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Light Up the Downtown Drive-In Holiday Celebration & MORE!

December 4, 2020

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The City of Atascadero is delighted to present our annual Light Up the Downtown Holiday Celebration Drive-In to be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Sunken Gardens, Downtown Atascadero. 

The festivities kick off on December 4th at 5:30 pm in the Sunken Gardens, with the annual countdown to light up Historic City Hall at “Light up the Downtown Drive-In!”  This year, “Light up the Downtown” will be drive-in style, all around Sunken Gardens! The gates will open at 5:15 p.m. to allow guests to park and get ready to enjoy wonderful holiday music from a collection of AUSD school choirs and bands that will begin at 5:30 p.m. Then at 6:15 p.m., enjoy the traditional countdown to light up Historic City Hall with our Mayor and Council members, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus making their way around Sunken Gardens on the Model-A Firetruck, wishing everyone “Happy Holidays!” Rumor has it that the Claus’ will have a couple of their famous reindeer on site at Sunken Gardens for photo opportunities December 4th - 6th from 12-6 pm!


The Atascadero Downtown businesses will be decorated and open for your holiday shopping and dining too! This year, businesses will join in the lighting of the Downtown, with participating storefronts competing in their first-ever Holiday Decoration Contest! It will be fun to see how all of the businesses get creative with their holiday lights and décor and the winners will be announced the evening of December 4th!


After the lighting of Historic City Hall, Atascadero High School will launch their Glow, Shine, Sparkle Reverse Holiday Parade from 5:30-8 pm 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.


"TRAIL OF LIGHTS" Holiday Tour Map UPDATE (12.4.20):


The deadline for registration has closed for inclusion on the map.  Please use the link below to view the houses and businesses that have decorated for the holidays.


Please note that two notable annual holiday events have been postponed to 2021 as follows:


For more information about all of the upcoming City and City sponsored events in Atascadero, go to or call Terrie Banish at (805) 470-3490, If you are interested in helping students with their light filled floats, please contact  If you are a musician and would like to have a video at the “Light Up the Downtown Drive-In” ceremony, please contact If you are a Downtown business and wish to participate in the Holiday Decorating Contest, contact Zoe Zappas at (805) 674-6817 or




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