More holiday events happening in Atascadero this December

ATASCADERO — It’s time once again to enjoy the City of Atascadero’s holiday events. On Friday, Dec. 2, Atascadero’s Downtown and Atascadero High School will be the place to enjoy a great start to the holiday season.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sunken Gardens, with the annual countdown to light up Historic City Hall at “Light up the Downtown!” This year, you can expect to enjoy holiday musical performances by the Fine Arts Academy Honor Choir and Atascadero Community Band. Then starting at 6 p.m., enjoy the traditional countdown to light up Historic City Hall with Mayor and Councilmembers, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus making their way around Sunken Gardens on the Model-A Firetruck. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be ready to visit you on the steps of City Hall facing the Middle School. Complimentary Hay Rides and hot chocolate from Lighthouse Coffee. The City thanks Waste Management for sponsoring this event.

In addition to the evening festivities, the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Art & Wine Tour with adult beverages available from a variety of merchants in the Downtown. Tickets are available for purchase by going to Plan to purchase in advance to secure your ticket. Businesses will be decorated and open for holiday shopping, and dining too.


Plan to make a trip over to Atascadero High School, as they host their 3rd Annual Glow, Shine, Sparkle Reverse Holiday Parade from 5:30 to 8 p.m. along High School Hill. Each of the school clubs and organizations will be creating a standing float. These floats will be filled with lights to light up High School Hill for families to drive through and enjoy. Drive through starts at Atascadero Ave. up through High School Hill.

The Musical Holiday Walk Around the Lake is back on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This special evening will offer caroling, musical groups, refreshments and holiday decorations as your stroll around Atascadero Lake. This event is brought to you by the Atascadero Lake Neighborhood Association. 

As the holidays approach, Atascadero residents will once again be able to join in the fun of the holiday season with the “Trail of Lights” holiday lighting tour map offering an opportunity for residents to showcase their beautiful lights from Dec. 5 through the 25. 

Deadline to enter in time for the contest is midnight on Dec. 5. Winners will be announced at Winter Wonderland on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. To get registered, go to to sign up. It’s free to participate and if you don’t register in time for the contest, you can still register through Dec. 22.