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.

46th Annual Holiday Parade

Presented by American Riviera Bank

Friday, December 2, 2022, at 7 PM

This beloved Central Coast holiday tradition will feature over 80 decorated floats, marching bands, vehicles, dancers, and more, representing all kinds of organizations.

See the map of road closures.

Holiday Parade

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! Events at the Plaza include the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony, performances from the SLO County Band and the SLO Youth Symphony, and much more!

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Santa's House

Sponsored by American Riviera Bank

Open through Saturday, December 24, 2022

Thursday–Sunday 12 PM – 7 PM
December 24 hours: 10 AM – 1 PM

A beloved tradition, Santa’s House returns to the Plaza. Young visitors can recite their holiday wish list and pose for photos with Santa out on his front lawn before entering the house to purchase their souvenir photo package and receive free goodies! Volunteer as a photo elf!

Santa's House

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
Sundays start at 6:30 PM

Holiday Plaza

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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Letters to/from Santa

Sponsored by Tenet Health Central Coast

Kids can send their letters to Santa using the mailbox in front of Santa’s House and receive a hand-written response! Be sure to mail your letter before Friday, December 16, 2022, to receive a response before Christmas!

Decorated Window Showcase

Map coming soon!

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

Vote for your favorite now!

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Shop Local

Downtown SLO invites the community to keep their dollars local this holiday season and support local businesses when shopping for gifts. Additionally, Downtown SLO will offer holiday shopping opportunities unlike any other with a diverse line-up of small merchants and national retailers.

Small Businesses

Buy Local Bonus

Starting November 25, 2022, spend $100 or more on gifts at any retail business in the City of SLO and receive a $25 gift card to another local business!

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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

Media Partners