2022 Downtown SLO Holiday Happenings
♫ Rock 'n' Retro ♫
Classic cars, shining stars, and electric guitars — cruise on over to downtown San Luis Obispo this holiday season for a nostalgic, rockin’ good time!
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Parking will be FREE in the structures downtown on select days throughout the holiday season. Learn more.
The Holiday Plaza
Presented by the San Luis Obispo Collection
Open through January 2, 2023
Bigger and better than ever!
Mission Plaza is the centerpiece of downtown San Luis Obispo — it all happens here! This year, we’re excited to bring back Santa’s House, the Classic Carousel, dazzling photo spots, and an animated musical light show every evening!
Musical Light Show
sponsored by PG&E, Lola & Ivy, Thoma Electric, RRM Design, and Wallace Group
Visit the Holiday Plaza after dark for a dazzling light show synced to music!
Every night (show lasts about 10 minutes)
5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 PM
Saturdays & Sundays start at 6:30 PM
Decorated Window Showcase
This December, downtown businesses have enlivened the streets with gorgeous window displays and festive storefront decorations.
The Search for Santa's Mouse
Scavenger Hunt through Downtown SLO
In partnership with the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
Sponsored by SESLOC
Children can grab a free booklet at Santa's House, or download it here, and follow clever clues to different storefront locations, each containing a miniature scene with clues about the mouse’s whereabouts. Upon completion, families can enter to win a membership to the Children’s Museum.
Sponsored by American Riviera Bank
Santa's House is closed for the season. Thank you for visiting!
Sponsored by Lamplighter Inn & Suites
The Classic Carousel is closed for the season. Thank you for joining us!
Downtown SLO invites the community to keep their dollars local this holiday season and support small businesses when shopping for gifts.
46th Annual Holiday Parade
Presented by American Riviera Bank
It was a magical evening of holiday cheer, a little bit of rain, and a lot of Elvis impersonators.
Thank you, City of SLO!
Thank you to the City Council and the City of San Luis Obispo for investing in Downtown SLO and spreading holiday cheer throughout the community!