Lights, sights, & family fun in Mission Plaza
Mission Plaza is the centerpiece of downtown San Luis Obispo — it all happens here! This holiday season, visit Santa at Santa's House, ride the Classic Carousel, take family photos in front of the 20-foot tree, walk through animated lighted displays, experience a music-synced light show, and more!
Santa's House — Open Now!
Sponsored by Dignity Health
Open through Sunday, December 24, 2023
11/25–12/17: Wed–Sun, 11 AM – 7 PM
12/18–12/23: Every day, 11 AM – 7 PM
12/24: 11 AM – 2 PM
Bring the kiddos to meet Santa in Mission Plaza! Visitors can recite their holiday wish list and pose for photos with Santa on his front lawn.
47th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade
Friday, December 1, 2023 ❆ 7 PM
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an out of this world evening!
- You voted, and the winners of the 47th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade areeee....
- People's Choice: Comet Realty
- Most Creative: Untamed Petals
- Best in Theme: County of SLO Public Works
- Most Entertaining: CORE Dance
Shop Local All Season Long
Keep your dollars local this holiday season and support local businesses when shopping for gifts.
Buy Local BonusSupporting small businesses by shopping for unique, hand-crafted gifts is made easy in Downtown San Luis Obispo! Buy Local Bonus rewards shoppers for spending their dollars locally and helps keep SLO special! Spend $100 or more shopping for gifts in SLO and receive a $25 gift card to another local spot.
Free Parking Days
Park for free in any of the three downtown structures on the following days:
- Thursday, November 23
- Friday, November 24
- Saturday, November 25
- Sunday, November 26
- Sunday, December 3
- Sunday, December 10
- Sunday, December 17
- Sunday, December 24
- Monday, December 25
- Sunday, December 31
- Monday, January 1
Beginning Thursday, November 23, 2023 (Thanksgiving Day), the first hour of parking is free every day in all three structures.