Holiday parades, concerts, theater, craft fairs, tree lighting ceremonies — and more. They’re all within your reach no matter where you live in San Luis Obispo County. Just glance through our handy list to select the activities that will put you in a festive mood.
“The Holiday Extravaganza.” Through Dec. 31. Days and times vary. The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, 1863 Front St., Highway 1, Oceano. $18 to $22. 489-2499, www.americanmelodrama.com.
“Miracle on 34th Street.” Through Dec. 22. 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. San Luis Obispo Little Theater, 888 Morro St. $15 to $25. 786-2440, www.slolittletheatre.org.
“A Tuna Christmas.” Through Dec. 31. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Holiday musical. Pewter Plough Playhouse, 824 Main St., Cambria. $15 to $20. 927-3877, www.pewterploughplayhouse.org.
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“Christmas Belles.” Through Dec. 14. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Santa Maria Civic Theatre, 1660 N. McClelland St. $10 to $15. 922-4442.
Holidays in the Pines. Through Dec. 23. Village of Cambria decked out in lights, festive events, decorations and holiday shopping. Throughout Cambria.
Menorah at the Mission and Hannukah Party. 5 p.m. Wednesday. Candle lighting, singing, storytelling, party to follow at the Museum of Art. Menorah lighting each night of Hannukah. Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. 295-0890.
“The Santaland Diaries.” Friday through Dec. 21. 9:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. San Luis Obispo Little Theater, 888 Morro St. $20. 786-2440, www.slolittletheatre.org.
Santa’s House. Open daily. Friday through Dec. 24. Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. Classic carousel open through December. For specific hours, call 541-0286 or visit www.downtownslo.com.
Paso Robles Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony. 5:30 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Claus lights the downtown, live music, caroling, cookies and hot chocolate. Paso Robles Downtown City Park. 238-4103.
Christmas in the Village. Friday, through Christmas. Santa roams the Village Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Village of Arroyo Grande.
Santa Paws. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Photos of families and their dogs with Santa. Holiday drinks and snacks served. Rain cancels. Heilmann Dog Park, 10000 El Bordo, Atascadero. $10 per photo. 461-5749.
“The Nutcracker.” 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Presented by Everybody Can Dance and the Santa Maria Civic Ballet. Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. $10 to $20. 489-9444.
Christmas at Hearst Castle. Saturday, through Dec. 31. See the castle decked out in Christmas decorations on the Grand Room and Evening Tours. Tours offered daily. Reservations are encouraged. Hearst Castle, Highway 1, San Simeon. $12 to $25. Call for times 800-444-4445 or www.hearstcastle.com.
Arroyo Grande Christmas Concert and Parade. Dec 1. 3:30 p.m. Grace Bible Church Choir performs at the Rotary Bandstand; 5 p.m. Christmas parade and tree lighting, followed by a live nativity. Downtown Arroyo Grande. 473-2250.
Light Up a Life. Dec. 1 through Dec. 9. Ceremonies to celebrate the memories of loved ones and friends. Presented by and benefits Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. Various locations in the county. 544-2266.
Festival of Trees and Silent Auction. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Bid on fully decorated trees. Includes food, wine, music, live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit local charities. Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria. $25. 927-3624.
Traditional Nativity. 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Nativity exhibit, singing of hymns and raffle. Dana Adobe, 671 S. Oakglen Ave., Nipomo. 929-5679.
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Join Congregation Ohr Tzafon lighting the menorah, sing songs, hot chocolate and cookies. Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero. 466-0329.
Holiday Center Stage Concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Pink Martini performs traditional holiday favorites and lesser-know songs. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $38 to $85. 756-4849.
Holiday in the Pines Open House. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Stroll through town; enjoy treats, festivities, Santa, tree lighting and trolley rides. Main Street and Burton Drive, Cambria. Free. 927-3624.
Pismo Beach Holiday Harmony and Tree Lighting. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Event includes snow on the pier, bounce houses, crafts, music, cookie decorating, tree lighting with hot drinks and Santa. Pismo Beach Pier. 773-7063.
Atascadero Holiday Lighting Ceremony. 6 p.m. Dec. 6 Tree lighting, live music, Santa and refreshments. Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero. 470-3472.
San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Prizes for the best floats and a downtown window-decorating contest. Downtown San Luis Obispo. 541-0286.
“The Nutcracker Ballet.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Presented by the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation. Templeton Performing Arts Center, 1200 S. Main St. $20 to $25. 610-7570.
Horns for the Holidays Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Holiday classics and carols performed by the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. $10 to $20. 456-3333.
Grover Beach Holiday Parade “Under the Sea Holiday.” 10 a.m. Dec. 7. West Grand Avenue from 16th Street to Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach. 473-4580.
A Christmas Home Tour. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Tour four Paso Robles homes decked out for the holidays. Benefits ACS Relay for Life Pink Angels team. $25. 238-9522.
Woods Humane Society’s Holiday Open House. Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Event includes pet portraits with Santa, $20 microchip clinic, $58 holiday homecoming adopt-a-thon, kids holiday workshop, bounce house, gifts and shelter tours. Woods Humane Society, 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo. 543-9316.
Jack House Victorian Christmas Open House and Candlelight Tours. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Docent-led tours, hot cider and cookies. Jack House and Garden, 536 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo. $5, kids are free. 781-7308.
“Babes in Toyland.” 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 7; 1 p.m. Dec. 8. Presented by the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet and Coastal Dance and Music Academy. Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. $18 to $25. 489-9444.
La Boutique Fantasque and Les Patineurs. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Presented by Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo. Spanos Theater, Cal Poly. $16 to $32. 756-4849.
Morro Bay Holiday Tree Lighting. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Holiday music, tree lighting, hot cider, cookies, dance performance, caroling and Santa Claus. City Park, Morro Bay Boulevard. 772-6278.
Grover Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony. 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Event includes snow, Santa Claus, music, refreshments, cookies and tree lighting. Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. 473-4580.
Musical Holiday Walk Around the Lake. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Event includes choirs, carolers, musical groups, refreshments, holiday decorations and community sing-along. Atascadero Lake, Highway 41. 466-8142.
Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade. 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Decorated boats cruise the harbor from Tidelands Park to Morro Rock. Several announcing stations with coffee and hot chocolate. Embarcadero, Morro Bay. 772-4467.
Paso Robles Holiday Light Parade “Christmas in Toyland.” 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Parade marks Santa’s arrival. Paso Robles Downtown City Park and Spring Street. 238-4103.
SLOFolks Holiday Concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Performance by Legends of the Celtic Harp. Castoro Cellars, 1315 N. Bethel Road, Templeton. $20. 238-0725.
A Christmas Celebration Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Cal Poly choirs perform a variety of musical selections including holiday favorites and sing-along. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $9 to $14. 756-4849.
Peace on Earth Holiday Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Presented by the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. $20 to $40. 541-6797 or www.vocalarts.org.
San Luis Obispo Blues Society Holiday Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Performance by Mark Hummel with Little Charlie Baty, the Irene Cathaway Rhythm and Blues Band opens. Free dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. 21 and over. Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo. $17 to $20. www.sloblues.org.
Holiday Concert. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Holiday songs performed by Take It SLO. Davidson Music Center, Room 218, Cal Poly. $5 to $7. 756-2406.
Holiday Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The Atascadero Community Band presents music celebrating the holiday season. Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall St. Donations benefit the Paso Robles High School Band Backers. 239-4644.
Peace on Earth Holiday Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Presented by the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble. United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. $20 to $40. 541-6797 or www.vocalarts.org.
Season of Glory Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Holiday concert with the Cambria Chorale. Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive, Cambria. $16. 924-0606.
Animals in Need Fundraiser Tree Lighting and Concert. 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Dave Stamey in concert. Edwards Barn, 1095 Pomeroy, Nipomo. $45. 619-0588.
Elegant Evening in the Village. 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. The Village will be decorated for the holidays; merchants offer holiday treats, street carolers and Santa’s house. Downtown Arroyo Grande. 473-2250.
Santa at the Holiday House. Dec. 9, through Dec. 24. Hours posted on the Holiday House or at www.pasoroblesdowntown.org. Downtown City Park, Paso Robles. 238-4103.
Caroling Cop Cars and Christmas Trolley Parade. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 to Dec. 12. Morro Bay Neighborhood Watch Association and Police Department carol through Morro Bay neighborhoods. 772-6225.
Shell Beach Holiday Stroll. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Event includes stroll, music, food, drinks, arts and crafts and more. Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach. 748-2120.
Atascadero Winter Wonderland. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. Festivities include a huge pile of snow for the kids, Santa Claus, entertainment and refreshments. Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero. 462-0177.
Yuletide Concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Four Shillings Short playing Celtic, folk and world music. Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St., Morro Bay. $15. 772-2880.
“It’s A Wonderful Life.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14; 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Production of 1940’s live radio broadcast. Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St. Free. 927-8190.
Los Osos Holiday Parade “Christmas Under Construction.” 10 a.m. Dec. 14. Los Osos Valley Road from Fairchild Way to Palisades Avenue. 528-4884.
Needs ’N Wishes Holiday Fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Visit with Santa, craft and gift store, baked goods, silent auction, raffle, live entertainment and dancing. South Bay Community Center, 2180 Palisades Ave., Los Osos. Free. 528-5800.
Lion’s Children’s Christmas Program. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Hosted by the Cambria Lions. Food, games and Santa. Pinedorado Grounds, 1001 Main St., Cambria. 927-3202.
“The Nutcracker.” 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Presented by The Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $18 to $53. 756-4849.
Celestial Voices Holiday Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Performance by the Central Coast Children’s Choir. Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles. $8 to $15. 464-0443.
Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Holiday-decorated Victorian homes, bands, dancers, carolers, characters, cider, coffee, popcorn, cookies, roasted chestnuts and candy canes. No cars or dogs. Vine Street, Eighth through 21st Streets, Paso Robles. 238-4103.
Winter Concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Featuring the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. $5 to $15. 489-9444.
Strings and Brass at the Chapel Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Old Santa Rosa Chapel, 2353 Main St., Cambria. $15 donations. 927-5212.
Cuesta College Holiday Choirs Concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Cuesta choirs perform a variety of musical selections. Mission de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo. $7 to $12. 546-3195.
Cuesta College Holiday Choirs Concert. 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Cuesta choirs perform a variety of musical selections. Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo. $7 to $12. 546-3195.
Winterdance: A Celtic Christmas Celebration. 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Performance by Molly’s Revenge joined by Christa Burch and Irish Dancers. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2220 Snowy Egret Lane, Los Osos. $18 to $20. 528-0654.
Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along. 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Performances by various groups and audience sing-along. Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. $6 to $12. 489-9444.
Catch a Creston Cowboy Christmas Dinner. 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Prizes for the best table decorated in a Christmas theme. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Old Creston Firehouse. Windfall Farms, 4710 Flying Paster Lane, Paso Robles. $45, $375 for table of eight. 610-1517.
Celestial Voices Holiday Concert. 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Performance by the Central Coast Children’s Choir. United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. $8 to $15. 464-0443.
“A Christmas Carol.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $30 to $62. 756-4849.
Winter WonderSLO Jiffy Lube Ice Skating Rink. Open daily Dec. 19, through Jan. 5. Madonna Expo Center, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo. $9 to $13, skate rental included. www.winterwonderslo.com .
Living Nativity. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 to Dec. 22. Refreshments, nativity and singing. Templeton Presbyterian Church, Sixth and Main Streets. 434-1921.
Christmas the Cowboy Way. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Performance by Riders in the Sky. Clark Center, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande. $28 to $45. 489-9444.
Victorian Teddy Bear Tea. 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21. Children bring their favorite teddy bears. Special guests include the Snow Queen and King, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and Victorian friends. Space is limited. Paso Robles Park Ballroom, 1232 Park St. $7 to $13. 238-4103.
Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert and Sing-Along. 3 p.m. Dec. 22. Performance by the Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Central Coast Children’s Choir and organist Paul Woodring. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $10 to $16. 756-4849.
New Year’s Eve with the San Luis Obispo Symphony. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Symphony joined by Suspended Motion aerial artists, Sarah Kleeman, mezzo soprano, Brynn Albanese, violin and W. Terrence Spiller, piano. Cohan Center, Cal Poly. $40 to $70. 756-4849.