Celebrate the holiday season with Downtown SLO this year and visit Mission Plaza all season long for events and activities! These events are family-friendly and open to the public.

SANTA’S HOUSE: Santa’s House is open from November 23 until December 24 in Mission Plaza. Children who visit Santa receive a complimentary activity book, toy, and candy cane. Click here for more details. This event is sponsored by The San Luis Obispo Collection.

CLASSIC CAROUSEL: Children can ride the Classic Carousel in Mission Plaza from November 23 until December 26. Click here for more details. This event is sponsored by Lamplighter Inn & Suites.

WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST: Walk through Downtown San Luis Obispo from November 23 until November 27 to see local businesses lit up for the annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place as well as Best in Theme (“A Very Vintage Holiday”) and People’s Choice. Click here for more details.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Support local businesses and shop Downtown on Small Business Saturday on November 24 starting at 10 AM. Shoppers get a stamp on their Shop Small Passport after making a purchase at a participating business. Shoppers who shop small at six businesses and turn in their completed passports at a designated drop-off location are entered to win a gift basket filled with gift cards to local businesses. The winner will be announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 29. Click here to view all participating businesses.

HOLIDAY TREE at Misson Plaza sponsored by Mission College Preparatory High School.

HOLIDAY PARADE: The 43rd annual Holiday Parade will take place on Friday, December 7 at 7 PM in Downtown San Luis Obispo. The theme this year is “A Very Vintage Holiday”. Stephen Patrick and Todd LeMay of Stephen Patrick Design and The Bladerunner Salon and Day Spa will serve as Parade Marshals and open the ceremonies. The parade route starts on Chorro at Palm and ends on Higuera at Nipomo. Click here for more details.