Christmas ... on the beach

December 4th, 2018

Christmas …on the beach

Santa is on his last vacation of the year, and he decided the best place to spread Christmas cheer was the Central Coast! The Big Man in Red sent us a list of the most spirited locations to visit. So come on down and see some of the best decorations, celebrations, and artisan businesses that California has to offer. There is no better place for family and friends to spend quality time than in our small town of Cayucos.

Cayucos Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House

The holiday spirit has taken over Cayucos for the 11thyear in a row. The festivities begin at 5:00 PM with the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s grand entrance. Come and enjoy the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce sponsored horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, and the Christmas trolley that tours downtown— all for free! The line for the carriage starts right in front of the Shoreline Inn, and the trolley makes stops at various points downtown. The open house will be in full-swing and Ocean Avenue’s businesses will be dressed to the nines. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment brought to you by several of the stores and restaurants downtown. Most shops in Cayucos will be open until 8:00 PM for the event, so be sure to stop by while you’re in town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will take a break from their vacation for family photos and meeting the children at their whimsical Victorian home from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM on Saturday and 4:00 PM-6:00 PM on Sunday.

When- Saturday, December 8, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM (Tree Lighting is at 5:00 PM)

Where- Throughout Downtown Cayucos

Cost- Free

Watch out for the Grinch as he tries to steal Christmas!

Hearst Castle

It has been said that William Hearst would let all his employees’ children pick out any presents they wanted from underneath any of his manyChristmas trees. Every year, starting in the 1920s, the halls of Hearst Castle have been decorated with all manner of Christmas adornment. Step into the past and take a look at how an extravagant 1930’s holiday was celebrated. Several Christmas trees, gigantic wreaths and thousands of Christmas lights are what await you at the historic castle.

When- End of November-End of December, times vary depending on the tourbooked

Where- Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Cost- Varies depending on the tour, children under 5 are free

Cambria Christmas Market

With all the Nordic roots on the coast, it's no surprise that we have our very own German-style open-air Christmas market and light display. The Cambria Christmas market is back and more whimsical than ever. For the first time ever, the Christmas market will also host a traditional Christmas dinner. Enjoy live entertainment from Grammy award-winning artist Louie Ortega and VIP access to the Market. There is live entertainment every night of the event, with acts starting at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. See their calendar for information on who is performing. Take your time strolling the faire, tasting mulled wine in the biergartenor letting the kids convince Santa they should really be on the nice list this year. After you’ve shopped your heart out and drank your fill, step into the winter fantasy of the Christmas light display. Over 1 million lights will surround you as you walk the path of unique and sometimes bizarre creations. Parking is off-site with free shuttle service to the event.

When- November 23-December 23, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Where- Cambria Pines Lodge 2905 Burton Dr., Cambria, CA 93428

Cost-$10- $25 when purchased in advance, $10 increase at the door. Children 10 and under free

Click here for details on the Christmas dinner

Morro Bay Winterfest

For 12 days in December, Morro Bay is transformed into a wonderful display of beach-inspired holiday cheer. With several themed trees spread throughout the city, you can challenge your family and friends to a game of who can find the most. After the kids have gotten tuckered out zooming around the city, grab some lawn chairs and find a nice spot on the Embarcadero to watch the annual lighted boat parade. The next morning, Santa and his helpers all dress up for the non-motorized lighted boat parade. Kayaks, SUPs, and surfboards are just a few of the crafts you’ll see out on the water. Check the link below for days and times, as some events have been postponed due to inclement weather.

When- November 30- December 15, times vary

Where- Throughout Morro Bay

Most events/activities are free


Check back soon for our spotlight on some of the new businesses that make Cayucos the last funky beach town in America. All of this and more is just steps from your door at the Shoreline Inn ...on the beach. Visit our website or call (805) 995-3681 to book your next unique vacation.


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