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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!