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Cambria Christmas Market parking will be off-site

Cambria’s fourth annual Christmas Market on the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge will have a new parking plan, according to terms of the event’s 2015 agreement with the California Coastal Commission.

The state agency has jurisdiction over the annual event. According to commission planner Daniel Robinson, “parking/traffic/transportation-related issues” again were the primary concerns this year, along with ongoing consideration about the market’s impact on the native Monterey pine forest that surrounds the lodge and the market site.

The vividly lit event is based on traditional German holiday markets, but with a Cambria twist. It happens on specific evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. during the holiday season: Nov. 27-29, Dec. 2-6, 9-13 and 16-23.

Admission charges for attendees 6 and older range from $3 to $10, depending on the night. For details, go to www.cambriachristmasmarket.com.

According to information that market organizers submitted to officials in August, the event has spaces for 26 commercial and food booths. The market’s cornerstone is a mass of holiday displays outlined and illuminated by thousands of lights. There’ll be entertainment, too.

Vendors will set up on the lawn in the center of the lodge property, and the lighting displays will be along the fire and pedestrian paths to the east of the complex. “Santa’s House” will be in an existing greenhouse adjoining the garden area.

Temporary fencing will enclose the market area.

Parking

Most of this year’s attendees won’t be able to park at the lodge, because those limited areas will be reserved for lodge guests, resort employees, market vendors and market attendees whose vehicles have disabled placards or plates. According to market manager George Marschall, CHP officers will help with the crossing areas.

Market attendees also are not to park on Burton Drive or other surface streets, including those in nearby neighborhoods.

Instead, Marschall said, four school buses and two accessible shuttle vans are to pick people up at several parking areas in east and mid-village areas, then return the visitors to those areas once they’ve finished their market tours and shopping.

He said the primary parking site will be at Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road, where 206 spaces are to be reserved for market patrons, but there’ll also be overflow parking areas reserved in other lots for market attendees, and additional public parking available in East and West village areas.

Members of the North Coast Advisory Council Traffic Committee, who have been discussing the project in detail, ask that people “record any issues that they observe and then report them to the committee so that, going forward, we can suggest improvements.”

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