December Events In Santa Barbara You Don’t Want To Miss

December Events In Santa Barbara

Dear Readers,December Events In Santa Barbara

Happy holidays! It is that time of year again. Your family is making you run around like a crazy person to get the presents they want. On top of that, you constantly worry about if you will have everything in place in time for your holiday meal. Through it all, you rarely take time for yourself.

Let’s change that. You deserve a winter vacation in paradise! Santa Barbara comes alive in December with the sights and sounds of the holidays, but instead of freezing cold weather, it tends to stay nice and warm in our little beach town.  The Eagle Inn is one of the few Santa Barbara hotels on the beachjust minutes away from downtown, the harbor, and the pier.  Our guests often call it their home away from home.

There’s never any shortage of fun things to do in Santa Barbara over the holidays. If you’re planning a  visit, be sure to mark your calendar for these fun events in December.

December Events Near Our Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast

December Events In Santa Barbara

  • Santa Barbara Parade of Lights – Dec. 10: This year is the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights. The boat parade culminates a whole day of activities that will take place throughout the Santa Barbara City Pier and Harbor. They even truck in snow to get everyone into the holiday spirit. How is that for a holiday Santa Barbara weekend getaway? The best viewing places include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. The event ends with 5 minutes of fireworks. Time: 3:00 pm. Cost: Free.
  • Pink Martini: A Holiday Spectacular with singer China Forbes – Dec. 2: Start your December Santa Barbara honeymoon right by having the most wonderful time enjoying the sights and sounds of Pink Martini in concert. The little orchestra transforms classic Hollywood musicals into eclectic, modern sounds. Their beloved signer China Forbes returns to headline the show at the Arlington Theatre to give you a night to remember with music from around the world.  Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: Starts at $40.
  • Rudolph Ballet – Dec. 2: You may know the tale, but you never saw it performed like this. Presented by the Lobero Theatre, this ballet retells the story of the misfit reindeer named Rudolph and his misfit friends Heidi the Elf, the Abominable Snowmonster, Yukon Cornelia and the Misfit Toys. It is the perfect start to your Santa Barbara weekend getaway and the holiday season. Our bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, the Eagle Inn is close enough for you to make the show and still enjoy anything else you have planned for that weekend. Time: 2:00 pm. Cost: $25 reserved.
  • Arturo Sandoval, Live at the Lobero Theatre – Dec. 6: Turn your Santa Barbara weekend getaway into a week-long excursion by seeing Arturo Sandoval in concert. The protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie will take the stage at the Lobero Theatre for one night only. Let him make your evening as he shows off his mastery of the jazz trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $105 VIP, $52 section A, $42 section B.
  • Under the Streetlamp: Hip to The Holidays – Dec. 9: Great music and the holidays always go great together, and that continues with the dreamy voices of the four lead singers of the pop quartet Under the Streetlamp as they take the stage at the Granada Theatre. Members of the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys”, the quartet will make your night electrifying with their unique take on classic holiday tunes, songs from the American Radio Songbook, and many of your other favorite hits. The concert will make a fitting end to your Santa Barbara honeymoon suite romantic getaway. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $35-$48.
  • The Christmas Revels at the Lobero Theatre– Dec. 15, Dec. 16, Dec. 17: A staple of Santa Barbara for 10 years, the Christmas Revels show retells Richard Henry Danas’ visit to Santa Barbara in 1836 for the De la Guerra wedding he wrote about in “Two Years Before the Mast”. The Reveal boasts a large company of actors, singers, and dancers, a brass quintet, a string ensemble, and special guests. Come and celebrate the traditions of the Rancho period in Central California with us. The Eagle Inn is one of the few Santa Barbara inns close enough to the theatre that you can catch all three nights of it.  Time: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Cost: $49, $39, $29.
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show – Dec. 16: Combining the Deep South gospel movement with New Orleans funk, R&B, and Jazz, the Blind Boys will uplift your spirit with this roof-raising music event at the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts.  The six-time Grammy Award-winners will entertain you with their hidden gospel gems, holiday standards, and their original songs. To make your Santa Barbara honeymoon night more special, the Boys are bringing Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster along with them. Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $35-$50.
  • Santa Barbara Wine Tours: You cannot go wrong with a few Santa Barbara wine tasting tours. You will find a few of them happening every day, making these tours a great addition to any Santa Barbara weekend getaway or vacation. You can take a different tour each day to see and taste everything the Santa Barbara area offers. Each tour visits three wineries where you can taste the wine, olive oil, and vinegar. Tours will also stop at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner, through the price is not included in the tour. The tour groups also provide door-to-door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara including the many Santa Barbara boutique hotels including the Eagle Inn. Time: Every day at 10:30 am. Cost: Starts at $70.
  • An Irish Christmas at the Granada Theatre – Dec. 7: Add a little Irish tradition to your Santa Barbara vacation, but going to An Irish Christmas at the Granada Theatre. The show will take you on a journey through the holidays of Ireland with Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty, Tyler Schwartz, Connor Reider, and Emily MacConnell. Make your holiday Santa Barbara weekend getaway memorable with the charm and magic of this international celebration of the holiday spirit.  Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $28-$88.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour – Dec. 18: Returning for their second year celebrating the holidays in Santa Barbara, the original Stray Cat Brian Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra will take the stage at the Granada Theatre to give you a dose of retro holiday cheer. The critically-acclaimed Christmas Racks Tour features music from their latest Christmas album, Rockin’ Rudolph, their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as other original Brian Setzer hits. We have several Santa Barbara hotel deals that will let you make the most of the event, Time: 8:00 pm. Cost: $34-$94.

If you need a fun way to get to the events and festivals, all you have to do is contact our friends at Wheel Fun Rentals. This will give you a whole new way to see the city and the ocean.

The holidays in Santa Barbara are a wonderful time of the year. You get local traditional Christmas cheer along with the naturally warm weather that makes the Santa Barbara area the perfect getaway location. If you need Santa Barbara lodging for any of the above events, look no further than our boutique hotel in Santa Barbara on the beach. The Eagle Inn is just minutes away from local theaters and festivals in the area.  Take advantage of our central location for your Santa Barbara honeymoon or getaway. Call us at (805) 965-3586 or contact us online by clicking here.  We’re looking forward to serving you this holiday season.


Paul and Staff
Phone: (805) 965-3586

About The Eagle Inn: Located at 232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA, The Eagle Inn is one of the best beach side bed and breakfast hotels in Santa Barbara. Relax in comfortable surroundings just steps from the beach. Check the web site for last minute Santa Barbara hotel deals and hotel packages. Follow on Facebook for upcoming Santa Barbara events and Instagram for stunning photos.  Call the front desk at (805) 965-3586 to learn more about hotel discounts and local deals.


Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast – Cheshire Cat Named in Top 10 Romantic Inns List

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Historic Cheshire Cat Inn of Santa Barbara recently made the 2014 list of Top 10 Most Romantic Inns nationwide featured on  This marking comes as no surprise as this award winning Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast has been a long favored getaway destination. 
Among the finest accommodations in Santa Barbara, each room follows along the same whimsical inspiration as the inns name, bearing titles like the Dormouse’s Room, the Mad Hatter’s Room, the Duchess’s Room, and the White Rabbit Balcony Room.  Guests can expect to find the same kind of storybook charm and romance throughout the inn couched in such amenities as gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine & hors d’oeuvres, and in-room Jacuzzis. Cheshire Cat Inn has also partnered with Santa Barbara fine dining restaurants Louie’s and Downey’s to offer an unparalleled vacation package to impress even the most discriminating tastes.
Travelers looking for the perfect place to honeymoon or rekindle passions will certainly find it here nestled in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate, sidewalk cafes & boutiques, and waterfront adventures.  In fact, many of the town’s best offerings are right within walking distance to the inn.  Guests can even book an in room massage as part of their ideal romantic getaway
About: Cheshire Cat Inn is made up of three Queen Anne Victorians, a Coach House and three cottages, originally constructed in 1894.  Fountains, gazebos, and lush flower gardens abound.  Many of the rooms have fireplaces, refrigerators, and private balconies, and all are decorated with English antiques, and the coziest, most romantic of linens and accessories. Rates range from $194 – $429. For more information or to inquire about specific dates, visit their website, see their Facebook page, or call (805) 569-1610.

How To Plan The Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

“Santa Barbara bed and breakfast provides family vacation ideas…”

Cheshire Cat Inn is one of the downtown hotels in Santa Barbara that families choose because of its central location to Santa Barbara family activities. Visitors from all over the world come to Santa Barbara for the quintessential California summer vacation. There are so many fun things to do while on a family vacation.

To ensure guests are aware of the many fun Santa Barbara attractions, Cheshire Cat Inn reviewed several fun things to do in Santa Barbara with kids of all ages. The following Santa Barbara kids activities are enjoyable, affordable and entertaining. The selections were chosen based on location, reputation, cost, and entertainment opportunities. These fun kids activities will help you plan the perfect summer vacation in Santa Barbara.

If you are looking for fun family activities that will complement your stay at Cheshire Cat Inn, bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, consider the following options.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family VacationThe Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has twelve exhibition halls that feature a life-size 72-foot Blue Whale Skeleton, birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, and the Chumash Indians. Guests experience the wonder of space exploration in the Gladwin Planetarium. The Museum also owns and operates the Ty Warner Sea Center located on historic Stearns Wharf. Visit the websiteand Facebook page or call 805-682-4711 for more information.

Santa Barbara Zoo – Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

Santa Barbara Zoo - Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family VacationThe Santa Barbara Zoo is celebrating its golden anniversary with plenty of fun family activities. With 30 acres and 500 animals, visitors need a map to be sure they see Condor Country, the pair of realistic high-tech dinosaursin the “Dino Doc” show, the two baby giraffes, and many more animals in naturalistic habitatsVisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-962-5339 for more information.

Santa Barbara Land and Sea Tours – Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

Santa Barbara Land and Sea Tours - Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family VacationSanta Barbara Land and Sea Tours is Santa Barbara’s original amphibious tour vehicle. Guests climb aboard the LAND SHARK for a personally narrated 90-minute land and sea tour adventure and enjoy exquisite views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the American Riviera, and the Santa Ynez Mountains as seen only from a boat at sea. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-683-600 for more information.

Quinlan Museum – Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

Quinlan Museum - Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family VacationThe Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum & Library is dedicated to the love of dolls, teddy bears, books and the support of doll and teddy bear artists. Visit the historical and literary galleriesTea Roommuseum store or browse through the library collectionVisit the website or call 805-730-1707 for more information.

Chase Palm Park Antique Carousel – Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family Vacation

Chase Palm Park Antique Carousel - Planning the Perfect Santa Barbara Family VacationThe Chase Palm Park Antique Carousel in Santa Barbara was made in North Tonawanda, New York, by the Allan Herschell Company in 1917. Herschell was the largest manufacturer of these flights of fancy during the Golden Age of carousels. Old-fashioned calliope music plays as the carousel turns. The carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Visit their Yelp page or call 805-963-9463 for more information.

Planning the perfect Santa Barbara family vacation can be a challenge.

Part of Cheshire Cat Inn’s commitment to excellence includes providing entertainment suggestions for Santa Barbara family activities. With so many Santa Barbara attractions, planning the perfect Santa Barbara family vacation can be a challenge. This review aims to save guests of Cheshire Cat Inn from the effort of researching family vacation ideas on their own. We hope this information helps you make an informed decision.

About Cheshire Cat Inn – Cheshire Cat Inn offers the perfect combination of location, ambiance and family fun for Santa Barbara Inns. After a day of entertaining the kids, parents can reward themselves with the Inn’s quaint Victorian charms and spa treatments. Special pricing makes this ideal as Santa Barbara’s Great EscapeVisit the website and Facebook page or call 805- 569-1610 for more information.