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Ben Ciccati

Tis the Season 2008

Winter Holiday Events


Grinches, beware!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again in Santa Barbara, and The Indy‘s newest holiday-spirit enforcer, Devon Claire Flannery, wants to make sure you celebrate our warm-weather winters to the fullest. To make it easier for you to do so, she has compiled a list of all the holiday activities taking place in the county this season. In the following pages, you’ll discover that snowfall is possible on the Central Coast, our city boasts more than one extravagant Christmas parade every year, and in Santa Barbara, inviting your Scrooge-inclined friends to go wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley is an important civic duty during the holidays. But even if Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and nativity scenes aren’t your style in December, there is still a plethora of reindeer-free ways to celebrate the season: Take part in a community cookie exchange, watch the lighting of a giant menorah, or share your own unique holiday tradition at a peaceful interfaith holiday celebration. All Santa Barbarans who are reveling in the holiday spirit this season will find that the next few pages will fill their calendars with cheer.

Several locations and times for the events listed in this feature have been changed, canceled, or postponed due to the Tea Fire. The Independent encourages interested readers to call the event’s sponsor in advance for the most up-to-date information.

Thursday December 4th

Candy Cane Train
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Candy Cane Train

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

La Arcada Christmas Walk

An annual S.B. tradition, now in its 14th year, that kicks off the holiday season. 5-8pm. La Arcada Court, 1114 State St. Free. Call 966-6634.

Holiday Image Exhibit Opening Reception

Brooks Institute’s fourth annual Holiday Image Exhibit features photography and graphic design from programs in its wide-ranging visual curriculum. Reception is part of 1st Thursday. 5-9pm. Brooks Institute Cota Gallery, 27 E. Cota St. Call 966-3888.

Festival of Lights

This interfaith community event honors the religious holidays celebrated by our many faith traditions during the winter season. Stories, traditions, and rituals will be shared. Bring holiday food from your tradition to exchange with others. 5-8pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 W. Anapamu St. Free. Call 969-5031.

Striking 12

Hailed as “a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows,” Striking 12 is a hip new musical about a grumpy New Yorker who decides to avoid the New Year’s Eve party scene by spending the evening home by himself. The story comes to life through a musical fusion of rock, pop, and jazz. Dec. 4-28, call for times. Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. $29-$42. Call 965-5400.

Friday December 5th

Pacific Pride Foundation’s Community Cookie Exchange

Members and supporters of the Foundation can bring baked goods to share at this pride-centered event. 7-9pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 963-3636.

Solvang Winterfest Tree Lighting Ceremony

Solvang Park, Mission Dr. and First St., 5pm. Free. Call 688-6144.

23rd Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

Start your holiday shopping early at the best and largest folk art show on California’s Central Coast. Also, enjoy a variety of international music and dance performances while you eat tantalizing ethnic foods. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibits and programs. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. Admission is free. Call 682-4711.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Goleta Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join the lighting of a community Christmas tree, carol singing, and enjoy refreshments while children visit Santa Claus. 4:30pm. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave. Free. Call 683-1124.

Community Holiday Tree Official Lighting Ceremony

The Downtown Organization invites the community to join the Holiday Prince and Holiday Fairy for its official tree-lighting ceremony at the beginning of the 56th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade. 6:30pm. Intersection of State and Victoria sts. Free. Call 962-2098.

A Fairytale Fantasy: 56th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade

The much anticipated Annual Holiday Parade will entertain more than 40,000 spectators as giant helium balloons float down State Street. Honored guests at the parade include the Grand Marshal, the Holiday Prince and Fairy, and Santa Claus! 6:30pm. 500 and 600 blocks of State St. Free. Call 962-2098.

Sing We Nol

The all-men a cappella group Adelfos Ensemble will present works of sacred Christmas music spanning nine centuries. The program will feature pieces by Tavener, Parker and Shaw, P¤rt, Wylkynson, Lynette Johnson, and arrangements by Michael Eglin and Temmo Korisheli. 7:30pm. Old Mission S.B., 2201 Laguna St. $15-$20. Call 682-4149.

Lo, How a Rose: The Fourth Annual Westmont Christmas Festival

With more than 1,800 tickets reserved last year, the Westmont Christmas Festival has become a popular community tradition. This year’s festival features all of the Westmont choirs and the Westmont Orchestra, and auudience participation. Ticket reservations are required due to limited seating. 8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Free. Call 565-7140.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Saturday December 6th

Solvang Julefest Parade

Featuring Grand Marshals Todd Rogers & Phil Dalhausser. 11am. Begins at Old Mission Santa Ines. Free. Call 688-6144.

23rd Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

Start your holiday shopping early at the best and largest folk art show on California’s Central Coast. Also, enjoy a variety of international music and dance performances while you eat tantalizing ethnic food. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibits and programs. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. Admission is free. Call 682-4711.

<em>The Nutcracker</em>, S.B. Festival Ballet
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The Nutcracker, S.B. Festival Ballet

The Nutcracker

Featuring dancers from the Goleta Valley Community Center School of Ballet, this recital promises to be one of many great presentations of this classic. 2pm. San Marcos High School Auditorium, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $11-$13. Call 967-1237.

Handel’s Messiah

The annual holiday music performance by the S.B. Choral Society is legendary. Music Director JoAnne Wasserman conducts the 130-member choir, soloists, and orchestra in Part I and selections from Parts II and III of Handel’s Messiah. 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20-$50. Call 965-6577 for info; 899-2222 for tickets.

Rudolph

The Gustafson School of Ballet and State Street Ballet Young Dancers holiday show. 2pm and 6pm, Lobero Theatre, 33. E. Canon Perdido St. Kids $15; adults $23. Call 963-0761

Santa Paws Dog Fest

Celebrate your canine at this fun-filled festival, which benefits Shiva’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond. Animal communication and doggie CPR demonstrations are followed by a special Ask-a-Vet question and answer session. Your dog can pose with Santa Paws in a rare photo op. Come join in the fun and help a wonderful cause. 10am-4pm. Elings Park, 298 Las Positas Rd. Call 687-7001.

La Patera Holiday Boutique

Come shop for beautiful handmade arts and crafts, while you enjoy food, fun, and more. 10am-4pm. La Patera School, 555 N. La Patera Ln., Goleta. Call 681-1280.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Holiday Open House

Join Artiste Winery for tastings of wine, chocolate, and port, and an art exhibit, too. Patrons can create a painting in an open studio and attend a free cooking demonstration in the afternoon by Chef Kurt Aldredge of the Chef’s Touch Restaurant. 11am-5pm. Artiste Winery, 3569 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Ages 21+. Call 686-2626.

Noche de los Pinitos Gala

This evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres is a benefit for Casa de Herrero, a 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival estate designed by George Washington Smith. Guests can bid on table-top trees created by area designers, architects, and celebrities during a silent auction. 5-8pm. Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. Reservations are required. Ages 21+. Call 565-5653.

Hospice of S.B.’s Light Up a Life Celebration

Come join the community for a night to remember those we love by lighting a star on the Hospice Tree. 5:30pm. Camino Real Marketplace, 6950 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Free-$10. Call 563-8820.

The Christmas Rose

Internationally acclaimed musician and storyteller Patrick Ball’s performance features the sounds of the Irish harp along with holiday tales like A Child’s Christmas in Wales and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy. 7:30pm. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. $15-$22. Call 646-8907.

The Nutcracker

Goleta Ballet Theatre students present the classic ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s music. Director Lisa Abshere assembles dancers ages 6 to adult from S.B. and Goleta to create this charming holiday event. 2pm. San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $12-$14. Call 683-0871.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Holiday in Wine Country

Get in the holiday spirit as you enjoy the premium wines of the Santa Ynez Valley. Fourteen festively decorated S.B. County wineries will be featured at this wine tasting event, all of which will offer free holiday appetizers to complement their wines. Start at Bridlewood Estate Winery, 3555 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez. $35. Ages 21+. Call (800) 563-3183 for more location info.

Sunday December 7th

23rd Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

Start your holiday shopping early at the best and largest folk art show on California’s Central Coast. Also, enjoy a variety of international music and dance performances while you eat tantalizing ethnic food. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibits and programs. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. Admission is free. Call 682-4711.

The Nutcracker

Featuring dancers from the Goleta Valley Community Center School of Ballet, this recital promises to be one of many great presentations of this classic. 2pm. San Marcos High School Auditorium, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $11-$13. Call 967-1237.

Handel’s Messiah

The annual holiday music performance by the S.B. Choral Society is legendary. Music Director JoAnne Wasserman conducts the 130-member choir, soloists, and orchestra in Part I and selections from Parts II and III of Handel’s Messiah. 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20-$50. Call 965-6577 for info; 899-2222 for tickets.

Rudolph

The Gustafson School of Ballet and State Street Ballet Young Dancers holiday show. 2pm, Lobero Theatre, 33. E. Canon Perdido St. Kids $15; adults $23. Call 963-0761.

Advent Organ Series

Experience the sonic splendor of seasonal music in sacred space. Tonight’s featured recitalist will be Nelson Huber. 4:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

21st Annual Motorcycle Toy Run

This one-hour motorcycle ride for charity begins at 10:45 a.m. at Santa Claus Ln., Carpinteria, and ends at the Elks Lodge in Goleta. All motorcycle riders are invited. Toys will be distributed to children of low-income families by the Unity Shoppe. 9-10:30am. $25 donation per rider, plus a new unwrapped toy. Call 689-3065.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Alternative Christmas Market

Do some Christmas shopping for a cause! Come and check out the local and international charities represented-Heifer International, Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, Children of Joy, Fonkoze, Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, and Transition House. There will also be a Silent Auction and a good old-fashioned cake walk. Bring your checkbook (no credit cards) and your Christmas spirit. 11am. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

Lo, How a Rose: the Fourth Annual Westmont Christmas

Festival With more than 1,800 tickets reserved last year, the Westmont Christmas Festival has become a popular community tradition. This year’s festival features all the Westmont choirs and the Westmont Orchestra, and, of course, audience participation. Ticket reservations are required due to limited seating. 8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Free. Call 565-7140.

Hospice of S.B.’s Light Up a Life Celebration

Come join the community for a night to remember those we love by lighting a star on the Hospice Tree. 5:30pm. Hollyhock Cottage, 789 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Free-$10. Call 563-8820.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Monday December 8th

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Bent Olsen, a fourth-generation Danish baker, created this impressive 8x11x10-foot-tall gingerbread house using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough, 150 pounds of powdered sugar, and three gallons of egg whites. Come by and enjoy the delightful sight and smell of this unique creation. Available for viewing through Dec. 31. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1529 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Tuesday December 9th

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Wednesday December 10th

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

United Way of S.B. County’s Holiday Bash

Enjoy an evening of food, music, and friends as the United Way celebrates the progress of its community campaign and acknowledges outstanding individuals and organizations. 5:30-7:30pm. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $25-$200. Call 965-8594.

Thursday December 11th

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

The Schlieske Sisters Holiday Show

Sisters Tina and Laura host a dinner concert with rockin’ fun Christmas songs. 6-8pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. $15. All ages. Call 962-7776.

In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

S.B. Revels presents this spectacular event inspired by ancient celebrations of the Winter Solstice. The 1,000-member audience is invited to sing with the cast throughout the performance. 7:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 Cota St. $20-$75. Call 963-0761.

Fifth Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Concert

Come spend a heart-warming Chumash Christmas at the fifth annual Toys for Tots benefit concert featuring rising country stars Keith Anderson, Danielle Peck, and Kate and Kacey Coppola. All ticket proceeds go to Toys for Tots, a nonprofit that collects toys and raises funds for families and children in need. 8pm. Chumash Casino & Resort, Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $25-$45. Call 686-4152.

Friday December 12th

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Miles of Smiles: The 57th Annual Milpas Street Holiday Parade

Helping to make this year’s edition of the Milpas Street holiday tradition the best ever will be marching bands, lighted vehicles, creative floats, antique autos, community groups, local guest celebrities, and even Santa himself arriving on his own special lighted float! 6:30pm. Parade starts at intersection of Ortega and Milpas sts. Free. Call 845-4638.

Inspecting Carol

A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious holiday romp. Directed by Richard Kuhlman. 8pm. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. $15-$50. Call 646-4300.

In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

S.B. Revels presents this spectacular event inspired by ancient celebrations of the Winter Solstice. The 1,000-member audience is invited to sing with the cast throughout the performance. 7:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 Cota St. $20-$75. Call 963-0761.

Santa Lucia Pageant

Part of Solvang’s Winterfest, this world premiere of a traditional Santa Lucia pageant in verse and dance is performed by students of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. 6pm. Solvang Park, corner of Mission Dr. and 1st St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144.

Saturday December 13th

Solvang Nativity Pageant

Produced by a community group, this annual event includes a choir, costumed actors, and live animals. 5 and 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Free. Call (800) 468-6765.

The Nutcracker

State Street Ballet’s unique performance to Tchaikovsky’s holiday music. 2 and 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

Winter FUNderland

Santa Barbarans can enjoy tons of snow this holiday season at the Winter FUNderland fest! Throughout the day, enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies, along with holiday shopping at the Museum Store. Bring your mittens and camera to take a picture with Santa, Frosty, the Elves, and reindeer! 10am-4pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd. $5-$8, plus $1-$4 for extra activities. Call 682-4711 x405.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair

Tough economic times always hit the most vulnerable populations the hardest. In an effort to place healthy, adoptable pets into loving homes, Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP) is partnering with K-9 Pals and Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS) to host a Home for the Holidays adoption fair. Special adoption rates will be available. 10am-4pm. County Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Rd., Goleta. Call 883-3368.

Concert in the Park

Come hear your favorite Christmas songs performed by Lompoc musicians. Bring a chair! 10:30am-4:30pm. Centennial Park, intersection of H and Cypress sts., Lompoc. Free. Call 291-2046.

Nutcracker at the Arlington

S.B. Festival Ballet performs the ballet classic in its 34th annual production with full orchestra. 2:30 and 9pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $20-$42. Call 963-4408.

Sunday December 14th

Venice Holiday Concert

Surf-scented harmonies and folk-pop vocals for a night of Venice originals and popular Christmas songs. 8pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. $25. All ages. Call 962-7776.

The Nutcracker

State Street Ballet’s unique performance to Tchaikovsky’s holiday music. 2pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

Advent Organ Series

Experience the sonic splendor of seasonal music in sacred space. Tonight’s featured recitalist will be David A. Bell. 4:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Let’s Go Caroling!

Come ring in the holiday spirit with a festive night of singing and visiting. Includes a potluck dinner. 4:30pm. Carpinteria Women’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Rd., Carpinteria. Free. Call 884-4009.

Santa Claus Photo-Op

Bring your camera for a fun photo opportunity with Santa! Santa’s workshop will be open and full of stocking stuffers perfect for the young marine biologist or the seasoned ocean enthusiast in your family. 1-4pm. Ty Warner Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf. $5-$8. Call 962-2526.

Holiday Open House

Annual community holiday event with Santa, live music, tours, and holiday spirit! 1-4pm. Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Call 681-7217.

Nutcracker at the Arlington

The 34th annual performance by S.B. Festival Ballet, with full orchestra, of the ballet classic. 9pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $20-$42. Call 963-4408.

Monday December 15th

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Winter Zoo Camp

These one-week programs for kids include games, teacher-led workshops, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts. 9am-2pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Ni±os Dr. $185-$210. Ages 3+. Call 962-5339.

Tuesday December 16th

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

S.B. Channels Holiday Extravaganza

Get in the swing of the holidays! This dinner fundraiser featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will help raise money for local TV channels 17 and 21. 5pm-8pm. El Paseo, 813 Anacapa St. $50. Call 963-3893.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Show

Delivering a joyous holiday performance for the whole family, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revisits festive favorites and reworks yuletide classics like Blue Christmas, Jingle Bells, and We Three Kings into rollicking Big Band extravaganzas. 8:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $15-$50. Call 893-6038.

Wednesday December 17th

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Peter Pan

A rare revival of the 1950 Broadway hit. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $30-$70. Call 963-0761.

Thursday December 18th

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Peter Pan

A rare revival of the 1950 Broadway hit. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $30-$70. Call 963-0761.

Dave Koz and Friends

The 11th annual Dave Koz and Friends Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour will feature special guests Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, and Keiko Matsui. Chumash Casino & Resort, Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez. $35-$85. Ages 18+. Call (800) 248-6274.

Solvang Nativity Pageant

Produced by a community group, this annual event includes a choir, actors in elaborate costumes, and live animals. 5 and 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Free. Call 800-468-6765.

Julefest Sparkle and Shine Tasting

Featuring Nicolas Feullatte, one of the premiere champagne houses in France. $15-$20. Noon-7pm. 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang, Call (800) 468-6765.

Friday December 19th

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along and Wassail Party

Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 687-0189.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Solvang Julefest Community Caroling

Join in the singing and celebration of the season on the shortest day of the year! 6pm. Solvang Park, corner of Mission Dr. and 1st St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144.

A Winter Wonderland

Bring the whole family to watch an enchanting performance by the Montecito School of Ballet. 7:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $13-$17. Call 884-4087.

Inspecting Carol

A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious holiday romp. Directed by Richard Kuhlman. 8pm. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. $15-$50. Call 646-4300.

Saturday December 20th

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Second Annual Young Adults Vodka Latke Party

Plenty of latkes, vodka, music, and more. Ages 21+. Please call 957-1115 for location.

Winter Music, Art, and Dance Mini-Camp

Let your kids enjoy a fabulous and fun curriculum while you get your last-minute holiday shopping done! Camp runs through Dec. 24. Registration required. 9am-noon. Creativity Club, Vercal Building, 1 N. Calle Cesar Ch¡vez. $115. Ages 4-7. Call 964-6435.

A Winter Wonderland

Bring the whole family to watch an enchanting performance by the Montecito School of Ballet. 2pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $13-$17. Call 884-4087.

Humbug! A holiday classic gets a new twist! Adapted and directed by Lit Moon’s acclaimed Artistic Director John Blondell, four actors bring more than 20 characters to life in this notable performance, which integrates puppetry and original live music. 4 and 7:30pm. Porter Theater, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd. $8-$20 (free admission for one child with a paid adult ticket). Call 963-0408.

Music Club Matinee Concert

Come hear traditional classical music as well as a variety of holiday songs at this special concert. 3pm. S.B. Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 683-0811.

Peter Pan

A rare revival of the 1950 Broadway hit. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $30-$70. Call 963-0761.

Inspecting Carol

A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious holiday romp. Directed by Richard Kuhlman. 8pm. Theater 150, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. $15-50. Call 646-4300.

Quire of Voyces’ Mysteries of Christmas

This widely popular concert will put you in the warm spirit of the holidays. Hear wondrous choral music in the unparalleled acoustics of St. Anthony’s. 7pm. St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St. $15-$20. Call 965-5935.

Scrooge and Marley
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Scrooge and Marley

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

Adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz, Scrooge and Marley is the Granada’s first self-produced theatrical presentation since re-opening this spring. 2 and 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $22-$55. Call 899-2222.

Sunday December 21st

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Peter Pan

A rare revival of the 1950 Broadway hit. 2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $30-$70. Call 963-0761.

Living Nativity

5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579.

Advent Organ Series

Experience the sonic splendor of seasonal music in sacred space. Tonight’s featured recitalist will be William J. Beasley. 4:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

Quire of Voyces’ Mysteries of Christmas

This widely popular concert will put you in the warm spirit of the holidays. Hear wondrous choral music in the unparalleled acoustics of St. Anthony’s. 2pm. St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St. $15-$20. Call 965-5935.

Family Hanukkah Concert

Celebrate Hanukkah with a musical concert by Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin. Accompanied by Cantor Mark Childs and the Shir Chadash Youth Choir, Schachet-Briskin will sing plenty of holiday favorites. 4pm. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd. Free. Call 964-7869.

S. B. Beautiful Holiday Party

Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and jazz. 5:30pm. 23 E. Canon Perdido St. Free. Call 965-8867.

Hanukkah in the Mall

S.B.’s largest public Jewish event! Join hundreds of community members for a giant menorah lighting ceremony, music, entertainment, children’s carnival, latkes, and much more. Hosted by S.B. Chabad. 5:30pm. La Cumbre Plaza. Free. Call 636-5085.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

Adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz, Scrooge and Marley is the Granada’s first self-produced theatrical presentation since re-opening this spring. 2pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $22-$55. Call 899-2222.

Monday December 22nd

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Living Nativity

5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Tuesday December 23rd

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Living Nativity

In addition to camel, sheep and donkeys, 100 human volunteers will participate in this moving recreation of the Holy Night. 5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

Take a 90-minute trip in a trolley around S.B. and see the sights and Christmas lights! Bring the kids for the hot apple cider and holiday treats. The tour is an S.B. holiday favorite, so RSVP early. 6:30pm. Meets at Stearns Wharf Dolphin Foundation, intersection of State St. and Cabrillo Blvd. Kids, $12; adults, $20. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

Adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz, Scrooge and Marley is The Granada’s first self-produced theatrical presentation since re-opening this spring. 8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $22-$55. Call 899-2222.

Wednesday December 24th

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a good cause, with all donations benefiting this nonprofit that creates films of the terminally ill as keepsakes for their families. 10am-8pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Old Mission Mass

Traditional Roman Catholic Mass in splendid surroundings. 5pm and midnight. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4151.

16th Annual Candy Cane Train

Ride a festive miniature train and check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears! exhibit. Guests also receive a voucher good for a future ride on the museum train. 1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Peter Pan

A rare revival of the 1950 Broadway hit. 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $30-$70. Call 963-0761.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley

Adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz, Scrooge and Marley is The Granada’s first self-produced theatrical presentation since re-opening this spring. 2pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $22-$55. Call 899-2222.

Thursday December 25th

Old Mission Mass

Traditional Roman Catholic Mass in splendid surroundings. 5pm and midnight. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4151.



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