Holiday Splendor at Hearst Castle

The Central Coast Team | November 14, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

An icon along our stunning Central Coast, Hearst Castle is synonymous with opulence. William Randolph Hearst’s lavish home atop a hill is over-the-top perfection during the holidays.


Nestled in the town of San Simeon along the Pacific Coast Highway, Hearst Castle is a sought-after California State Park destination among visitors near and far. And this time of year, the Holiday Twilight Tour is an absolute favorite.


An exquisite seasonal tour, the Holiday Twilight Tour transports you back to the estate’s heyday. Abundantly overflowing with lush wreaths, towering Christmas trees, and garlands draped across majestic mantels, Hearst’s home is just as welcoming now as it was when he hosted prominent guests. Business moguls and movie stars alike rejoiced upon receiving invitations to Hearst’s beautiful home.


Thousands of holiday lights bathe you in the warmth that Hearst extended to each of his guests. As you meander the walkways, your tour guide regaling you with stories of yesteryear, imagine the likes of Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, and Jean Harlow walking those same halls and pathways.


Hearst loved to entertain, and he spared no expense to create holiday extravagance unlike any his guests had ever experienced. Immerse yourself in your guide’s tales as you explore the exquisitely decorated grand social rooms, including Casa Grande, the Kitchen, Theater, Casa del Sol, and of course, the stunning Neptune pool, Roman pool, and breathtaking gardens.  


Treat yourself to this unique, historic peek into William Randolph Hearst’s festivities during the Holiday Twilight Tour. Perhaps new inspiration will strike when you gather your own holiday décor from storage. Offered on select evenings from November 24th through December 30th, this 75-minute tour includes approximately 190 steps and covers two-thirds of a mile. For those who have trouble standing or walking for extended periods or require use of a wheelchair, Accessibly Designed Tours are available. For reservations, please visit or call (800) 444-4445.