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!