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Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown San Luis Obispo

'Tis the season for unforgettable festive fun in charming downtown San Luis Obispo. In 2023, see a continuation of treasured community traditions, as well as brand-new activations and dazzling lights.

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Lights, sights, & family fun in Mission Plaza

Presented by CoVelopIn partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo

Holiday Plaza

Santa's House

Sponsored by Dignity Health

Santa's House is closed for the 2023 season. See you next year!

Shop Local All Season Long

Keep your dollars local this holiday season and support local businesses when shopping for gifts.

Local Businesses Downtown

Holiday Gift Guides

Still searching for the perfect present? Find everything you're looking for and more at one of our locally-owned boutiques and shops.

Photo via Ambiance Boutique.

Gift Guides

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.

City of SLO Parking Services

47th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade

Presented by Ah Louis Store and Friday Night Lights Youth Flag FootballIn partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo

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

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47th Annual Holiday Parade

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors & partners!

In partnership with

Holiday Parade presented by

Holiday Plaza presented by

Santa's House sponsored by

Holiday Tree sponsored by

Photo Spots sponsored by

Lights & Sights in Mission Plaza Built By

Light Show sponsored by

Holiday Parade Announcer Booths
sponsored by

Small Business Saturday sponsored by

Family Holiday Guide sponsored by

Letters to Santa sponsored by

Holiday Parade sponsored by


Holiday Parade Bike Valet sponsored by

Lighted Tunnel sponsored by

Classic Carousel sponsored by

Special Thanks to


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