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December 1, 2022

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Remember that late-90s tune Closing Time? It features the line: “Every new beginning / Comes from some other beginning’s end,” a perfect metaphor for all the beginnings and endings celebrated during the month of December. The final month of the year heralds in the holiday season and welcomes the first day of winter on December 21. It also means a time of reflection on the year that was, with January symbolizing a chance for a new start. What better place to celebrate than with Santa Barbara events in December on the American Rivera?

Holiday Happenings in Santa Barbara

A red Christmas card with kids and Santa and
  • Santa's Coming To Town
    Now through December 24
    Get a picture with Santa at Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Don't forget to bring your furry family members to join in the fun on the special Pet Nights. Enjoy the live music and sing along with the strolling Christmas Carolers making the season bright at the outdoor mall. Every evening at sunset, Paseo Nuevo adds a little holiday magic to our seaside town with real snow!
  • ZooLights
    Now through January 14, 2023
    The first-ever ZooLights joins the list of Santa Barbara events in December as it invites visitors to experience the Santa Barbara Zoo like never before. This is an immersive holiday experience that features thousands of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns sparking with more than 50,000 LED bulbs. That's a lot of illumination! Special displays of lights include the African plains, a whimsical butterfly exhibit, interactive areas, and much more.
  • Special Holiday Spa Treatments at Sense, A Rosewood Spa
    Now through December 31, 2022
    Enjoy a delightful holiday-inspired treatment at Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Buy one for yourself and another as a gift! Take some time out of the revelry to experience the OSEA Mint & Rosemary Holiday Facial and the Cranberry Woods Manicure & Pedicure, so you'll look your best at all those holiday gatherings.

    A fishing boat clad in Christmas lights reflecting on the water at night

  • 36th Annual Parade of Lights
    December 11
    The 36th Annual Parade of Lights is a full day of holiday fun. Start by visiting the Winter Wonderland at Stearns Wharf in the morning. You'll be in an excellent place to watch the annual parade of costumed kayakers accompanied by stand-up paddleboarders. End the day at the tree lighting ceremony followed by an illuminating boat parade with more than 30 vessels adorned with holiday lights and festive music.

    Holiday decorations galore at a local eatery in Santa Barbara
    Jess and James Photography

  • Miracle at Pearl Social
    Now-Dec. 30, 2022
    Enter a Winter Wonderland at The Funk Zone‘s Pearl Social. There, you'll find holiday cheer on display at the cocktail bar featuring a holiday décor and displays with a cocktail menu of your new favs. This is a true yuletide scene; something everyone in Santa Barbara must see to believe.

  • Santa Barbara Revels Presents: The Christmas Revels
    December 17, 2022, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and December 18, 2022, at 2:30 p.m.
    The Christmas Revels are back for the 15th annual holiday performance a the Lobero Theater. This thrilling and historical showcase of music, dance, and storytelling will put you in the holiday spirit as you explore a special time in Santa Barbara's history as the show portrays holiday festivities in the year 1743.

    Ugly red Christmas sweater with ornaments and festive trim
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  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Party with The Molly Ringwald Project
    December 17, 2022, at 8 p.m.
    Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters. So, why not put yours on and join other like-minded, or like-ugly-sweatered people dancing the night away at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. The 15th Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party is the place to see and be seen while enjoying a variety of soundtracks from The Molly Ringwald Project, featuring punk, R&B, rap, reggae, and rock tunes.

If you’re hungry for a holiday meal at your favorite local restaurant, check out this Yelp page to find out what’s open. Make your reservations now!

Suppose you're planning to move to or within any of the Santa Barbara area communities in December. In that case, I am always adding more outstanding propertylistings to my comprehensive website, so take a look and book a private tour. If you’re looking to sell, just call me at (805) 886-9378 or email me at for a free consultation. Let’s all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season by partaking in one or all of the Santa Barbara Events in December on the American Rivera.

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- Michael & Nancy Lee

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- Richard and Catherine Frinier

“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”

- Laurie Siegel

“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

- Ken Saffir

“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”

- Michael & Susan Marquart

“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

- Rob & Judi Kelch