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Fall and Christmas Family Events 2022

Posted by SanLuisObispoMom.com on Thursday, August 15, 2019 Under: Fall

2022 Update


Here's a list of free or popular family friendly events in Pismo Beach Area and San Luis Obispo County for the Fall and Christmas season of 2022 below. All events are subject to change depending on the Covid-19 status. Scroll down to the end to see December events as this list is in order by date.

All of October - Scarescrows on display in Cambria and San Simeon. Hundreds of unique creations are expected to be on display between the 2 towns (Cambria and San Simeon of San Luis Obispo County). This is family-friendly and best viewed during the day.

Oct 15 - 16, 2022 - Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival. Clam Festival featuring live music, vendors, Clam Festival Parade, the Kids Zone, and annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Address: Pismo Beach Pier Parking Lot, 100 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Oct 22, 2022 (Sat) - Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo from 5PM - 8:30PM at Charles Paddock Zoo! I went to this Zoo Boo event! See my video reel from our experience. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 

Oct 22, 2022 (Sat) - Pumpkins in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach. Free event (Time TBD). Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449 

Oct 28, 2022 (Fri) - Halloween Bash Dana Adobe in Nipomo from (Times TBD). Show off your awesome costumes in their costume parade, trunk or treat at all the trunks, then grab some popcorn and stay for the movie!! Grab your ghouls and goblins for a spooktackular good time. Parking fee per car. Address: 671 S Oakglen Ave., Nipomo, CA 93444 

Oct 29, 2022 (Sat) - 2022 Halloween Carnival & Maze at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande from 4:30PM - 7:30PM. There will be carnival booths, Haunted Maze, costume contest, prizes, DJ and so much more. You can also bring a carved pumpkin for a pumpkin-carving contest. There will be an admission cost. Food will also be available for purchase. Carnival, Maze, and Family Passes can be purchased at event or ahead of time as it gets closer to the event. There will be food available for purchase. Address: 1221 Ash Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Oct 31, 2022 (Mon) - Trick or Treat on Entrada Avenue in Atascadero from 4PM - 6PM. People and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, hay ride and pet costume contests. Trick or Treating! Event is free to attend and is sponsored by Downtown Atascadero's Business Improvement District and the City of Atascadero. 

Nov 18 - Nov 20, 2022 - Atascadero Fall Festival 2022 at Sunken Gardens. This is a 3 day family-friendly event with free admission. Check out carnival rides and games. Schedule: Friday, Nov 18th: 4PM - 10PM, Saturday, Nov 19th: 12PM - 10PM and Sunday, Nov 20th: 12PM - 10PM. Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422 

Dec 2, 2022 (Fri) - Holiday Harmony at Pismo Beach Pier (Time TBD). There will be kids activities: cookie decorating, bounce houses and Santa! Address to pier for GPS: 600 Cypress St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Dec 2, 2022 (Fri) - Annual Light Up at the Downtown Holiday Celebration from 5:30PM - 8PM in Sunken Gardens in Atascadero. Beginning at 5:30 pm, you can sip and shop with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s ever-popular Art, Wine & Brew Tour! At 6 pm, gather in the Sunken Gardens area in front of Historic City Hall as our City officials and the community counts down to the lighting of our beautiful building. Soon after the lights come on, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving via an antique Model-A fire truck to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus.” You will then be invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole entrance located at the back of City Hall that faces Atascadero Middle School. Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Dec 9, 2022 (Fri) - Winter Wonderland in downtown Atascadero from 5PM - 9PM. Free event. Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical snowy paradise! 75 Tons of snow make up will offer larger snow pile play areas and will help make way for a massive snow slide built. This year’s snow themed events include a lot of kids' activities and Santa and Mrs. Claus! Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA, 93422 

Dec 18, 2022 (Sun) - Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo from 10AM - 1PM. Their Annual Holiday Magic celebration has the zookeepers stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. All of this is included with your regular admission. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 


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Oct 28, 2021 (Thurs)
- Halloween Festivities at The Downtown SLO Farmer's Market from 5PM - 8PM during the farmer's market. Participating merchants and vendors will be handing out treats to market-goers. A trail map will be available at the market info booth and online. There will be a contest for costumes by age. This is a free family-friendly event that spans several blocks within the farmer's market area. For GPS Address: Higuera St (between Nipomo and Osos streets), Downtown San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Oct 29, 2021 (Fri) - Coast Nissan's Second Annual Trunk or Treat Event from 3PM - 6PM. They will have candy, prizes, a food truck, & more! This year Zen Dog will be the food trunk. Address: 12150 Los Osos Valley Rd., San Luis Obispo 93405

Oct 29, 2021 (Fri) - Boo Bash at Meadow Park starts at 5PM. All ages welcome. Dress up! There will be a haunted house, activities and movie on the lawn. This is a free event by the City of Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department. Address: 2251 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Oct 29, 2021 (Fri) - Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities by Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department at Ramona Garden Park from 5PM - 8PM. Registration for the pumpkin carving contest is from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Judging will begin at 6:20 p.m. with awards presented between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their already carved or decorated pumpkins to be entered by age categories. Goodie bags for the first 200 children in costume, fun and games with Ballooney the Clown and the Grover Beach Rotary will host a Trunk & Treat as part of the event. Address: 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

Oct 29 & 30 (Fri or Sat) - Ghouls at the Garden Trick or Treat at Birchwood Nipomo from 6PM - 8:30PM. Walk through Halloween themed maze with decorated stations for trick or treating. Prices are $3 for ages 3 - 12 years old and $5 for ages 12 and up. Address: 323 W Tefft St., Nipomo, CA 93444

Oct 30, 2021 (Sat) - Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival at Woods Humane Society from 12PM -3PM. Free admission. Family fun with leashed and dog-friendly dogs welcome. Enter kids' and Canines' costume contests, enjoy canine carnival activities, take family photo ops, go trick or treating and shopping in open air Wiggle Waggle Flea Market and Pet Fair. SLO Animal Services will be offering free microchips for pets during this event. Address: 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Oct 30, 2021 (Sat) - Old Town Market Trick Or Treat Event in Lompoc from 2PM - 4PM. Kids 12 & under are welcome to Trick or Treat at participating businesses. Maps can be picked up at participating businesses and Centennial Park on the day of event. Look for Pumpkins in the window! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Address for GPS: S H St & E Cypress Ave Lompoc, CA 93436

Oct 31, 2021 (Sun) - Harvest Festival at Camp Ocean Pines from 1PM - 4PM. (Not a trick or treating event) Free admission event and open to the community. Guests can walk around the camp, enjoy the pumpkin patch, have face painted and decorate caramel apples. There will be opportunities to meet their animal ambassadors, throw an axe and shoot a bow. Adults over 21 can enjoy a tasting of wine and beer while overlooking the ocean. Hamburgers, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Address: 1473 Randall Dr., Cambria, CA 93428

Nov 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 - Holiday Plaza in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo. Free entry. Pay to take pictures with Santa or ride on carousel. Carousel is $3 per ride and only available between now until Christmas Eve from 11AM - 7PM. See our pictures and video at IG from our Holiday Plaza visit.

Dec 3, 2021 (Fri) - Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at City Park in Morro Bay from 3:30PM - dusk. Enjoy holiday performances, hot cider, cookies and say hello to Santa. Address: 734 Harbor St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Dec 3, 2021 (Fri) - Downtown San Luis Obispo (SLO) Parade with the theme being California Dreaming' from 7PM - 9PM. Address: Downtown San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Dec 3 - 5, 2021 - Santa's House at the Embarcadero in Morro Bay from 4:30PM - 7:30PM on Friday and Saturday, and 12PM - 3PM on Sunday. Address: Embarcadero & Front St., Morro Bay, CA 93442

Dec 4, 2021 (Sat) - Outdoor Breakfast with Santa in Morro Bay from 8:30AM - 11:30AM at Morro Bay Community Center. $10 a ticket. Event includes pancake breakfast with hot cocoa bar, entry in the elf workshop with crafts and gift making, cookie decorating, face painting, mini gingerbread house station and photo with Santa. Address: 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro, CA 93442

Dec 4, 2021 (Sat) - Santa arrives in San Luis Obispo on the Surfliner in San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station at 12:30PM (time approximate - arrive a little early). Then walk with Santa to the Museum where all children can share their holiday wishes with the jolly old elf on La Cuesta, our 1926 Passenger Lounge Car. Parents are welcome to take photos. The visit with Santa is FREE! Museum admission will be free once Santa arrives. Address: 1940 Santa Barbara Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Dec 4, 2021 (Sat) - South County Holiday Parade, Santa's Workshop and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Grover Beach. At 10AM, the parade starts at Oak Park Blvd and Grande Ave. Then at Ramona Park, there will be 5 ton of snowy winter wonderland with live music and hot coat and snacks for the magical tree lighting ceremony at sunset. Address: 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Dec 5, 2021 (Sun) - Elegant Christmas in the Village of Arroyo Grande from noon - 7PM with festive lights, holiday music, Santa, carolers, extended-hours shopping, and wine tasting. Address to GPS: E Branch St Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Dec 5, 2021 (Sun) - Olde Town Nipomo Family Christmas from 2PM - 8PM. Christmas parade, tree lighting ceremony, small fall events, pictures with Santa, make your own s'more fire pit, train rides and more. Live music starts at 2PM, parade is at 5:30PM on Tefft St and tree light ceremony is at 6:15PM. Address: Tefft and Thompson Street, Nipomo, California 93444

Dec 10 - 12, 2021 - Santa's House at the Embarcadero in Morro Bay from 4:30PM - 7:30PM on Friday and Saturday, and 12PM - 3PM on Sunday. Address: Embarcadero & Front St., Morro Bay, CA 93442

Dec 11, 2021 (Sat) - Cayucos Christmas Open House from 5PM - 8PM. The Cayucos Christmas Open House brings businesses and the community together for extended hours of shopping, free horse-drawn carriage rides, arts & crafts booths for kids, local musical performances, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Santa House, cookies & hot chocolate by the Cayucos Lioness Club and more. Some stores will offer entertainment, treats, drawings and discounts as well. A fun night to Christmas shop for unique gifts in locally owned stores by the beach. Address for GPS: N Ocean Ave & D St., Cayucos, CA 93430

Dec 16, 2021 (Thurs) - Tin City Lights + Forklift Parade from 5PM - 8PM. See city lights and shop. Parade starts at 6:30PM. Complimentary photos with Santa in the Parkette across Etto Pastificio and McPhee’s Canteen. GPS Address: 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Suggested Ultimate Christmas Thing to do that costs money: 
Visit the Cambria Christmas Market. They have an amazing light display for blocks and opens from the day after Thanksgiving to the day before Christmas Eve. This is a very unique thing to do in San Luis Obispo County.

To see other upcoming events all over San Luis Obispo county, go to the Family-Friendly Events page.

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