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How to Celebrate a Fantastic Half Moon Bay Christmas

October 24, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay ChristmasChristmas is such a wonderful time of the year filled with family, friends, and joy. There is no better way to spend your holidays than with a beautiful Half Moon Bay Christmas! With gorgeous weather and merry events, this will be one holiday season you’ll remember forever.

Half Moon Bay Christmas Events

Santa’s Tree Farm and Village

Since 1972, Santa’s Tree Farm and Village has been delighting families of all ages with their festive 487-acre choose and cut Christmas trees. With six different species of trees to choose from, you and your family will be able to find the perfect tree for your living room this Christmas. With every tree purchase, you can enjoy complimentary hot cider and candy canes as you make your way over to Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village offers both free and paid activities for the whole family to enjoy. At no cost, you can enjoy a festive puppet show, visit with Santa, meet and greet with the various characters around the village, and walk through the Sleigh Bells Gift Shoppe. For a small fee, you can attend Storytime with Mrs. Claus while you’re sipping a hot apple cider, receive a personalized letter from Santa and work along the elves at the Christmas Stocking Decoration Station. You may also join in on the What’s Behind the Tree “Treasure Hunt,” play putt-putt with Rudolph and Frosty, and board The Santa Express. There is so much to do at Santa’s Tree Farm and Village that you could stay a whole day! They are open from November 22nd through December 24th. Make sure to check their website for update events.

Lemos Farm

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Lemos Farm turns into a magnificent winter wonderland of fun. Here you can hop on their Hay Ride and browse their Christmas tree field to choose the perfect tree for you and your family. For a quicker trip through the field, board the Choo-Choo Train, which adds a festive touch to your holiday. Lemos Farm also has a pony ride, a play town, and a petting zoo. To check out the prices of all their activities, including unlimited passes, visit their website.

Night of Lights

On December 4th from 6-9 p.m., head to Half Moon Bay’s downtown to see the magical Night of Lights. Night of Lights is a good, old-fashioned holiday event hosted each year on the first Friday in December. View all of the trees decorated with sparkling lights and stay out late shopping, as many of the stores have extended hours for all of your holiday shopping needs. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony at Mac Dutra Park, the Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the carolers and musical entertainment.

Where to Stay for Your Half Moon Bay Christmas

Enjoy everything Half Moon Bay has to offer during Christmastime with a stay at the Mill Rose Inn. With lavish holiday decorations, you will feel right at home while enjoying Half Moon Bay Christmas. To learn more about Half Moon Bay while you’re planning your visit, make sure to download our free Vacation Guide where you’ll find all of our favorite activities, eateries, and more!

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Do Your Christmas Shopping in Half Moon Bay

October 27, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Christmas Shopping in Half Moon BayBelieve it or not, the holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner.  If you hate searching for gifts each year, then turn a dreaded chore into a relaxing getaway and do your Christmas shopping in Half Moon Bay while you stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Half Moon Bay is full of unique shops that are ideal for finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list! If you’re ready to start a new holiday tradition, plan your stay at the Mill Rose Inn and take a look at our guide for shopping in Half Moon Bay this Christmas.

Spanish Town

For the gardner on your list, Spanish town has a large collection of garden art, fountains, plant containers, antique doors, vases, stoves, and outdoor sculptures.  It’s also a major attraction because of the giant metal dinosaur, Buddha, and giraffe sculptures that inhabit the property.


Abode is a great Half Moon Bay shopping locale for those in the market for elegant yet unique home decor.  This shop specializes in home accessories, furnishings and art. Their excellent selection has been described as “carefully curated.”

Luz Luna Imports

This Half Moon Bay shopping location offers unique handmade items with a purpose.  Luz Luna Imports supports women’s cooperatives around the world and sells only fair trade products.


For that eclectic friend on your list, pay a visit to Tokenz. A staple for shopping in Half Moon Bay for 20 years and you can easily find a unique gift among the store’s many treasures. Merchandise includes crystals and beads, incense, jewelry, Aboriginal items and much much more.

Posh Moon

Posh Moon offers a selection of California made clothing and accessories.  They also have a great collection of unique French jewelry.


Goldworks on Main Street offers a large selection of jewelry perfect for gift giving.  If you’re on the hunt for custom, designer or estate jewelry for someone on your list, Goldworks is a great place to stop by during your Christmas shopping in Half Moon Bay.

The Paper Crane

The Paper Crane has printing presses in the back of a shop full of cards, stationary and gifts.  Personalized stationary, letterpress paper goods and more are available at this charming store.


No matter where you go shopping in Half Moon Bay this holiday season, be sure to book a room at the Mill Rose Inn.  Surrounded by lush gardens that colorfully bloom all year round, our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is the epitome of a classic California Inn.  Our beautifully furnished and elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites are the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping or exploring Downtown Half Moon Bay and the Coastside.  Relax by the fireplace (all but one of the rooms have them) in your room or in the sitting room, stroll the gardens, soak in the Garden Jacuzzi, or schedule a massage in our Rose Grotto for some extra pampering.  Whatever activities your days include, when you stay at Mill Rose Inn, you’ll have a relaxing getaway that will take the stress out of this part of the holiday season!



Night of Lights in Downtown Half Moon Bay

October 14, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn


Night of LightsWith all of the fall attractions in Half Moon Bay (also known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World) people sometimes overlook the charms of the winter holiday season.  The hometown of the Mill Rose Inn is full of charm no matter what time of year you visit, and the temperate climate makes it an ideal place to get into the holiday spirit without having to deal with snow and slush.  So if you’re looking to get away from the cold without losing the festive atmosphere, you should consider heading west for a Half Moon Bay Christmas.  We’ll help you relax and enjoy all that our area has to offer with personalized service and the utmost in cozy and comfortable accommodations.  One of the most special parts of the season is the Night of Lights. One night each year the residents of town comes together to make merry and spread cheer, and visitors are more than welcome! With decorated trees, a parade, and plenty of holiday shopping, Half Moon Bay’s annual Night of Lights is a holiday event not to be missed this season!


About the Night of Lights

Night of Lights is a good old fashioned holiday celebration held in downtown Half Moon Bay each year.  The event typically takes place in early December, making it an ideal way to kick off your holiday season.  The night includes a bevy of festivities bound to get even the biggest Scrooge into the spirit of things. Night of Lights, as the name would suggest, features some of the best light displays in the area.


The ceremonial tree lighting ceremony will kick off the celebrations, followed by a light parade down Main Street with decorated floats and vehicles showing off their holiday finest.  Decorated and beautifully lit trees will also be present throughout the downtown area as you browse the shops that will be open late especially for the event.  That makes the Night of Lights the perfect time to find that unique gift for someone special.  Carolers and other musical entertainment as well as seasonal food will also be available.  It truly is the ideal way to start off your December! And if you’re fond of Christmas lights, you might also want to attend the Harbor Boat Lighting Festival, where the boats in Pillar Point Harbor will be lit with hundreds of twinkling lights to create an unforgettable scene on the water.

Best of all, this year, the parade will be passing right by the Mill Rose Inn, so you don’t even need to leave our place to enjoy the festivities!

Where to Stay When Attending the Night of Lights

If you’re coming to Half Moon Bay for the Night of Lights, other special event, or just a weekend getaway, there is no better place to stay than the Mill Rose Inn. Our bed and breakfast offers maximum comfort and pampering in a luxuriously elegant setting.  Our rooms and suites are each individually decorated and furnished for a personal feeling, but all feature amenities that will definitely make you feel like you’re treating yourself to a sumptuous getaway.  When you stay with us, you get personalized service and attention and each morning you’ll be treated to a full gourmet breakfast. For an amazing stay in Half Moon Bay, the Mill Rose Inn awaits you!





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