‘Tis the Season 2014
The Complete and Cool Guide to Santa Barbara’s Yuletide
Thursday, December 4, 2014
It’s easy to be burnt out by the holidays, but why do that? This year, let’s take a breath, take a stroll, and take in what our enchanting city has to offer this time of year. There will be parades aplenty, lights in constant twinkle, choirs in harmony, music to soothe and inspire, movies and theater to pull the heartstrings, dance that amazes, area artisans selling their goods and wares, crafting workshops for the young and older, ugly sweaters, toys for tykes, generosity, community, and so much more that we had to lay it all out for you. Outside the lights are shining, and friends are calling, “Yoo hoo!” Come on, it’s lovely weather to share the holidays in S.B. with you.
62nd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade This year’s theme of Winter Nights & Holiday Lights 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 Alan Thicke, and, of course, the annual arrival of the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. Fri., Dec. 5. Meet and greet with Santa: 4-5:30pm; Paseo Nuevo Ctr. Court. Parade: 6:30pm; travels down 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 when you see Sinterklaas, a k a Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus!). Sat., Dec. 6, 11am. Parade starts at Solvang Veterans Hall (1745 Mission Dr.), travels west on Mission Dr. (Hwy. 246), turns left on Fourth Pl., left on Copenhagen Dr., and ends on Alisal Rd. near the village post office. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.
Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade This year’s parade kicks off a yearlong celebration of 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. 13, 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 Grand Marshal Rick Feldman of the EyeGlass Factory, marching bands, drill and dance teams, martial arts clubs, car clubs, cultural groups, floats all decked in holiday cheer, and Santa, of course! Sat., Dec. 13, 5:30pm. The parade travels down Milpas St. from Canon Perdido to Mason St. Free. Call 636-0475 or visit mcasb.org.
29th Annual Parade of Lights Bundle up and bring your blankets to watch the festively decorated boats from along the breakwater or on Stearns Wharf. 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. 14, 3pm. Parade: 5:30pm; occurs in the water visible from Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and West Beach (off of Cabrillo Blvd.) Free. Call 564-5530 or visit santabarbaraca.gov.
Tree Lightings and Nativities
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. 5, 5-6:30pm. Mission Dr. and 1st St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.
Downtown Santa Barbara Christmas Tree Lighting As the kickoff to the downtown parade, this tree will be presented by Consumer Fire Products. Fri., Dec. 5, 6:30pm. State and Sola sts. Free. Call 962-2098.
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. 6, 5:30-6:30pm, Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St.; Dec. 7, 5:30-6:30pm, Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta; Sat., Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30pm, Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Suggested donation for a star: $15. Call 563-8820.
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. 13, 5 and 7pm. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.
Night of Noel: A Musical Christmas Pageant This family-friendly variety program will feature the Oaks Bible Church orchestra, handbells and choir, the Christmas story and children’s nativity, and an audience sing-along. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 12-13, 6pm; Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Sun., Dec. 14, 4 and 6pm; Samarkand Retirement Home, 2550 Treasure Dr. Free. Visit oaksbible.org.
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. You are invited to 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. Sun.-Tue., Dec. 21-23, 5:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Free. Call 963-3579.
Christmas 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. Wed., Dec. 24, 4pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.
Holiday Fun for Everyone
Homespun Holiday Opening & Craft Show Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Art from Scrap’s family-friendly 1st Thursday event. The evening’s festivities include an art opening and reception, a craft show, music by DJ Ted Coe of KCSB-FM 91.9, wine by Santa Barbara Winery, and a Holiday Card and Ornament Making Art from Scrap workshop. Artisans will be selling handcrafted jewelry. Thu., Dec. 4, 5-8pm. Art From Scrap, 302 E. Cota St. Free. Call 884-0459 or visit exploreecology.org.
Recovery Ranch 3rd Annual Christmas Cocoa Stand Stop by the stand for some old-fashioned holiday cheer, cocoa, apple cider, coffee, homemade cookies, and crêpes. Santa will be there dancing under the miles and miles of twinkling lights. Thu., Dec. 4-Wed., Dec. 24, 5-10pm. Recovery Ranch, 3694 B. Tivola St., Santa Ynez. Free. Call 450-7854 or visit therecoveryranch.com.
DJ Darla Bea
Curated Cocktails: Biblioholidaze Celebrate the holiday season and 1st Thursday with $5 signature cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland’s resident mixologist Chris Burmeister, inspired by the current exhibition Requiem for the Bibliophile. Holiday tunes remixed by DJ Darla Bea with Free art activities and educational tours will be available. Thu., Dec. 4, 6-8pm. Museum of Contemporary Art S.B., 653 Paseo Nuevo. Free. Call 963-5373 or visit mcasantabarbara.org.
Make a Holiday Wreath Goleta Library will provide adults with wreath-making materials and instructions. Preregistration is encouraged. Make your wreath perfect enough to show off to neighbors. Sat., Dec. 6, 10am-noon. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 18+. Call 964-7878.
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; and $20 for both. Proceeds from photos will benefit DAWG (Dog Adoption & Welfare Group), S.B.’s only no-kill dog shelter. Sat., Dec. 6. 10am-1pm. Camp Canine, 803 E. Montecito St. Free. Call 962-4790.
Olde-Fashioned Christmas in Downtown Los Olivos Now in its 34th 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. There will be an abundance of holiday shopping opportunities available as retailers, tasting rooms, and restaurants stay open later in the evening. 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. 6, 1-8pm. Downtown Los Olivos, Los Olivos. Free. Call 688-0305 or visit losolivosca.com.
Gingerbread Wonderland This event 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 4-6 p.m., 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. 6, 4-8pm. St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church & Preschool, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. Free. Call 688-1815 or visit losolivosca.com.
The American Scandinavian Foundation of S.B. Dinner & Santa Lucia Pageant This ASF event will hold 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. 7, 5pm. Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Rd. Free-$75. Call 684-4810 or visit asfsb.net.
Santa Claus Run Join this fun parade and festivities. Prize money will be awarded for the best three Christmas costumes and medals will be given to finishers. Proceeds will go to Kidz for a Cure and its fight against childhood cancer. A one-mile fun run and a 5K run are available. Sun., Dec. 7, 8am. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. $20-$40. Call 845-0119 or visit sbactionpro.com.
Hope for the Holidays Create holidays cards to send to women and children currently being held in privately owned detention facilities at our Southern border. There will also be a potluck and a screening of a brand-new documentary about family detention, as well as an opportunity for folks to write letters to elected representatives about this issue. Sun., Dec. 7, noon-3pm. Jefferson Hall, Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Free. Call 893-4866.
Garden Court’s 14th 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 from the Platters, 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. 9, 6-8:30pm. Garden Court, 1116 De la Vina St. Free. Call 884-0095.
Channel City Club Festive Holiday Luncheon The Channel City Club brings scientist, explorer, and attorney Kristin Larson to speak about our polar regions in transition and its emerging issues and opportunities in a time of thaw. Pianist Gil Rosas will entertain with traditional Christmas music, and Montecito Union School Chorus, featuring 80 children, will sing. Wed., Dec. 10, 11am. Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $35-$40. Call 564-6223 or visit channelcityclub.org.
Christian Women’s Connection Christmas Party The CWC will spread Christmas cheer and sing Christmas carols led by Jean Browne. Bring a friend and enjoy a couple of hours with the girls. Guest speaker and independent businesswoman Esther Clark will share her story. There will also be a delicious holiday ham buffet. Wed., Dec. 10, 11:30am-1:30pm. Emanuel Lutheran Church, 3721 Modoc Rd. $20. Call 687-4994.
S.B. Rose Society Holiday Party & Silent Auction This holiday party will have a wonderful raffle with great prizes, all to raise money for the S.B. Rose Society. A complimentary buffet entree with beverages or wine will be provided; just bring a potluck dish to share. Seating is limited, so an RSVP is required. Thu., Dec. 11, 6-8pm. Louise Lowry Davis Ctr., 1232 De La Vina St. Free. Call (310) 569-7090.
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. Thu., Dec. 11, 5-7pm; Sat., Dec. 13, 9am-noon. Tri-Counties Regional Ctr. Bldg., 505 E. Montecito St. Free. Call 884-7222 or visit angelsbearinggifts.org.
Jump on the School Bus Holiday Light Tours Jump on the school bus to get a tour of the most festive and brightest holiday light displays in town! Bring yourself, your little ones, and anyone else who could use some holiday cheer for a two-hour tour around S.B., viewing the best light displays around! Advanced ticket purchase is required more than 24 hours before your desired tour. Fri., Dec. 12-Tue., Dec. 23, 6:15pm. Red’s Bar & Tapas, 211 Helena Ave. Free-$25. Call (800) 936-3126 or visit nightout.com.
Circle Bar B Holiday BBQ Enjoy a delicious tri-tip dinner, spend time with old friends, and make new ones. Advanced reservations are required; call to RSVP. Sat., Dec. 13, 6pm. Circle Bar B Ranch, 1800 Refugio Rd. $35. Call 968-1113 or visit facebook.com/circle.barb.
Holiday at the Ranch Come to this holiday open house featuring live music, crafts, tours, story time, and, of course, Santa and his “rein-goats.” Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-14, 11am-4pm. Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta. Free-$5. Call 681-7216 or visit stowhouse.com.
35th Annual Chanukah in the Mall Chabad will host this Glo for It–themed evening filled with lighting menorahs, building a giant glo-menorah, making glo-art, and glo-in-the-dark face painting. The featured entertainer will be West Coast juggler and stuntman Von Jon. Donuts and hot latkes will be served. Tue., Dec. 16, 5-7pm. Macy’s Court, La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Free. Call 275-4083 or visit sbchabad.org.
League of Women Voters Holiday Party This year, S.B. County Registrar of Voters Joe Holland will speak about the election that just passed and our area’s voting history. Enjoy a festive lunch and a lively discussion. Wed., Dec. 17, noon-2pm. Louise Lowry Davis Ctr., 1232 De la Vina St. Free. Call 965-2422 or visit lwvsantabarbara.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. 18, 5-7pm. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Ctr., 524 Chapala St. Free-$5. Call 957-1115 or visit jewishsantabarbara.org.
2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run Join a fun run dedicated to ugly sweaters, holiday cheer, and last-minute shopping. There will be raffles and giveaways and prizes for the ugliest sweaters hosted by S.B. Running. Sat., Dec. 20, 2pm. S.B. Running Co., 110 Anacapa St. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/nqkqutc.
Organic Soup Kitchen Holidays The Organic Soup Kitchen (OSK) will serve the S.B. community this holiday season as it brings quality food to you and your family no matter your financial status. On Christmas Eve, there will be gift wrapping and a tree-decorating party. Snacks and beverages will be served. On Christmas day, OSK will hold its sixth annual traditional Christmas meal, with Santa passing out gifts and music to celebrate. Wed., Dec. 24, noon; Thu., Dec. 25, 1:30pm. Veterans Memorial Building, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd. Free. Call 886-7427 or visit organicsoupkitchen.org.
Holiday Markets and Shopping
A Crimson Holiday at La Cumbre Plaza This artisan craft gallery features 38 area artisans, designers, and craftspeople that create fiber arts, ceramics, porcelain, woodwork, jewelry, and items for your house and garden and more. Store open through January 31, 2015. Mon.-Fri.: 10am-8pm; Sat.: 10am-7pm; Sun.: 11am-6pm. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Free. Call 967-8975 or visit acrimsonholiday.com.
The Yes Store: 47th 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..-Wed., Dec. 4-10, 10am-7pm; Thu., Dec. 11-Tue., Dec. 23, 10am-9pm; Wed., Dec. 24, 9am-6pm. The Yes Store, 629 State St. Free. Call 966-9777 or visit facebook.com/TheYesStore.
Holiday Pop-Up Shop Enjoy a festive evening of wine and holiday shopping while supporting area designers and artists. Torchlight Jewelry, Knotgold Trading Post, and Lindsey Ross 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. Thu., Dec. 4, 6pm. Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa St. Free. Call 931-6864.
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. Fri., Dec. 5, 2-5pm. Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. Free. Call 687-3717 or visit gardenstreetacademy.org.
Holy Daze Art Shindig Come look at the works of art but be prepared to walk out of the Koplin/Levin Studio with the perfect trinket, treasure, gift, or addition to your collection of art, as this show will be filled with blurs of assemblages, drawings, paintings, fridge magnets, cards, and candles from two accomplished area artists, Dan Levin and Philip Koplin. Fri., Dec. 5, 5-8pm. Koplin/Levin Studio, 206 Gray Ave. Free. Call (866) 852-5891.