Calendar of Events

Can't Miss Events


See the Santa Barbara Zoo in a whole new light at the first ever ZooLights! This immersive holiday experience features thousands of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns aglow with more than 50,000 LED bulbs. Discover the African plains, a whimsical butterfly display, interactive areas, and much more. Learn More

Santa's Coming To Town

Santa returns to his cottage in Center Court this year next to the jolly ole Christmas Tree beginning November 25 at 1 a.m. through December 24. Remember to bring your wish list to share with Santa! Friendly family pets are welcome, with special Pet Nights on December 6, 13 and 20, from 5 p.m. to closing. Learn More

Thanksgiving Events & Menus

Turkey, stuffing and pie galore! Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara never fails to impress. There is always a reason to give thanks for this sunny slice of paradise. To ensure your bellies and spirits are full, we’ve compiled a list of the best Thanksgiving meals and events you won’t want to miss. Learn More

36th Annual Parade of Lights

Get into the holiday spirit with one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved holiday traditions. During the 36th Annual Parade of Lights, begin your day with a visit to a Winter Wonderland at Stearns Wharf, followed by a parade of costumed kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. End the night with a tree lighting ceremony and the grand finale: a boat parade, where over 30 vessels will circumnavigate the wharf, adorned with holiday lights and festive music. Learn More

Holiday Happenings

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. We hope you use this events guide to make lasting memories in Santa Barbara this holiday season. Learn More

Guide to New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve in Santa Barbara is filled with events and activities to bid farewell to 2022 and welcome 2023 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. Learn More

Additional Experiences

December in Santa Barbara
‘Tis the season for all things merry and bright in Santa Barbara.
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Festivals to Plan For
Mark your calendar. In Santa Barbara there’s something to celebrate all year long.
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