THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN FEELING AT HOME AND IN TOUCH WITH LOVED ONES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. LUCKILY, THERE ARE PLENTY OF EVENTS HERE IN SANTA BARBARA TO HELP GET YOU INTO THE SPIRIT.
On November 22nd, 10 am - 3:30 pm, Santa Barbara Zoo is hosting a Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash. Animal lovers are encouraged to get their family out of the house and watch furry friends from the Zoo interact with pumpkins.
The Four Seasons hosts a variety of seasonal events including a holiday tree lighting, a cookie decorating class, and story time with Santa. Their wide range of events make it the perfect destination to spend quality time with kids or your significant other.
Starting November 23rd and continuing through January 6th, Santa Barbara will host its European-style Christmas Night Market at 701 State Street in Paseo Nuevo. Inspired by lively holiday markets in Europe, this local market will feature holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer.
On November 24th, bring your family and guests “Home for the Holidays” Thanksgiving Day weekend. Prepare to be delighted and warmed by your favorite holiday classics in a program curated and led by the Santa Barbara Symphony’s celebrated Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti.
On December 7th at 6:30 pm, more than 65,000 people will line State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. This signature event brings marching bands, holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities.
Hundreds of families will come out to play in 10 tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 400 children receive free goody bags from Santa’s helpers. The annual boat parade begins with about 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Visitors enjoy a fireworks show after the parade.
On Saturday, December 1st at 6 pm, Goleta will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The parade will run on Hollister Avenue, between Orange Avenue and the Goleta Valley Community Center. Following the Parade, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Community Center as well as an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus.
On December 31st, finish off the holiday season and ring in the new year at the Historic Carrillo Ballroom in Downtown Santa Barbara. You can get on the Brew Bus to get to Brew Year's Eve safely! Pickup locations include Carpinteria (Island Brewing Company at 7 p.m.), Goleta (M Special Brewing at 6:45 p.m.), and two convenient Santa Barbara locations. The bus ride includes ride to, and from, the event and must be pre-purchased.
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