4 Fun Facts About the Cambria Christmas Market

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4 Fun Facts About the Cambria Christmas Market

The Christmas Market is a time-honored tradition all over the world, but on the Central Coast, Cambria’s takes the yule log cake. From lights to live entertainment and more, you and your family won’t want to miss this holiday favorite.

Cambria’s 2017 Christmas Market is open from Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23, with closures on November 27 and 28, December 4 and 5, and December 11. Gates open at 5 p.m. and there is no entry after 8:30 p.m. The market closes at 9 p.m. Click here for more information about parking. You should allow yourself at least an hour to see the lights, open-air stalls, and performances, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in this winter wonderland!

1. The traditional Christmas Market originated in Europe.

Specifically, the first markets began in Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages, called “Weihnachtsmarkt,” celebrating the beginning of the holiday season in the town square. There are seasonal treats, singing, and dancing—and Santa Claus may even make an appearance!


2. There are more than two million lights on display.

No words can do these lights justice—you just have to see them. Lights are arranged in artistic patterns and shapes, dazzling children and adults alike. Don’t take our word for it; you can watch the video of last year’s market below.

3. The vendors sell everything from handmade crafts to baked goods, but the highlight is the traditional German fare.

Gluhwein and bratwurst in the Biergarten, sauerkraut, German potato salad—the list goes on. The best way to get the traditional Christmas Market experience is to immerse yourself in the culture and taste every European delicacy offered.


4. Tickets are on sale now!

You can purchase tickets here. The countdown to the event has begun!

3 Reasons to Visit the Beach in Winter

Winter is coming, but that shouldn’t freeze your vacation planning.

Heavy coats and snow boots can be crossed off your packing list—Cambria welcomes year-round flip flops, sunglass-wearing beach combers, and weekend warriors instead. Even in the dead of winter, Cambria’s mild weather, perpetually light traffic, and uniquely enchanting events make it an ideal vacation destination.

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One of our biggest draws—and maybe even the reason you discovered Cambria in the first place—is the weather on the Central Coast. Temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s during the day. Like any coastal retreat, you’ll want to grab a light sweater in the evening, but the days can be spent soaking up the sun at Moonstone Beach or hiking and biking the trails of Fiscalini Ranch .

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Less Traffic

Need to get away for a weekend? The goal might be to have some peaceful time with friends, family, or a loved one. Sometimes the vacation you imagined is overshadowed by honking horns and yet another trip to the gas station.
You may have already taken your summer vacation, but you might enjoy the peace and quiet Cambria offers: winter is the perfect opportunity to take an extra day off work and schedule a secluded, less-crowded retreat on the Central Coast. Get ready to wine and dine with relaxed waistlines. Wait lines—we meant wait lines.

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Winter Events

One of Cambria’s most popular attractions in winter is the Christmas Market, which returns on Friday, November 24. Featuring beautiful light displays along with tons of vendors selling the most coveted holiday gifts and treats, the market will celebrate a time-honored European custom that dates back to the Middle Ages.

There are various seasonal tours of Hearst Castle. Enjoy the warm glow of the lights as you explore the luxurious estate decorated for the season.

The music scene doesn’t take a break either. Artists fill local venues, like Las Cambritas and The Cambria Pines Lodge, with their soulful sounds in the winter months. There are also various galleries for you to stroll, explore, and enjoy.

If you prefer creating the art yourself, The Nest Gallery will spark your inner Van Gogh. Artists like Christine Cortese and Laurie Hendricks share their talents and techniques with eager pupils in their workshops.

Unsure where to start? Download the Visit Cambria app to view our hand-crafted itineraries that include the activities mentioned in this post—and more!

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.