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

45th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade

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

The most popular holiday parade in the county, now in its 45th year, returns to Downtown SLO!

Holiday Parade

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

Around Downtown

Participate in the Search for Santa's Mouse Scavenger Hunt, see bright and cheery decorations, vote for People's Choice in the Decorated Window Showcase, and learn about holidays around the world!

Around Downtown

Shop Small

All season long

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

Shop Small in Downtown SLO


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