The Best Winter Events in Santa Barbara

We’re not bragging or anything, but winter in Santa Barbara is just about the most perfect time of year. The skies are blue and clear, the sun shines brightly over the breathtaking landscape, and the temperatures are never too cold or too hot. Ok, maybe we’re bragging a little, considering that many of our guests live in parts of the world where winter comes early and lasts late, but can you blame us? Santa Barbara is as close to paradise as you can get, and if you feel the urge to get out of the slush, snow, and cold of your hometown, we invite you to visit us in California! Here’s a the best winter events in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Night Market, 701 State Street

Held every day except Tuesdays from November 23rd through January 6th, the Santa Barbara Night Market is exactly what it seems, yet so much more; it’s a place to buy trinkets and doodads at night. Themed after a European-style Christmas market, this year’s event will feature carolers, holiday pastries, live entertainment, and Christmas surprises that will please every member of your family!

Snow Leopard Festival, Santa Barbara Zoo, December 2nd

The markings on the snow leopard are nature’s way of ensuring their survival, but even nature can’t win in the battle of man vs. wild. Listed on the endangered species list, the Santa Barbara Zoo does its part to ensure they live forever with this festival drawing attention to their plight. Featuring children’s activities that include opportunities to conquer the “Himalayan Mountains,” sledding, snow, and arts and crafts that revolve around the beautiful cat, this festival is fun for the entire family, but will be particularly adored by the children in your traveling party.

32nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights, Santa Barbara Harbor and Waterfront, December 9th

As Christmas draws ever closer, the fun begins with a colorful boat parade designed to charm the entire family. Continue the debate of colored lights versus white lights as boat after boat leads the way along the waterfront and end the night with a fireworks show that will take your breath away. Arrive early and play in snow that is trucked in just for the event and let your children take pictures with Santa for a magical night they will never forget, it’s definitely one of the best winter events in Santa Barbara.

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