Cambria Christmas Market offers nightly entertainment
Second Annual Cambria Christmas Market runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 22
Mark your calendar for the second annual Cambria Christmas Market and holiday lights display held on the main grounds of the Cambria Pines Lodge. Here you will find more than 25 festively-decorated booths offering a variety of locally-made crafts and gift items as well as an assortment of tempting local foods and drink.
Following the German Christmas Market tradition, German-style specialty foods such as bratwurst on sourdough bread, hot German potato salad, veggie brats and pastries will be available. A traditional German hot-spiced wine called Gluhwein will be available and a special collectible mug featuring the Cambria Christmas Market logo and year will be offered for folks to use for their Gluhwein. “Like last year people can purchase the mug or return it after enjoying their drink,” George Marschall, Cambria Christmas Market Coordinator said.
Visitors will enjoy strolling Candy Cane Lane where just over a million holiday lights are strung. Gaily decorated figures depicting holiday stories adorn the path and there are areas to sit, relax and keep warm by the fire pits. A new amphitheater offers a comfortable area to sit and listen to a variety of musical entertainment acts including choirs, bands, and other players. “Santa will be here too,” Marschall said, “to find out all the things on the children’s wish list.” Santa takes up residence in the North Pole Garden on Candy Cane Lane and volunteers from HART will be on hand to snap a photo for everyone with Santa.
A special display, new this year, was sponsored by the Lodge and involves Cal-Poly students’ all- mechanical light display entitled “The 12 days of Christmas.”
“Cambria Nursery will be opened too,” commented Marschall, “and we are offering demonstration classes in wreath making, ornament construction, and ribbons and bows. Anyone can sign up in advance on the web site.” The nursery itself is a Winter Wonderland with thousands of bright decorations and lighted trees.
Shuttles are available to take people from Cambria East Village or the Nursery onto the Christmas Market grounds. “People can park downtown, do some shopping, leave their car and take the shuttle to the Market,” Marschall said.
Cambria Christmas Market opens Friday, Nov. 29 and continues through Thanksgiving weekend. Then it is open every Wednesday through Sunday from 5 -9 p.m. until Dec. 22. Admission is $4 for adults (includes $4 worth of “Santa Doe” tokens redeemable at participating vendor booths). A season pass is $10 and includes 10 tokens. Children 12 years old and younger are free. Call (805) 927-6114 or visit www.cambriachristmasmarket.com to sign up for demonstration classes at the nursery or for more information.
By Ruth Ann Angus