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Gin & Jazz at El Encanto

Make your Thursday evenings more memorable with gin and jazz at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel. As you savor your vintage handcrafted gin cocktail and nibble on delectable bites, you’ll be serenaded by a live jazz trio, featuring a captivating jazz singer. Step into this bygone era experience.

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Goleta Holiday Parade

Get in the holiday spirit with friends and whole family at the Annual Goleta Holiday Parade. There will be dozens of holiday-themed parade floats, bands and dance groups all participating to bring in the Holiday season to the heart of Old Town Goleta. You won’t want to miss this jolly good time.

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Parade of Lights

Celebrate the 37th Annual Parade of Lights in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Attendees can kick off the season with a visit to Winter Wonderland at Stearns Wharf, followed by a parade of costumed kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders, a tree lighting ceremony and the grand finale: the boat parade, where over 30 vessels will circumnavigate the wharf, adorned with holiday lights and oftentimes, festive music.

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Your Guide to Holiday Events

Winter in Santa Barbara is the season for festive merriment, tasty culinary delights and extra time with loved ones. As the season changes and stars sparkle through the night sky, come explore all of the events and other holiday happenings in Santa Barbara. Use this guide to make lasting memories in Santa Barbara this holiday season.

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Where to Spend NYE in Santa Barbara

New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with events and activities to bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024 with excitement. From memorable dining experiences and all-night dance parties to outdoor wellness activities, we invite you to toast to the year ahead, Santa Barbara-style. Here is your complete guide to New Year’s Eve events in Santa Barbara.

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Shop These Local Artisan Marketplaces

One of the best ways to support local communities when traveling is to shop small and buy local. In Santa Barbara, there are several enticing creative marketplaces, arts and craft shows and cooperative boutiques where you can discover a broad variety of objects and artworks made locally. Explore these artisan marketplaces for delightful keepsakes and mementos that have been intentionally sourced and made with love right here in The American Riviera®.

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