The holidays are here, and you know what that means – family is coming to town! If you’re a resident of San Carlos and you have family coming over this Christmas – if or you’re a visitor – here’s a list of places to be and activities to do in preparation for or during the holidays.
From family activities to festive hotspots, allow us to show off our little slice of paradise to you or your visiting crew in San Carlos:.
Twinkle Tour in the ‘Hood
First things first – let’s kick off the holiday spirit with a stroll through the festively decorated homes at Eucalyptus Ave. Grab some hot cocoa, pile into the car, and let the oohs and ahhs commence as you cruise through the twinkle-lit streets.
Please take note of the traffic-flow and parking guidelines set up by the City of San Carlos found in our 2023 Guide and Preview to Eucalyptus Ave here. Lights go on at sundown and usually go off at 10pm!
Laurel Street’s Local Lovelies to Catch up on Gift-Shopping
Welcome to the heart of San Carlos – Laurel Street! This bustling strip is a treasure trove of local boutiques and shops. If you need to do your last-minute shopping for toys, story books, puzzles, or Santa costumes, Diddam’s is the perfect place to be.
For all kinds of novelty gift items and unique finds, drop by at Lark and Therapy Store (Please note that Lark will be closed from Dec 25th to January 4th).
For timeless children’s books to read over the fire with the family, The Reading Bug has the best book recommendations for you – they are town’s expert for children’s literature. Time to flex your shopping muscles and hit up the funky stores for quirky gifts that scream “San Carlos cool.”
Last Minute Shopping for Christmas Dinner
With a charming array of grocers and specialty stores at Laurel Street, you can pick up fresh produce, delectable desserts, and all the trimmings to make your holiday feast unforgettable.
At Bianchini’s Market, you can find all sorts of unique gourmet buys like Straus Family Creamy Organic Eggnog, Sees Holiday Chocolates, Panettone… you can also place your order to the last minute for Prime and Certified Angus Beef Rib Roasts, Mary’s or Diestel turkeys, duck, filet mignon roast, New York strip roast, crown roast, along with a fantastic selection of fresh seafood.
Are we making you hungry already? If you’re in a pinch for last-minute holiday shopping, Bianchini’s will ensure your Christmas dinner is nothing short of delicious and delightful.
Holiday Camps at Hiller Museum and San Carlos Children’s Theater
Let’s treat the kids to a dash of aviation enchantment at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Or if they prefer more song and dance, games, craft and “magic”, the San Carlos Children’s Theater is the perfect place.
From December 26-29, Hiller Aviation will be hosting “Test Pilot Academy Camps” where kids from Gr.K to Gr.5 will be going through amazing flight simulation missions, piloting airplanes ranging from basic trainers to cutting-edge modern jet fighters; afterwards they will be earning a “set of wings” – kiddie wings!
Also, on December 27-29, the San Carlos Children’s Theater will be having the Wicked Winter Camp for ages 7-12, wherein each day will be filled with “wicked” games, song and dance routines, improv, crafts and other activities . To find out more of what’s happening in San Carlos, you may subscribe to our community calendar.
Feast Mode: San Carlos Restaurants for the Holiday Season
Time to treat your relatives’ taste buds to the best of San Carlos dining. Whether it’s a hearty family dinner or a brunch bonanza, our local eateries have the holiday spirit on the menu. Most restaurants will be closed on December 24-25 and open back on the 26th.
After your Christmas dinner with the family, you can try out these renowned restaurants in San Carlos. Trust me; they’ll be thanking you for introducing them to San Carlos cuisine. Pro Tip: We’ve compiled a list of recommended restaurants in San Carlos, and you can find them here.
To visitors in San Carlos, we hope this guide will help you navigate through our lovely town. To San Carlos residents… get ready to be the holiday hero! With these local hotspots, you’ll have your relatives falling in love with our charming city faster than you can say “Jingle Bells.”
From neighborhood lights to community cheer, show them the best of San Carlos and make this holiday season one for the books! 🌟🎄✨
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