SLO Downtown Holiday Happenings Announcement



The Holiday Parade Returns, Party Square With Upgraded Decorations Downtown

– Downtown SLO is delighted to announce the return of the 45th Annual Holiday Parade, which will take place on Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m. This year, the annual theme for the holiday parade is California Dreamin. ‘ The theme was chosen by the public, who voted online on Downtown SLO’s social media. The event is one of the biggest parades on the central coast, drawing thousands of spectators. The parade will feature over 80 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more.

Applications for businesses or community organizations to participate in the parade are open now at Please note that participation is limited and the deadline to apply is November 1, 2021.

Downtown San Luis Obispo has been the region’s destination for creating vacation memories for over 40 years. This year, traditions return, including Santa’s House, the classic carousel, and a dazzling holiday square full of lights and photo venues.

The holiday season will begin on Friday, November 26, 2021 with the opening of the centerpiece of the season: the Holiday Plaza! Visit Santa Claus at Santa’s house, ride the classic carousel, and explore interactive, twinkling light displays that glow at night. These decorations, along with the 20-foot lighted Christmas tree, will provide fun and festive backdrops for family photos at Mission Plaza.

Downtown SLO invites the community to keep their local dollars this holiday season and to support local businesses with the purchase of gifts. Additionally, Downtown SLO will provide unique holiday shopping opportunities with a diverse lineup of small businesses and national retailers. A full list of stores can be found in the online business directory at

A full schedule of events and more information will be available in late October / early November. Check for updates and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit

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