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.
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.
Brad Nack 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. Shows through January 3, 2015. Fri., Dec. 5, 5-8pm. S.B. Arts Fund, 205-C Santa Barbara St. Free. Call 965-7321.
Holiday Bazaar S.B. Women of the Moose is hosting this bazaar filled with holiday crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and more. Profits will go toward Mooseheart, a residential childcare facility in Chicago, and Moosehaven Home, a retirement home in Florida for Women of the Moose. Sun., Dec. 7, 11am-3pm. S.B. Moose Lodge, 110 W. Victoria St. Free. Call 451-1479.
Holiday Sip ’n’ Shop The perfect way for guests to treat themselves while holiday gift shopping, Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s event will feature an array of gift-able items for both wine and dog lovers, such as clothing, recycled wine barrel decor, and wine and beers from around the globe. Fri., Dec. 12, 5-7pm. Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-C Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 686-9126.
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. 12-Tue., Dec. 23, 10am-dusk. Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr., Goleta. Free. Visit caminorealmarketplace.com.
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. 6-14, various times. Downtown Solvang. Free. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangthirdwednesday.com/shop-mingle-jingle.
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace Nearly 30 vendors representing more than 50 countries and featuring an amazing selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculptures, and more have returned just in time, whether you are shopping for a holiday gift or adding to your collection. Proceeds from the Marketplace support the museum’s exhibits and science education programs. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 6-7, 10am-5pm. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2558 Puesta del Sol. Free-$12. Call 682-4711 or visit sbnature.org.
Wildling Museum Holiday Marketplace Area artists will be showcasing their handcrafted gifts and demonstrating how they create unique items using natural materials just in time to purchase special holiday gifts. Sat., Dec. 6, noon-5pm. Wildling Museum, 1511-B Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 686-8315 or visit wildlingmuseum.org.
AHA! and Waxing Poetic Holiday Celebration Join area nonprofit AHA! to celebrate limited edition jewelry created by Waxing Poetic, with 50 percent of the AHA! jewelry sales to benefit the nonprofit’s program supporting and empowering teens in our community. There will be mini tarot and astrology readings, chair massages for all purchasers, hourly raffle drawings, refreshments, and more. Sat., Dec. 6, 1-5pm. Waxing Poetic Boutique, 2350 Lillie Ave., Summerland. Free. Call 770-7200 x2.
Christmas Art & Craft Fair Living Faith Church’s women’s group provides an opportunity to support area artists and find the perfect holiday gift and the ideal baked good. Proceeds will go toward its Women’s Ministry and Youth Group. Sat., Dec. 6, 11am-4pm. Education Bldg., Living Faith Ctr., 4597 Hollister Ave. Free. Call 453-7254.
12th Annual Tone-Up Santa Barbara Holiday Boutique Enjoy the beauty of the holidays and buy locally with vendors like Thomas Rhodes Jewelry, Bella Notte clothes and accessories, Merrily Krause handmade bags, the Cupcake Queen, the Spicy Gourmet, and so much more. Sat., Dec. 6, noon-5pm. Tone-Up Santa Barbara, 3006 De la Vina St. Free. Call 682-2736.
LOCALSMITH Holiday Market Here is another opportunity to shop for gifts, from textiles to woodwork and ceramics, all created by area craftspeople. Mulled wine will be served, and Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck will be on hand. Sat., Dec. 6, 1-5pm. Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa St. Free. Call 962-5857 or visit oreanawinery.com.
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), Children of Joy (benefits people of Sri Lanka), Fonkoze (benefits Haitian women), 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), and Kids’ Crafts (created by Trinity children). Sun., Dec. 7, 9am-12:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.
Breast Cancer Resource Center Annual Holiday Tea & Fashion Show Come enjoy fashions provided by Saks Fifth Avenue 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. 7, noon-3pm. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, 1260 Channel Dr. $75. Call 569-9693 or visit bcrcsb.org.
Solvang Library Booksale and Winter Boutique Find the perfect present, including unique handmade gift items made by volunteers, or read among the loads of new, gently used, and collector books and media. Proceeds benefit the volunteer program at the library. Sat., Dec. 13, 10am-3pm. Solvang Library, 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang. Free. Call 688-4214 or visit sbplibrary.org.
Carpinteria Arts Center Artists Marketplace Come and shop the handmade holiday gifts directly from the artists as they demonstrate their craft and the American Cats play live — all to raise funds for the CAC. Sat., Dec. 13, 1-4pm; Sun., Dec. 14, 11am-3pm. Carpinteria Arts Ctr., 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria. Free. Call 684-7789 or visit carpinteriaartscenter.org.
¡Celebración de Navidad en Casa Dolores! Holiday Celebration Plan a visit to Casa Dolores, where luminarias will guide the way into the museum, where nativity scenes will be set up along with a Christmas tree. Learn about the tradition of Mexican hot chocolate while it is being served with tamales, or take home a unique tin ornament. Bring a gift for donation to support the Westside Boys & Girls Club and La Casa de la Raza. Fri., Dec. 19, 4-6pm. Casa Dolores, 1023 Bath St. Free. Call 963-1032.
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. 20, noon-8pm. Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Free. Call 646-1434.
A Tuna Christmas Visit the “third-smallest” town in Texas during the most hectic time of the year in this two-man show that will introduce audiences to a myriad of colorful characters from the tiny town of Tuna through dizzying costume and scene changes. Shows through December 21. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 2pm; Wed., 2 and 7pm. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $15-$57. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.
Christmas Is Here Again This magical musical adventure for the entire family follows young orphan Sophiana and a band of adventurers as they search the frozen north to find Santa’s stolen toys. Unique to PCPA’s production will be the incorporation of projected animated and still images used in the original Renegade animated feature and created by Frozen art director Michael Giaimo. Fri., Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 7pm; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21, and Tue., Dec. 23, 1:30 and 7pm; Wed., Dec. 10 and 24, and Wed.-Thu., Dec. 17-18, 1:30pm. Marian Theatre, Allan Hancock College, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria. $15.50-$39.50. Ages 5+; ages 4+ for 1:30pm. Call 922-8313 or visit pcpa.org.
A Christmas Story This stage version of the 1983 movie will re-create the famous scenes from this ageless holiday comedy full of fun and mischief about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s wish to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Dec. 5-21; Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $10-$18. Call 640-8797 or visit ojaiact.org.
Tiny Tots Delight your kids with this lively new holiday concert featuring Rubicon’s merry elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman! This talented cast of area teens will lead a joyous sing-along. After the performance, the fun continues at Santa’s Wonderland, so bring your cameras for a picture with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and the cast while you enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Sat., Dec. 6-20, 11am. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $5-$10. Call 667-2900 or visit rubicontheatre.org.
Gustafson Dance: Rudolph Gustafson Dance presents Rudolph, a ballet of the holiday classic featuring Rudolph, Clarice, the Abominable Snow Monster, and Santa, 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. Children ages 2 and up dance to well-known holiday tunes, along with the State Street Ballet Young Dancers. Sat., Dec. 6, 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 25th 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. 6-7, 3pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $18. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.
A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is back in all his penny-pinching glory in this 1951 classic movie starring Alastair Sim. If you haven’t seen this story of the meanest miser in Victorian London, who overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, and is visited by three ghosts, then this is a holiday must-see. Sat., Dec. 6, 7pm. Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $5.Call 684-6380 or visit plazatheatercarpinteria.com.
A Very Eclectic Christmas This creative storyline features nutcracker soldiers with candy canes, naughty Rats, an electric Christmas tree surrounded by presents, glow worms, dancing flowers, and other creatures that light up the stage. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the timeless Christmas classics, including songs from Nat King Cole, Tchaikovsky, Mariah Carey, and of course a few surprises along the way. Wed., Dec. 10, 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $28-$63. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
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. 12, 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.
A Christmas Carol Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance script, and with a little artistic license, this Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) production features cofounder David Melville as Charles Dickens, playing nearly every character with musical accompaniment and dramatic interjections by a young American actress. The performance will be full of the acting pyrotechnics Dickens was famous for as the two actors conjure a magical evening full of wry humor, ghosts, romance, and redemption. Fri., Dec. 12, 8pm. McCune Founders Rm., Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
S.B. Festival Ballet: 40th Anniversary Nutcracker at the Arlington Delighting family members of all ages, SBFB 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. 13, 2:30 and 7pm; Sun., Dec. 14, 2:30pm. Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. $25-$55. Call 963-4408 or visit thearlingtontheatre.com.
The Montecito School of Ballet: The Night Before Christmas and Les Patineurs This glistening celebration of the holiday season features stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, and outstanding choreography. Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30pm;Sun., Dec. 14, 3pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. $12-$18. Call 560-0597 or visit luketheatre.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. 20, 1:30pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St., $7. Call 328-3823 or visit goletaschoolofballet.com.
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 the pastorela was transcribed in the mid-19th century by Pablo de la Guerra and will be conducted in Spanish. Sat., Dec. 20, 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: An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice Take comfort and joy in the songs, dances, rituals, and stories that the Irish emigrants will bring along from their native country, celebrating their culture and heritage as they embark on their adventure as Celtic pioneers. Ask about the family discount when purchasing your tickets. Sat., Dec. 20, 2:30 and 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 21, 2:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Free-$40. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.
State Street Ballet: The Nutcracker With live accompaniment by Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra and featuring the students of Gustafson Dance, this holiday family favorite is based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman and set to the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky. This ballet will enchant the entire family as it tells the story of young Clara, who receives a beautiful toy nutcracker that comes to life in her dreams on Christmas Eve. Sat., Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30pm; Sun., Dec 21, 2pm. $23-$55. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
White Christmas Here’s your chance to see one of your favorite holiday movies at the Granada. Come see the story of 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. 13, 3pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation This classic family movie tells the tale of the Griswolds, who are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark (Chevy Chase, pictured), his wife, and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going, believing that his Christmas bonus is coming soon. Sat., Dec. 13, 7pm. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
Miracle on 34th Street This 1947 Christmas gem starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, and a young Natalie Wood will have you believing in the man with the bag in the red hat — you know, Santa! Come see a screening of this story about the Santa who works at Macy’s. Sun., Dec. 14, noon. Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. $10-$20. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
White Christmas Come enjoy the 60th anniversary of this quintessential holiday film that has been beautifully restored, starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera Ellen and featuring some of Irving Berlin’s most iconic music ever like “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Love, You Didn’t Do Right by Me,” and, of course, “White Christmas.” Sat., Dec. 20, 7pm. Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. $5. Call 684-6380 or visit plazatheatercarpinteria.com.
Songs on a Mid-Winter’s Night Area performers will sing songs of Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and other traditions. 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. 5, 7:30pm. Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Dr., Goleta. Call 964-0436 or visit cambridgedrivechurch.org.
10th Annual Christmas Concert This evening of music will intertwine traditional carols of the season with historic and contemporary choral masterpieces performed by the 60-piece Westmont Orchestra and 100 voices. Fri., Dec. 5, 8pm; Sat., Dec. 6, 3pm; Sun., Dec. 7, 3pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $15. Call 565-6040 or visit westmont.edu/christmasfestival.
Shout the Glad Tidings: Music for a New England Christmas Adelfos Ensemble will bring the warmest holiday images and its roots in the sights, sounds, and smells of New England at Yuletide as the group revels in Christmas music, including Colonial carols by Billings, glees enjoyed in 19th-century Boston drawing rooms, and modern works. Sat., Dec. 6, 7pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. $10-$15. Call 964-0559.
Edelweiss Choir Annual Christmas Concert The S.B. Edelweiss Choir, accompanied by a professional string quartet and soprano soloist, will performs works such as the Christmas Cantanta “Lauft, ihr Hirten, allzugleich” (“Run, Ye Shepherds, to the Light”), as well as universally loved Christmas songs in English, German, and Latin. Be ready to sing along! Sun., Dec. 7, 3pm. Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Rd. Suggested donation: $12. Call 682-1537 or visit edelweisschoir.com.
Trinity Episcopal Advent Organ Series: Second Sunday This is the second of a four-part performance series which prompts noted artists to share their music. Organ music will be by German composers Nicolas Bruhns, Heinrich Scheidemann, and Robert Schumann and English composers Herbert Howells, John Ireland, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Sun., Dec. 7, 3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.
La Purisima Founders Day Concert More than 500 luminaries will lead the way to an evening of candlelight and music observing the 227th anniversary of the founding of La Purisima Mission in 1787. Come enjoy the musical performance by the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale in the setting of the historic church by candlelight. After the performance, guests are invited to La Sala to enjoy fellowship and refreshments. Tickets are advance purchase only. Mon., Dec. 8, 7pm. La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, 2295 Purisima Rd., Lompoc. $6. Ages 6+. Call 733-3713 or visit lapurisimamission.org.
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 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, Granada Books, or at the door. Tue., Dec. 9, 7:30pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. $10. Call 967-5741.
Danú, A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag Be a part of this festive, heartwarming Celtic Christmas with one of the most acclaimed ensembles of traditional music from the Emerald Isle that hails from historic County Waterford. The band will appear with virtuosi musicians on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and percussion, along with enchanting vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and guest dancers to create a glorious mix of traditional Irish tunes spanning the centuries and treasured holiday songs. Fri., Dec. 12, 8pm. Campbell Hall, UCSB. $15-$40. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.
Teen Star Holiday Showcase Teen Star S.B. presents its first-ever holiday showcase. This festive evening features the Teen Star 2014 finalists as they share their musical talents, performing holiday songs that celebrate the spirit of the season. Proceeds go to S.B. County schools’ performing arts programs. Fri., Dec. 12, 6-8:30pm. Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta. $10-$15. Call (855) 788-1116 or visit bacararesort.com.
UCSB Gospel Choir This highly successful gospel ensemble performs several times each quarter, and what better way to start the holidays! Fill the day with voices of the season. Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30pm. Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB. Free-$15. Call 893-7194 or visit music.ucsb.edu.
23rd Annual TubaChristmas Performance A host of more than 40 brass musicians of all ages will perform renditions of traditional Christmas carols, in conjunction with performances taking place all over world, as a tribute to the late William J. Bell. This year marks the 23rd performance in S.B. and the 41st in the world, and it will be conducted by SBCC Band Director Eric Heidner. Sat., Dec. 13, noon. Storke Placita, 700 block of State St. Free. Call 569-5008 or visit tubachristmas.com.
Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra Holiday Concert 2014 This is the chorale’s 37th 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. Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 14, 3pm. Solvang Veteran’s Hall, 1745 Mission Dr., Solvang. $14-$18. Call 350-4241 or visit syvchorale.org.
S.B. Choral Society’s Hallelujah Project Concert Let this chorus of more than 90 area singers and performers transport you and yours into seasonal bliss with a performance of holiday music. There’s something about this concert that everyone will love — the perfection of Bach, joyous music of Rutter, syncopated rendering of Paulus, traditional cards, seasonal favorites, celebrity narration of The Night Before Christmas, and maybe even a visit by the Jolly Old Elf. Sat., Dec. 13, 8pm; Sun., Dec. 14, 3pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $14-$46.50. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.
Trinity Episcopal Advent Organ Series: Works of Johann Sebastian Bach In the third of a four-part exploration of the breadth and depth of musical expression, Suzanne Duffy and Jane Hahn will explore and celebrate the musical themes of hope, joy, peace, and love through Bach. Sun., Dec. 14, 3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.
Lois Mahalia Christmas Concert The first show is fun for the whole family and will include a children’s choir of Lois Mahalia’s vocal students. The second show will add a little jazz, funk, and soul to your Christmas season. Sun., Dec. 14, 4 and 7:30pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. $15-$24. Call 963-0408 or visit centerstagetheater.org.
Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus The UCSB Department of Music presents an evening of the familiar Latin Christmas text “O magnum mysterium,” which speaks of the great mystery “that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger.” The program will feature works spanning several centuries, and turning to the lighter side, the ensemble will also sing arrangements of secular English, French, and Canadian classics. Sun., Dec. 14, 8pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free-$10. Call 893-3230 or visit music.ucsb.edu.
S.B. Master Chorale 19th Annual Holiday Concert This is not just a concert but a sing-along and a party, too! Sun., Dec. 14, 7pm. Unitarian Society of S.B., 1535 Santa Barbara St. $10-$20. Call 967-8287 or visit sbmasterchorale.org.
Winter Concert Santa Barbara Strings will perform this concert that will feature three progressive levels of string ensembles playing a variety of works performed by a multitiered string orchestra program training and inspiring young musicians studying and performing repertoire from the Renaissance/baroque era to the modern period. Sun., Dec. 14, 6pm. First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Free. Call 632-7423 or visit santabarbarastrings.org.
S.B. Chamber Orchestra Presents Brandenberg Marathon Holiday Season Celebration The Chamber Orchestra will offer the community a musically engaging holiday experience as they will perform J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 with Heiichiro Ohyama conducting. Tue., Dec. 16, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. $54-$64. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.
The Venice Holiday Show 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. Fri., Dec. 19, 8:30pm. SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State St. $25-$28. Call 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com.
Quire of Voyces’ Song of Songs This a cappella performance from Quire of Voyces will continue its holiday tradition with an array of choral gems by composers both ancient and modern, from Palestrina, to Durufle, to as-yet-unheard commissioned works by composers Daniel Brinsmead and Michael Eglin. Sat., Dec. 20, 7pm; Sun., Dec. 21, 3pm. St, Anthony’s Chapel at Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. $15-$20. Call 965-5935 or visit quireofvoyces.org.
Trinity Episcopal Advent Organ Series: Parisian Masters of the 20th Century In the fourth and final performance of the Advent Organ Series, the church will be filled with organ music by Marcel Dupré, Jean Langlais, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Tournemire, and Charles-Marie Widor. Sun., Dec. 21, 3:30pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Free. Call 965-7419 or visit trinitysb.org.
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 Monday, December 8 and 15 (5-7pm). Thu.-Sat., Dec. 4-6, and Mon.-Thu., Dec. 8-11, noon-7pm; Sun., Dec. 7, 11am-5pm; Fri.-Thu., Dec. 12-18, 10am-8pm; Fri.-Tue., Dec. 19-23, 9am-8pm; Wed., Dec. 24, 10am-5pm. $24.99. La Cumbre Plaza, 121 S. Hope Ave. Call 687-6458 or visit shoplacumbre.com/events for schedule.
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 8-10 and 15-17. Thu., Dec. 4-Wed., Dec. 24, 1-4pm (weekends) and 2-4pm (weekdays). South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 N. Los Carneros, Goleta. $3.75-$4. Call 964-3540 or visit goletadepot.org.
Kids’ Holiday Fused Bead Craft Need more decorations, ornaments, and handmade gifts this year? Spend an afternoon creating holiday-themed fused beads. Sat., Dec. 6, 1pm. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 7+. Call 964-7878 or visit sbplibrary.org.
Snow Leopard Festival 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 under 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. 7, 10am-3pm (9am early access for members). 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. 12-13, 10am-5:30pm; Sun., Dec. 14, 1-5pm. Multipurpose Room, 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. 13, 9am-3pm. Ridley-Tree Education Ctr., McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $65-$75. Ages 5-12. Call 884-6441 or visit sbma.net.
Holiday Kids’ Craft ’Tis the season for crafting! Create a festive salt dough ornament for the holidays. Crafts will be provided for the first 50 participants. Sat., Dec. 20, 12:30-2:30pm. Goleta Library, 500 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta. Free. Ages 4+. Call 964-7878 or visit sbplibrary.org.
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. Wed.-Thu., Dec. 24-25, 10am-3:30pm. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Free-$15. Call 962-5339 or visit sbzoo.org.
21+ Holiday Fun
Screenwriters Association of S.B. Holiday Mixer Calling all area writing, filmmaking, and media-related types to not miss this opportunity to mix, mingle, and maybe meet someone who can help you with your project while networking at this holiday get-together of area entertainment professionals. Thu., Dec. 11, 5-7pm. Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina, 330 State St. Free. Call 845-8966 or visit screenwriterssb.org.
Ugly Sweater Crawl Throw on your tackiest holiday sweater and spend an evening sojourning through five downtown S.B. bars and restaurants, enjoying one drink per stop. You will meet at the first stop, navigate to the remaining stops, and meet at the final stop for the after-party. Please bring a donation for the Toys for Tots Foundation! Thu., Dec. 11, 6:30pm. First stop: TBA. $25-$35. Ages 21+. Call (800) 936-3126 or visit nightout.com.
S.B. Young Professionals Club 18th Holiday Gala This Fire & Ice–themed event will begin for VIP admission with special cocktails and appetizers where the Charity of the Year will be announced as well as Young Professional of the Year with Mayor Helene Schneider. General admission will begin after the VIP party, where you will enjoy appetizers, incredible decorations, dancing, and an awesome raffle. Thu., Dec. 11, 8pm-1:30am (VIP admission at 7pm). Blind Tiger, 409 State St. $65-$85. Ages 21+. Call (800) 936-3126 or visit nightout.com.
Julefest Holiday Wine About Get a taste of all that Solvang has to offer by taking a stroll among the tasting rooms that have opened their doors and hearts in the name of Julefest cheer. Ticket includes a two-day wine- and beer-tasting passport and a souvenir wine glass, which you can easily re-gift and present to your in-laws or boss. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 13-14, 11am-4pm. Solvang Park, 486 1st St., Solvang. $40. Call 688-6144 or visit solvangusa.com.
Blair Fox Winemaker Pouring and Holiday Party Winemaker Blair Fox, named Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year in 2008, will pour his handcrafted small-lot wines for a fun and educational wine tasting. Light appetizers will be provided with the wine tasting. Advance tickets are necessary. Mon., Dec. 15, 5:30pm. S.B. Art Foundry, 120 Santa Barbara St. $24. Ages 21+. Call 302-0565 or visit meetup.com/inside-wine-santa-barbara.
Up on the Rooftop Holiday Party Join the hipsters as they head up to the rooftop of the Canary for some delicious drinks, awesome music curated by We the Beat, and, hopefully, some reindeer sightings. Fri., Dec. 19, 6:30-10pm. Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo St. $25-$30. Ages 21+. Call (800) 936-3126 or visit nightout.com.
8th Annual Vodka Latke Party The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation’s event is open to all! This party will feature DJ Darla Bea, dancing, a gourmet latke and donut bar, appetizers, an open bar, dreidels and gelt, a menorah lighting, an auction, and more! Party with a purpose. Sat., Dec. 20, 7-11pm. S.B. Art Foundry, 120 Santa Barbara St. $18-$30. Call 957-1115 or visit jewishsantabarbara.org.
Fourth Annual Winter White Ball What a magical way to spend the actual winter solstice by listening to harp music, dancing to Area 51 and a deejay, eating light appetizers and desserts, and getting a chance to buy last-minute gifts at a silent auction, all while raising funds for the 2015 S.B. Summer Solstice Celebration. Sun., Dec. 21, 7:30pm-midnight. Butler Event Ctr., 3744 State St. $45/person; $80/couple. Call 965-3396 or visit solsticeparade.com.