5. Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley

Recurring Daily until December 17, 2017

Ensemble Theater Company at the New Vic, 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Spend the holiday season with your favorite “Pride and Prejudice” characters as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. In this imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork, the bookish and beau-less Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister in the face of her siblings’ whirlwind romances. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and the chance to be the heroine of her own story. A clever and captivating comedy of manners that will delight Austen aficionados and new-comers alike!

4. The Hallelujah Project

December 9 - 10, 2017

Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdidio Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Back for the fifth year, Hallelujah Project returns with the family-friendly mix of holiday classics and seasonal favorites designed to delight audiences of all ages and kick off the season in magical, musical style. Make a musical holiday tradition with your family and friends at Hallelujah Project 5.

3. The Nutcracker at the Arlington

December 9 - 10, 2017

Arlington Center for the Performing Arts, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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The 43rd Annual Nutcracker at the Arlington, with Live, full symphony orchestra. Experience this classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed by a full orchestra, Elise Unruh, Conductor. SBFB takes you on a magical journey full of wonderment and surprise with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Audiences are enthralled with Herr Drosselmeyer’s Clock Work Dolls dancing to life, a giant Christmas Tree growing beyond the stage, and one is transported to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonders galore captivate with Dancing Snowflakes, enchanted Waltzing Flowers, and audience favorite Mother Ginger.

2. 32nd Annual Parade of Lights at the Harbor

December 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Santa Barbara Harbor and Waterfront, Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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The 2017 event marks the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights. Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa’s Village, the event culminates with a 5-minute fireworks display. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 PM on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats). Hundreds of families will come out to play in 10 tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 200 children receive free goody bags from Santa’s helpers!

1. Stearns Wharf Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Stearns Wharf, 217 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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The 32nd Annual Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. with some 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place on the east side of Stearns Wharf. Take advantage of the opportunity to start your holiday season by having dinner, a treat, or do some holiday shopping for your family and friends. Gift certificates are available at Wharf businesses.

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