Holiday Happenings in Santa Barbara

Holiday Happenings in Santa Barbara

Gearing up for the holiday season? Well, Santa Barbara is! With many different things to do in Santa Barbara this city is the perfect holiday getaway for families. Once you’re here, you can’t miss the 32 Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor on Dec 9. It’s fun for the whole family and the kids even get to play in 10 TONS of snow! During your stay, you also get to experience the first-ever Santa Barbara Night Market. It’s the perfect way to complete your holiday shopping for the season. Find more information on these events along with great places to stay below.


32nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor   

While you’re staying in Santa Barbara, make sure you attend the 32 Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor. The parade takes place on Dec 9 and will begin at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara. Directly preceding the parade will begin Santa’s Village activities. The children will get the chance to play in the 10 tons of snow that will be brought in and take pictures with Santa! The first 300 children will receive goodie bags from Santa’s helpers! At 5:30 p.m. the Annual Boat parade will commence as 30 different boats featuring the theme of Hollywood Holidays motor down the coastline. This event is admission-free and for more information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531.


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Holiday Parade of Lights     

If you want to experience these Holiday Events in Santa Barbara, stay at the nearby Inn at East Beach! This beautiful property is a boutique hotel near the Parade of Lights. In addition to its convenient location, it also offers an outdoor pool, stylish furniture, and on-site bike rentals. At Inn at East Beach, you will stay well- and well within your budget!


Santa Barbara Night Market 

While you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, make sure you stop out at the Santa Barbara Night Market. This year, Santa Barbara will host a European-style Christmas Night Market from Nov 23 through Dec 29. The market will be open each Thursday through Sunday from 4-10 p.m. It will be held at 701 State Street in Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants. During Christmastime in Europe, craftsman, retailers and artisans display their goods in a traditional night market setting. At this event, you get to experience just that, along with all of the different vendors, entertainment, carolers, live music, beverages and much more!


Hotel Near Santa Barbara Night Market

If you can’t miss the holiday festivities in Santa Barbara, stay a night or two at the nearby Spanish Garden Inn. This luxurious hotel is located near many Santa Barbara attractions, like the Night Market, and puts guests’ comfort first. In-room spa treatments, a glistening outdoor pool, and fresh foliage are all things you can expect to enjoy after a night of holiday shopping.


Take the time to experience everything Santa Barbara has to offer this holiday season. Mark your calendars for the Holiday Parade of Lights or the Night Markets, and don’t forget to book your stay at a nearby Santa Barbara hotel!




Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546

Spanish Garden Inn
A stylish boutique hotel surrounded by fresh foliage and adorned with hand-painted art. 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 805.564.4700