There’s nothing quite like the winter season in Arroyo Grande. In fact, we like to think of the holidays in AG as your backdrop for a do-it-yourself Hallmark movie experience. During this time of year, sipping locally-made hot cocoa while strolling through antique shops in the Village feels extra magical.  The small town charm will warm your holiday spirit. Enjoy festive community events, grab a bite to eat while exploring and shopping and spend time with your loved ones. Here are six ways to create your perfect winter day while visiting:

1. Stroll Past Festive Storefronts and Find Antique Treasures

Arroyo Grande’s locally owned shops are here to bring you holiday cheer. The inviting storefronts are adorned with winter decorations that invite you to discover the magic inside. From one-of-a-kind antiques and vintage finds to yummy Christmas-scented candles, Arroyo Grande’s shop owners can ensure you’ll find the perfect gifts this holiday season.

2. Spend Your California Winter in the Great Outdoors

Looking to escape the winter chill and catch some rays in this sunny town? Arroyo Grande has breathtaking views across an array of hiking trails, beaches, farms and fishing spots. Explore Lopez Lake or visit a U-pick farm for fresh produce, and enjoy nature as it transitions into a season of new beginnings.

3. Find Farm Fresh Produce to Enjoy With Family

Finding quality produce in the winter season can be tricky, but Arroyo Grande is serving up locally grown, delicious fruits and vegetables all year round at our Farmers Markets. Enjoy the town’s charm as you stroll from booth to booth discovering small tales of what makes the Arroyo Grande community unforgettable. Arroyo Grande is home to two weekly Farmers Markets!

4. Dine at Family-Owned Restaurants

Meals that taste home-cooked with love are abundant in Arroyo Grande. With recipes passed down through generations, you’re sure to find comfort in every bite. Partake in different cuisines that will warm you up and leave you fully satiated.

5. Attend Holiday Events in the Community

Celebrate the holidays with a winter spectacle that stretches across town. Community members come together to present an unforgettable show that captures the essence of winter cheer. On December 10, the holiday spirit will be in full swing at the Elegant Evening event in the Village. Enjoy live music, shopping, food and drinks – plus a special guest who traveled all the way from the North Pole! 

There are also plenty of other opportunities to hang out with St. Nick during his visits to Santa’s Village at Heritage House Gardens. Stop by for a photo now through December 21, every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

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6. Visit Classic Attractions like Swinging Bridge and Heritage Square Park

A key component of all Hallmark movies is that classic small town charm, including a stop at any and all unique landmarks. Stopping by the famous Swinging Bridge is a surefire way to tap into that festive down-home feeling. Also on the itinerary is Heritage Square Park, AKA, the perfect place to gather with friends and family to soak up the cozy holiday atmosphere. 

Embrace the season, savor the moments and let the magic of winter in Arroyo Grande become a cherished chapter in your travel story.