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December Holiday events, just for you!

Looking for things to do in December around Santa Barbara? We've compiled a list just for you!


It's that time of the year to get your children's pictures with Santa. Take your children to Rosewood Miramar Beach to visit Santa's Bungalow! Make sure to grab yourself and the kids a warm cup of hot chocolate while you're there! Walk in's are welcome, but wait times may vary. Save yourself the wait and make a reservation here.

Photo courtesy of Rosewood Miramira Beach,


Every Thursday!

On December 5, 12 &19, the Muni Santa Barbara will host a variety of pop-up shops, get some grub, and listen to some Val-Mar Records tunes. Party starts at 4 and goes till 7! The vendors change every week so make sure to check out all three! For more information click here.


December 6

The 67th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade is on Friday! This year's theme is Tropical. Bring your leis, Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts to celebrate. It'll start at 6:30 pm on Sola St. & State St. and continues down State St. to Cota St. Click here check out the lineup!


December 8

Have you ever seen Santa Barbara's Christmas lights from the water? Enjoy this one-of-a-kind on the water parade of lights and exciting fireworks display from the Double Dolphin as we celebrate the excitement of the season. Reserve your seat here before the seats are filled!


December 8

Sledding at the Zoo!? Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains while parents “chill,” and Santa poses for photos at this annual festival celebrating snow leopards.


December 24

Spend the night before Christmas with loved ones in the casual elegance of Bella Vista Restaurant. Our annual Christmas Eve buffet feast features a menu of traditional holiday favorites and signature dishes, along with fresh seafood, salads, and decadent desserts. Reserve your spot here!


December 24 & 25

Enjoy a delicious holiday meal Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 3:00pm-8:00pm at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The three-course menu features choice of Prime Rib, Oven Roasted Chicken, Butternut Squash Ravioli and Halibut. Served with your choice of soup or salad and a delicious pie tasting trio. Reservations are recommended, please call (805) 884-8535.

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