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The holidays are officially here, and whether you’re basking in that end-of-year spirit or feeling a little grinchy, The Independent has the cure. In the following pages, Devon Claire Flannery, our listings editor, guides you through the holiday labyrinth with a comprehensive guide to Central Coast seasonal events to match every mood. If you’re looking for fresh ways to celebrate Christmas in Santa Barbara, giant gingerbread houses and the annual State and Milpas Street parades are sure to satiate any holiday aficionado’s hunger. But, if decked-out trees and nativity scenes aren’t your style, we’ve also got a plethora of wine tastings, snow play, philanthropic, and other activities that are sure to fill every reader’s holiday calendar with cheer.

Thursday, December 3

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8 x 11 x 10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Sleigh Rides at the Beach

Sip apple cider and hot chocolate while dashing from Butterfly Beach to Montecito on a horse-drawn “sleigh.”

Rides last 30 minutes, 4-9pm. Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, 1260 Channel Dr. $150 for up to four adults; please RSVP. Call 565-8291

15th Annual La Arcada Christmas Walk

Spend an evening in a tree-filled court transformed into a winter wonderland.

5-8pm. La Arcada, 1114 State St. Free. Call 962-2098.

Family Holiday Cards and Ornaments

SBMA’s teaching artists help you create decorative holiday cards and festive ornaments.

5:30-7:30pm. S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St. Free; all ages. Call 963-4364.

Silver Follies Holiday Show

Dance and vocal music show by a group of local performers.

8pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $25. Call 963-0408.

Sir Christ»mas

Vocal recital by UCSB’s Men’s and Women’s Choruses.

8pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. $7-$15. Call 893-3230.

Friday, December 4

24th Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

One-stop holiday shopping at the largest folk art show on the Central Coast. Food, shopping, and live performances will keep you busy all day. Proceeds benefit museum education programs.

10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Call 682-4711.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Los Alamos Holiday Stroll

Bell Street will be bustling with art on display, live music and caroling, holiday cheer, and more.

5-8pm. 400 block of Bell St., Los Alamos. Free. Call 344-3807.

Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting Ceremony

Watch a Christmas tree lighting, partake in caroling and live music, then enjoy a special appearance by Old Saint Nick.

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

Goleta Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Meet Santa, eat Christmas cookies, and sing carols as you watch the lighting of a large holiday tree.

5:30-7:30pm. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave. Call 967-1237.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Screening of the 1947 classic Christmas film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

6-9pm. First Congregational Church, 2101 State St. All ages. Call 682-7146

Community Holiday Tree Official Lighting Ceremony

The Downtown Organization invites all Santa Barbarans to join the Holiday Prince and Fairy for the city’s official tree-lighting ceremony, which kicks off the 57th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade.

6:30pm. State and Victoria sts. Free. Call 962-2098.

Unwrap the Magic: 57th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade

More than 50,000 will gather to watch giant helium balloons float down State Street, along with marching bands, holiday floats, festively clad performers, and a horse-drawn carriage carrying the Holiday Prince and Fairy.

6:45pm. State St., between Sola and Cota sts. Free. Call 962-2098.

Christmas Choral Concert

Annual holiday performance by S.B. High School’s A Capella Choir and Madrigal Singers.

7pm. St. Anthony’s Chapel, 2300 Garden St. $10. Call 966-9101.

5th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival

This year’s theme is And In This Place, I Will Give Peace.

8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance St. Free; please RSVP. Call 565-7140 or visit westmont.edu/christmasfestival.

Silver Follies Holiday Show

Dance and vocal music show by a group of talented local performers.

8pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $25. Call 963-0408.

Saturday, December 5

Monte Vista Winter Boutique

Shop for holiday gifts, enjoy winter treats, participate in crafts for kids, and more. A portion of the proceeds will support the school’s art, computer, and music programs.

9am-1pm. Monte Vista Elementary School Multipurpose Rm., 730 N. Hope Ave. Call 259-9379.

4th Annual Alpaca-Style Holiday Boutique

Meet some cute, furry alpacas as you shop for everything from stocking stuffers to future family heirlooms.

10am. Silver Spring Alpaca Ranch, 1631 Frendensborg Wy., Solvang. Call 708-3421 or visit silverspringalpacas.com.

24th Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

One-stop holiday shopping at the largest folk art show on the Central Coast. Food, shopping, and live performances will keep you busy all day. Proceeds benefit museum education programs.

10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Call 682-4711.

Annual Holiday Tea, Fashion Show, and Artisan’s Faire

Shop for handmade holiday gifts, view a runway show sponsored by Coldwater Creek, and more. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Ctr. of S.B.

10am-4:30pm. Hotel Mar Monte, 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Call 569-9693.

Sledding at the Zoo
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Bob Duncan

Sledding at the Zoo

Sledding at the Zoo and Snow Leopard Festival

A fun winter celebration of the endangered snow leopard, plus sledding and playtime in 75 tons of snow for kids ages 4-12 (snow play area will be available for tots). Adults and older children can watch as snow and frozen treats are fed to snow leopards, elephants, gorillas, lions, and other zoo animals.

10am-3pm. Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ni±os Dr. $11/adults; $9/children and seniors; $2/snow sledding access. Call 962-5339 or visit sbzoo.org.

Arcadian Winery Holiday Open House

Sample from a selection of vintage wines and gourmet cheeses to celebrate the season.

11am-4pm. Arcadian Winery, 4457 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc. $20; ages 21+. Call 688-8799.

Julefest Parade

Featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus as this year’s grand marshals.

11am. Parade starts at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Dr. Call 688-6144.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Rudolph

A children’s holiday ballet performed by Gustafson Dance.

2 and 6pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $12-$20. Call 963-0761.

Light Up a Life Celebration

A night to remember those we love by lighting a star on the Hospice Tree.

5:30pm. Camino Real Marketplace, 6950 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Suggested donation is $10/star; attendance free. Call 563-8820.

Citizens Planning Association Annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction

Holiday cheer, a great silent auction, plus appetizers, desserts, drinks and spirits, and more.

6-9pm. Frameworks-Caruso Woods Gallery, 813 Anacapa St. $40, adults; kids, free. Reservations required. Call 966-3979.

Holiday Open House

Get into the spirit of the season during an evening of wine tasting. Enjoy new releases, holiday treats, and special discounts.

6-8:30pm. Presidio Tasting Room, 1603 Copenhagen Dr., Ste. 1., Solvang. $8; ages 21+. Call 693-8585.

Holidays on the Wine Trail

Tour Santa Barbara’s downtown wine trail on a trolley, visiting 11 different wineries in all. Proceeds benefit the Unity Shoppe, an important area nonprofit organization.

6pm. $50; ages 21+. Call 886-0813 for meet-up location.

Christmas Choral Concert

Annual holiday performance by S.B. High School’s A Capella Choir and Madrigal Singers.

7pm. St. Anthony’s Chapel, 2300 Garden St. $10. Call 966-9101.

Scott Craig

5th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival

5th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival

This year’s theme is And In This Place, I Will Give Peace.

8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance St. Free; please RSVP. Call 565-7140 or visit westmont.edu/christmasfestival.

Handel’s Messiah

An annual presentation of inspirational Baroque music performed by the S.B. Choral Society.

8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

Silver Follies Holiday Show

Dance and vocal music show by a group of local performers.

8pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $25. Call 963-0408.

Sunday, December 6

24th Annual Folk and Tribal Arts Marketplace

One-stop holiday shopping at the largest folk art show on the Central Coast. Food, shopping, and live performances will keep you busy all day. Proceeds benefit museum education programs.

10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Call 682-4711.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Rudolph

A children’s holiday ballet performed by Gustafson Dance.

2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $12-$20. Call 963-0761. [pic]

5th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival

This year’s theme is And In This Place, I Will Give Peace.

3pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance St. Free; please RSVP. Call 565-7140 or visit westmont.edu/christmasfestival.

Advent Organ Series

Celebrating the 26th season of this Christmas music series in sacred space. Featured recitalist is David A. Gell.

3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

Handel’s Messiah

An annual presentation of inspirational Baroque music performed by the S.B. Choral Society.

3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

Light Up a Life Celebration

A night to remember those we love by lighting a star on the Hospice Tree.

5:30pm. Camino Real Marketplace, 6950 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Suggested donation is $10/star; attendance free. Call 563-8820.

Christmas Choral Concert

Annual holiday performance by S.B. High School’s A Capella Choir and Madrigal Singers.

7pm. St. Anthony’s Chapel, 2300 Garden St. $10. Call 966-9101.

Monday, December 7

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Organic Connections Holiday Party

An opportunity for businesses and individuals that are performing green, organic, or sustainable practices to exchange ideas, with a focus on green holiday gifting.

6-8pm. Le Rve Day Spa, 21 W. Gutierrez St. Free. Call 564-2977.

Tuesday, December 8

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Amy’s Holiday Concert

A rockin’ ‘50s-style Christmas jam and dance show by Amy and the SOhOhohos, with holiday cupcake decorating, festive sing-alongs, food, and more.

7:30pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. $5-$10; all ages. Call 962-7776.

This Christmas: An Evening of Holidays and Hits

Five-time Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald performs to raise funds for the S.B. Education Foundation and local school music programs.

8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $40-$89. Call 899-2222.

Wednesday, December 9

S.B. Music Club Morning Holiday Concert

Featuring instrumental and vocal holiday and classical pieces performed by area musicians.

11am. Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Call 681-9071.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Thursday, December 10

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

A Chanukah Hilarity Party!

An all-star comedy night featuring tzedakah, latkes, and laughter.

6-8pm. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Ctr., 524 Chapala St. $8-$10; please RSVP. Call 957-1115.

Friday, December 11

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

The Christmas Revels

Santa Barbara Revels’ annual celebration of the winter solstice.

7:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $12-$35. Call 963-0761.

<em>The Night Before Christmas</em> and <em>Les Patineurs</em>
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Stephen Sherrill

The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs

The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs

Eighteenth annual Montecito School of Ballet holiday production.

7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Anapamu St. $16-$24. Call 963-0761.

Saturday, December 12

Annual Holiday Nature Craft Family Workshop

Sip cider as the garden’s education staff instructs you and your family how to hand-make wreaths, wrapping paper, and ornaments.

10am-noon. S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. $50/family of four; $10/additional person thereafter. Call 682-4726.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Loving and Giving: Holiday Happiness

Learn how to have positive feelings throughout the holidays through giving and sharing.

10am-noon. Mahakankala Buddhist Ctr., 22 W. Mission St. Call 563-6000.

Goleta Valley Historical Society’s Holiday at the Ranch

A holiday open house with Santa Claus and his “rein-goats,” plus live music, tours, story time, and more.

11am-4pm. Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Call 681-7218.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

State Street Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

2 and 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

The Nutcracker at the Arlington

Presented by the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet for the 35th year in S.B.

2:30 and 7pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25-$47. Call 963-4408.

Holiday LGBT Mixer

Celebrate the holidays with music, appetizers, drinks, and friends.

3-6pm. Valley of the Flowers United Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Rd., Vandenberg Village. Call 963-3636.

By David Bazemore

Humbug!

Humbug!

Lit Moon Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

4 and 7pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $8-$18. Call 963-0408.

Here Comes Hanukkah! Party

Celebrate the season at an event with the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community, featuring live music by Sgt. Schlepper’s Purim Shippler Band, a holiday feast prepared with local food, plus singing, dancing, Hanukkuh games, and more.

4-8pm. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church[cq], 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. All ages; reservations are required. Call 683-4243 or visit syvjc.org.

Nativity Pageant

Watch actors in traditional costumes and live costumes make this popular biblical story come to life.

5 and 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater (outdoor), 420 Second St. Free. Call 688-6144.

Light Up a Life Celebration

A night to remember those we love by lighting a star on the Hospice Tree.

5:30pm. Hollyhock College, 720 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Suggested donation is $10/star; attendance free. Call 563-8820.

Christmas Forever Here and Now

Holiday music program featuring two-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Desiree Goyette.

7pm. First Church of Christ, Scientist, 120 E. Valerio St. Free. Call 898-8730.

The Christmas Revels

Santa Barbara Revels’ annual celebration of the winter solstice.

7:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $12-$35. Call 963-0761.

Comfort and Joy

A holiday concert with Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel. Donations for an Ojai food drive welcomed.

7:30pm. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Rd., Ojai. $20-$25; please RSVP. Call 646-5508.

Young Adults 3rd Annual Vodka Latte Party

Plenty of vodka, lattes, and more.

9pm. Ages 21+. Call 957-1115 or email mwitt@sbjf.org for location or to RSVP.

And Remember to Be Green

SOUTH COUNTY HOLIDAY LIGHT EXCHANGE: Looking to give a gift to Mother Earth this holiday season? From now until Sunday, December 20, Santa Barbarans can turn in their old, tangled, or broken Christmas lights in exchange for one strand of new eco-friendly LED lights, courtesy of the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership. The new bulbs use up to 90 percent less energy and last almost 10 times longer than their incandescent counterparts-and old bulbs will be disposed of in an environmentally safe way. Drop off old lights at the following locations:

• Carpinteria City Hall (5775 Carpinteria Ave. Call 684-5405)

• Goleta City Hall (130 Cremona, Ste. B. Call 961-7500)

S.B. Public Library (40 E. Anapamu St. Call 564-5601)

• Community Environmental Council (26 W. Anapamu St., 2nd floor. Call 963-0583)

Call drop-off sites for business hours or visit sceep.org.

Sunday, December 13

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Goleta Valley Historical Society’s Holiday at the Ranch

A holiday open house with Santa Claus and his “rein-goats,” plus live music, tours, story time, and more.

11am-4pm. Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Call 681-7218.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Holiday Home Tour and Candlelight Tea

The Lompoc Hospital Foundation’s annual event features spectacular homes beautifully decorated for the holiday season.

Noon-5pm. $25. Call 736-4005 for meet-up location.

By Courtesy Photo

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Holiday Open House and Yuletide Madrigal Festival

A festive afternoon featuring a performance by the Madrigali Singers and harpist Jeanne Martin.

2-5pm. La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Ctr., 800 El Bosque Rd., Montecito. Call 969-2474.

State Street Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann.

2pm.Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$53. Call 899-2222.

The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs

Eighteenth annual Montecito School of Ballet holiday production.

2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Anapamu St. $13-$21. Call 963-0761.

The Nutcracker at the Arlington

Presented by the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet for the 35th year in S.B.

2:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25-$47. Call 963-4408.

24th Annual S.B. Harbor Parade of Lights

Photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 12 tons of snow, plus holiday treats and hot apple cider during daylight hours-followed by a spectacular parade of glowing lights and a fireworks finish after the sun sets.

3-7:30pm. S.B. Waterfront, Cabrillo Blvd. between East and West Beach. Free. Call 564-5530.

The Christmas Revels

Santa Barbara Revels’ annual celebration of the winter solstice.

3pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $12-$75. Call 963-0761.

Weihnachtskonzert

The Edelweiss Choir of Santa Barbara, accompanied by a string quartet, will perform a Christmas concert featuring traditional carols from many lands, sung in their original languages.

3pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd. $12. Call 682-1537.

Advent Organ Series

Celebrating the 26th season of this Christmas music series in sacred space. Featured recitalist is Carl Swanson.

3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

Annual Family Hanukkah Concert and Community Dinner

San Marcos High School choral program presents a set of traditional and modern Hanukkah songs, followed by a feast of brisket and latkes.

4-8pm. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 Antonio Creek Rd. $8; ages 10+. Please RSVP. Call 964-7869.

Share the Light: Chabad Public Menorah Lighting

Enjoy entertainment, latkes, crafts, children’s activities, and a themed Menorah lighting. Donations will benefit programs for orphans and widows in Israel.

5pm. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 Hope Ave. Free. Call 275-4083.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Monday, December 14

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Tuesday, December 15

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

courtesy Santa Barbara MTD

Stuff the Bus Parade 2009

Wednesday, December 16

Stuff the Bus Parade 2009

After months of receiving holiday gift donations for the hundreds of children residing at the Peoples’ Self-Help Housing rental complexes in the greater Santa Barbara area, VIPs and sponsors will board MTD buses with Santa Claus, starting a parade of gift giving with stops all along State Street.

9:45am. Parade begins at Community West Bank, 1501 State St. Call 962-5152 for donation opportunities and more info.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

A Celtic Christmas

An evening of storytelling, song, and dance that depicts the night before Christmas in a west Ireland farmhouse.

8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $15-$50; ages 7+. Call 899-2222.

Thursday, December 17

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Festival of Lights

A community-wide event offering educational opportunities regarding the many religious and cultural celebrations that fall during the winter months.

6:30-9pm. Faulkner Gallery, S.B. Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Call 564-4508.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Friday, December 18

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Julefest Winter Solstice Party

Featuring carolers and candle lighting.

6pm. Solvang Park, Mission Dr. and First St. Free; all ages. Call 688-6144.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Humbug!

Lit Moon Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

7pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $8-$18. Call 963-0408.

Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along and Wassail Party

A holiday favorite.

7:30-9pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419.

Saturday, December 19

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Winter FUNderland

Sun-drenched Santa Barbarans will enjoy tons of snow this holiday season at the FUNderland fest! Get your face painted and have your picture taken with Santa, then enjoy “Santa’s Starry Ride,” a magical winter planetarium show.

10am-4pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free with paid admission ($6-$10). Call 682-4711.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Humbug!

Lit Moon Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

4pm and 7pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $8-$18. Call 963-0408.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

A nondenominational celebration through song. Carolers and spectators are both welcome.

7pm. S.B. Mission steps, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4151.

Rochell Yoshida-Hahn

Quire of Voyces’ Mysteries of Christmas

Quire of Voyces’ Mysteries of Christmas

Featuring Christmas music dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century, plus Spanish, English, and American carols.

7pm. St. Anthony’s Seminary 2300 Garden St. $15-$20; ages 5+. Call 965-5935.

Seasonal Celebration

Honor the coming of winter solstice and other traditional seasonal holidays with the Institute of World Culture.

7:30pm. Concord House, 1407 Chapala St. Free. Call 966-3941.

Sunday, December 20

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

By David Bazemore

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Santa Barbara Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s magical 1904 fantasy play.

2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $24-$65. Call 963-0761.

Quire of Voyces’ Mysteries of Christmas

Featuring Christmas music dating from the Renaissance to the 21st century, plus Spanish, English, and American carols.

3pm. St. Anthony’s Seminary 2300 Garden St. $15-$20; ages 5+. Call 965-5935.

Advent Organ Series

Celebrating the 26th season of this Christmas music series in sacred space. Featured recitalist is Charles Talmadge.

3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 965-7419.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

A Gem of a Nutcracker

West Coast Ballet, with artistic director Ellen Schipper, presents its 19th annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet.

7:30pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $16-$26. Call 687-6086.

Venice Holiday Concert

Holiday tunes performed by an acclaimed surf rock band.

8:30pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776.

Monday, December 21

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

A Gem of a Nutcracker

West Coast Ballet, with artistic director Ellen Schipper, presents its 19th annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet.

7:30pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $16-$26. Call 687-6086.

Tuesday, December 22

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Peter Pan

Santa Barbara Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s magical 1904 fantasy play.

7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $24-$65. Call 963-0761.

A Creole Christmas

New Orleans jazz-style versions of your favorite holiday tunes performed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

8pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $30-$50. Call 899-2222.

Wednesday, December 23

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Trolley of Lights

See all the sights and Christmas lights on a 90-minute trolley tour around downtown S.B. Reservations are required for this local favorite.

6:30pm. Meets at Wheel Fun Rentals, 22 State St. $21/adults; $13/kids. Call 965-0353 or visit sbtrolley.com.

Peter Pan

Santa Barbara Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s magical 1904 fantasy play.

7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $24-$65. Call 963-0761.

Thursday, December 24

South County Holiday Light Exchange

Drop off strands of your old or broken Christmas lights in exchange for one strand of new LED lights, which use up to 90 percent less energy and last almost 10 times longer than their counterparts. Old lights will be disposed of in an environmentally safe way.

10am-8pm. Drop off at S.B. Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu. Call 564-5601.

LifeChronicles Gift Wrapping

Get all your gifts wrapped for a great cause! All donations benefit this S.B.-based nonprofit that provides free videotaping services to families of persons with terminal illnesses.

10am-9pm. Borders Books, 900 State St. Call 966-3411 or email lifechronicles@gmail.com to volunteer.

Holiday Gingerbread House

Every year, fourth-generation Danish baker Bent Olsen creates a massive gingerbread house measuring more than 8x11x10-feet tall, and using 250 pounds of gingerbread dough and 150 pounds of powdered sugar. Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful holiday creation!

Open for viewing noon-7pm. Olsen’s Danish Bakery, 1539 Mission Dr., Solvang. Call 688-6314.

17th Annual Candy Cane Train

Take a ride on a festive miniature train, then check out the Toy Trains and Teddy Bears children’s exhibit. Miniature train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement.

1-4pm. South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. $3.50-$4.50. Call 964-3540.

Peter Pan

Santa Barbara Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s magical 1904 fantasy play.

2pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $24-$65. Call 963-0761.

Nancy Lehrer

Santa Barbara Mission

Old Mission Christmas Eve Mass

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5pm and midnight. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4151.

Christmas Eve Unitarian Services

Annual holiday services for families and adults. Service for families with children meets at 5pm; adult contemplative service begins at 9pm. Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 820 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Call 967-7867.

Christmas Eve Dinner

A four-course dinner menu with an extensive selection of seasonal items and holiday dishes.

5:30-9:30pm. Bella Vista, Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, 1620 Channel Dr. $105/adults; $50/children ages 4-12. Call 969-2261.

Friday, December 25

Old Mission Mass

Traditional Roman Catholic Mass in splendid surroundings.

8am and noon. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Call 682-4151.

Old Mission Family Mass

Traditional holiday services designed for families.

10am. S.B. Mission, 2201 Laguna St. Call 862-4151.



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