No Holiday Parade Again, but the Beat Goes on for Downtown Santa Barbara

Robin Elander is executive director of Downtown Santa Barbara.

Even though Downtown Santa Barbara officials have decided against having the annual holiday parade, the Business Improvement District still plan to have a series of events. 

Small Business Saturday all day Nov. 27 will help support local businesses kick off the holiday season. “It’s all about supporting small businesses, helping to boost our local economy, and getting some of your holiday shopping done early,” Downtown Santa Barbara officials said. “Many local businesses offer special promotions for this nationwide shopping event — come see what goodies you might find.” See more information at 
The monthly 1st Thursday ArtWalk is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 with free art and cultural happenings at participating venues downtown. Performances by the Santa Barbara Revels, and the Santa Barbara Trombone Society will be featured along with a Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. More than 30 participating venues for entertainment, shopping, and tasty treats! 


The weekly State Street Promenade Market also will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m.  Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. 

On the 900 and 1000 blocks of State Street, Santa Barbara businesses, makers and artisans will show their wares in a “family friendly atmosphere.” Live entertainment will be featured as well as a possible special appearance from Santa Claus. See

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Block Party is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3.The block party will be on State Street from Sola to Victoria streets in front of the Arlington Theatre. Featured will be live entertainment, music by DJ Darla Bea, and the lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree by the Holiday Prince & Fairy, sponsored by Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants. The tree is sponsored by Consumer Fire Products, Inc. See  

Holiday community performances are planned for noon to 4 p.m. December 4, 11 and 18 by local music and dance groups at Storke Placita, 700 State St. 

Also. more holiday concerts are planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 by multiple groups each night at various locations. See 

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