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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!

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Musical Light Show

sponsored by PG&ELola & IvyThoma ElectricRRM 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

Holiday Plaza

Decorated Window Showcase

This December, downtown businesses have enlivened the streets with gorgeous window displays and festive storefront decorations.

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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.

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Santa's House

Sponsored by American Riviera Bank

Santa's House is closed for the season. Thank you for visiting!

Santa's House

Classic Carousel

Sponsored by Lamplighter Inn & Suites

The Classic Carousel is closed for the season. Thank you for joining us!

Shop Local

Downtown SLO invites the community to keep their dollars local this holiday season and support small businesses when shopping for gifts.

Small Businesses

46th Annual Holiday Parade

Presented by American Riviera Bank

Thank you!

It was a magical evening of holiday cheer, a little bit of rain, and a lot of Elvis impersonators.

Holiday Parade

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!

Holiday Parade & Santa's House presented by

Holiday Plaza presented by

Holiday Tree sponsored by


Light Show sponsored by

Photo Spots sponsored by

Letters to Santa sponsored by

Search for Santa's Mouse sponsored by


Search for Santa's Mouse in partnership with

Holiday Parade sponsored by

Classic Carousel sponsored by

Special Thanks to

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