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Comfort and joy 

Get ready for sugar plum delights: Morro Bay’s Home for the Holidays Street Faire (Nov. 27) brings holiday goodies (and plenty of winter munchies) to life against the background of the iconic Morro Rock … Deck the halls during an Elegant Christmas in the Village in Downtown Arroyo Grande (Dec. 4), where store owners will serve fine food and drink in full costume …  Enjoy an Illuminating Evening at Vina Robles Winery (Dec. 3), and try some great red blends while you’re at it … Be jolly by golly at the Cayucos Christmas Open House (Dec. 10), as free trolley and carriage rides sweep the streets … The snow will fly and the hot chocolate will steam at the Atascadero Winter Wonderland (Dec. 9), where a massive snow slide and snow play areas create a winter playground for all ages. 

So festive!

Wrap it up, I’ll take it: It’s that time of year to give, and to receive, local artisanal foodstuffs from San Luis Obispo County (olive oil, wine, produce, honey, cheeses, oh my!). Find these local gems and more at the Holiday Craft Bazaar (Nov. 25) in the Paso Robles City Park … I bet you’ve never played in the snow at the beach! Pismo Beach’s Holiday Harmony & Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2) makes dreams come true with fresh snow, bounce houses, crafts, music, cookie decorating, and more … Cayucos celebrates its Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec. 4) with the lighting and caroling at 5 p.m. … Grover Beach’s Holiday Tree Lighting (Dec. 5) is the perfect place to savor cocoa, coffee, cookies, and caroling.

News nibs

Warm welcome: Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room has brought on veteran winemaker J. Chris Stanton to head up operations in Paso Robles! With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Stanton has a fruitful history of releasing highly rated and reviewed wines throughout the Central Valley and Coast (plan your own tasting visit at bianchiwine.com) … Crank it up to 11! Just as he did for the music world with his array of custom hand-built electric guitars, Gary Kramer is about to rock the wine world with an equally impressive variety of estate grown wines offered exclusively through his latest venture, Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars. The new wine lounge, olive oil tasting room, and guitar museum recently opened in Paso Robles and showcases axes wielded by the likes of Mick Jagger, among other rock gods (825 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles; garykramerguitarcellars.com). 

Hayley Thomas Cain likes to play Stairway to Heaven until people throw shoes at her. Send your best bites to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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