Monday, November 29, 2021

Santa Barbara Holiday Events 2021

Kerrwood Hall Courtesy Westmont College

Santa Barbara Holiday Events

**This is a strange season of more normal, but not-quite-normal. I am posting this knowing some things will not be happening this year and knowing every family has to choose what feels safe and wise to them. Be well, Goleta (and Santa Barbara) parents. **

Other ideas about the Christmas season with kids are in the original 2015 post.

Letters to Santa Station at Paseo Nuevo 11/26-12/24 10/11am-7/8pm 
Visits with Santa at Paseo Nuevo included with a photo package $10 and up 11/26-12/24 Hours increase as the month goes on, check website.

Visits with Santa at La Cumbre Plaza from 12/2 until 12/24 (Weekdays 2-7pm 10 or 11am - 7 or 8pm check websites for specifics) Visits are free, Photo package.
*Sensory Friendly Photos December 5th. 

Snowfall at Paseo Nuevo 5:30pm and 6:30pm 11/26-12/31

Lane Tree Christmas Lot
 has tree for sale, but also a corn maze, hayride and farm animals to visit. 10am - 8pm 11/26 until 12/20.

The Trolley of Lights is already sold out, but you can find space on the Rockstar Trolley 12/5-12/24 or you can make your own tours using these directions.  A house on Carlisle in Goleta has a longer light shows with music (tune in on the radio).

By Date: State Street and Milpas Parade are not happening 2021.

Photos with Santa at Westmont College for Alumni Tuesday November 30th 4-6pm

La Arcada Walk Photos with Santa, Christmas goodies and carolers Wednesday December 1st 5-8pm

Silent Night, Silent Disco at Paseo Nuevo with World of Dance* December 2nd 5:30-7:30pm *5:45pm

Rudolph (Gustafson Dance) at the Lobero Saturday December 4th 2pm, 6pm
Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade and Roses and Rods (10am-2pm) Satuday December 4 at 4pm

Christmas in Narnia at El Montecito Presbyterian Church Saturday December 11 10am- 2pm 

Old Town Goleta Parade Saturday December 11 6-8pm

Holiday at the Depot Lite at the South Coast Railroad Museum Saturday December 11 11am-4pm  (this seems to replace the candy cane train this year) $2.50 per train ride

Holiday at the Ranch at Stow House Holiday crafts, caroling, hay rides and tours. Saturday December 11 9-4 pm $5/$2 Buy tickets in advance 

Nutcracker at the Arlington (Santa Barbara Festival Ballet) Saturday December 11 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday December 12 2:30 

Santa Barbara Wharf Parade of Lights Sunday December 12 4pm, Boat parade at 5:30pm

Hollister Village Carolers Family friendly activities, balloon art, music and more  Saturday December 11&18 11-1

Nutcracker at the Granada (State Street Ballet) December 18 7:30pm and December 19 2pm

Snow Leopard Festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo is scheduled for January 23rd.

Did I miss anything? What are your favorite local holiday traditions?

Monday, November 22, 2021

Kids Choice Reflections

We had fun this summer on our Kid's Choice quest. Thanks to my friend Jessica for the original idea. One thing I found was that the kids preferences change even from summer to summer and especially over 2 years since I started keeping the list pre-COVID.  I loved re-exploring, but sometimes my kids were less thrilled this time around because they are now 8 and 11 years old.  

As with every year, we didn't make it to all the places like Zodos and the Surreys. Also some things were not happening like the concerts in the park and Tuesday Morning movies. Hopefully there will be time over another break or another summer when we can do these in the future. 

Riding a Surrey

Little Treasures:

Classic Favorites:
Goleta Beach
Hendry's Beach