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Santa Barbara is the place to be when it comes to shamrocks, parties, and the color green. Come and visit us for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 to have the holiday of a lifetime! Here are some of the upcoming events for St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara that we’re most excited about this year:

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Market

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:30am – 11:00pm
38 West Victoria (at Chapala)

We pride ourselves on our sense of community, especially when it comes to our markets. Santa Barbara Public Market will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all day long, including festive food, drinks all around, and even live musical performances. Check out their social media as the holiday draws near for sneak peeks of event details.

Run the Lucky Shamrock 5k for St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 8:00am

Get active on your Santa Barbara retreat this year by joining in on our Lucky Shamrock 5k! It’s a great way to work off all the delicious food and craft beer if you’d like to indulge a bit for the holiday. Entry is $25.

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 8:00pm
Lobero Theatre
33 E Canon Perdido St

The Lobero Theatre is a beautiful historic building, so you should take this chance to see both the lovely Spanish architecture theatre and an awesome Irish concert. Nothing will get you more in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day than a deep dive into the magical world of Irish song and back again. Ticket prices range from $18 – $67.

LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 12:00pm – 2:00am

The best way to spend your evening on St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara is by participating in our LepreCon St. Patrick’s Crawl. This bar hop will last 14 solid hours, although you can hop in and out whenever you want to without cover charges as long as you have your wristband. Enjoy live musical acts, professional photographers, exclusive drink deals, and a St. Paddy’s Day costume contest. There will even be cash prizes offered at this event for the best photos. Ticket prices range from $10-20. (The sooner you buy, the more you save!)

Spend Your Stay with Paradise Retreats

After a long and fun St. Patrick’s Day in Santa Barbara, you’ll want a cozy home to return to in the evening. Stay with Paradise Retreats and you’ll feel pampered and at home during your whole stay. Head over to our catalog to find your rental today!

Christmas is one of the most important times of the year, and we’re all excited for the upcoming Christmas 2019. Spend yours with us this year in gorgeous Santa Barbara at the beautiful Beachfront Bliss! The community spirit here makes for an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be so glad you joined us. Here are some of the things we’re most excited about during Christmas in Santa Barbara this year:

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

Kick off December with this yuletide event on State Street—Santa Barbara’s liveliest thoroughfare. The theme this year is “A Tropical Holiday” so it’s a great way to step outside the box this Christmas. Experience this tropical holiday experience through giant balloons, marching bands, and live performances that will blow you away. The best part is that it’s free to attend!

Christmas in Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

If you miss the Holiday Parade on the 6th, check out the Parade of Lights on the 8th! December is jam-packed with events like this. This parade is special, because it happens on the water. Gather with locals and tourists alike who’ve all come out to see this spectacular show on the waterfront.

Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights

This annual, one-of-a-kind tour runs from December 8th – December 21st, and you’ll never experience the wonder of Santa Barbara quite like this anywhere else. Hop onto the open-air trolley for a 90-minute trip around town to admire the many festive light displays.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet is a timeless tradition that we love to celebrate here in Santa Barbara. Come to the gorgeous Granada Theatre on December 21st or 22nd to catch this phenomenal performance. It’s a great reason to check out this famous theatre too, which is a sight to see all on its own!

Christmas Day in Santa Barbara

Dine in style this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Head out to Belmond El Encanto in the foothills, nestled in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole area.  They’ll be serving up delectable meals during the holidays in The Dining Room & Terrace. Make your way through several courses of the finest food you’ve ever tasted—but make sure to save room for dessert! They have great seasonal specialties there, like eggnog crème brûlée.

Merry Christmas from the Paradise Retreats Family!

You’re so close to the holiday of your dreams. Here in Santa Barbara, you’ll find a comfortable and beautiful rental in which to make your home-away-from-home this Christmas in Santa Barbara. Simply call us today at 1-805-275-1851 and we’ll help you make the first step toward your 2019 Santa Barbara getaway!

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 during the holiday in Santa Barbara!

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 this holiday in 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 Memories During the Holiday in Santa Barbara

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!

Regardless of what time of year it is, you cannot go wrong with a visit to Santa Barbara, but this is especially true for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up. Not only can you enjoy all the things that visitors love about Santa Barbara, but many special events and a potent holiday spirit in the community as well. Regardless of your holiday traditions, you are sure to make Santa Barbara a part of future celebrations after just one visit. Below are some of the things that you will love about the Santa Barbara Thanksgiving holiday.

Fun Events

There are many exciting things going on over the Thanksgiving break in Santa Barbara, but one of the local favorites is the Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash. This annual event takes place at the Santa Barbara Zoo and has become a must-see tradition. The premise of this great tradition is quite simple: give the animals pumpkins and see what happens. You can enjoy watching elephants toss them around playfully, while meercats make new homes out of them. This tradition offers fun for the whole family.

Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Dinner

Santa Barbara is a community that takes their cuisine very seriously. This dedication to amazing food is on full display during Thanksgiving, as there are countless unique restaurants that offer special holiday menus. For a take on Thanksgiving dinner that you can only find in California, visit Bouchon in downtown Santa Barbara. Fresh, local ingredients make these dishes amazing. For Thanksgiving dinner in a beautiful setting, visit the Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf.

Everything You Love About Santa Barbara

It is also a great place to visit during Thanksgiving because it is a great place to visit all the time. You can expect no exception to the amazing weather that graces the city throughout the entire year. The beaches are as beautiful as ever, and this is actually the best time of year for waves in these cool Pacific waters. Beyond this, you can enjoy one of the best wine countries in the United States, exciting night life, and so much more.

Odds are, between family gatherings and epic feasts, you already have some great Thanksgiving traditions. But just imagine the new life that these festivities will take on in a place as beautiful as Santa Barbara. You can enjoy these traditions and a few new ones when you make this upcoming Santa Barbara Thanksgiving. After one experience here, you are sure to make it a point to spend every holiday here!