Carlsbad Village Sip and Shop is on December 7, 2018

Local holiday events are ramping up in Carlsbad, and elsewhere. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Carlsbad Village is on December 2 – look for my post on that event.

And the following Friday, December 7, is Sip and Shop (what was the Night of Lights last year).

Many visitors and residents know that the Carlsbad Village downtown area, including the Carlsbad Village Faire, is popular for shopping and dining year round, but especially fun at holiday time. And it’s just a couple blocks from the beach.

The Holiday Sip and Shop takes place from 4 – 7 pm. The Carlsbad High School Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra will offer a wide range of music selections to get you in the holiday spirit, at the Choice Juicery at the corner of State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:15, and then from 5:45 to 6:30.

You’ll find hot chocolate and a cookie table, plus live music, at the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue to get you through the shopping at local merchants, who are sure to be offering some great deals and plenty of holiday cheer. And there will be a strolling quartet of carolers (Close Quarters Quartet), too!

Why not take a walk along or on the beach, then go shopping in the Village and dine to your heart’s content, with free parking. It’s even more fun during the holiday season, especially with all the retailers and other businesses who are dressing up their storefront windows for the holidays and for the Holiday Window Decorating Contest (don’t forget to vote for your faves!).

Ad of course there will be plenty of lights and decorations (especially on State Street) to enjoy that will surely put you in a festive mood!

So come spend a festive evening in downtown Carlsbad Village to get in the holiday spirit, do some shopping or just “window shop,” and perhaps enjoy a meal at one of the many Carlsbad restaurants in the Village. If you plan to have dinner I recommend making dinner reservations to avoid waiting in line on a busy Friday night.

Stay tuned for updates on other holiday events in and around Carlsbad Village and at the Carlsbad Village Faire.