About Cambria Christmas Market

The magic of the Cambria Christmas Market returns for its 11th year!

The Cambria Christmas Market is based on traditional German Christmas markets that date back to the 1300’s. The market is open most nights from November 25rd to December 31st from 5pm to 9pm.

While enjoying two million lights in beautiful displays, guests can also take photos with Santa, enjoy festive music played by local talent, and enjoy traditional German food and drink, like bratwurst and gluhwein, along with plenty of other options. Artisan vendors will be selling handmade goods in the open-air market, and fire pits are placed throughout the event, for guests to warm up and converse around. 

The fun continues in the Biergarten, where guests can enjoy a glass of traditional German gluhwein, seasonal beer and other adult beverages while listening to music and enjoying dinner.

Did you know that our Christmas Market is inspired by those held in Germany each winter? Our company has strong German ties and a passion for Christmas, and our Christmas Market is the perfect way to share those traditions and holiday cheer with you! Learn more about the German Christmas Market Traditions we’ve brought back to the States for you to enjoy, including Krampus, gluhwein, gingerbread hearts, roasted nuts, Christmas market mugs, incense smokers, and more!

We’ve always made it a mission to support local in various ways. Such as supporting local artisan vendors and small companies like Linn’s to sell their goods at the German Market. In previous years, the light display has made significant donations to local nonprofits including the Homeless Animal Rescue Team. The light display also continues to work with the Cal Poly events and engineering departments and hopes to bring back their Special Needs night this season. The Special Needs night allows families with disabilities to attend the light display without the crowds so they can enjoy a festive evening while not being over-stimulated. 

In previous years, the Cambria Christmas Market used to host a Christmas decoration contest for the local Cambria businesses, however with COVID affecting these businesses and the high cost that comes with decorating, Market coordinators thought a donation of lights would be a better way to help businesses get festive. The Cambria Christmas Market has partnered with business owner Christopher Brazelton and his shop, Gallery of Wearable Art, to distribute lights to the various businesses in the East Village.

Take a stroll through 2 million dazzling Christmas lights! We hope you’re able to experience this one-of-a-kind event on the Central Coast.