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Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve: Welcoming 2022 In Style


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It’s time to bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022. Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve means choosing from a number of exciting events, delicious dinners, and/or fun activities to celebrate in style. I’ve put together this guide of some of the most memorable ways to ring in the new year so all you have to concentrate on is saying farewell to 2021 and toasting the year ahead.

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Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve Events and Activities

New Year’s Eve with the Santa Barbara Symphony, December 31, 2021, 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of Gershwin and other symphonic celebration favorites at the city’s most festive New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by the Santa Barbara Symphony. The always entertaining Bob Bernhardt returns to host, joined by baritone Cedric Barry, pianist Natasha Kislenko and the full orchestra. You’re even invited to sing along with our local greats at this festive event. 

Noon Year’s Eve at MOXI, December 31, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at MOXI will be filled with themed activities designed especially for the entire family. Party at the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and explore all MOXI has to offer and more at this rooftop DJ dance party featuring DJ Gavin Roy. Don’t miss the MOXI-wide countdown to 2022 across all three floors of the museum, complete with confetti, noisemakers and other surprises! 

New Year’s Eve Champagne Cruise, December 31, 2021, 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
All aboard the Double Dolphin for a New Year’s Eve celebration in true Santa Barbara style. Cheers to the end of the year with bountiful Champagne and unbeatable views of the American Riviera. Don’t forget to pack a jacket as it can get chilly out on the water. 

The Party at El Encanto, A Belmond HotelDecember 31, 2021, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Overlooking Santa Barbara, this historic property is bringing glitz and glamour to town this New Year’s Eve with a classic Roaring 20’s soirée. Revelers are invited to dress to impress in Gatsby-inspired attire and enjoy live big band jazz, specialty cocktails, delightful bites, bubbly, a delectable oyster bar, and much more.

New Year’s Eve at Rosewood Miramar Beach, December 31, 2021, 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Join Rosewood Miramar Beach for a glimmering night of elegance. The Resort’s first-ever Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve celebration in the fabulous Chandelier Ballroom will be inspired by a one-of-a-kind speakeasy that includes lively libations, spectacular performers including one of LA’s top dance bands, champagne toasts and so much more. 

New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl, December 31, 2021, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Say hello to 2022 and celebrate in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara at the official New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl. Bounce from bar to bar and enjoy exclusive drink specials to toast to the occasion. Tickets include more than eight different Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve parties, free welcome shot tickets at select venues, exclusive drink specials, and a pub crawl map to all participating bars, lounges, and nightclubs.

New Year’s Eve Gala at The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn, December 31, 2021
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience and upscale dance party to ring in 2022, look no further than The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn. Besides offering a delicious dinner, adults are also invited to dance the night away. This is the area’s culinary inspired event center offering an epic series of events all year long including a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party you’ll never forget. If not New Year’s Eve, then be sure to check the venue’s 2022 calendar. Some of the biggest names in the culinary world share their talents throughout the year with show-stopping experiences, master classes led by guest chefs and our talented culinary team, book signings, wine tastings, and more.

Children’s New Year’s Eve Mini Gala, December 31, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The Ojai Valley Inn invites children to celebrate the New Year in a fun and safe environment. While the adults are dancing the night away next door at the Farmhouse Gala mentioned above, the kids will be reveling in New Year’s Eve cheer with a yummy kid-approved snack buffet, and festive sparkling cider toast.

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New Year’s Eve Dining

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, December 31, 2021, Seatings available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
How does commemorating the year’s end with a delectable Santa Barbara New Year’s Eve dinner featuring a delicious, prix fixe, four-course meal sound to you? If yes, then head to the bluffs at Angel Oak at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara where you’ll dine this night away!

Las Doce Uvas De La Suerte, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m.
There’s an old Spanish tradition that says if you eat 12 grapes before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, you will enjoy a year of prosperity and good luck! Loquita will be offering a special 5-course prix fixe tasting menu to honor this beloved Spanish tradition, with the option to add caviar or truffles, or pair each course with the hot spot’s extensive Spanish wine list. Enjoy a complimentary Cava toast as you feast under the stars on the last night of 2021. 

New Year’s Eve at opal restaurant and bar, December 31, 2021, Seatings at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Sip and savor the last night of 2021 with a delicious 4-course prix fixe menu. Enter prize raffles, for gift certificates to some of your favorite spots, enjoy party favors and dance to live music from Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies. Choose from appetizers like shredded phyllo wrapped tiger prawns with a coconut curry sauce, second courses like roasted tomato lobster bisque and entree selections like paella, lemon garlic butter lobster, filet mignon and so much more. Finish off the night with a choice of decadent dessert and get ready to dance! 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Lark, December 31, 2021, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Executive Chef Jason Paluska’s holiday specials start off with fresh-from-the-ocean Santa Barbara Sea Urchin profiterole with citrus creme fraîche, osetra caviar and chive blossoms. Then enjoy the smoked California lamb merguez with grilled flatbread and jalapeno yogurt. If lamb isn’t your favorite, try the roasted bone marrow with shaved black truffle, carrot top gremolata, pickled radish, and roasted garlic baguette. Finally, indulge in the holiday spiced fuji apple crisp with smoked bacon, maple gastrique, burnt cinnamon ice cream and sage for dessert.

La Paloma Café’s NYE Dinner and New Year’s Day Brunch, December 31, 2021, through January 1, 2022
For New Year’s Eve dinner, Executive Chef Jeremy Tummell has curated a special edition of the “Gaucho Steak,” an Oak-grilled Wagyu tenderloin, the coes with Yukon gold potatoes, fresh green beans grown locally, and divine horseradish. Dinner guests are invited to celebrate with a New Year’s Amuse Bouche and sparkling wine. Enjoy New Year’s Eve Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the restaurant will be open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. The next day, kick-off 2022 the right way with New Year’s Day brunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and sip on Mimosas while jiving to live music. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Oak in Ojai Valley Inn, December 31, 2021
The Ojai Valley Inn invites the entire family to dine on a delicious three-course menu celebrating the classic dishes of the holiday season. Reservations required.

Olivella at the Ojai Valley Inn, December 31, 2021
Indulge in the ultimate evening of luxury and enjoy a five-course tasting menu by Chef Andrew Foskey. Reservations required.

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New Year’s Day Events and Activities

New Year’s Day Beach Yoga, January 1, 2022, 10 a.m.
Yogis of all levels are welcome to usher in 2022 with Santa Barbara Beach Yoga. The New Year’s Day 75-minute class will focus on basic alignment, followed by restorative poses and relaxation. Fun, lighthearted music and instruction will be provided through wireless headsets. 

Miracle at the Funk Zone, January 1, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Welcome 2022 and enjoy the last day of the festively decorated pop-up bar, Miracle at the Funk Zone. Wave goodbye to the holidays with one last eggnog and dance through the afternoon with DJ Party Proper.

Let It Go Flow, January 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m.
Sol Seek Yoga (formerly Divinitree) is the place to set your intentions for 2022 with an invigorating and revitalizing yoga class. Join instructor Courtney at Leadbetter Beach for a class full of heat, strength, and resilience. 

New Year’s Day Bowl Games at Jimmy’s Pub, January 1, 2022, starting at 11 a.m.
If you want to watch the game on New Year’s Day surrounded by other like-minded sports fanatics, then head to the Ojai Valley Inn. Along with your favorite game-day snacks, Jimmy’s Pub is the perfect place to cheer on your favorite college football team.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to ring in 2022 in style in Santa Barbara. If one of your goals for the new year is to move to a new home in Santa Barbara, please give me a call at (805) 886-9378, or email me at I will happily add your listing to my portfolio of amazing estates for sale and find you a new home at the same time. Have a safe and Happy New Year!






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