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Solvang Julefest

Solvang Julefest


Tis the Season

The Complete Guide to S.B.’s Holiday Happenings


You know the reason, and it’s perfectly clear

’Tis the Season is finally here!

It’s time for the choir to take you higher

while you sip warm cider by the light of the fire.

Take a stroll down La Arcada, State Street, and the pier;

see them lit with twinkle lights that bring holiday cheer.

There’ll be concerts, parades, gift markets, and more;

rats and nutcrackers leaping; and crafting galore.

Adults can dig the scene where they sip champagne,

and kids can ride for hours on the Candy Cane Train.

We may not have snow in S.B. proper,

but we have enough cheer to reach the tallest tree topper.

So wear your ugly sweaters and sing off-key;

it doesn’t really matter, cuz we got community.

Don’t hate! Decorate!

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• Made in Santa Barbara Gift Guide: Here are some handmade shopping ideas for the holiday season.

Parades

63rd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade  This year’s theme of World A’ Glow will bring more than 50,000 spectators to the streets of S.B. to watch the fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, high-stepping marching bands, Grand Marshal R2-D2 (star of all seven Star Wars films) and, of course, the annual arrival of the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. Fri., Dec. 4. Meet and greet with Santa: 4-5:30pm; Paseo Nuevo Ctr. Ct. Parade: 6:30pm; travels down State St. from Sola St. (1300 block) to Cota St. (600 block). Free. Call 962-2098 x800 or visit downtownsb.org.

Solvang Julefest Parade  With more than 250 participants, including dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles, horses, carriages, and animals, this parade will get you in the holiday spirit, especially because this year’s grand marshals are the members and volunteers of Solvang Danish Days. Sat., Dec. 5, 11am. Parade starts at Solvang Veterans Hall (1745 Mission Dr.), across from Old Mission Santa Inés, travels west on Mission Dr. (Hwy. 246), turns left on Fourth Pl., left on Copenhagen Dr., and left on Alisal Rd. back to the Mission Dr. starting point. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.

30th Annual Parade of Lights  Bundle up and bring your blankets to watch the festively decorated boats from along the breakwater or on Stearns Wharf. This year’s theme is A Red, White & Blue Holiday, honoring veterans serving our country past and present. Santa’s Village will be full of activities preceding the parade on Stearns Wharf in the Harbor with a short fireworks display immediately following the parade. Sun., Dec. 6, 3pm. Parade: 5:30pm; occurs in the water visible from Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and West Beach (off of Cabrillo Blvd.). Free. Call 564-5531 or visit santabarbaraca.gov/paradeoflights.

Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade  This year’s parade kicks off Carpinteria’s 50th year as an incorporated city and will feature parade participants who will acknowledge movies, fashion, icons, music, and historical events from 1965 in a throwback jollification to old Carpinterian traditions. Sat., Dec. 12, 3pm. Parade kicks off on 9th St. and finishes on 6th St. Free. Call 395-1262 or visit holidayspiritparade.com.

61st Annual Milpas Holiday Parade  This parade will roll down Milpas Street with live performances, children’s groups, classic cars, drill and dance teams, floats all decked in holiday cheer, and more. Merchants will put out hot chocolate and cookies for attendees. Sat., Dec. 12, 5:30pm. The parade travels down Milpas St. from Canon Perdido St. to Mason St. Free. Call 636-0475 or visit mcasb.org.

Schedule of Holiday Street Singing

Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert  Thu., Dec. 3, 6:30-7pm. Ludington Court, S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St.

Channel City Chorus Strolling  Sat., Dec. 5 and 12, noon-2pm; Sat., Dec. 19, 1-3pm. State St.

Guitarist Vic Moraga  Sat., Dec. 5, and Sun., Dec. 20, 1-3pm. S.B Museum of Art corner, State and Anapamu sts.

Santa Barbara Revels  Sun., Dec 6 and 13, noon-2pm. Marshalls Patio, 900 State St.

Young Singers Club Performance  Fri., Dec. 11, 4-6pm; Calle Real Shopping Ctr., 5600 Calle Real, Goleta. Sat., Dec. 12, 1-3pm; Paseo Nuevo. Sun., Dec. 13, 10:30am; Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta.

TubaChristmas  Sat., Dec. 12, noon-1:30pm. Storke Placita, 800 Block of State St.

Holiday Horns  Sun., Dec. 20, 2-4pm. Marshalls Patio, 900 State St.

Recovery Ranch

Holiday Fun for Everyone

Christmas in Killarney Dinner Mixer Join members and guests of S.B. Event Professionals for a festive holiday Irish dinner party! Spencer and the Worried Lads will provide music to dance to while there is an ugly Christmas sweater contest, photo opportunities at the S.B. Selfie Station, and more. Thu., Dec. 3, 6-8pm. Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 18 E. Ortega St. $30-$35. Visit sbep.com.

Recovery Ranch 4th Annual Christmas Cocoa Stand  Stop by the stand for some old-fashioned holiday cheer, cocoa, apple cider, coffee, homemade cookies, and more. Santa will be there, dancing under the miles and miles of twinkling lights. Thu., Dec. 3-Fri., Jan. 1, 2016, weekdays: 5-10pm, weekends: 5pm-midnight. Recovery Ranch, 3694-B Tivola St., Santa Ynez. Free. Call 252-5661 or visit therecoveryranch.com.

Santa Photos  Take a picture with the big guy himself, and be able to visit him every day. Every child will receive a free gift from Santa and his elves, creating the perfect photo opportunity. Mon.-Fri., noon-6pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm, Dec. 3-18; Sat., Dec. 19, 10am-8pm; Sun., Dec. 20, 11am-6pm; Mon.-Wed., Dec. 21-23, 10am-8pm; Thu., Dec. 24, 10am-5pm. Paseo Nuevo Ctr. Ct. $22. Visit paseonuevoshopping.com.

Inaugural Imagine X Ugly Christmas Sweater Party  Dr. Adam Harcourt and Imagine X Functional Neurology Team are hosting a party to support the Jodi House Brain Injury Support Ctr. of S.B. It will be red-carpet-styled with photo booths, holiday cocktails, live music, prizes, and ugly sweaters. Fri., Dec. 4, 7pm. Imagine X Functional Neurology, 1221 State St., Ste. 11. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/jodiholidays.

Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Downtown Los Olivos  Now in its 35th year, this event was created to provide a festive start to the holiday season and will feature a variety of activities ranging from Santa visits and seasonal crafts to train rides and live Christmas music. Streets will smell of popcorn and roasted walnuts, the traditional Christmas tree lighting will once again take place at the flagpole, and an array of food and beverages will be offered throughout town. Sat., Dec. 5, noon-8pm. Downtown Los Olivos. Free. Visit losolivosca.com.

Santa Claus Pet Pics  Share the tradition with your pets. Stop by during or after the big Julefest parade and snap a picture of your pet with Santa Claus. Donations for pictures will go to the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society. Sat., Dec. 5, 1-2pm. Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-C Mission Dr., Solvang. Suggestion donation: $5. Call 686-9126 or visit wanderingdogwinebar.com.

Wreath & Garlands Workshop  During this workshop, you will make your own holiday decorations using California native plants. Then show it off when the visitors arrive for the holidays! Sat., Dec. 5, 2-5pm. S.B. Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Rd. $25-$35. Call 682-4726 or visit sbbg.org.

Gingerbread Wonderland  This event, hosted with Arts Outreach and the church and preschool, features fanciful, handmade gingerbread houses on display, crafted by area children and families. A message was also received from the North Pole that Santa will be stopping by 4-8pm, offering a cozy place for kids to share their Christmas wishes. Season music will enhance the merriment while children can create and decorate Christmas ornaments and prepare the angel halo. Sat., Dec. 5, 4-8pm. St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church & Preschool, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. Free. Call 688-4454 or visit smitv.org.

Santa Paws Stop by this frolicking fun event for a chance to meet and greet other dog-friendly people and have your pooch’s photo taken with Santa Paws! There will be complimentary hot cocoa and light snacks. The suggested donation for photos is as follows: digital: $10; print: $15; both: $20. Proceeds will benefit DAWG (Dog Adoption & Welfare Group), S.B.’s only no-kill dog shelter. Sat., Dec. 12, 10am-1pm. Camp Canine, 803 E. Montecito St. Free. Call 962-4790.

2nd Annual Holiday Festival  The Public Market invites the community to celebrate the most magical time of year with a weekend of fun events for the entire family, plus a chance to give back to the Foodbank of S.B. County. Visit Santa Claus in The Kitchen, and enjoy holiday cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and live music. Sat., Dec. 5, 10am-2pm. S.B. Public Market, 33 W. Victoria St. Free. Call 770-7702 or sbpublicmarket.com/events.

Breast Cancer Resource Center Annual Holiday Tea & Fashion Show  Come enjoy fashions provided by UGG Australia that will be modeled by BCRC clients while you enjoy a light lunch, divine desserts, and tea. There will be a jewelry boutique, pick-and-choose raffle, and silent auction. Funds benefit BCRC educational programs and services addressing the needs of those with breast cancer. Sun., Dec. 6, noon. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, 1260 Channel Dr. $100. Call 569-9693 or visit bcrcsb.org.

The American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara’s Dinner & Santa Lucia Pageant  This ASF event will include a dinner, silent auction, Santa Lucia Pageant with Christmas caroling, entertainment, dancing with Papa Heinz, and a visit from Santa. Celebrate the season and help raise funds for scholarships offered to S.B. County high school seniors and college students. Sun., Dec. 6, 5pm. Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Rd. Free-$75. Call 565-3995 or visit asfsb.net.

Holiday Desserts: Beyond Chocolate  Impress friends and family at the next holiday gathering with creative desserts. This treat takes a healthy spin, avoiding gluten, dairy, and processed sugar. Explore a stovetop apple tart, sesame tahini cookies, and pumpkin-cranberry upside-down cake. Advanced registration is required. Sun., Dec. 6, 2-3:15pm. S.B. Public Market, 38 W. Victoria St. $20. Call 770-7702 or visit sbpublicmarket.com.

DIY Airplant Holiday Ornaments  From Stabiles, a home décor company, Samuel Guzmán will teach you how to create a terrarium and basic plant care. All materials are provided, and participants will take home their very own holiday ornament. Reservations are required. Sun., Dec. 6, 10:30am-noon. S.B. Public Market, 38 W. Victoria St. $35. Call 770-7702 or visit sbpublicmarket.com.

Chanukah in the Mall

36th Annual Chanukah in the Mall  The theme of this year’s festival is 3D Chanukah. Come watch a 3D art printer finish printing a custom-designed menorah by area students and engineers. There will be 3D art projects for children, live music, a 30-minute show by juggler Brent Fiasco, and the traditional hot potato latkes and donuts. Sun., Dec. 6, 5pm. Macy’s Court, La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Free. Call 275-4083.

Gingerbread House Workshop  Interested in building a fancy gingerbread house? Owner of Solvang Bakery Susan Halme will take an hour to help you create your own masterpiece. Create a gingerbread house that will wow your visitors. Mon., Dec. 7, 11am-7pm. Solvang Bakery, 438 Alisal Rd., Solvang. $65. Call 688-4939 or visit asfsb.net.

Channel City Club Annual Holiday Luncheon  The Channel City Club will have featured speaker Sam Tyler share the inside story of his new film West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands. There will be traditional Christmas music performed by pianist Gil Rosas, and the Montecito Union School Chorus will sing Christmas carols. Reservations are required by December 4. Tue., Dec. 8, 11am. San Rafael Rm., Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $35-$40. Call 564-6223 or visit channelcityclub.org.

Garden Court’s 15th Annual Holiday Party  Come join Garden Court residents at their holiday boutique and open house with music by the Inner Light Gospel Choir and Ron Paris, as well as an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a chocolate fountain, Christmas cookies, light appetizers, and holiday-themed crafts. Live Christmas trees will be auctioned off to benefit Garden Court’s Resident Activities Fund, which chooses area organizations to give to. Tue., Dec. 8, 6-8:30pm. Garden Court, 1116 De la Vina St. Free. Call 884-0095.

Winter White Wonderland Holiday Mixer The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce is bringing professionals together and inviting you to enjoy holiday-inspired appetizers and spirits and networking. All-white attire is optional. RSVP requested. Wed., Dec. 9, 5-7pm. S.B. Polo & Racquet Club, 3300 Via Real, Carpinteria. $5-$10. Call 684-5479 or email joyce@carpinteriachamber.org.

Rockstar Trolley of Lights  Get on the trolley that will take you around S.B. to see all the Christmas lights and decorations. It’s a great way to start the season with your entire family. Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the tour. Wed., Dec. 9-Thu., Dec. 24, 5:30 and 7:30pm. Sambos, 216 W. Cabrillo Blvd. $15-$25. Call 882-9191 or visit rockstartrolley.com.

S.B. Rose Society Holiday Party  Get all your rosy questions answered and discuss rose gardening at this festive party. SBRS will provide the complimentary buffet entrée along with beverages and wine; just bring a potluck dish to share. RSVP. Thu., Dec. 10, 6-8:30pm. Louise Lowry Davis Ctr., 1232 De la Vina St. Free. Visit sbrose.org.

Family Chanukah Party  Celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, at this special event for the entire family that will feature a latke dinner, prize drawing, crafts, stories, and more! Thu., Dec. 10, 5-7pm. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Ctr., 524 Chapala St. Free. Call 957-1115 or visit jewishsantabarbara.org.

Festival of Lights  Join this family-friendly, interfaith event where you can learn about all the different traditions of different groups in our community. The Anti-Defamation League and Just Communities invite all of any faith group to join. Thu., Dec. 10, 6:30-9pm. S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 280-2527 or visit jewishsantabarbara.org or sbplibrary.org.

Kids Night In/Parents’ Night Out  Parents take the evening off as kids have fun with crafting night. Make Christmas cards, and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. There will also be snacks and games. Fri., Dec. 11, 5:30-8pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.

Arts & Crafts  Make a gingerbread man puppet, corn husk poinsettia, Danish heart basket, and more with your family! There will also be a special holiday book display and refreshments. Sat., Dec. 12, 11:30am-1pm. Carpinteria Library, 5141 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-4314 or visit sbplibrary.org.

Holiday at the Ranch  Come to this holiday open house featuring live music, crafts, tours of the decorated house, holiday hayrides, story time, and, of course, Santa and his “rein-goats.” Sat.-Sun., Dec. 12-13, 11am-4pm. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Suggested donation: $2-$5. Call 681-7216 or visit stowhouse.com.

Christmas Lights & Sights Trolley Tour  Check out all the holiday décor throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley. There will be seasonal music and hot chocolate on board. Tue., Dec. 15, 6-7:15pm and 7:30-8:45pm. Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Dr. $13. Call 688-7529 or visit solvangusa.com.

Colleen & Joshua’s Holiday Spectacular  This husband-and-wife duo wants to share their love for the holidays. Enjoy an evening filled with singing, dancing, magic, comedy, and cheer. Miranda Sings, the Ballinger family, and other YouTubers will make a special appearance. Tue., Dec. 15, 7:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $39.50-$80. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

7th Annual Stuff the Bus Gift Drive and Bus Parade  Starting now, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) invites you to donate new, unwrapped gifts for children ages one-11 and gift cards for clothing, shoes, and books for preteens and teens ages 12-17 at one of the drop-off locations. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos before boarding the bus to collect the gift. The Stuff the Bus Parade: Wed., Dec. 16, 10am. Community West Bank, 1501 State St. Free. Call 699-7220 or visit pshhc.org for drop-off locations.

Solvang Third Wednesday: Holiday Edition  Enjoy deals from merchants, restaurants, and gourmet food purveyors, as well as the Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. Wed., Dec. 16, all day. Downtown Solvang. Free. Visit solvangthirdwednesday.com.

League of Women Voters Holiday Party  This year, the S.B. City Council members, the city attorney, and the city manager will attend as special guests. Enjoy a festive lunch and lively discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Wed., Dec. 16, noon-2pm. Louise Lowry Davis Ctr., 1232 De la Vina St. Free. Call 965-2422 or visit lwvsantabarbara.org.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Dinner at The Bistro  Fill your stomach up with a hearty meal. This exquisite four-course menu will feature favorite holiday dishes. Thu.-Fri., Dec. 24-25, 4-9pm. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $30-$60. Call (866) 987-5772 or visit bacararesort.com.

Solvang’s Annual Christmas Tree Burn  All area residents can bring their tree to the burn pile January 3-9, 2016, and then see this spectacle ignite the New Year and celebrate the end of Solvang’s Julefest Celebration. Live entertainment and refreshments will be available for purchase. Fri., Jan. 8, 5-7pm. Fields of Old Mission Santa Inés, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 688-7529 or visit solvangusa.com.

Light Up a Life Celebration

Tree Lightings and Nativities

Downtown Santa Barbara Christmas Tree Lighting  As the kickoff to the downtown parade, this tree will be presented by Consumer Fire Products. Watch the prince and fairy light the town’s tree, and then move out of the way for the start of the parade! Fri., Dec. 4, 6:30pm. State and Sola sts. Free. Call 962-2098 or visit downtownsb.org.

Solvang Julefest Community Tree Lighting Ceremony  Enjoy live entertainment with area bands, choirs, and caroling, culminating in ballerinas from area dance studios performing around the city’s 40-foot tree. Fri., Dec. 4, 5-6:30pm. Solvang Park, Mission Dr. and 1st St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.

Light Up a Life Celebration  Bring your family and friends to gather and celebrate the lives and memories of your loved ones as Hospice of Santa Barbara will host three special nights of remembrance with memorial stars that will illuminate the memorial trees through the month of December. Stars may be purchased in advance at Hospice of S.B., 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Ste. 100. Memorial Trees: Sat., Dec. 5, 5:30pm, Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St.; Sun., Dec. 6, 5:30pm, Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta; Sat., Dec. 12, 5:30pm, Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Suggested donation for a star: $15. Call 563-8820 or visit hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

Goleta Tree Lighting Event  Besides the lighting of the tree by Goleta Teen of the Year, this evening will also feature Santa, turkey raffles, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, performances by Cruz Dance, South Coast Karate, Hechos 411 puppets, and more. Fri., Dec. 11, 5:30pm. Goleta Valley Community Ctr., 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free. Call 967-1237 or visit thegvcc.org.

The Spirit of Christmas  This musical evening of inspiration features an orchestra, a choral ensemble, handbells, chimes, children, and a Nativity pageant. Fri., Dec 11, 7pm; Sat., Dec 12, 5pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 6pm. Oaks Bible Church, 560 N. La Cumbre Rd. Free. Call 570-8061 or visit tinyurl.com/oaksbiblechristmas.

Solvang Nativity Pageant  The Christmas story comes to life with a choir, actors, and live animals onstage outdoors. Seating is first come, first entertained. Sat., Dec. 12, 5 and 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.

Bacara Tree Lighting Ceremonies  Agave Americana, native plants that only bloom once in their lifetime, will be incorporated into the holiday décor. Join for hot cider and cookies as this special one-of-a-kind art installation is lighted. Mon.-Thu., Dec. 21-24, 4:30-5:30pm. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free. Call (866) 987-1292 or visit bacararesort.com.

First United Methodist Church Outdoor Living Nativity  Outside, under a star hanging overhead in a redwood tree, are camels, donkeys, sheep, and goats with volunteers dressed up as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, wise men, and shepherds. Wander or sit among the decorated splendor, have some warm cider, or stroll into the church and look at the crèches (models representing the scene of Jesus Christ’s birth) on display, including a few kid-friendly ones that can be touched. The historic 1927 Sanctuary will be open for viewing. Mon.-Wed., Dec. 21-23, 5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579 or visit fumcsb.org.

Christmas Eve Service: Children’s Nativity  Trinity’s annual Christmas Eve service for children and families is a wonderful event where Trinity’s children will tell again the wondrous story. Thu., Dec. 24, 4pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.

All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving

Especially Fun for Children

Santa at La Cumbre Plaza  It’s time to put on your holiday sweater, get your picture taken with Santa, and visit his winter home located near Macy’s. Pet photos will also be available on Thursday, December 3, at 5 p.m. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 3-5, and Mon.-Wed., Dec. 7-9, noon-7pm; Sun., Dec. 6, 11am-5pm; Thu.-Thu., Dec. 10-17, 10am-8pm; Fri.-Wed., Dec. 18-23, 9am-8pm; and Thu., Dec. 24, 10am-5pm. $29.99. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Call 687-6458 or visit shoplacumbre.com/events.

23rd Annual Candy Cane Train  All aboard this festively decorated miniature train. One ticket buys you a ride and a coupon for a future ride and entrance into the holiday display of Toy Trains and Teddy Bears. Riders must be at least 34 inches tall. Receive a discount and avoid the line by buying your tickets in advance online. Closed December 7-9, 14-16, and 25. Thu., Dec. 3-Wed., Dec. 27, 1-4pm (weekends) and 2-4pm (weekdays). South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros, Goleta. $2-$4. Call 964-3540 or visit goletadepot.org.

Printed Holiday Cards  Send out homemade holiday cards made out of discarded materials. Guest artist Laura Denny will help you create a thoughtful card while recycling and reducing. Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. Sat., Dec. 5, 10am-noon. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. $8. Call 884-0459 x11 or visit exploreecology.org.

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding  Learn about the beautiful and endangered snow leopards and how to save them at this one-of-a-kind family festival. Kids ages 12 and younger can sled down the zoo’s mini-Himalayan mountains while parents chill out at an extra minimal cost. There will be snow-related arts and crafts; plus Santa returns for photos. Sun., Dec. 6, 10am-3pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$15. Call 962-5339 or visit sbzoo.org.

Holiday Festival of Trains  All aboard this holiday event! All are welcome to the library to experience a large model train collection that will be chugging around a winter wonderland display. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 11-12, 10am-5:30pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 1-5pm. Multipurpose Rm., Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Call 964-7878 or visit sbplibrary.org.

All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving  This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the museum’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments, and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. Sat., Dec. 12, 9am-3pm. Ridley-Tree Education Ctr., McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $60-$70. Ages 5-12. Call 884-6441 or visit sbma.net.

Art Gifts for the Holidays  Didn’t buy your presents yet? Make your own holiday gifts from discarded materials. Unleash your inner eco-artist and let guest artist Jason Summers help you get your creativity on. Parents and friends will enjoy this art present. Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. Sat., Dec. 12, 10am-noon. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. $8. Call 884-0459 x11 or visit exploreecology.org.

Bright Shiny Baubles  Guest artist Judy Nilsen will teach you how to make homemade baubles and ornaments for your tree. These will all be made out of discarded materials. Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. Sat., Dec. 19, 10am-noon. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. $8. Call 884-0459 x11 or visit exploreecology.org.

Zoo Day

Zoo Day  Families can create a new tradition at the zoo on Christmas Eve or Christmas. Keepers will keep things jolly with special talks and holiday enrichment for the animals. Thu.-Fri., Dec. 24-25, 10am-3:30pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$15. Call 962-5339 or visit sbzoo.org.

By Caitlin Fitch

Holiday Markets and Shopping

A Crimson Holiday at La Cumbre Plaza  This artisan craft gallery features 39 area artisans, designers, and craftspeople who create fiber arts, ceramics, porcelain, woodwork, jewelry, and items for your house, garden, and more. The store is open through January 31, 2016. Mon.-Fri., 10am-8pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Free. Call 570-3919 or visit acrimsonholiday.com.

The Yes Store: 48th Anniversary  A celebration of S.B.’s longest-running artisan co-op, this year’s handcrafted holiday offerings include (but are far from limited to) pottery, jewelry, sculptures, and woodworking. Thu., Dec. 3-Wed., Dec. 23, 10am-7pm; Wed., Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. The Yes Store, 807 State St. Free. Call 966-9777 or visit facebook.com/TheYesStore.

Reindeer by Brad Nack

Brad Nack 19th Annual 100% Reindeer Art Show Opening Night  Brad is back, and he’s brought more of his abstract reindeer friends painted just for you. If you’re a collector, are shopping for a unique gift, or just want to peruse these holiday creatures, then this show is for you. The exhibit shows through December 31. Thu., Dec. 3, 6-8pm. Roy, 7 W. Carrillo St.  Free. Visit bradnack.com.

Muni Mega Mall  Enjoy a festive evening of wine and holiday shopping while supporting area designers and artists. Fitzgerald Forbes, Makesmith, Wellema Hat Co., Bestow Pottery, and more vendors will be showcasing their unique products while Municipal Winemakers will be offering tastings and bottles of their delicious wines, along with special-event wine bundles. Each mall day will feature different artists. Thu., Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 7-10pm. Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa St. Free. Call 931-6864 or visit municipalwinemakers.com.

Wintertide Marketplace and Holiday Party Shop for a unique holiday gift from a diverse group of S.B. companies including Brown Sugar Beach (modern kids clothing), Still - Elevate Your Ethanol (barware, cocktail supplies), Killscrow (art, prints, goods), and more along with food from Grandma’s Tamales and live music from Clean Spill. Thu., Dec. 3. Marketplace: 4-7pm; live music: 7pm. SeaVees, 118 E. Ortega St. Donation: Coat drive benefiting Organic Soup Kitchen. Call 770-2633 or visit tinyurl.com/WintertideMarketplace.

Montecito Country Mart Winter Market This festive shopping day will offer mulled wine or Champagne and 13 pop-up shops for the adults, and for the kids hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, face painting, pony rides, live music, and pictures with Santa (check website for activity times). Sat., Dec. 5, 11am-5pm. 1016 Coast Village Rd. at Hot Springs, Montecito. Free. Call 969-9664 or visit montecitocountrymart.com.

30th Annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace  Representing more than 50 countries and featuring an amazing selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture, and more, nearly 30 vendors have returned just in time, whether you are shopping for a holiday gift or adding to your collection. Some of the proceeds will support the museum’s exhibits and science education programs. Fri., Dec. 4, 10am-6pm; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 5-6, 10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Free. Call 682-4711 or visit sbnature.org.

Shop, Mingle & Jingle  Solvang’s holiday-season shopping and entertainment opportunities encompass discounts and deals at various merchants such as shops and galleries, bookstores, wine and beer bars, clothing and accessories boutiques, and more. The town’s merchants will open their doors to celebratory shoppers, with extended hours. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 4-6, 11-13, various times. Downtown Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangthirdwednesday.com/shop-mingle-jingle.

Garden Street Academy Holiday Boutique  Garden Street Academy will hold this family-friendly event featuring unique vendors with a wide variety of holiday gifts, professional photos with Santa, a photo booth, carolers, Christmas tree raffles, and sweet treats. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Sat., Dec. 5, 9am-1pm. Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. Free. Call 680-1536 or visit gardenstreetacademy.org.

Carpinteria Artists Marketplace  Come and shop handmade holiday gifts directly from the artists as they demonstrate their crafts, and listen to live music ​— ​all to raise funds for the Carpinteria Arts Center. Sat., Dec. 5, 10am-4pm. Carpinteria Arts Ctr., 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-7789 or visit carpinteriaartscenter.org.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair  Support area artists, and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones right on time. Sat., Dec. 5, 11am-4pm. Living Faith Church, 4597 Hollister Ave. Call 967-5651 or visit livingfaithsb.org/connect.

Garibaldi Goods Holiday Shop  Garibaldi Goods, full of handcrafted pantry items from California food artisans, will have its inaugural pop-up shop. Buy custom gifts, one-of-a-kind baskets, and exclusive specials. Sat., Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 11am-5pm. Pop-up venue, 208 W. Canon Perdido St. Free. Visit garibaldigoods.com.

Wildling Museum Holiday Marketplace  Join 17 vendors as they showcase their handcrafted gifts and demonstrate how they create unique items using natural materials just in time to purchase special holiday gifts. There will also be caroling, hot cider, cookies, and crafts. Sat., Dec. 5, noon-5pm. Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 688-1082 or visit wildlingmuseum.org.

Alternative Christmas Market  Make your gift lists now for Trinity’s Alternative Christmas Market. This is the opportunity to purchase gifts and make donations in honor of those special people in your life. Participating programs are Episcopal Relief & Development, Heifer International (works to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock), GAIA (Global Aids Interfaith Alliance), Angels Bearing Gifts (benefits adults with disabilities in S.B. County), Diocese of Jerusalem (provides a beacon of hope, peace, and reconciliation in the Middle East), Unite-to-Light (provides solar light to the developing world), and Kids’ Crafts (created by Trinity children). Sun., Dec. 6, 9am-12:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.

Under $50 Holiday Gift Fair

Under $50 Holiday Gift Fair  This family-friend gift fair includes an arts and crafts show, refreshments, and one-of-a-kind jewelry, art, ornaments, and more all under $50 and all made by regional artists. Wed., Dec. 9, 5-8pm. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. Free. Call 884-0459 x13 or visit exploreecology.org.

Angels Bearing Gifts Wrapping Party  This organization brings happiness to people with developmental disabilities who lack family support by providing gifts on birthdays and holidays. Be a part of the wrapping parties, and foster compassion within our community. Wed., Dec. 9, 5-7pm; Sat., Dec. 12, 9am-noon. Tri-Counties Regional Ctr. Bldg., 505 E. Montecito St. Free. Call 884-7222 or visit angelsbearinggifts.org.

Charitable Holiday Artwalk  Start the holiday season by walking while you buy a piece of art for a good cause, your neighborhood park. A percentage of the sales from these area artists will go to Girsh Park. Fri., Dec. 11-Wed., Dec. 23. Santa will be there Sun., Dec. 13 and 20, 10am-dusk. Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Free. Call 685-3458 or visit caminorealmarketplace.com.

Deck the Halls at Ojai Rancho Inn  This annual holiday event will feature designers and artists from S.B. to L.A. along with food, drink, live music, fun, and shopping! Sat., Dec. 19, noon-8pm. Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Free. Call 646-1434.

2nd Annual Nacimientos Holiday Party  Luminarias will guide the way into Casa Dolores, where nativity scenes will be set up along with a Christmas tree. Shop from a beautiful array of handmade tin ornaments to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Visitors are encouraged to bring gift donations for the Westside Boys & Girls Club and La Casa de la Raza. Fri., Dec. 18, 4-6pm. Casa Dolores, 1023 Bath St. Free. Call 963-1032.

Holiday Activities for the Family  Bring the entire family to drop-in crafts at the library. Create yarn-wrapped ornaments, snowflakes, beaded jewelry, holiday cards, and more. Sat., Dec. 19, 1-3pm. S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 564-5603 or visit sbplibrary.org.

Theater/Dance

A Christmas Carol   The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of the past, present, and future. This festive adaption will be performed with music and a cast of more than 20 actors. It shows through December 20. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm (no 8pm show on Dec. 6); Sun., 2pm; Wed., 2 and 7pm. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $30-$64. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol   Move over, Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s time for Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner, to tell his story. Go on the journey of Marley’s afterlife to redeem Scrooge and himself. This is a hilarious and moving work, bringing the ghost of Marley out of the shadows. It shows through December 20. Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. Ojai Art Ctr. Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $15-$18. Call 640-8797 or visit ojaiact.org.

’Twas the Night Before Christmas  Inspire Dance S.B. will share little snippets of this storybook ballet for all ages. Be charmed by a heartwarming performance by dancers 6 years and older as they share the adventure of Frances and Mary on Christmas Day with their Auntie Bess. This holiday show will include Dancing Dolls, Swirling Snowflakes, Snow Princesses, and more. Thu., Dec. 3, 4-5pm. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Call 964-7878. Tue., Dec. 15, 4-4:30pm. Faulkner Gallery, S.B. Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. Call 564-5638. Free. Visit sbplibrary.org.

A Christmas Carol  Pay your schillings, and come see Carpinteria’s annual production of Charles Dickens’s classic tale of the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns the true meaning of Christmas after taking some wild trips with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Adding to the festive atmosphere of the production are the authentic period costumes and the setting of old London. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-5 and 11-12, 7pm; Sun., Dec. 6 and 13, 3pm. Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $7-$15. Call 684-6380 or visit plazatheatercarpinteria.com.

Everybody Dance Now! Holiday Performance The community is invited to this show of amazing dances performed by more than 16 groups including UCSBreakin, Urban Dance Company, Goleta Girls Inc. classes, and Young B-boy Mentorship. All the performers will finish the show with a whip and nay-nay dance party! Don’t miss the final dance. Sun., Dec. 6, 2pm. Westside Boys & Girls Club, 602 W. Anapamu St. Donations accepted. Visit tinyurl.com/EDNHolidayPerformance.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol The FAHETGDS ladies mount their assault on the holiday Christmas classic with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. Come prepared to laugh at a dizzying array of characters from this Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t). A traditional holiday buffet will be served prior to the show. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 10-12: dinner: 6:30; show: 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 13: lunch: 1pm; show: 2pm. Goodland Supper Club at The Timbers, 10 Winchester Canyon Rd., Goleta. $45-$49. Call 705-9598 or visit tinyurl.com/FarndaleAvenue.

Gustafson Dance: Rudolph  Gustafson Dance presents Rudolph, a ballet of the holiday classic featuring Rudolph, Clarice, the Abominable Snow Monster, and Santa and telling about the little reindeer who embarks on a journey where he, along with many other “misfits,” learns that everyone, even though they may be different, has something of value to contribute. Sat., Dec. 5, 2 and 6pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $14-$25. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Goleta School of Ballet: The Nutcracker   The Goleta School of Ballet presents its annual performance of this holiday classic with stunning choreography and beautiful costumes. This is the perfect event to kick off the holiday season for the entire family. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 5-6, 3pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St.  $18. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.

Una Noche de Las Posadas (The Inns)  Come see this time-honored reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem as it was once celebrated in early California and is still observed throughout Mexico and South America. Join in this rich cultural tradition, experiencing firsthand the way in which Santa Barbara’s earliest Spanish and Mexican residents gathered together and celebrated the Christmas season with music and food. Fri., Dec. 11, 7pm. Begins at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. and concludes at Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St. Free. Call 965-0093 or visit sbthp.org.

41st Annual Nutcracker at the Arlington   Delighting family members of all ages, S.B. Festival Ballet will take you on a magical journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, dancing rats, toy soldiers and dolls that come to life, and a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes. A cast of 100 and a full symphony orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s music under the stars of the Arlington sky. Sat., Dec. 12, 2:30 and 7pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 2:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25-$50. Call 963-4408 or visit thearlingtontheatre.com.

The Montecito School of Ballet: The Night Before Christmas   This glistening celebration of the holiday season features stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, and outstanding choreography. They’ll wish you a “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 3pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $12-$18. Call 560-0597 or visit luketheatre.org.

Momentum Dance Company 2nd Annual Winter Concert   S.B.’s premier competitive dance company is ready to show off its top-honored hip-hop, tap, jazz, and other pieces. Watch dancers ages 6-21 light up the stage. Wed.-Thu., Dec. 16-17, 7pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $20-$30. Call 963-0408 or visit centerstagetheater.org.

Goleta School of Ballet: The Nutcracker Tutu Suite  Young dancers ages 3-6 years old will take part in this suite-style performance to the music of The Nutcracker, supplemented by an encore of your favorite dances from the company’s highest-level performers. Sat., Dec. 19, 1:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $8. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.

State Street Ballet: The Nutcracker  Follow young Clara as her toy nutcracker comes alive, saving her from evil rats and taking her on a magical journey through the Land of the Snowflakes, Kingdom of Sweets, and more. This dance performance, featuring students of Gustafson Dance, will be accompanied by the Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra. Sat., Dec 19, 2 and 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 20, 2pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $36-$104. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

La Pastorela (A Shepherd’s Play)   La Pastorela, a historic Santa Barbara Christmas tradition, returns to the Presidio Chapel. Dramatizing the epic battle between good and evil, the play invokes elements of spectacle, comedy, and fantasy. This version of La Pastorela was transcribed in the mid-19th century by Pablo de la Guerra and will be conducted in Spanish. Sat., Dec. 19, 7pm; Sun., Dec. 21, 2 and 7pm. El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. $6-$12. Call 965-0093 or visit sbthp.org.

The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice  This year’s entertaining production, subtitled “The Treasures of Spain,” will transport audiences to the crossroads of Andalusia in Southern Spain, where indigenous Iberian, Moorish, and Sephardic traditions converge.This S.B. seasonal tradition involves a colorfully costumed company of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers who will perform lively dances and glorious music from more than four centuries of Spanish culture, with accompaniment provided by a brass ensemble and a troupe of traditional string and wind instruments. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 19-20, 2 and 7pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Free-$79. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Music

A Winter Gift  Celtic Harpists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter will perform Celtic legends and beloved and rare pieces of holiday music interwoven with Irish and English literature. Journey through the generations of the harp, and step into a magical world of literature. Thu., Dec. 3, 7pm. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. $10-$25. Call 665-8852 or visit ojaiconcertseries.com.

Pink Martini
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Pink Martini

Pink Martini Holiday Show   Pink Martini returns with singer Storm Large to ring in the holidays. Enjoy treasured classics and jovial tunes from the album Joy to the World and recent releases including “Dream a Little Dream.” It’ll be a night of intoxicating Latin music, swinging jazz, cabaret, cinema scores, and more. Thu., Dec. 3, 8pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $23-$153. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.

Live Holiday Entertainment   It wouldn’t be the holidays without costumed carolers, holiday horns, choirs, and more. For the entire month, there will be more than 20 ensembles stopping by town to spread holiday cheer. Various days and times, Dec. 3-24. Paseo Nuevo Ctr. Ct. Free. Visit paseonuevoshopping.com.

I Will Give You as a Light to the Nations  This 11th annual evening of music will intertwine traditional carols of the season with early and contemporary holiday music performed by the 60-piece Westmont Orchestra and 100 voices. Fri., Dec. 4, 7pm; Sat., Dec. 5, 2pm; Sun., Dec. 6, 3pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $15. Call 565-7140 or visit westmont.edu/christmasfestival.

Songs on a Mid-Winter’s Night   Area performers including Larry Ayres, Jackie Morris, Tim Farrell, and Buddy Mondlock will sing songs that celebrate the holidays. Organizers ask that you bring a new toy for the Unity Shoppe’s annual toy drive or new clothing or nonperishable food as your admission fee. Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30pm. Cambridge Dr. Community Church, 550 Cambridge Dr., Goleta. Call 964-0436 or visit cambridgedrivechurch.org.

Merry-Achi Christmas

Merry-Achi Christmas  Twice-Grammy-nominated Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández joins America’s all-female, Grammy-nominated Reyna de Los Angeles in a traditional Mexican holiday celebration. Enjoy seasonal songs and festive merriment. Sun., Dec. 6, 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $27-$73. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

Weihnachtskonzert: A Traditional Christmas Concert  The S.B. Edelweiss Choir, accompanied by a professional string quartet and soprano soloist, will perform works and excerpts from Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Christmas Evening,” Jacub Jan Ryba’s “Bohemian Shepard’s Mass,” and more. Be ready to sing along! Sun., Dec. 6, 3pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd. Suggested donation: $12. Call 682-1537 or visit edelweisschoir.com.

Advent Lessons & Carols  Join for a night of Advent readings, choir anthems, and well-loved famous Christmas carols. It’ll be a well-deserved hour of caroling and community, followed by conversation and sweet treats. Sun., Dec. 6, 7:30pm. St. Michael’s University Church, 6586 Picasso Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/adventcarols.

Trinity Episcopal Church Advent Organ Series  This is a three-part exploration of the breadth and depth of musical expression, celebrated through the classic organ repertoire to newly composed works. Emma Lou Diemer, Nelson Huber, and Thomas Joyce will play Bach, Mendelssohn, Daniel Gee, and more. Sun., Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.

Nicole Lvoff
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Nicole Lvoff

Nicole Lvoff  Join jazz chanteuse Nicole Lvoff and her band as they perform holiday classics and jazz standards from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Mon., Dec. 7, 7:30pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $10. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.

S.B. Chamber Orchestra  SBCO is celebrating this holiday season with guest host Gail Eichenthal. It will be one inspiring night of Mendelssohn and Dvořák. Tue., Dec. 8, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $54-$64. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

34th Annual Messiah Sing-Along  Come make a joyful noise and raise your voice on high as the Foodbank of S.B. County and the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara present this annual community event that will feature an orchestra including members of the SBCC Symphony and area soloists with you as the chorus. Tickets will be available at Chaucer’s Books or at the door. Tue., Dec. 8, 8pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $10. Call 687-0754 or visit fpcsb.org/events/full-calendar.

Rat Pack Christmas  Theater League invites you to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy singin’ Rat Pack tunes from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. along with other Christmas favorites. Be reminded of this famous group and how they touched the holidays. Tue.-Wed., Dec. 8-9, 7:30pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $33-$68. Ages 10+. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

S.B. Choral Society’s The Hallelujah Project 3 Concert  Fast becoming one of the city’s most anticipated holiday musical events, the Hallelujah Project offers a family-friendly blend of approachable classical choral music and traditional seasonal favorites, a guest appearance by the Children’s Chorus, and a celebrity in a format designed to put young and old alike in a festive holiday mood! Sat., Dec. 12, 8pm; Sun., Dec. 13, 3pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $7-$46.50. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Tiny Tots Holiday Concert & Santa Party  Join merry elves and special guests Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Area teens will sing holiday tunes and sing-alongs that the entire family can enjoy. Bring your camera for photo ops! Sat., Dec. 12 and 19, 11am. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $11. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.

Santa Barbara Strings Winter Concert  Santa Barbara Strings will perform this concert that will feature three progressive levels of string ensembles playing a variety of works from the Renaissance/baroque era to the modern period. Sun., Dec. 13, 6pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Free-$10. Call 688-7423 or visit santabarbarastrings.org.

Venice

The Venice Holiday Show  Back for more from last year, Venice is a well-seasoned rock ’n’ roll outfit with each member’s résumé flush with high-profile appearances and performances, including gigs and recording sessions with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few. If you desire Christmas tunes with a slightly harder edge, look no further. Sat., Dec. 19, 8:30pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $32-$68. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.

Clint Weisman

Quire of Voyces

Quire of Voyces: Mysteries of Christmas  This a cappella performance from Quire of Voyces will continue its holiday tradition with a beautiful yuletide garland of Vaughn Williams’s “Mass in G Minor,” “Pastoral Symphony,” and more. Soothe the soul and gladden the heart with this performance. Sat., Dec. 19, 7pm; Sun., Dec. 20, 3pm. St, Anthony’s Chapel at Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. $15-$20. Call 965-5935 or visit quireofvoyces.org.

Festival of Carols  This is the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Ensemble & Orchestra’s 38th year bringing a powerful and harmonious blend of voices and orchestra to the valley with a concert that will fill your heart with the true meaning of the holiday season. Songs include “Silent Night,” “Ave Maria,” “A Christmas Rose,” and more. Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 20, 3pm. Church at the Crossroads, 236 La Lata Dr., Buellton. $15-$18. Call 350-4241 or visit syvchorale.org.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Screenings

Pajama Parties at the Bacara  Snuggle in your pajamas, and enjoy hot cider and a screening of a classic holiday movie. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 4-5, 11-2, 18-19, 25-26, 6pm. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Free. Call (866) 987-1292 or visit bacararesort.com.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Come see this live-action adaptation of the story by Dr. Seuss. The reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville as he and his hapless dog, Max, sneak into town to swipe everything holiday-related only to hit a snag when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who. There will be a live performance by the S.B. Dance Institute before the show, a bonus holiday short film Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, free popcorn, and a visit from Santa! Sat., Dec. 5, 11am. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $7.50-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

White Christmas  Before the movie, enjoy a performance by the Music by Montecito Union Chorus, and then settle in and watch the holiday classic about two song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) who, after WWII, take in a nightclub act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to save a small Vermont inn owned by their former general. Sat., Dec. 5, 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

Scrooged

Scrooged   Before the screening, listen to the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCan) group Pacific Choir, and then watch a modern take on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Follow Frank Cross, played by Bill Murray, as his cold nature drives away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). His life changes when he is visited by a series of ghosts who allow him to make his actions go from wrong to right. Sat., Dec. 5, 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.

21+ Holiday Fun

S.B. Young Professionals Club 19th Holiday Gala  This Evening of Mystery–themed fun will be inspired by the game Clue. There will be food; dancing; casino games such as craps, roulette, and black jack; photos; and more. Thu., Dec. 10, 7:30pm-midnight (VIP admission at 6:30pm). University Club of S.B., 1332 Santa Barbara St. $60-$75. Ages 21+. Visit tinyurl.com/sbypcgala.

Deck the Barrels
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Deck the Barrels

Deck the Barrels  The Majestic Barrel Room has transformed into its own holiday paradise. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres paired with your favorite Sanford wines. There will be holiday prizes, special discounts, barrel tastings, and more. Sat., Dec. 12, 3-6pm. Sanford Winery, 1114 State St., Ste. 26; Sanford Winery & Vineyards, 5010 Santa Rosa Rd., Lompoc. $35-$45. Call (800) 426-3469 or visit tinyurl.com/sanfordholidays.

Pop, Fizz, Clink Champagne Tasting  Ring in the holidays with champagne. Taste 15 of the finest champagnes, as well as caviar, oysters, and more, all in the holiday spirit! Sat., Dec. 12, 6pm. S.B. Public Market, 38 W. Victoria St. $85. Ages 21+. Call 770-7702 or visit sbpublicmarket.com.

Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk  Throughout the village, 15 different wine and beer tasting rooms will offer samplings. Tickets include a two-day pass and a souvenir wine glass. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 12-13, 11am-4pm. Downtown Solvang. $40. Ages 21+. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.

9th Annual Holiday Sweater Party  Celebrate T minus 7 days before Christmas with music from indie-pop band Spencer the Gardener, rootsy One Two Tree, groovy surf duo Conner Coffin and Travers Adler, and original rock duo Matt Kustura and Andrew Fedders. All proceeds will go to the Unity Shoppe and Boys & Girls Club. Fri., Dec. 18, 7pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $25. Ages 21+. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com

This story was updated to emend the date of the Santa Paws event at Camp Canine and the description of A Christmas Carol at Plaza Playhouse Theater.



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