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Start marking your Cambria holiday calendar

Santa visits with a girl inside his workshop at last year’s Cambria Christmas Market.
Santa visits with a girl inside his workshop at last year’s Cambria Christmas Market. The Cambrian

It’s not too early to start mapping out your holiday schedule in Cambria, where there will be plenty of events to choose from through the end of the year.

Annual favorites such as the Cambria Christmas Market, Festival of Trees, Hospitality Night and Cambria Chorale Christmas concerts return this year, along with several other events scattered across the calendar in November and December.

Here is a sampling of what’s in store.

▪ Nov. 19-Jan. 3 — Cambria Center for the Arts opens its “Little Gems for the Holidays” art show, featuring 8-by-8 and 12-by-12 works created by members of Allied Arts. Artwork should be submitted between 10 a.m. and noon Nov. 17. An opening reception is planned for Nov. 20, with the show running through Jan. 3 at the gallery. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

▪ Nov. 27-Dec. 23 — Cambria Christmas Market opens at Cambria Pines Lodge, with lighted displays, food, drinks, music and gift items featured from 5 to 9 p.m. on 21 nights through Dec. 23. The outdoor market in the German-American tradition will feature a variety of vendors selling locally made items, along with extensive displays of Christmas lights, figures and Santa’s workshop. The market will be open Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29; Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 9-13; and Wednesday through Wednesday, Dec. 16-23. Parking will not be allowed on neighborhood streets, but transportation will be provided via bus from Coast Union High School and Main Street. Details: 800-966-6490 or

▪ Nov. 27-Dec. 27 — The Pewter Plough Playhouse presents its musical production of “Have a Hart: A Tribute to the Music of Lorenz Hart” weekends through Dec. 27. The production is directed by Viv Goff; David Manion serves as musical director. Details: 927-3877 or

▪ Dec. 1-31 — Hearst Castle gets all decked out for the holidays, with the Assembly Room, Refectory and Morning Room resplendent with colorful decorations. Two 18-foot Christmas trees will highlight the main room, adorned with lights and traditional ornaments as they tower over an array of colorful packages. Garlands, poinsettias and other ornamentation will be featured throughout the three rooms. Visitors can take the Experience Tour during daytime hours for $24 (adults) or $12 (youths ages 6 to 17). Details: 800-444-4445 or

▪ Dec. 1 — The Festival of Trees and Silent Auction, set for 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., will feature a large number of uniquely designed and adorned Christmas trees. They’ll be auctioned off, with all proceeds to benefit local nonprofits. A silent auction is also planned, along with a food-and-wine sampler. Admission is $25. Details: 937-3624 or

▪ Dec. 2 — Stop by the historic Old Santa Rosa Chapel for the season’s only showing of “Strings at Old Santa Rosa,” an evening of Christmas songs and carols by candlelight. The show is at 7:30 p.m. at 2353 Main St.

▪ Dec. 3 — Stroll Cambria’s streets as local businesses open their doors to thank locals for their support with treats, displays and, well, hospitality on the town’s annual Hospitality Night. Enjoy the tree-lighting ceremony at the Cambria Historical Museum, take photos with Santa, enjoy a free 6 p.m. performance by the Cambria Chorale at the Joslyn Center and other festivities in both East and West Village from 5 to 8 p.m.

▪ Dec. 5 — Harmony’s Holiday Open House at Harmony Cellars includes mulled wine and gourmet treats at 3255 Harmony Valley Road. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and reservations aren’t required. Details: 927-1625 or In Cambria, you can enjoy the second monthly edition of the Saturday Art Stroll, where visitors are invited to check out local galleries, studios and other businesses from 5 to 8 p.m.

▪ Dec. 12 — Young people can get into the holiday spirit with the Lions Children Christmas Program, which presents such holiday festivities as games, clowns and Christmas stockings. Santa will be on hand, as well, at this free event, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pinedorado Grounds. Details: Dave Evans, 927-9903.

▪ Dec. 12-13 — Free showings of the classic 1946 holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St.

▪ Dec. 12 — Listen to “Songs for the Season” at Fog’s End Barn, featuring festive music, wine and sweets, an event presented by Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve to benefit the ranch. Tickets are available for $15 each at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St., or the Friends office, 604 Main St. Details: 927-2650 or

▪ Dec. 13, 20 — The Cambria Chorale presents its annual Christmas concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on these two Sundays at Cambria Presbyterian Church. Tickets, priced at $16, are available at the Joslyn Recreation Center, Chamber of Commerce or at the door. Details: Judy Steele, 927-2304.

▪ Dec. 31 — The Pewter Plough Playhouse throws its annual New Year’s Eve party at 824 Main St. Details: 927-3877 or

Cambrian staff