Weekend spotlight: Make Merry at the Lighthouse

December 9, 2011

Painting by Rod Aszman

“Make Merry at the Lighthouse” is the theme for the third annual holiday celebration at the Point San Luis Lighthouse being held Saturday.

Besides the dazzling trolley ride, spectacular decorated lighthouse buildings, and coastal vistas, this 1890 celebration includes musicians, carolers, appetizers, homemade baked desserts, champagne, Salisbury Wines, lighthouse specialty refreshments, and friendly docents.

All funds go to the ongoing restoration, maintenance and operation of the unique 35 acre Point San Luis Lighthouse Park. Visitors and volunteers look forward all year to this event.

Reservations can be made at (805) 540-5771. Tours leave at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. and cost $45 for adults and $20 for children. Stay till the last Trolley leaves if you like. Weather is predicted to be sunny, but inclement weather does not cancel this event.

Forget the shopping malls and mail order catalogs this year, head to Cambria to enjoy the festive ambiance as the village of Cambria celebrates the season with fabulous decorations and brilliant holiday lights.

On Saturday, bring the children to see Santa at the Children’s Christmas Party at Pinedorado from noon to 3 p.m. in Cambria.

Or head to Christmas in the Village of Arroyo Grande where luminaries line the streets for an elegant touch. Enjoy the shops of this historic village as they deck themselves out for the holidays. Santa will be in the Village on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tired of the shopping? Enjoy a ride in the country with the family, and the spirit of the season without the crowds at the mall at the Pozo Saloon. Delight in the music with Chick Tuesday, home-baked Christmas goodies including our famous cinnamon rolls, and spiced cider from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Amazing! We have a complete Lighthouse near Avila?! I’m taking the whole family to the Lighthouse Saturday!


Uh, you need to get out of these forums for awhile and get to know what’s in your own backyard!

It’s a great tour, and if they let you inside the house, go upstairs to the main bedroom with the fireplace. Then place yourself back in time as you peer out the salty hazed windows and imagine the high masted supply ship as it arrives with your goods for the next month. Quite an area for sure.