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There is no time of year in which you cannot enjoy the incredible beauty of Santa Barbara. But around Halloween, the city comes to life with opportunity after opportunity to have an amazing time. The best part is that there is something for everyone here. Whether you are looking to go to amazing parties, do something fun with kids, or anything in between, you will find a Santa Barbara Halloween that you won’t soon forget.

Great Parties

Santa Barbara is a fun-loving town with a strong college presence, so the community takes a good party quite seriously. There is no time when this is truer than during Halloween. You can find great parties throughout the whole city, but you will find the Halloween version of Mardi Gras in Isla Vista. This little section of town is right on the water next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. There are endless places to celebrate that will be filled with some of the most inventive costumes you have ever seen.

Great Family Fun

There are also countless ways to enjoy the holiday with family in Santa Barbara. You can find trick or treating opportunities all over the city, but some of the most unique opportunities are in the Paseo Nuevo district downtown. You cannot find a more energetic trick or treating experience than you can here. Retailers throughout the area hand out candy, and then the party turns into a monster mash themed dance party.

Haunted Houses

Santa Barbara may not seem like the spookiest place, what with all the beaches and amazing weather, but it has a very long history, and it can feel very haunted. There are plenty of haunted houses throughout the city that will provide a memorable experience. You can find casual haunted houses that are better for families, or truly terrifying ones like the Grimsley Haunt, which is one of the most notorious on California’s Central Coast.

The Weather in Santa Barbara Halloween Season

The weather in Santa Barbara is always perfect. This gives it an immediate advantage over places that offer frigid temperatures during the Halloween season. This gives you the ultimate freedom in picking out your costumes, and it gives you the ability to be outside and spend the night however you want. You could even hit the beach if you want!

As you can see from this very short list, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this Santa Barbara Halloween season. But it does not begin to do justice to the endless array of options you have in Santa Barbara this Halloween. Take a trip here and find your perfect Halloween in Santa Barbara.

Yep, it’s happened again. Somehow, when you weren’t looking, the calendar flipped a few pages forward and now the Santa Barbara holidays are nearly here again! The really wonderful thing, however, is this year you have planned ahead and have already booked your Paradise Retreats vacation home. Christmas is going to be a destination holiday this year, and you are relieved and excited to get out of the normal chores that totally exhaust you, while you sit back, relax, and regain that holiday spirit that has been missing over the last few years. And as your reward, we are compiling this list of holiday activities in the Santa Barbara area that are destined to help put that jolly smile back on your face!

Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

This night time street parade features thousands of twinkle lights, acrobatic dancers, colorful floats, and Santa Claus himself! Occurring downtown on December 2, this popular parade will bring your spirit back quicker than you can say Merry Christmas!

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

Because you can NEVER have enough parades over the holidays, the Santa Barbara Parade of Lights, held December 11 starting at 5:30, begins at Stearns Wharf and features a Wild West themed holiday celebration: a parade of brightly lit boats dressed in their best holiday finery! Fireworks, snow, treats, and a Christmas village make this party more fun than a barrel of eggnog!

The Nutcracker

Watching the Nutcracker is a time-honored tradition that can be continued today at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara. Built in 1931, history and tradition collide to create a memory making night for your entire family.

La Arcada Christmas Walk

There’s really no way to avoid the last-minute Christmas shopping expedition, but if you time it to happen during the La Arcada Christmas Walk, you may leave the mall feeling merrier than when you arrived! Carolers singing, the smell of hot buttered popcorn wafting through the air, the sounds of happy children and the sight of charmingly decorated stores can’t help but get you excited about the pending arrival of Jolly St. Nick.

The Miracle on East Quinientos Street

There is no better place in Santa Barbara to view Christmas Lights. The owner of this private residence (yes, it’s just one house) puts on a show that shames the rest of the neighborhood and warms the cockles of our hearts! Everywhere you turn, you will find a light display that thrills and awes. Not one square inch of this holiday spectacular is left dark!

Paradise Retreats

If you haven’t planned ahead, there is still time right now to book your luxury Paradise Retreats vacation home and celebrate the Santa Barbara holidays in style. And if not, there’s always next year!