5. 65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

December 1, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Downtown Santa Barbara

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More than 65,000 spectators line State Street each year in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade! Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our soon to be announced, Grand Marshal! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, lead the parade and light up the street on their way down the parade route.

This year, we’re celebrating the Colors of the Season via the many traditions, holidays, and colors of the Winter season. We are inspired by vibrant colors, kaleidoscopes, rainbows, and anything festively neon or colorful! For more inspiration, check our style guide HERE. Share your ideas and pictures with our official hashtag #DSBHolidayParade.


4. Annual Christmas Fest to Spread Love

December 1 - 3, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Westmont hosts its 13th annual Christmas Festival, retelling the Christmas story by weaving narration with music from the Westmont Orchestra, College Choir, and Choral Union on Friday, December 1, at 7 PM; Saturday, December 2, at 2 PM and 7 PM; and Sunday, December 3, at 3 PM, all at First Presbyterian Church.

The festival blends traditional seasonal carols with historic works. These pieces include “The Waters of Love,” a 20th-century composition by Patrick Hawes, “Speaking of Love,” a 21st-century piece by Danyew, and “Gaudete,” a 16th-century composition arranged by Gary Fry.


3. Handcrafted Holiday Marketplace

December 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Art from Scrap, 302 East Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Art from Scrap’s family-friendly Handcrafted Holiday Marketplace. Buy local this year by getting your gifts at Handcrafted Holiday!

Visit our outdoor Marketplace and Fiber Arts Show in the Gallery. Free Craft Demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon to inspire you with ideas about how to have a more eco-friendly holiday season. Join amazing artist Sharon Nigh for Bow Making at 12:00 pm, Chalkboard Reusable Gift Tags at 1 PM, and Cork Snowmen at 2 PM.


2. Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at the Zoo

December 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are highly endangered and the subject of celebration at this Zoo event. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains and play in the snow area. There are also snow leopard arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Early 9 AM entry for SB Zoo Members only!


1. The Empire Strikes Back(yard)

December 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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Looking for a fun, unique, and family-friendly activity in Santa Barbara? Then mark your calendar for Sunday, December 3rd from 11 AM – 2 PM when “The Empire Strikes Back(yard)!”

As a special holiday treat, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has partnered with the 501st Legion, Galactic Academy, and Rebel Legion to bring special visitors, big and small, from a galaxy far, far, away. Join us in the Museum’s Coggeshall Bowl for a unique opportunity to take photos with some of your favorite galactic characters, explore the Museum’s galleries and exhibits, and see a free planetarium show!


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