The San Miguel Electric Christmas Light Parade and Craft Faire is happening this Saturday.
The Craft Faire will open at 2 p.m., and downtown merchants will be open for shopping and eating, including The San Miguel Mercantile, the Coffee Station, The Treasure Locker, Jacksons Old and New, Bordeaux Rodeo Studio, The Country Diner, The Elkhorn, Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant, Mission Pizza and Mission Market and Deli. Up the hill on 10th & K Streets, Dos Hermanos Restaurant will be open.
The decorated cupcake contest is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Country Diner. The Chili Cookoff will be at 4 p.m. at the Coffee Station. From 2 to 4 p.m. children are invited to decorate ornaments at Mission Market and Deli. The Deli is also serving free hot cocoa during the event.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. going south on Mission Street from 14th to Father Reginald Park, where it circles around and comes back again. You get to see both sides of the floats and see everyone and everything twice! Following Santas arrival on the fire truck he will greet children of all ages at the Firehouse.
Taste some wine
Saturday is always a good day to go wine tasting, and the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail tasting rooms are open for your Christmas shopping.
From San Miguel take River Road from Mission Street, cross the tracks and then the bridge over the Salinas River. Turn left at the east end of the bridge and go up the hill. At Locatelli you will find the Mission San Miguel labels.
There also, you can pick up a map that leads you around the circle, to Villa San Juliette, Ranchita, Tackitt, J&J Cellars, Graveyard Vineyards, Silver Horse and River Star.
For information on San Miguel events and history, visit www.discoversanmiguel.com.
Lynne Schmitzs column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column is published weekly. Reach her at Lynne_Schmitz@yahoo.com (with San Miguel News in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.