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If you are still trying to find the perfect location to spend New Year’s, your search now is over. Santa Barbara is the perfect location to see off 2020 with a variety of activities and lively events to hold you over. Take a look at what kind of festivities you can find during New Years in Santa Barbara:

Spend the Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

While you may not be able to find your typical events for New Year’s this year, there is still plenty for you to see and do. One of the top attractions in the city is Santa Barbara Zoo, one of the most incredible zoos in the world. Your family will be joyful when they hear that the Santa Barbara Zoo is open for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day during normal business hours. The zoo features over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats. Popular critters here at the zoo include cheetahs, flamingos, gorillas, lions, penguins, giraffes, and so much more. The Santa Barbara Zoo currently has the zoo train and giraffe feeding decks open for the winter season. You do not want to miss out on a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Normal business hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive; call 805-962-5339 for any questions or to purchase tickets in advance.

Schedule a New Year’s Eve Dinner

There is no better night for a romantic and fine dining experience than New Year’s Eve. Several restaurants in the city will be hosting special New Year’s Eve menus for the holiday. Dine with Bouchon, a fine dining restaurant that features wine country cuisine and offers a full three courses. Or choose from the regular menu to find something you look for. New Year’s Eve at Bouchon will take place from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. You can also dine with Belmond El Encanto for a more festive dining experience. A full three-course menu will be served with flutes of champagne and live jazz to enjoy. Whichever restaurant you pick, you will be bringing in the new year with style and incredible food.

Visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara

A New Year’s Eve getaway is the perfect time to get out and explore everything that Santa Barbara has to offer. You cannot pass up on an opportunity to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This local landmark is a Spanish mission that was first erected in 1786. For over 200 years the Old Mission Santa Barbara has provided a beauty like no other. Incredible Spanish architecture and colors decorate the building and have inspired other buildings in the city to follow the same format. The Old Mission Santa Barbara is open daily for tours and free-roaming from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This local landmark can be found at 2201 Laguna St and has been accepting visitors since 1820.

Make the Drive to Lotusland

If you want to see some of the natural beauty surrounding Santa Barbara, you need to make the short drive to Lotusland. This non-profit botanical garden is located in Montecito and is worth the short drive. Over 3,000 different plants are located at Lotusland, which has been recognized as one of the top 10 gardens in the world. Explore the property as desert landscape surrounds decorative pools and more. You can find Lotusland on Cold Spring Road in Montecito; tickets start at $50 per adult, and it is worth the price of admission.

Relax at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park

Since the weather is so beautiful even during the winter in Santa Barbara, you need to check out the local beaches. One of the most popular beaches in the area can be found at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park just off Cliff Drive in the city. Arroyo Burro Beach is technically a dog beach where your canine companion will have an absolute blast. The area features picnic tables, BBQ grills, outdoor showers, and more so you can easily spend the day here. The park opens up daily at 8:00 AM and closes at sundown, so you literally have all day to explore. Make sure your pup is on a leash! The Arroyo Burro Beach County Park can be found at 2981 Cliff Dr in Santa Barbara.

New Years in Santa Barbara is Always Better

Don’t settle for less than spectacular for the upcoming New Year’s holiday. Instead, spend your time with us here in Santa Barbara. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable throughout your stay while having access to everything in Santa Barbara. Pick out your favorite rental property today and get ready for 2021 New Years in Santa Barbara!

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2019 is on its way out, and we’ll be closing the chapter on the 2010s. Hello, 2020! Let’s celebrate this landmark holiday in style, the New Year’s in Santa Barbara way. Come and visit us in one of the most unique and refreshing cities on the California coast. What better way to refresh yourself for the coming new year than celebrate this joyful holiday at our beautiful Ballard Canyon Ranch?

New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine Pairing Flight

Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
137 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA
Tickets: $10

This is a great way to start your New Year’s Eve. This tasting room will be open until 2:00pm, so you can head in and get started early on your New Year’s celebrations! From Belgian chocolates to exotic teas, this is truly a unique tasting experience. The $10 ticket includes a box of truffles (the wine tasting is sold separately).

Brew Year’s Eve 2019! Bring on 2020!

112 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
Tickets: $90

Hosted by Brew Year’s Eve Santa Barbara and the Surf ‘m’ Suds Beer Festival, this event is certainly a fun way to end the year! With the price of your ticket you’ll get access to the party, 10+ craft breweries, wine, margaritas, and more! The fun never stops. Find this party at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in the lively downtown area.

New Year’s Eve w/ Dante Elephante, Clean Spill, & Queen Tide

Soho Restaurant & Music Club
1221 State St #205, Santa Barbara, CA
Tickets: $25 – $40

Doors for this show open at 8:00pm and the show kicks off at 9:00, giving you plenty of time to jam out with Santa Barbara’s top indie rock bands in the last few hours of 2019. Make sure to grab your power hour drink specials while they’re still available! $5 domestic beers and well shots between 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Rockin’ ’80s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 E Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA
Tickets: $100 – $500

Head into the new year by traveling back in time… but not all the way back to the 1920s. How about to a time we actually remember? Let’s head back to the 80s for one night this December! Enjoy a 360-degree view of Venture Beach from this classy ballroom, along with drinks, dancing, and the live band 80s Invasion.

Let Paradise Retreats Carry You into the New Year

The best way you can possibly end your 2019 is by giving yourselves the gift of a Santa Barbara getaway, and a rental home perfectly suited to all of your needs. Call us today at 1-805-275-1851 and we’ll help you get started on finding your rental home for New Year’s 2019.

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As time goes by, we may find ourselves losing interest in the things that have always excited us before; repetition leads to boredom and although, for example, you’ve truly enjoyed your New Year’s festivities in your hometown, there’s only so many times you can go to the same places, see the same people, and make the same toasts before you start to wonder if there are more ways to celebrate your favorite holiday. And to that, we say you better believe there is; especially when you travel to beautiful Santa Barbara for an unforgettable night of fun in New Year’s in Santa Barbara!

New Year’s Eve Sunset Sail, Santa Barbara Sailing Center/Double Dolphin Cruises

While there have probably been many different ways you have celebrated the last day of the year over time, we can almost guess that you have never done so from aboard the deck of a mighty sailing vessel! The Santa Barbara Sailing Center offers a New Year’s Eve Sunset Sail that will make you believe 2019 is going to be the best year yet; and because it ends long before midnight, you can still go out and celebrate with the masses, guaranteeing an evening that will be jam-packed with adventure! Costing $75 per person and offering appetizers and bottomless champagne, this 2-hour cruise will be the perfect way to say adios to 2018!

Brew Year’s Eve Santa Barbara, 100 E Carrillo Street

Ok, you said you wanted to try something different and we are definitely taking you at your word; anyone can celebrate the New Year’s in Santa Barbara with champagne toasts and caviar dreams, but this party features the best of craft beers for your drinking pleasures! Offering music and dancing (The New Vibe and DJ Hecktik is guaranteed to keep the Carrillo Ballroom hopping!) beer, cocktails, and the best dressed partiers in the county, this special event costs $85 per person ($150 for 2) but if you really want to go all out and have up to 7 other people in your group, the VIP Cabanas cost $1200 for the night and are where all the most exciting adventures are bound to occur!

Celebrate New Year’s in Santa Barbara in Your Vacation Rental

Chances are in your excitement to get here you haven’t spent much time enjoying the luxury amenities and creature comforts offered by our Paradise Retreats; so why not stay in and bid adieu to 2018 in comfort and style? As you look around at the plush furnishings, state of the art electronics, and of course, the million dollar views, the best sight will be of your family smiling up at you as you toast another year; reserve yours today and let us be the first to wish you the Happiest of New Years! We have a strong feeling that 2019 is going to be your year!

Looking for a new year’s resolution that will pay off? Plan a vacation to Santa Barbara and book your stay with Paradise Retreats! Santa Barbara has endless activities to do and sights to see. Here are five reasons why enjoying New Year’s in Santa Barbara is a resolution you could give yourself.


The beaches of Santa Barbara offer a variety of atmospheres for vacationers. Want to experience it all? Spend the day at East Beach. Here you can find a game of volleyball, numerous restaurants, check out the local zoo, or take a walk on the wharf. For a more private beach with less distractions, take a day to spend at El Capitan State Beach; this is where you can bring a book and linger on the beach for hours with nothing but relaxation on your mind. Santa Barbara has a beach for just about anyone!


Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara offers incredible hikes and trails for all. Trails range from difficult hikes that take you to the highest lookout points to more relaxing and meditative paths. Nojoqui Falls is an example of a short trail (a .65-mile roundtrip) that leads to a beautiful 80-foot waterfall. Montecito Peak, on the other hand, boasts a height of 3, 214 feet; it’s one the highest peaks in the Santa Ynez mountain range! This 7-mile roundtrip hike gives hikers a great view of Santa Barbara. These are just two examples of many other incredible trails and nature walks to explore. Find out what else is waiting for you on your trip!

Surf During New Year’s in Santa Barbara

The surfing in Santa Barbara is nothing short of legendary. From killer breaks to famous surf films and surf legends (Pat Curren and Shaun Tomson just to name a few), Santa Barbara is a hub for surfing activity. The beaches and waves in Santa Barbara offer mild tides and moderate ocean temperatures. Experienced surfers can find some of the best breaks to ride, while those who just want to try it out are in good company with breaks for surfers of all levels. Sneak surfing into your itinerary for the new year!

Mexican Cuisine

There is no doubt that Santa Barbara offers a milieu of cuisine and culinary diversity, but one of the city’s points of pride is the incredible Mexican food available, specifically tacos! To find the best tacos during New Year’s in Santa Barbara, head to Milpas Street. Here, you’ll find local favorites. You want to be in the know about the most authentic tacos. Places like Taqueria Bajio and Taqueria La Colmena will tickle your taste buds! For fresh Mexican seafood dishes, you’ll want to visit Cesar’s Place.

Wine Country

Santa Barbara boasts a wine country filled with wine tastings and winery tours, as well as restaurants and farmers’ markets to compliment them. Find wonder in the nuanced tastes of each wine and beauty in the surrounding vineyards. Take a whole day and sip your way into a Santa Barbara wonderland of wine. Learn from some of the great wineries, such as Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard and Sanford Winery. Santa Barbara is begging you to add wine tasting to your resolutions list!

Resolve to Stay with Paradise Retreats

Paradise Retreats wants you to start off the new year with dreams you can make happen! As you decide to let a vacation to Santa Barbara be one of them, make sure you plan your stay with Paradise Retreats. We can provide a location that is accommodating, restful, and of the utmost quality. Choose to start and end your day with Paradise Retreats as you embark on a new 2017 adventure to Santa Barbara. Contact us today!