This beautiful maritime community with boat filled harbor and miles of beautiful beaches couldn't ROCK the holidays more! From holiday trees made out of crab pots, historic tall ships in the harbor November & December, and a weekend of lighted boats parading around the harbor, to fresh & local seasonal crab found in abundance at seafood markets and restaurants, Morro Bay is definitely Bright Lights, Boat City for the Holidays!
Rock these Holiday Events!
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Hearst Castle and Wine Make us Merry!
California's Central Coast on scenic Highway 1 just minutes from Hearst Castle, Paso Robles
and Edna Valley Wine regions, life in this small beach town is reminiscent of how
California used to be: charming, relaxed, fun, quirky, yet
filled with great food, boutique shopping, and coastal outdoor adventure. Paso Robles and Edna Valley are home to many wine touring companies that will come to Morro Bay and pick you up from your hotel. Need more reasons to visit? Check out these Six Top Reasons To Stay in Morro Bay While Traveling CA Highway 1!
This time of year offers some of the best weather to be outdoors, on the water, on the beach or anywhere in Morro Bay! Check out these upcoming events:
November 28 – Dec 18: Tall Ship Lady Washington in Harbor
Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State will visit Morro Bay, CA and offer walk-on tours and family-oriented Adventure Sails featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusements.
November 30: Lighted Boat Parade Preview
enjoy our large vessels and commercial boats as they cruise up and down
the Embarcadero waterway as you dine. They will be layered in lights and festive holiday spirit for your enjoyment while you dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants or stroll the Embarcadero. Some of the vessels in the parade preview include a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel, Tall Ship Lady Washington, the Papagallo, the Chablis and several boats from our fishing fleet. This event is brought to you by the waterfront restaurants.
November 30 – Dec 13: Santa’s House at the Embarcadero
will be here every night from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with presents &
treats for the children. Pictures are free, but frames are at a small
cost. Come visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick in Morro Bay at the Chess Board on the Embarcadero. Sponsored by Morro Bay Rotary.
December 1 – Dec 18: Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain in Harbor
The Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger
and coastal packets that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns.In 1993, Lady Washington joined Hawaiian Chieftain for their first mock sea battle on San Francisco Bay and will replicate that adventure in Morro Bay. Get your mock sea battle tickets now!
December 1: Citywide Holiday Crab Pot Tree Lighting
Join us in Morro Bay for a simultaneous lighting of the MANY Crab Pot Holiday Trees around the City of Morro Bay. The citywide celebration begins at 5:00pm. Locations are City Park, Downtown, T-Pier, Anchor Park & other various locations around town.
December 2: Paddle Parade
Sunday afternoon will showcase holiday decorated kayaks, SUPs, small sailboats, surfboards and anything that floats in this Non-Motorized Lighted Boat Parade. Along with fun family activities on shore, prizes will be given for the best decorated will be $1000 in cash and gifts.
December 7: Santa’s Crawl
Enjoy this 21 & over scavenger hunt featuring Central Coast beers and wines during our 2nd Annual Santa’s Crawl. Businesses along the waterfront will showcase local winemakers & brew masters, each offering a taste of their exceptional product. A completely filled out Yule-Tide Passport will enter you to win the Grand Prize Weekend Package where you wine and dine throughout Morro Bay!
December 8: Gingerbread House Competition
Anyone can participate in this fun activity! Bakers love to build Gingerbread Houses for the holidays, and what better way to showcase your talents? Build a complete Gingerbread House and bring it to the Inn at Morro Bay and enter into this fun contest!
December 8: 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
The lighted Boat Parade continues in its 33rd year as our motorized fishing, leisure and yachting community take to the water after decorating their boats with amazing lights and holiday cheer. Take a seat anywhere on the waterfront for your front row view. This visual event will include music by the home town band, cocoa and treats for sale and a winter wonderland. Prizes for best decorated boat include $1000 cash and more.
December 9: Real Snow Event!!!
Play like no one is watching at Morro Bay’s real snow event! Three areas of snow for different ages of children to play on include a sledding hill, snow ball alley and under five area for the little elves. An Elf on the Shelf competition will take place and is fun for the whole family! Create elf dioramas and win fabulous prizes. We provide the elves!
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