Holidays 2021

Downtown San Luis Obispo

❄ California Dreamin' ❄

Downtown San Luis Obispo has been the region’s destination for making holiday memories for more than 40 years. This year, join us for the return of our annual Holiday Parade, Santa's House, and the Classic Carousel. Explore and celebrate local businesses and check out the lights, sights, and family fun in the Holiday Plaza!

2021 Holiday Happenings Poster

Holiday Plaza

November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Admire dazzling displays, take photos in front of festive backdrops, enjoy a 20-foot tall holiday tree, ride the Classic Carousel, visit Santa’s House, and more! Old favorites and new activities return to Mission Plaza this holiday season.

The Holiday Plaza is presented by the San Luis Obispo Collection.

Holiday Plaza

Santa's House

Santa’s House is back in Mission Plaza! Visits will take place outside on Santa's front lawn this year.

Open through December 23, 2021
Thurs–Sun: 12–7pm

Work as a photo elf!

Santa's House

Decorated Window Showcase

The businesses of Downtown are celebrating the holidays with inspired window displays and lights. Scan the QR code on your favorite shop window and vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice. Vote here.

Around Downtown

The Search for Santa's Mouse

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Santa's Mouse is out and about delivering presents! Use clues to find the miniature scenes throughout Downtown, then fill in the blanks at each clue to solve the secret code at the end.

Search for Santa's Mouse

Shop Small

All season long

Keep your dollars local with holiday shopping opportunities unlike any other in Downtown SLO.

Shop Small in Downtown SLO

45th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade

Friday, December 3, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thank you to our sponsors, the City of SLO, and everybody who came Downtown for this magical night!

Holiday Parade


Join Friends of Downtown SLO this holiday season to spread holiday cheer loud enough for all to hear!


Buy Local Bonus

The City of San Luis Obispo in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is offering local businesses and shoppers the opportunity to participate in ‘Buy Local Bonus’. The City will purchase up to twenty-five $25 gift cards from various qualified local businesses. These gift cards will then be handed out to shoppers who turn in $100 worth of receipts from San Luis Obispo City businesses.   

Buy Local Bonus

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 Plaza presented by
Holiday Parade presented by
Holiday Parade Major Sponsors
Santa's House Sponsor
Letters from Santa Sponsor
Classic Carousel Sponsor
Search for Santa's Mouse brought to you by
Special thanks to
Media Partners