Lompoc, CA – Lompoc shows off its festive side during the holiday season, when visitors will find holiday concerts, historic events, fun outdoor activities, plus an opportunity to relax while wine tasting or browsing for unique holiday gifts at the specialty stores throughout town.
Sip Lompoc – November 24, 2017 – 1 to 4 pm
Skip the Black Friday shopping hustle and bustle, and instead leisurely sip wine with friends and family while enjoying the hospitality of over a dozen tasting rooms in town. Sip Lompoc tickets ($40) include an exclusive Sip Lompoc logo glass, a reusable logo wine tote, Sip Lompoc bucks and more! This fun, day-after-Thanksgiving event is presented by the Hispanic Business Committee of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Las Posadas at La Purisima Mission – December 16, 2017 – 2 to 4 pm
The pristine and historic La Purisima Mission takes visitors on a journey back in time during the holiday season with the annual Las Posadas event. Join in as costumed docents lead the Las Posadas procession through the mission grounds with songs in Spanish and English. The tradition dates back over 400 years in Mexico and reenacts the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem. Parking is $6.
Lompoc Pops Orchestra: Flavors of the Holiday – December 3, 2017 – 7 pm
Favorite holiday classics will be performed by the Lompoc Pops Orchestra in the “Flavors of the Holiday” concert taking place at First United Methodist Church in Lompoc. The ensemble, comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians plus talented music teachers, brings a hometown flavor to this not-to-be missed musical event. Tickets are $20.
Founding Day Remembrance Celebration at La Purisima Mission – December 8, 2017
Founding Day Mass, 12 Noon; Founding Day Concert, 7 pm
Founding Day recognizes the date La Purisima Mission was established back in 1787. Festivities include a noon-time Mass in the historic church and an evening concert. Illuminated lanterns lead the way to an enchanting musical performance at 7 pm, followed by fellowship and refreshments in La Sala. Tickets are $6; advanced reservations are required.
Bypass the big box shopping experience, and spend an afternoon in Lompoc, where you’ll find antiques and vintage goods, hand-crafted local gifts, musical instruments, local art, sporting goods and more. Browse through A Little Something Special and More, filled with artisan gifts and hand-made local products. Find antique treasures at T & T Sweet Repeats, a 17,000-square foot emporium located in the heart of Old Town. For one-of-a-kind vintage, shabby chic and rustic home furnishings, stop in The Maple Cottage. Local artwork is featured at Cypress Gallery, home to the Lompoc Valley Art Association, and at Barclay’s Glassblowing Studio in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. At Lompoc’s full-service surf and skate shop, Surf Connection, buy boards, equipment, specialty apparel and super cool gifts.
Take time to explore some place new this season and enjoy outdoor activities. Lompoc’s beautiful weather are ideal for golf, cycling, hiking and even sky diving. For the adventurous, SkyDive Santa Barbara offers a great way to relieve the holiday stress by jumping out of a plane! Visitors can take the leap with a professional guide on a tandem jump and get a one-of-a-kind thrill while admiring the awe-inspiring scenery below. Or maybe it’s time for a golf getaway. Lompoc has two scenic courses to choose from, including championship course, La Purisima Golf Course. For a scenic hike, head to the trails at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. The mission has 25 miles of hiking trails with the main trail winding up into the hills, providing spectacular views of the wilderness below.
Lompoc offers a tasty selection of one-of-a-kind, locally-owned restaurants including authentic Italian, Asian Fusion, Mexican, and Thai cuisine as well as wine bars, brew pubs, and burger joints. Both locals and visitors enjoy recent additions Hoptions Taproom & Eatery by Solvang Brewing Company and Scratch Kitchen & Wine Bar, as well as long-time favorites Alfie’s Fish N’ Chips, La Botte Italian Ristorante, Floriano’s Mexican and Sissy’s Uptown Cafe. Just opened this month: 805 ChopHouse, providing a friendly and inviting atmosphere for rib eye steaks, filets, pork chops as well as chicken and seafood specialties.
Located on scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1, just 155 miles northwest from Los Angeles with proximity to Santa Barbara and Solvang, Lompoc takes on a world of its own. Its valley setting, surrounded by spectacular rolling hills and vineyards, creates an invitation for visitors to detour off the main road, and discover what’s around the bend. Lompoc is a destination for golf, skydiving, cycling, hiking and surfing at nearby Jalama Beach. Eleven hotels and motel properties welcome travelers; a new Hilton Garden Inn is slated to open late fall 2017 complete with beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites.
For more information on places to stay and things to do in Lompoc, go to www.explorelompoc.com
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