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Tis the Season to Celebrate Christmas 2020 in Santa Barbara

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO DINE AND LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING

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Happy holidays! Tis the season to celebrate Christmas 2020 in Santa Barbara. Don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic ruin your holiday fun. Rest assured, our Santa Barbara community is delicately working to balance the holiday spirit while being responsible. Here is a list of holly-jolly things to do, places to dine and local shopping destinations that provide for social distancing and other safety measures for your last-minute shopping. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and stay safe!

READ: The 2020 Holidays: Celebrating Safely This Year

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WHAT TO DO

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays portrays 50 roles that conjure the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theater home for the holidays. Stream this world premiere at home.
Cost: $50

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Solvang Julefest and Nisse Adventure
The 2020 Solvang Julefest has been modified for optimal safety and seasonal fun through January 1, 2021. Along with the citywide hunt for the mysterious Solvang Nisse (Christmas elves), you’ll be delighted with the village-wide illumination and celebratory scenes, interspersed with Instagram-able holiday vignettes, food, and candlelight tours. Visit the website for times and locations.
Cost: Free

Westmont Virtual Advent Concerts
Canadian Christian songwriter and storyteller Steve Bell will draw on poetry, music, history, and tradition to take you on a prayerful journey about the celebration of the Nativity at Christmas (devotional content will be different for each broadcast) now though Dec. 24. Visit the website or call (805) 565-6000 to register.
Cost: Free

Christmas in the Country
Take the entire family and embark on a drive-through magical holiday light experience with displays presented by area businesses and families (health and safety protocols permitting). Wed.-Sun.; through Jan. 3, 2021; 6-9pm. Elks Event Ctr., 4040 Hwy. 101, Santa Maria. Call (805) 925-4125 for more details.
Cost: $40/car

WHERE TO EAT

Deliver or Pick up Your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Just because we can’t dine, inside or out, at our fine Santa Barbara restaurants as we celebrate Christmas 2020 in Santa Barbara due to COVID-19, we can still enjoy our fantastic eateries this year. That’s because many favorite eateries are offering takeout and delivery in 2020. Set your table, order your favorite holiday meal and enjoy! Here’s a list of Santa Barbara restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from Yelp.
Cost: Prices vary

READ: The Fine Art of Outdoor Dining in Santa Barbara

Christmas Baskets To-Go From Rosewood Miramar Beach
Share an unforgettable holiday repast drawn from the bounty of Southern California. Savor a delectable meal, graciously served in a customized Christmas basket with your choice of flavorful dishes like Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Lasagna Bolognese, Butterscotch Panna Cotta and more! To order, please call (805) 881-2424, or email miramar.togo@rosewoodhotels.com
Cost: $165 for 2 people, $220 for Basket with Bottle of Schramsberg

LAST MINUTE GIFT SHOPPING

12th Annual 100 Grand Exhibition
100 Grand is currently displaying 108 quality works of art such as paintings, drawings, photographs, assemblage, and sculpture by emerging and established artists. So, as you celebrate Christmas 2020 in Santa Barbara, visit the website or in person for socially distant viewing through Mon., Dec. 28. Masks are mandatory. 10am-5:30pm (contact the Gallery for holiday closures). Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St. Call (805) 730-1460.
Cost: Free to browse, all items under $1,000

53rd Annual Yes Store
This virtual shop, which continues year-round, highlights some of the area’s finest artisans of woodworking, ceramics, fine jewelry, glasswork, fabric, leather, and more. Choose items to be shipped or picked up at 121 State St. Thu. -Sun., 12:30-5pm.
Cost: Free to browse, item prices vary

Old Mission S.B. Serra Shop
Shop for books, chocolate, home decor, jewelry, religious gifts, and more. Mon.-Sun., 9:30am-5pm. Curbside pickup and free delivery in Goleta, Montecito, and S.B. Old Mission S.B., 2201 Laguna St. Call (805) 682-4149.
Cost: Free to browse, item prices vary

S.B. Outdoor Christmas Market
Shop safely for your holiday gifts, such as jewelry, clothing, candles, artwork, books, chocolate, skin care, and more, from area artisans and small businesses. Thu. -Sun. and Tue., through Dec. 24. Thu. -Fri.: 3-8pm; Sat.: -Sun.: 11am-7pm; Tue.: 3-6pm. Paseo Nuevo at De la Guerra Place, 651 Paseo Nuevo.
Cost: Free to browse, item prices vary

A Crimson Holiday
S.B.’s uptown artisan gift gallery offers safe shopping for items from 40-plus of the area’s most talented artists, designers, and authors through January 15, 2021. Visit the website to learn about Monday-morning private shopping and Thursday-morning senior shopping opportunities. La Cumbre Plaza (across from Chico’s), 121 S. Hope Ave. Call (805) 570-1987 for details.
Cost: Free to browse, item prices vary

Boutique du Magique
This boutique was created by Arlene Larsen, cofounder of the Magic Castle Cabaret, and offers holiday ornaments and decorations, jewelry, sequined coats and jackets, and items from the Magic Castle gift shop in Hollywood. Masks are required (and for sale). Tue.-Sat., through Dec. 31, 11:30am-4pm. 30 Los Patos Wy., Montecito. Call (805) 845-0555 for more info.
Cost: Free to browse, item prices vary

Don’t let COVID-19 make this Christmas bring out the Scrooge in you. Instead of saying “Bah Humbug,” remember as you celebrate Christmas 2020 in Santa Barbara that this exceptionally different holiday season will probably be more memorable because it’s so different. We just have to find a way to make the most of it!


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