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Santa Barbara is a special city, marked by unique architecture, a vibrant community, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous natural scenery around every corner. The wintertime here is cozy and fun and the air is always full of seasonal magic. When you’re planning your visit, make sure to think about the seasonal Santa Barbara events that lie in wait as we head into winter.

Thanksgiving at the Bacara Ballroom Terrace

November 28th

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Give thanks while celebrating the holiday in a classy setting. This brunch will offer a traditional Thanksgiving experience, complete with roast turkey, prime ribs, and seasonal side dishes, much of which is locally sourced. You’ll even find a ceviche bar and a dessert hall here! It’s a great stop during the week of Thanksgiving.

French Cuisine and Wine Tasting

November 29th, December 7th

Bon Appetit’s Kitchen

Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience during your vacation this year. Up the wine-tasting ante by attending this unique event, which includes the tasting of traditional French food and a culinary workshop. You even have the option to stay and hang out and enjoy happy hour and tea afterward. It’s definitely a cozy way to spend a winter afternoon.

Santa Barbara Christmas Celebration Concert

Friday, November 29th

The Lobero Theatre

Join us in viewing Grammy-nominated songwriter Jim Brickman as he takes us through a musical celebration of the Christmas season at the lovely Lobero Theatre. Music is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, so grab your tickets now!

2019 Holiday Party

December 5th

Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar

Join the fun at the lively Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar for the annual holiday party and dinner, happening between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on December 5th. This is one of the best Santa Barbara events and is held by the Santa Barbara Sail & Power Squadron, so boat lovers won’t want to miss it.

Santa Barbara Events: Parade of Lights

Sunday, December 8th

132 Harbor Way

This is one parade you’ll never forget. It’s not just any parade—it’s a boat parade on the water! Along with that, you’ll find holiday activities starting in the early afternoon on the City Pier, and fireworks at the end of the night too. This is the 33rd annual Parade of Lights, and we know it’s an event we’re always going to look forward to each year.

Paradise Retreats Awaits Your Arrival

Make sure to jot down Paradise Retreats on your list of places to visit! Between all these exciting and fun-filled events, you’ll be endlessly glad to have such a lovely and comfortable rental home to return to in the evenings and wake up in the mornings, like our gorgeous Buena Vista home. Call us at 1-805-275-1851 to find your rental home today. We offer a vast selection of properties, including vacation homes with a private pool!

Santa Barbara is one of the most colorful and vibrant cities you can visit on the entire western coastline. The rich local culture, natural wonders, and even the very architecture all exude a comfortably Californian vibe that you’ll melt into happily, and when you come to enjoy the Santa Barbara sea and sunshine with somebody you love, you’re definitely going to want to explore the romantic side of the city. Here are a few ideas for ensuring the most romantic oceanside Santa Barbara getaway ever:

Spend the Day at Butterfly Beach

Take a day to enjoy this picturesque beach with your one and only. Unlike many of the other beaches in Santa Barbara that face south, Butterfly Beach faces west, out to open sea, which means this is the best place in the city to be when the sun is going down.

Plan a Lunch Date at the Rusack Vineyards

You will both adore Rusack Vineyards, whether you’re lifelong wine lovers or just want to check it out for fun. The rustic yet luxurious aesthetic, the gently rolling hills, and the award-winning wines you get to try in the tasting room will make for the most memorable date.

Take a Walk Down the Stearns Wharf

The best places to visit are often the simplest. Taking a cozy walk together down to the end of the wharf is a free and straightforward way to spend an hour or two. Simply enjoy the oldest wooden wharf in continuous use in California and explore the 17 shops and restaurants there.

Snag Tickets to a Show at The Granada Theatre

For nearly a hundred years The Granada Theatre has stood in the heart of downtown, and it’s a favorite among for locals. Check out the show calendar as you’re planning your trip to see what’s showing, and after your show, stop by the cocktail bar next door together for a cocktail or two!

End the Trip with A Surprise Helicopter Tour

Surprise your significant other with a breathtaking flight that takes you up over the city and the out over the sea. Check out Helicopter Tours of Santa Barbara and start getting excited about this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure! This is one flight you won’t forget, and will probably be your favorite activity during your Santa Barbara getaway!

Your Santa Barbara Getaway Awaits

Paradise Retreats is offering the best in world-class vacation rentals for your Santa Barbara getaway. Call us today to learn about our Santa Ynez Valley rentals and to find your dream vacation home.