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Montecito Social Calendar: December


Montecito Social Calendar: December

it's always sunny in santa barbara

santa barbara is widely recognized for having the best weather year round, and we couldn't agree more. with our warm winters and coastal vibes, there's no place more ideal to spend the  holiday season. read for a taste of santa barbara's december musts!

a warm Kick off to December


outdoor celebrations: holiday parades + festivals

as the holiday season nears, santa barbara takes full advantage of our amazing weather and prime location.  Come and enjoy the holidays as we celebrate all over our beautiful beach town - you wont want to miss these festivities.


65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

When: Friday, december 1st | where: state street, from sola to cota

Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our amazing Grand Marshal, Noah Wyle! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, lead the parade and light up the street on their way down the parade route.

32nd annual Christmas parade of lights

when: sunday, december 10th | where: santa barbara harbor & waterfront

At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade begins with approximately 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline to the theme of Hollywood Holidays. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then visitors enjoy a fireworks show after the parade, ending their night with a bang.


Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

When: sunday, december 3rd | Where: Santa Barbara Zoo

A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Snow leopards bask in their element while Santa poses for holiday photos.

solvang julefest parade

when: saturday, december 2nd  | Where: Downtown solvang

Along the route of the annual Solvang Julefest Parade. More than 400 participants and 50 + entries march, trot, cruise and stroll along festively decorated Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive and adjacent streets.  Thousands of spectators from near and far enjoy the parade as well as free, post-parade visits with Santa in Solvang Park.


Santa Barbara's Historic theater district

Home to the granada theater, the lobero, and the ensemble theater company at the new vic, the historic theater district provides world-class programming and access to the performing arts to diverse and passionate audiences.

featuring: The Nutcracker

when: Saturday, December 9th, 2:30pm/7pm + Sunday, December 10th, 2:30pm | Where: The Arlington Theater

Featuring: miss bennett: Christmas at pemberley

when: thursday, November 30th - sunday, December 17th | where: The Ensemble theater company

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Featuring: The Christmas Revels

when: friday, december 15th - sunday, December 17th | where: the lobero theater


santa barbara waters


Whether you're looking to surf, lay out and relax, tale the dog out for a run, or play volleyball with the kids, Santa Barbara beaches are home to some of the best activities for the whole family.


Can't help but be thankful for Santa Barbara, each and every day. #happythanksgiving #americanriviera 📷: @paddlesportscenter

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whale migration

From late December through early February, Pacific Gray Whales migrate south to breed in the warm Mexican waters. A large number of these southbound whales travel through the gap between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.


santa barbara beach horseback riding

Enjoy the invigorating (and romantic) thrill of a glorious Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Ride in this acclaimed private or semi-private 90-minute excursion. Two ride options available.


water sports + activities

Santa barbara adventure company:

Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, and much, much more

The SB Adventure company is committed to creating unforgettable adventures of the highest quality, focusing on the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of the Santa Barbara area few visitors ever get to experience.

Santa barbara sailing center

 Learn to sail, charter a sailboat, rent a variety of small sail or power boats or escape on award-winning Liveaboard Instructional Sailing Vacations to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park.
Choose from a wide variety of public cruises and see oceans of marine life and spectacular coastline views.


eateries with outdoor seating

enjoy santa barbara's beautiful weather and gorgeous views while tasting foods from the area's best restaurants and chefs.

Jeannine's restaurant and bakery

Jeannine’s is part of the fabric of Santa Barbara and strives daily to provide a place where people can enjoy one-of-a-kind pastries and nutritious food every day.

Three locations: Montecito, Downtown, and Uptown

bella vista at the Four seasons resort the biltmore

With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience.

Monday's are for Latte Art 👑

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Zaytoon - the hidden oasis in the center of Santa Barbara. A place where you can experience fresh and tasty Lebanese cuisine. A garden you can enjoy with your special guests. Experience the sounds of waterfall, the glow of little lights and the warmth of fire. 

the stonehouse at san ysidro ranch

Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, The Stonehouse features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with crackling fireplace and creek side views. Guests can dine under the romantic gaze of Southern California's stars on the ocean view deck--a wood-burning fireplace and heated stone flooring provide year-round comfort.

Boathouse at hendry's beach

The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, featuring exquisite dining and Santa Barbara's most spectacular ocean views. Stop by for fresh seafood and the best happy hour anywhere.


New Years Eve Celebrations in Santa Barbara and Montecito


New Years Eve Celebrations in Santa Barbara and Montecito



Jet set new years eve

where: four seasons biltmore

when: 6pm-2am

cost: first class ticket - $210

"Toast the New Year in style as we jet set to Tokyo, Paris, New York and Los Angeles with a dinner buffet highlighting each cities flavors and cooking techniques. A first class ticket includes admission to Ty Lounge where guests will dance the night away and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight."|1272|1557|1272|1557

NYe brazailian carnival party

where: bacara resort

when: 7:30pm-1:30am

cost: $150

"Inspired by the most iconic carnival celebration in the world, Bacara is pleased to present our take on Brazilian carnival. This festive evening includes samba dancers, dinner stations, party favors, a cash bar and champagne toast. Music by DJ Ricky Rocks includes live drums & percussion spanning today’s dance hits, latin and timeless party classics."


masquerade ball

WHERE: canary hotel

WHEN: 8:00PM-1:00AM

COST: $100

"Includes (1) craft cocktail, (1) glass of champagne at Midnight, sweet & savory bites by Finch & Fork, cash bars, dancing, and live entertainment by DJ Darla Bea."

NYE Sunset sail

WHERE: santa barbara sailing center

WHEN: 3:00PM-5:00pM

COST: $65

"Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and light appetizers while enjoying the last sunset of the year."

Cirque de la Symphonie

WHERE: granada theater

WHEN: 8:30PM-10:30pM

COST: $39 - $114

"Bid a celebratory farewell to 2016 as you spend New Year’s Eve entertained by favorites from stage, screen and Broadway with acrobatic performers from Cirque de la Symphonie. We’ll light up the Granada from 8:30 to 10:30 on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the New Year in unforgettable style."


Rebecca's Holiday Gift Guide


Rebecca's Holiday Gift Guide

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Never skip a beat with your holiday giving

There is a chill in the air, the lights have been hung on Coast Village Road, and the sunsets are brilliant.  To help you navigate your holiday list, Rebecca rounded up a list of her favorite gifts this holiday season. See her picks below!

scent of a woman

Let me say upfront that I am biased about Sarabecca, but that does not make me love it any less.  My husband created this line of all-natural perfumes, and I was there watching and smelling and suggesting every step of the way.  His vision was to create truly natural and truly beautiful perfumes, something that is very hard to do, and he has succeeded magnificently.  Sarabecca is his labor of love, and I love it too.  I wear Sarabecca every day, and love to give it to the special people in my life. Sarabecca Natural Perfume Gift Assortment, $70;

Warm his heart

If luxury was defined by a feeling, it would feel like the inside of a UGG slipper.  The Men's Ascot is the perfect gift, lined with soft, natural wool and rubber soles, these slippers will get him through winter, indoors and out!  UGG Ascot Slippers for Men, $120; 

The ultimate first ride

Three of our grandsons are toddlers, and this year I want to get them Skuuts balance bikes.  These cute little wooden bikes teach kids how to balance without the use of training wheels or a trike.  Parents say that having both feet on the ground builds confidence and is a great transition to pedal bikes.  Skuut Diggin Active Red Balance Bike, $99;

Rockin' around the christmas tree

Sonos PLAYBAR is a home theater soundbar and streaming music speaker in one.  We love music in our house, but TV has its place too!  We love that Sonos can deliver both.  Sonos PLAYBAR, $699;

treat yourself

On Sunday nights we like to snuggle in.  We often make a vegetable stew and watch a movie or a football game.  All of this goes perfectly with our favorite wine, Linne Colado.  Linne is a boutique winery in Paso Robles, and every wine they make is amazing.  You won’t find it in many restaurants or retail locations, so you might want to go up and visit their very cool facility (something else we love to do).  Their wines are pricey, but worth it.  We are club members and have never had one that we didn’t love. Linne Calodo Wineries;

Montecito Gift Guide

a signature staple

Even in the digital age I still rely on  pen and paper.  My quintessential luxury gift this holiday season is the Montblanc pen.  I treasure my Montblanc pen almost like a piece of jewelry!  A Montblanc pen is a timeless gift for someone truly special in your life.  Montblanc Etoile de Montblanc Sand Fountain Pen;


With so many holiday parties and get togethers this time of year it is great to have something on hand to show your appreciation for your host or hostess.  COS BAR has a wide selection of luxury gifts for any price range.  An office favorite, NEST's votive set can transform any space.  NEST Luxury Votive Set, $40;


Montecito Hiking Trails


Montecito Hiking Trails


Santa Barbara is home to many amazing hiking trails, perfect for the avid outdoor enthusiast. Although Montecito may have a small-town atmosphere, it boasts a wide variety of hiking trails from easy to strenuous, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trail running! Many of our listings are steps away from the most pristine hiking trails, which create a relaxing, serene escape into nature with beautiful scenery of the Santa Ynez mountains and sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.  Looking to escape the beach? Check out these 4 beautiful hikes located in Montecito. 


#1 San Ysidro Trail

This a beautiful and relatively easy 4-mile round trip hike.  The trail is shaded by trees, providing retrieve on warm days.  A large waterfall greets you  after 2 miles in.  The waterfall can be quite impressive after a strong rain, and very tranquil in the drier months.

Our listings in close proximity to the San Ysidro Trail:

764 San Ysidro Lane

Escape to an enchanting East Coast country estate on 2.38 magical acres in the heart of ultra-charming Montecito. Romantic details and character define the exceptional compound, offering an additional charming guest house, pool cabana and separate gym/office. An exquisite landscape of blossoming rose gardens, majestic oaks and redwoods, and tasteful entertaining terraces surround Brookside and offer hiking trails just steps away. After hitting the trails you can relax by the large swimmer's pool, lounge patio, and grand outdoor fireplace while admiring the staggering mountain views. 

871 Oak Grove Drive

A French-inspired stone farmhouse in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle pairs the light and romance of Provence with layered gardens and an advanced smart home automation system. Interior rooms mingle effortlessly while mature oaks and mountain views highlight beautiful outdoor spaces. Expansive finished attic space provides endless possibilities. This peaceful and pristine home is a treasure. In the backyard, an outdoor kitchen and shower allow for incredible outdoor living with a spa made of Santa Barbara stone. 

#2 McMenemy Trail 

McMenemy Trail is 1.2 miles and leads across San Ysidro Creek through a stunning eucalyptus forest. A well maintained the trail, suitable for horses with multiple hitching posts along the way.  A bench at the top allows for a nice place to take in the breathtaking ocean views.

Our listings in close proximity to the McMenemy Trail:

900 Hot Springs Road

Fall in love with the endless ocean and mountain views of romantic Prima Luce, Italian for “first light.” In the finest Montecito location, Prima Luce enjoys unparalleled privacy and a most tranquil setting with many hiking trails just feet out the door.  This estate is also in close proximity to the renowned amenities of affluent Montecito. Impeccably designed to maximize views and privacy, and built to the highest standards, Prima Luce’s stunning architecture is adorned with hand painted details, paneled walls and the finest finishes. Surrounded by the estate’s 2+ acres of alluring gardens and oak woodland, an inviting guesthouse, fireside pool cabana and wonderful children’s play house complete this most idyllic ocean view retreat. 

818 Hot Springs Road

Nestled at the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, with many local hiking trails, one of the area’s most luxurious and romantic estates embodies authentic French spirit, while breathtaking Pacific Ocean and Channel Island views capture the essence of California coastal living. Designed by noted architect Lutah Maria Riggs, the expansive main residence is reminiscent of an 18th century French country manor with charming shutters, a slate roof and an alluring stone and blush stucco façade. Extensively remodeled in 2006, the home meets every modern standard while maintaining the exceptional architectural pedigree. Only the natural beauty of the surrounding ocean and mountain panoramas match the impressive architectural provenance and enchanting landscape of this truly captivating Montecito estate with beautiful gardens by famous landscape architect Lockwood de Forest. 

#3 Ennisbrook Trail

Stroll through an oak woodland and enjoy this mostly flat trail. Approximately a 1.8-mile loop with 150 feet of elevation change within the 44-acre San Ysidro Creek Preserve. The trail follows along San Ysidro Creek and the old stone bridges that span the creekside. A perfect trail to enjoy on a warm day shaded by oak trees with loved ones!   

Our listings in close proximity to the Ennisbrook Trail:

308 Ennisbrook, Rancho San Leandro

Set gracefully overlooking the ocean and in the shadow of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Rancho San Leandro reigns over Montecito as it has for nearly 170 yrs. The compound, an Adobe (circa 1850), the 2006 Monterey House and a first class equestrian facility, boasts ocean and mountain views, historical significance, and modern amenities on nearly 6 acres. The grounds of Rancho San Leandro are laced with lush gardens, botanical vignettes, and drought tolerant succulents; enjoy an afternoon relaxing on the covered veranda; romantic courtyards beckon late night star gazing; stone pathways meander throughout the property and lead you to discover moments from the estate’s history. Rancho San Leandro is the perfect equestrian estate with local trails nearby for both horseback riding and hiking. 

#4 Toro Canyon Trail

This is a short 1-mile path situated in Toro Canyon Park. The trail is short and not too steep, leading to a gazebo that circles a knoll. The top is the perfect place to catch a stunning Santa Barbara sunset. 

Our listing in close proximity to the Toro Canyon Trail:

705 Toro Canyon Road

Sweeping ocean views are on full display from this modern home designed by Barton Meyers on 10.4 acres in a pastoral location in the Montecito foothills. A sleek balance of steel, glass, and concrete, this remarkable modern home showcasing endless ocean views explores the boundaries of progressive architecture and living in nature. The house boasts three dramatic glass “garage doors” that when raised blur indoor spaces and the outside environment to create a chic, integrated living experience. This house is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with an abundance of hiking trails in close proximity, a beautiful salt-water pool, an outdoor fireplace and terrace with walking paths, an olive grove, and Lockwood de Forest gardens.


      If These Walls Could Talk  Stories From Solana           If the walls of this century old estate could talk, they would have an impressive story to tell.  From its time as a great American Think Tank, the journey through a meticulous 21st century renovation, to the care and thought in raising a six-tiered rose garden with over 500 roses, Solana has many remarkable stories to share.  A property like Solana exudes a timeless appeal and offers the new owner the opportunity to be the steward of an important piece of American history.  Click below to watch three short films about Solana.                                              The Center of the Study of Democratic Institutions  with Professor Keith Melville                                              Solana’s Architecture  with Restoration Architect, Don Nulty                                              Solana’s rose gardens   with Master Rosarian, Dan Bifano           For a deeper look into the beauty of solana view our slideshow


If These Walls Could Talk

Stories From Solana

If the walls of this century old estate could talk, they would have an impressive story to tell.  From its time as a great American Think Tank, the journey through a meticulous 21st century renovation, to the care and thought in raising a six-tiered rose garden with over 500 roses, Solana has many remarkable stories to share.  A property like Solana exudes a timeless appeal and offers the new owner the opportunity to be the steward of an important piece of American history.  Click below to watch three short films about Solana.


The Center of the Study of Democratic Institutions

with Professor Keith Melville


Solana’s Architecture

with Restoration Architect, Don Nulty


Solana’s rose gardens 

with Master Rosarian, Dan Bifano

For a deeper look into the beauty of solana view our slideshow