Tis’ the Season!

Tis’ the Season!

Happy Holidays from Avila Beach!

We’ve decked the halls and have lots of festive events planned for the holiday season. We hope you will embrace a coastal Christmas and celebrate this joyful season with us!

Holiday “Shell”-ebration at the Aquarium!

Join the Central Coast Aquarium on the evening of December 10 for a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium, appetizers & drinks, a picture with shark Santa, crafts for the kids, and more!

Holiday Shell-ebration

Santa’s Doggie Parade

Join us on the promenade on Saturday, December 11 for Santa’s Doggie Parade!

The Avila Beach Civic Association will be sponsoring its annual costume contest with categories that include: Best Costume, Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike, Best Holiday Look, Funniest Costume, and Best in Show.

Participants must register and be checked in between 10:00-11:00 am. They will receive a goodie bag donated by Petco-Arroyo Grande and a participant ribbon for their pet(s). Santa Claus will also be available to take holiday photos with your furry friend!

Santa's Doggie Parade

Cookies & Critters

Join the Central Coast Aquarium for their annual fundraiser on December 11 and enjoy some delicious cookies while supporting an excellent cause!

They will be selling cookies that will include sprinkles and icing for you to decorate in their upstairs classroom. Cookies are just $3 each.

This event will take place during Exhibit Hall Hours, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.

Cookies and Critters

Character Meet and Greet + Story Time at Avila Valley Barn

Meet the characters from your favorite Christmas movies right here in Avila Beach!

Join Avila Valley Barn on Thursdays @ 3:45pm and Saturdays @ 11am for holiday story time and character meet and greet beginning December 2nd through December 18th.

Each story will have the matching character for the meet and greet that day. A festive cocoa bar and holiday treats will be available for purchase as well!


Dec. 9th & 11th: How to Catch a Yeti

Dec. 16th & 18th: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Avila Barn Meet and Greet


Take the Polar Bear Plunge

Sure, it might seem crazy to plunge into the frosty waters of the Pacific on New Year’s Day, but why not start the year with a bang (and a brrrrrrr)?

Ready to “be bold, get cold”? Leave your wetsuit at home and come with friends and family to the Avila Beach Pier. Bring costumes, floaties, etc, but no dogs, please.

The annual Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge takes place New Year’s Day at noon on the east side of the Avila Beach Pier. Participation is free and neither tickets nor reservations are required. Need some inspiration? Look how much fun we had in 2017!