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Celebrate Easter in Santa Barbara


Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California with a cross and a sky blue background to illustrate Easter in Santa Barbara 2019Looking to celebrate Easter in Santa Barbara? One of the best things about living on the American Rivera is the fact that this area offers a plethora of things to do all year long. Easter is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly egg hunt, a mouthwatering brunch with family and friends, or a special Sunday church service to celebrate the occasion, Santa Barbara plays host to a number of activities for all to enjoy. Hop into the holiday spirit with these hand-picked Easter events in Santa Barbara.

Easter Egg Hunts

If decorating eggs, getting out your Easter basket and doing some hunting is your thing, then Santa Barbara has lots of opportunities that will make you and your family hop to it.

1) The Great Egg Hunt at Elings Park, April 20, 2019Nursery children running across a field during their outdoor Easter egg hunt, they are wearing handmade hats and carrying baskets to illustrate Easter in Santa Barbara 2019
What better way to celebrate Easter and then to get the whole family out in the fresh spring air for an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt? The fun at Elings Park includes bounce houses, face painting, Dippin’ Dots, music, lots of eggs and, of course, the Easter Bunny! The Egg Hunt is divided into three age groups to ensure that every child has fun. The softball field will be transformed into a colorful sea of candy-filled eggs, so come celebrate the hoppiest day of the year.
Cost: Admission is free. Parking fee $10 per car. Please bring your own Easter egg baskets.

2) Eggstravaganza Egg Hunts, April 20, 2019
Join the City of Santa Barbara to celebrate at the annual Easter EGGstravaganza Egg Hunts. With two separate locations, Chase Palm Park and Bohnett Park, you can be sure your baby bunnies will have a blast hunting eggs as you relax in the shade. Children should bring a basket or bag with them to the park so they can take home their hard-earned treats.
Cost: Admission is free. Please note: Children ages 8 and under only. Hunt starts at 10:00 a.m.

Easter Brunch

Whether you’re looking for an intimate affair to share with close family or an outdoor venue where you can soak in the springtime with mimosas and Eggs Benedict, check out these top Easter Brunch restaurants in Santa Barbara.

  • Les Marchands Easter BrunchApril 21, 2019Easter in Santsa Barbara 2019 table set for Easter brunch at a local restaurant
    Make it a family affair to remember at Les Marchands and delight in Chef Weston Richards’ specially curated Easter brunch. Specialties this year include a dish of house-smoked salmon and fresh spring pea frittata with lemon ricotta, arugula, and pea shoots; buttermilk biscuits with mixed berry jam and house-made butter; duck poutine; fried chicken and sourdough waffles; and shakshuka with baked eggs, tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, and feta. Come enjoy some culinary treats and soak up the Santa Barbara sunshine this Easter Sunday.
    Cost: Varies per menu item. Reservations encouraged.

  • Easter Brunch at Bella VistaApril 21, 2019
    Savor a hearty brunch buffet on the seaside, sunlit terrace at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s signature restaurant Bella Vista. Relax in the shade and sip on a fruity mimosa as ocean waves crash nearby. The family-friendly Easter morning celebrations include face painting, a balloon artist, and two all-age egg hunts.
    Cost: $140/Adult; $70/Child Age 5-12

  • Easter Brunch at Belmond El EncantoApril 21, 2019
    How do savory delights and sweet surprises sound? As the little ones search for hidden Easter eggs, Executive Chef Johan Denizot will prepare a sublime seasonal feast. Indulge in a variety of dishes including watermelon and tomato salad, Santa Barbara smoked salmon, west coast oysters and boneless leg of lamb paired with bottomless refreshments. There will even be a live jazz quartet to enjoy.
    Cost: $105/Adult; $45/Child age 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Please note: Egg hunts will be held at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

  • Champagne Easter Brunch at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortApril 21, 2019
    Who doesn’t love a Champagne Easter Brunch? Yes, we’re talking bottomless Champagne and mimosas accompanied by omelet and waffles stations, pastry towers, and a prime rib and cedar plank salmon carving station. Indulge in decadent desserts from Executive Chef Muhsin Sugich as the cool ocean breeze wafts through the windows. Attendees can also expect a visit from the Easter Bunny, so don’t miss out on this hoppy event for all ages!
    Cost: $115/Adult; $55/Child Age 5-12 (Children under 5 are free)

Easter at the Old Mission Santa Barbara

How about celebrating at this historic landmark? The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786, and was the 10th of 21 California Missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans. We are so lucky to have The Mission in our community. It continues to be the chief cultural and historic landmark in the city of Santa Barbara.

This Easter, the public is invited to any of three special services, called The Lord’s Resurrection, on April 21. The first is from 7:30 to 8:30 am, the second will be held from 9:00 – 10:00 am, and the third service will take place at 11:00 – 12:00 pm. There’s also a Sunday Mass being held that day from 9:00 – 10:00 am.

The Mission, located at 2201 Laguna Street, is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The docent-led tours take approximately 60 minutes and are available on most Mondays through Fridays at 11 am and Saturdays at 10:30 am. Visit or call 805.682.4713 to learn more. 

These wonderful celebrations of fun and faith are among the many dozens of family-friendly events held every year in our wonderful world-class community. If you live here, you know what I mean. If you’re looking to move to (or in) Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities this Easter or beyond, give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at I’ll happily add your listing to my portfolio of fine homes in the area and find your new dream home on the American Rivera. I wish you love and light as you celebrate Easter in Santa Barbara.


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