will display scarecrows. Go downtown and vote for you favorite by Oct. 26 to be entered for a chance to win a prize. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 238-4103.
It's August, so that means that the kids will be going back to (or starting) school soon. Are you ready? If you're like me, you haven't even though about school yet (besides knowing when it's starting). Below, you will find information about most schools and districts in SLO County, including when school starts, ends, winter & spring breaks and back to school info. Some information was not available, but links to the school district and school websites are included as available.
1601 L St., San Miguel
Atascadero High School
1401 San Luis Bay Drive, San Luis Obispo
301 Cayucos Drive, Cayucos
Coast Uinion High School
no information available
Arroyo Grande High School
Paulding Middle School
2025 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel
Morro Bay High School
9333 Santa Barbara Road, Atascadero
3025 Monterey Road, Atascadero
682 Palm St., San Luis Obispo
6225 Atascadero Mall, Atascadero
1460 Plum Orchard Lane,Templeton
830 Templeton Hills Road, Templeton
900 Tucker Ave., Paso Robles
950 Creston Road, Paso Robles
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