This winter don’t miss the Santa Barbara Christmas Parade on December 5. This evening parade starts at 6:30 p.m. with the theme of Winter Nights and Holiday Lights. The Grand Marshal of the parade is none other than Alan Thicke (of Growing Pains fame). This year more than 50,000 Spectators are expected to head out and view the festivities. Enjoy exciting holiday floats, marching bands and the arrival of Santa Claus — it’s an evening that’s guaranteed fun for the entire family. If you would like a photo op with Santa, get there early, there will be a Santa Claus meet and greet on Friday December 5th at the Paseo Nuevo Center Court from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
In addition to the Santa Barbara Christmas Parade, don’t miss the 29th annual Parade of Lights beginning at 3 p.m on December 29. The boat parade is a must see, features about 20-30 boats decked out in their holiday finest all vying to win cash prizes in five different categories. For the best views, head to Stearns Wharf and SB Breakwater well before the 5:30 ?m kick-off time.
The holiday fun continues on December 7 with the Goleta School of Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. Enjoy graceful choreography, costumes and everyone’s favorite holiday soundtrack.
For a beautiful choral rendition of holiday songs, don’t miss the Santa Barbara Choral Society’s The Hallelujah Project on December 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre. Conductor JoAnne Wasserman leads more than 80 voices of the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus. It’s a fun event for the entire family and is a great way to hear your favorite holiday choral arrangements to really get you in the holiday spirit.