Monthly Events Calendar

December 2019

01  Photo with Santa

9:00 am at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Make the first of December a memorable one for your kids, as they get their pictures taken with the one and only Father of Christmas, Santa Claus, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History! Members may have their pets' pictures taken from 9:00 - 10:00 am, and family photos will be from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

02 UCSB Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Players 

7:30 pm at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Enjoy an evening filled with culture and music, as the UCSB Chamber Orchestra performs orchestral masterpieces at the Lehmann Concert hall. The winners of the quarterly UCSB Chamber Music competition will serve as the UCSB Chamber Players for the night. Bring the whole family and experience harmonious music at its finest!

03 Warren Miller's "Timeless" presented by VW

7:30 pm at Lobero Theatre

Grab the chance to watch Warren Miller's 70th film, "Timeless", at the Lobero Theatre, and witness the struggles of new and veteran athletes as they travel and explore renowned mountain locations across the globe, in the name of their passion and love for the sport.

"The only constant thing is change, but the winter stoke is eternal."

04 NPRN Holiday Party - Vegas 2019

6:00 pm at MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Celebrate your hard work in creating a better non-profit community and join NPRN's Holiday Party happening at MOXI, where they bring VEGAS to Santa Barbara! Take your feathers, sequins, and glitter out of the closet and go all out-- local bites and drinks will be available, as well as MOXI's beautiful exhibits and fun games!

05 Arlington Plaza Night Market

4:00 pm at Arlington Plaza SB

The 3rd Annual Arlington Night Market is finally here! Shop under the twinkling stars, and support local makers and artists as they display their creations in delightful little huts! Let carolers serenade you as you hunt for ideal gifts for your loved ones-- and watch out for a Santa secret visit!

06 Official 67th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

6:30 pm at  Downtown Santa Barbara

Join thousands of spectators as they line up at the State Street to witness the 67th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, kicking off the holiday season! The signature nighttime event will bring a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities. Wear your sunny outfits and break out those Hawaiian shirts, as this year's theme celebrates all things Tropical!

07 Christmas Art & Craft Fair

11:00 am at Living Faith Church

Pick unique gifts for your loved ones and give them a holiday present they won't forget! Join the annual Christmas Art & Craft Fair happening at the Living Faith Church, and show your support for local artists. There will also be some exciting raffles, live entertainment, and delicious food in-store, so don't miss it!

08 The Nutcracker

3:00 pm at The Marjorie Luke Theatre

Goleta School of Ballet proudly presents their yearly full-length performance of the legendary Nutcracker, a well-loved Christmas tale, which will be performed by their students from ages 7-18. Expect an afternoon filled with art, music, and dance and complete your Christmas experience by watching this beautiful ensemble!

09 French Soup Workshop

4:00 pm at Bon Appetit's Kitchen

Learn the art of making three different French soups, out of 21 choices, and impress your close friends and family at your Thanksgiving dinner! Soup is perfect with Turkey, and the French's sophisticated palate makes everything just a tad more delicious!

10Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Boil

6:00 pm at Night Lizard Brewing Company

Now's the best time to take out your ugliest sweater and join a night of great beer and food! The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Boil will be serving the most delicious seafood, potato, and sausage boil courtesy of The Middle Child restaurant, and hosting some raffles for the ugliest sweaters of the night!

11 Seaside Bike Tour

10:00 am at Santa Barbara Beach

Join the daily Santa Barbara happening tour, designed to show the beauty of coastal Santa Barbara! Designated guides will be with participants throughout the whole tour, offering some natural history talks along the way. The biking experience aims to be a refreshing physical challenge that will inspire, awaken, and bring the group together. Intermediate level of difficulty is to be expected.

12 Winter Band Concert

7:00 pm at The Marjorie Luke Theatre

The Santa Barbara Junior High School hosts another free Annual Winter Concert at The Marjorie Luke Theatre! Don't miss this opportunity to see talented young musicians from the SBJHS Jazz, concert, and orchestra bands! It's a night full of your holiday favorites to set the Christmas mood!

13 Santa Barbara Carrillo Comedy Night

8:00 pm at the Carrillo Recreation Center

LA's best comedians are coming together for an evening of fun and laughter at the Carrillo Recreation Center! Every act is a professional headliner with national TV credits like America's Got Talent, The Tonight Show, and Netflix-- truly worth every penny!

14 Joys of the Season

12:00 pm & 5:00 pm at the Santa Felicia Drive

It's the fourth annual Ice in Paradise Holiday Show, and everyone is cordially invited! A beautiful event where skaters of all ages and skill levels come together to give everyone the best holiday performance--on ice! A must-see act, especially for kids and kids at heart!

15 Hallelujah Project 7 at the Lobero

3:00 pm at the Lobero Theatre

A nice, magical kick-off for this Christmas season, The Halleluja Project's trademark blend of holiday classics and seasonal favorites, is a highly anticipated event every December! Conductor Jo Anne Wasserman will lead the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra in this program of holiday merriment. A musical style filled with class and uniqueness that everyone will love!

16 So Far So Fast Art Opening

11:00 am at 10 West Gallery

So Far So Fast references how fast modern society has moved since the industrial revolution. More people live in an urban environment than ever before and have contact with ever-changing influences throughout their lifetimes. Each generation lives in a new world, growing up with little reference to the past beyond their living relatives.

17Bingo Night

8:00 pm at Santa Barbara Wine Therapy 

Come get lucky and win BIG at BINGO Night 8pm at Wine Therapy! Don't miss out on these Tuesday sessions hosted by the dynamic duo Ashley and Mackenzie!! Enjoy local beer and wine on Happy Hour everyday from 3-7PM!!!

18 It's a Wonderful Life

8:00 pm at Ensemble Theatre Company 

An Uplifting Holiday Story Adapted by Joe Landry From the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling Directed by Brian McDonald Jimmy Stewart meets The 39 Steps in this zany and touching adaptation of the beloved classic American holiday story. Set in the fictional town of Bedford Falls in the 1940s and presented as a live radio play, It’s a Wonderful Life is perfect for the entire family.

19 Writing in the Galleries

5:30 pm at Santa Barbara Museum of Art 

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum's galleries as an impetus to writing. Each session is led by a visiting writer/facilitato r who begins with a conversation and prompts, partially inspired by works on view. Participants are free to write on their own and then reconvene as a group to share and comment on each other's work. Please bring a journal or notebook, laptop, or tablet on which to write. 

20 Holiday Tea

at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 

Partake in a special holiday rendition of Four Seasons’ renowned afternoon tea. For USD 58 a person, relax in the cozy fireside ambience of Bella Vista and savour an elegant tea service including finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries, tea cakes and homemade accoutrements along with a freshly brewed pot of one of dozens of fine teas. A glass of bubbly makes the experience even more festive.

21 The Christmas Revels

at Lobero Theatre

The Christmas Revels: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice is a joyous theatrical celebration set in Renaissance Italy. Venice’s “Festival of Fishes” is fast approaching. Performing groups vie for selection to perform for the festivities. A traveling commedia dell’arte troupe is desperately eager to participate, but the Magistrato in charge of selection is determined that the lowest class of citizens – actors – be excluded from the lineup. 

22 Tatsuo Miyajima

11am at Santa Barbara Museum of Art 

The first solo U.S. museum exhibition of Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima’s art in over two decades, this captivating immersive presentation of four light-based works embodies this internationally renowned artist’s career-long philosophy: Keep Changing, Connect with Everything, Continue Forever. Reflecting millennia-old precepts found in his Buddhist practice, Miyajima ingeniously creates silent, vividly glowing objects and installations from today’s industrially-produced LED numbers and computer technologies that evoke profound and infinite worlds of being, space, and time.

23 Santa's Bungalow

at  Rosewood Miramar Beach   

Here comes Santa Claus! During the holiday season, Jolly Old St. Nick will be relaxing on the coast of Montecito at Rosewood Miramar Beach’s enchanting Santa’s House. Stop by and visit with Mr. Claus at his merry beachside retreat. Complimentary hot cocoa will be served, and children will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wish lists with the man himself. Personalized keepsake photos will preserve this unforgettable moment in time.

24 Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet 

5pm at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 

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.

25 Christmas Day at Miramar

at 11:30 am Rosewood Miramar Beach

Share an unforgettable holiday repast drawn from the bounty of Southern California. In keeping with Helene Henderson’s beloved farm-to-table concept, Malibu Farm’s brunch buffet will pair regionally influenced Christmas classics with a cut-your-own-salad garden and an extraordinary assortment of seasonal dishes. There will be fresh-baked artisanal breads, charcuterie and cheese, a Morro & Humboldt Bay oyster bar, sushi, live carving stations, chef’s table entrées and accompaniments, and divine desserts.

26 Live Music

8:00 pm at Santa Barbara Wine Therapy 

Come support local bands every Thursday at SB Wine Therapy!!! Enjoy local wine and beer, happy hour is everyday from 3-7PM!!! The show starts 8PM.. Don't be late!!

27 Moon Boots

9 pm at EOS Lounge

Moon Boots is the alter ego of Pete Dougherty. Hailing from Hawkins, Indiana, Dougherty woke up one summer morning with an itch on the back of his neck. It was a classic good news / bad news dilemma. Bad news: he was possessed. Good news: he was possessed by a benevolent funky spirit who called himself Moon Boots.

28 Makers Market 

at Paseo Nuevo

Support high quality events for local artisans and small business owners and give them a platform to display and sell their unique one of a kind products.

29 Late Night Happy Hour

at the Cruisery

The Cruisery presents Late Night Happy Hour! Be impressed with an extensive selection of food and drinks! Check out late nights at the Cruisery.

30 Private Charter with Captain

at Santa Barbara Sailing Center

Spend a few hours or a whole day aboard our yachts! You pick the yacht size and The Santa Barbara Sailing Center will provide you with a US Coast Guard Certified Captain. Your private group (6 passengers maximum) will experience the fun and magic of sailing along the Santa Barbara pristine coastline. You can simply enjoy the views or feel free to help sail the yacht.

31 New Year's Eve Celebration

5 pm at Belmond El Encanto 

Welcome the new year with the tinkling sounds of Champagne flutes and live jazz at our glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration. Choose from a delicious selection of food and drinks!

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