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Santa Barbara Holiday Events

Santa Barbara is known for celebrating year-round, but seasonal holidays always afford another opportunity to experience SB's festive spirit. Here are some upcoming holiday events in Santa Barbara that you'll definitely want to add to your special escape to The American Riviera®!

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Thursday Dec 18, 2014


Pop-up Gift Basket Making Shop

Last pop-up boutique of the season! Join us as we collaborate with the wonderful Hotel Milo on the waterfront for a Gift Basket Making Shop next Thursday! We'll be selling local goodies from our artisan favorites and supply a station to create your own whimsical gift box or basket from our stock! Presented by Isabella Gourmet Foods and Hotel Milo!

Saturday Dec 20, 2014


2nd Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 2-5PM
  • Location: Santa Barbara Running Co.
  • Address: 110 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-8802

SB Running invites you, your family, and friends (kids are welcome) to our Funk Zone location for an ugly sweater 5K fun run, some holiday cheer and last minute shopping! Enjoy raffles and giveaways, prizes for the ugliest sweaters and 20% off all items in store for participants! The fun run will

Global Gardens Los Olivos Farm Stand Open House
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: 4-7PM
  • Location: 2450 Alamo Pintado Road
  • Address: Corner of Los Olivos & Solvang, Los Olivos, CA
  • Phone: 800-307-0447

Complimentary appetizers & desserts made with Global Gardens award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamics and their entire product line. Meet cookbook author & Global Gardens owner Theo Stephan and get original recipes for your holiday needs; learn how to make the best turkey ever!

Granada Theatre Presents: The Nutcraker
  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Sat 2PM & 7:30PM; Sun 2PM
  • Address: 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-899-2222
  • Venue: Granada Theatre

This holiday family favorite is based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman, and set to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsk.  The ballet tells the story of young Clara, who receives a beautiful toy Nutcracker on Christmas Eve.

La Pastorela (A Sheperd's Play)
  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 12/20 @ 7PM, 12/21 @ 2 & 7PM
  • Location: Presidio Chapel
  • Address: 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-965-0093
  • Venue: El Presidio de Santa Barbara

La Pastorela is a historic Santa Barbara Christmas tradition. Dramatizing the epic battle between good and evil, the play invokes elements of spectacle, comedy and fantasy. This version was transcribed in the mid-nineteenth century by Pablo de la Guerra and will be conducted in Spanish.

West Coast Ballet: A Gem of a Nutcracker
  • December 20, 2014
  • Times: Sat 7:30PM; Sun 2:30PM
  • Address: 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0408
  • Venue: Center Stage Theater

This ballet troupe will present its production of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet of E.T.A. Hoffmann's eternal Christmas story complete with falling snow, dancing sweets, magical dolls, waltzing flowers, and more

Santa Barbara Revels Presents: The Christmas Revels: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice
  • December 20, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday December 20 @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm; Sunday Descember 21 @ 2:30pm
  • Address: 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: 805-963-0761
  • Venue: Lobero Theatre

For our 7th annual production, we invite you to join our group of intrepid Irish emigrants on a voyage between the Old World and New World. This imaginative, entertaining theatrical production is a favorite Santa Barbara Tradition for all ages! Join us and be joyous!

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