Holiday Happenings

Posted online: November 2017

As Christmastime fast approaches, Santa Barbara eagerly prepares for the holidays with the many long-standing traditions we know how to do best. Of course white Christmases are beautiful, but nothing can top the sunny, California Christmases our city hosts. There’s just a certain spirit that rolls into the air December 1 and stays on through the New Year.

One of the most cheerful traditions of the season is the 65th annual Christmas Parade traveling down State Street from Sola to Cota Street on December 1 beginning at 6:30 pm. With extravagant floats, festive lights, dazzling group performances, classic marching bands, red and green colored balloons, and Santa himself, there is no lack of spirit at this event. But if you are still left wanting more, the 32nd annual Holiday Parade of Lights in the Santa Barbara Harbor on December 10 at 5:30 pm is one not to miss. This features beautifully lit boats bobbing through the water as well as a fireworks display that leaves audiences floored.

The Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker (from $68) comes to the Arlington Theatre on December 13 at 7 pm. This is a classic rendition with a twist of Russian culture, including backdrops created by La La Land set concept designer Carl Sprague and life-sized Matryoshka dolls. Casa del Herrero offers tours throughout the month of December (from $30) to give a glimpse at the festively decorated property in anticipation of the holiday season. Lastly, the Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights tours (from $15, children under 2 are free) are a perfect way to explore and admire the extravagant displays and decorations in neighborhoods around town. These are just a few of the many ways our city likes to ring in this special time of the year. Isabel Bassi

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

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