2019 Downtown SLO Holiday Happenings

November 29 – Opening Day of Santa’s House in Mission Plaza & The Classic Carousel

Celebrate the holidays and join Downtown SLO as we open Santa’s House on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10 AM! Children who visit Santa receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Pictures are also available for purchase: $5 take-your-own, $8 framed souvenir photo, and $11 for a souvenir package including both the framed photo and take-your-own.

Santa’s House will be open until December 24. Hours vary; please see the calendar below:

Classic Carousel

Children of all ages can ride the Classic Carousel in Mission Plaza from November 29 until December 26. Carousel rides cost $3 per person; 5-ride packages are available for $10. Hours vary; the Classic Carousel operation hours are dependent on weather and will not operate in rain due to public safety. The Classic Carousel is sponsored by Lamplighter Inn & Suites

December 6 – 44th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade

We are carefully watching the forecast for Friday night. Currently, our plan is to go forward with the parade, rain or not. We know how hard everyone has worked on their floats and what an enormous undertaking the parade is. Our official holiday parade policy is below. For now, plan to dress warmly, bring bright and shiny raincoats and umbrellas, and weather-proof your floats as much as possible. Let’s let our holiday spirit shine, no matter whether there’s cloudy weather!

HOLIDAY PARADE WEATHER POLICY – It is our policy to avoid canceling the Holiday Parade due to weather unless severe weather will make it unsafe for attendees and participants. The Event Manager and/or appointed parade representative reserves the right to cancel the Holiday Parade at any time, including during the event. In the instance of rain or inclement weather, the Event Manager or representative will decide whether or not to cancel the Holiday Parade by 2PM of that event day. If the event is canceled by a Holiday Parade Representative, a message will be sent to all parade participants to the email address on file for their entry. Also, a text alert will be send out to the cell phone number on file for their entry. It is the participants responsibility to check that inbox for updates. Participants may also call 805-541-0286 for updates. For the public, information will be posted on our website at DowntownSLO.com and on our social media channels, and through City channels.

Join Downtown SLO for the cherished 44th annual Holiday Parade on Friday, December 6 beginning at 7 PM! Join thousands of spectators on the Central Coast’s favorite holiday parade. Parade entries will compete for Best in Theme, Most Creative, and Most Entertaining. Eleven parade announcers will be stationed along the 9-block route ensuring every spectator has a front-row seat. Sponsored by American Riviera Bank.

December 13 – Downtown SLO Holiday Stroll

Downtown San Luis Obispo will be decked out for Holidays Around the World, and the shops will be staying open late for your shopping and social celebration!
Start at Santa’s House in Mission Plaza and hop on the Classic Carousel, then meander through the scenic Downtown streets, where participating stores will have treats and special holiday gift sales. As you wander the sidewalks, enjoy live music on the street corners and peer in the windows to enjoy the shop windows all decorated with the Holiday theme of “Holidays Around the World.”