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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!

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.