The Cambria Christmas Market opens in a little more than three weeks and organizers are promising a display that's "bigger and better than ever."
Two million twinkling lights will decorate the grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge and neighboring Cambria Nursery and Florist from November 29 to December 23.
The popular holiday attraction is modeled after traditional German Christmas markets, with food and drinks available for purchase, vendors selling handmade goods, live music, train rides, and a chance to visit with Santa Claus, in addition to enjoying the elaborate decorations.
New this year, visitors can navigate the market with the help of the Guidebook app. The Cambria Christmas Market Guide includes everything from a map of the grounds to the weather forecast. You can even purchase tickets on the app.
Organizers say they also have several new displays this year, including a mechanical advent calendar designed and built by Cal Poly engineering students, an interactive woodworking booth, a new display for the train ride, a museum of German toy-building, and a display of traditional German folk characters.
Prep work has been going on for months. Crews started decorating in early August and organizers say the work will continue until Thanksgiving with nearly 40 people working each day to build displays, hang lights, and decorate booths.
The Cambria Christmas Market will be open every night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., except December 2nd and 9th when the market will be closed.
Admission tickets range in price from $10 to $25 depending on the date.
Parking on-site is reserved for hotel guests and limited ADA parking. VIP passes are available for parking at the Cambria Nursery & Florist and cost $25.
Free parking with shuttles to and from the market will be available at Coast Union High School and the public parking lots in the East Village and West Village.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the Cambria Christmas Market website. The event often sells out, so purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged.