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The Lights at Cambria Pines opening to restaurant diners, hotel guests 

The display area will have a one-way path, a reduced number of guests, and there will be increased sanitization procedures for all shared areas. Masks will be required for all employees and guests while in the light display area. In addition, the train ride, food booths, vendor booths, and other activities will not be available.

Update posted Nov. 30, 2020

–A new light display, the ​Lights at Cambria Pines​, is taking the place of the popular Cambria Christmas Market in 2020. While this light display will only be for guests staying at a Moonstone Hotel Property, Cambria Pines Lodge has announced that​ visitors who reserve a seat in their outdoor tent dining will also have access to the lights​. The event runs from Nov. 27, through Jan. 2, 2021, closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

There are two ways to view the lights:

  1. Guests can ​book a hotel​ room with the special Christmas rate at a Moonstone Hotel Property: Cambria Pines Lodge​ ​(steps from the lights)​, ​J. Patrick House and Inn​ ​(across the street from the lights) or ​Sea Otter Inn​ ​(on Moonstone Beach, includes a shuttle to/from lights).​ ​All overnight stays at any property include access to the lights and breakfast the next morning.
  2. Guests can make a ​dinner reservation​ and will have access to the lights after finishing their meal. SLO County’s Phase Purple is indefinite and indoor dining may not be available during the Lights at Cambria Pines. If this is the case, all indoor restaurant dining will be moved into our outdoor restaurant or outdoor tent dining areas. There is a cover charge for both tent and restaurant dining, and that does not include dinner. Pets are not permitted in the dining area.

Reservations are required and are expected to sell out.

Aside from ​booking a hotel ​room under the overnight Christmas rate at a Moonstone Hotel Property (Cambria Pines Lodge, Sea Otter Inn or J. Patrick House and Inn), a dinner reservation is the only other form of access into Lights at Cambria Pines.​

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests are required to wear masks while on property. You may remove your mask while sitting at your reserved table and actively eating or drinking. In addition, the light path will be one-way and capacity is limited to ensure proper social distancing, among other changes. Our staff members are fully trained and strictly monitored to operate in accordance with both local and national public health guidelines. For more information about our safety measures in response to COVID-19, please ​click here​.

For more information, visit the ​Lights at Cambria Pines website​.


Original story posted Sept. 12, 2020:

Cambria Christmas Market canceled for 2020, ‘Lights at Cambria Pines’ to be offered for hotel guests

–The​ Cambria Christmas Market has been canceled for 2020 based on concerns regarding COVID-19 and guest safety. A new light display, the Lights at Cambria Pines, will take place in 2020 only for guests staying at a Moonstone Hotel Property. This light display will still incorporate many of the beloved displays from the Cambria Christmas Market, but will be drastically different to ensure safety, including limiting the number of people with access to the lights.

The Lights at Cambria Pines will only be accessible for guests staying overnight at the ​Cambria Pines Lodge​, J. Patrick House​, and ​Sea Otter Inn​, who are booked on the Christmas Package, Nov. 27 – Jan. 2 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). The package must be booked directly through the hotels, either online or by calling 800-966-6490, not a third party site. There will not be tickets sold for this event, and it will not be available to the general public.

Although the display will be a smaller footprint than normal, overnight guests will still be able to celebrate the magic of the holidays in a more intimate setting, enjoying more than two million lights, while social distancing.

“We are excited to be able to offer another impressive light display this year and still plan to put up all of our lights,” said Mike Arnold, Public Event Manager for the Lights at Cambria Pines.

The display area will have a one-way path, a reduced number of guests, and there will be increased sanitization procedures for all shared areas. Masks will be required for all employees and guests while in the light display area. In addition, the train ride, food booths, vendor booths and other activities will not be available this year for guest safety.

While the ​Cambria Nursery and Florist​ will not be part of the light display this year, they will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, with amazing daytime displays and there is no charge to view them. They will also have fresh-cut Christmas trees, holiday decorations and the largest Christmas store on the Central Coast.

The Lights at Cambria Pines will be open Friday, Nov 27 – Saturday, Jan 2, ​closed on Dec 24 and Dec 25​. The overnight Christmas Package at Cambria Pines Lodge, Sea Otter Inn and J. Patrick House includes overnight accommodations, access to the lights for each person on the reservation and breakfast in the morning. Cambria Christmas Market plans to return in its usual form in 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cambriachristmasmarket.com​.

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