Most Festive Things to Do in Santa Barbara This Holiday Season

As the holidays quickly approach, you may find yourself overwhelmed and underprepared; 2017 has been a crazy busy year! Wasn’t it only yesterday you were breaking your first resolution, just minutes after you made it? Now, you look around you and realize Thanksgiving is next week, the Christmas decorations are already up in the stores, and you want to know, “WHERE DID THE TIME GO?”

Because you need an infusion of holiday cheer and one last chance to slow down before the year ends, we suggest that a festive vacation in sunny Santa Barbara with your family is the perfect way to do so! Here’s a list of festive activities that will help you get in the mood—the holiday mood, that is!

La Arcada Christmas Walk

The sun is always shining in Santa Barbara, but that won’t stop you from feeling the holiday spirit when you participate in the Annual Christmas Walk! Carolers dressed in their Dickensonian finest will sing for you as you stroll, mingle, and shop in a winter wonderland on November 29th from 5PM until 8PM.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The holiday tradition of seeing the Nutcracker is only enhanced by the opportunity to watch it at the Granada Theater! This historic venue, built in 1924, has three performances of everyone’s favorite ballet scheduled: December 16th at 2:30 & 7:30 PM and December 17th at 2PM. Reserve your tickets now before they sell out!

Santa Barbara Trolley

Ride around Santa Barbara in a historic trolley decorated for the season in a 90-minute tour that allows you to view festive homes, also decorated for the season, while sipping cider and singing Christmas carols.

The Miracle on East Quinientos Street

Speaking of lights, this special neighborhood located in the heart of Santa Barbara goes all out for the holidays, creating a magical Christmas display that will bring warmth, light, and love to even the staunchest Christmas Grinch!

We Love a Parade!

Especially when it is a holiday parade held on the water! December 10th is the date and 5:30 is the time you want to find yourself sitting along this watery parade route, cheering on the holiday light decorated boats that glide smoothly through the water!

Make New Holiday Memories

In your Paradise Retreats cozy cottage! Reserve yours today and rediscover the warmth and love of whatever holiday you celebrate with your family right here in Santa Barbara!