Santa Barbara December Events Calendar

December Events

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The Way it Was – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum – lecture by columnist Hattie Beresford from the Montecito Journal. For more info and tickets log onto www.sbhistorical.org/event/1929/.

Celebrate the Season – 7 p.m. Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Pacific Sound men’s a cappella chorus will perform. For more info and tickets ($15) log onto www.pacificsoundchorus.org/tickets.

Arturo Sandoval –jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a classical piano presented by Jazz at the Lobero at 8 p.m. For more info, log onto www.lobero.org/events/arturo-sandoval/

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Hanukkah and Hilarity Comedy Night – 6 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara fearturing their Teen Comedy Club. Tickets: $10 or $5 for students/seniors. For more info, visit www.jewishsantabarbara.org/community-calendar/comedy-2017 or contact RSVP@sbjf.org.

Quire of Voyces Short Program – 6:30-7 p.m. at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Free admission. For more info, log onto www.sbma.net/events/voyces17b.

An Irish Christmas – 7:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street – Enjoy music making and singing of Christmas carols. For tickets and info log onto www.AnIrishChristmasTour.com.

Cory Richards – 7:30-9 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. An adventure and expedition photographer featured by National Geographic. For more info and tickets log onto https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=3815.

 

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Field Trip to Red Rock Mines – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Geologist Susie Bartz will lead field trip to Red Rock following the Santa Ynez River. Trip includes old Los Prietos/Juniper mercury mining area, how California’s fault lines formed the cinnabar, a hydrothermally enriched “red rock” ore of mercury. Important: Trip consists of a moderate 2.5 mile hike on uneven and loose terrain, and requires the ability to climb up and down slopes with loose gravel and traverse through rugged arroyos. Participants must be in healthy, physical condition to participate. Members $45; non-members $50 Pre-registration required; limited enrollment. To register, please go to sbnature.org/tickets.

Holiday at the Ranch – 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A holiday open house featuring Santa Claus and his “rein-goats” at Rancho La Patera and Stow House.

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Dec. 9 at 2:30, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre. Tickets range $25-$55. For more infor, log onto http://www.thearlingtontheatre.com/schedule.

Old Town Goleta’s Christmas Parade – 6-8 p.m. in Old Town Goleta. Visit www.gogoleta.com for event details.

Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays – holiday music 8 p.m. at the Granada Theatre. Tickets $35-$48 available at https://ticketing.granadasb.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10698.

The Hallelujah Project 5  – Santa Barbara Choral Society Dec. 9, 8 p.m.  and Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Family-friendly mix of holiday classics and seasonal favorites.

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Arts d’Afrique Winter Tribal Market – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A selection of folk art, Indigo tie-dye and mud cloth from Mali, masks and marionettes from West Africa, stools from Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, jewelry and bronzes from West Africa, tie-dyed mulaffas from Mauritania, textiles & wood from Indonesia & India. Located at 1058 N Ontare Rd., Santa Barbara. Contact  designsource.sb@verizon.net for more info.

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32nd Holiday Parade of Lights at the Harbor – 3 p.m. to fireworks. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. Come play in 10 tons of snow and take photos with Santa. The first 200 children receive free goody bags. Annual boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

Arts d’Afrique Winter Tribal Market – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A selection of folk art, Indigo tie-dye and mud cloth from Mali, masks and marionettes from West Africa, stools from Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, jewelry and bronzes from West Africa, tie-dyed mulaffas from Mauritania, textiles & wood from Indonesia & India. Located at 1058 N Ontare Rd., Santa Barbara. Contact  designsource.sb@verizon.net for more info.

 

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Playdate! – 10-11 a.m. at Paseo Nuevo Shopping center. Local kid-friendly organizations host free activities for kids. Free to the public. For more info, log onto http://paseonuevoshopping.com/events/.

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The Christmas Revels: An Early California Celebration of the Winter Solstice – Presented by the Santa Barbara Revels. 7:30 p.m. Show highlights Richard Henry Danas’ visit to Santa Barbara in 1836. This year’s performance celebrates the traditions of the Central California Rancho period. Runs through Dec. 17. For shows/times log onto www.lobero.org/events/christmas-revels-2017/

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State Street Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Dec. 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, and Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra to perform holiday classic. Tickets $24-106, available at https://ticketing.granadasb.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10704.

Ice in Paradise – Holiday show. 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. 6985 Santa Felicia Dr., Goleta. For tickets go to iceinparadise.org

Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show – 8-9:30 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre. Deep South gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz.

 

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Winter Zoo Camp Starts – The Santa Barbara Zoo’ 2-week winter break special program with age-appropriate programs for ages 3-12. Includes games, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions and more. Log onto www.sbzoo.org for details.

Winter Camp at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Starts – 5-day and 4-day camp options available for kids to learn about nature, science, land and sea animals and crafts. Log onto www.sbnature.org for details.

 

Emporium Presents Colleen Ballinger with special guest Miranda Sings – 8 p.m. at the Lobero Theatre. For tickets, log onto www.lobero.org/events/miranda-sings/.

 

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Christmas Day!

 

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Kid’s Club New Years Eve at the Santa Barbara Zoo – 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a night out celebrating while your kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, special animal encounters, night tours, s’mores, and more fun activities. Log onto www.sbzoo.org for details.

January

1 – Happy New Year!

CONTINUING EVENTS

Sundays

Sea Stories for Families – Enjoy interactive story readings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Sea Center at 211 Stearns Wharf. Program free with admission; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526.

Shark Sundays – 3:30 p.m. at the Sea Center, 211 Stearns Wharf. Watch staff feed sharks and rays. Observe shark feeding behaviors, and maybe help throw in a few pieces too; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526.

Studio Sunday on the Front Steps – 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art located at 1130 State Street – Log onto www.sbma.net for more info.

Tuesdays

Walk on the Wild Side – 9 a.m. If you are a morning person, love animals, and are age 60+, you’ll love Walk on the Wild Side! Join this lively crew and get your exercise on while enjoying the Zoo. Class walks the grounds for one hour and designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and health. First class is free, sign up at the Zoo’s front gate. Class is for 60-years-old and older.

Bug Out Tuesdays – 11 a.m. Crawl, fly, swim, or flutter over to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to learn about the amazing connections invertebrates have to the natural world with rotating activities, art, games, and more. Included in admission. Log onto www.sbnature.org.

Octopus Tuesdays – 4 p.m. Watch an octopus consume a meal. Discover camouflage behaviors as you learn more about these intelligent invertebrates at the Sea Center at 211 Stearns Wharf; free with admission; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526.

Members-only morning at the Moxi – 8:30 to 10 a.m. – MOXI Members enjoy exclusive exploration, play and discovery throughout the museum’s 17,000 square feet of exhibits.

Thursdays

Walk on the Wild Side – 9 a.m. If you are a morning person, love animals, and are age 60+, you’ll love Walk on the Wild Side! Join this lively crew and get your exercise on while enjoying the Zoo. Class walks the grounds for one hour and designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and health. First class is free, sign up at the Zoo’s front gate. Class is for 60-years-old and older.

Jelly Thursdays – 4 p.m. Experience the beauty of jellies as they gracefully gather their microscopic meals at the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf; free with admission; www.sbnature.org or 805-962-2526.

Spring Adult Ceramics Class – 6-9 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art located at 1130 State Street – Log onto www.sbma.net for more info.

Free Thursday Evenings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art – 5-8 p.m. Log onto www.sbma.net for more info.

Saturdays-

Fisherman’s Market – 6-11 a.m. A handful of fishermen can be found on the City Pier (opposite Brophy’s) every Saturday selling crab, rockfish, ling cod, black cod, halibut, urchin, abalone (sustainably farmed), and other catch of the day items.

Science on Site – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Check www.sbnature.org for times and topics.

Portal to the Plant – 1-3 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

Members-only morning at the Moxi – 8:30-10 a.m. MOXI Members enjoy exclusive exploration, play and discovery throughout the museum’s 17,000 square feet of exhibits.

Sundays

Shark Sundays – 3:30 p.m. Watch the Sea Center staff feed sharks and rays. Observe shark feeding behaviors, and if you’re lucky, help throw in a few pieces too! Included with admission to the Sea Center. 211 Stearns Wharf. Log onto www.sbnature.org for more info.

Saturdays & Sundays

Branch Out: Nature Escape Room – Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Until Aug. 19-20. Times vary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Modeled off the popular “escape room” movement, games are brought to life where kids are the heroes on a quest to solve an environmental mission before time runs out. Register at www.branchoutgames.com. Call 682-4711 ext. 162 for more info.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History – Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars, 11 a.m.; Cosmic Safari, noon; Kids’ Space Adventure, 1 p.m.; What’s Up, 2 p.m.; Your Cosmic Quest (en Espanol Los Domingos), 3 p.m.

Santa Barbara Zoo – Explorer Fundays activities held in the Explore Store 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with Zoo admission. For the event theme each week log onto www.sbzoo.org

Every day

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – SBCC’s Theatre Group production runs Nov. 8-18 at Garvin Theatre on the SBCC west campus. For tickets and show times log onto www.theatregroupsbcc.com.

Lane Farms – Local, homegrown and organic produce – open daily from 9 a.m-6 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Log onto www.lanefarmssb.com for what’s in season!

Base Camp – 10 a.m-5 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Several exhibits include a naturalist field station, build zone, search zone, nature art zone and more. Runs through mid-2018. Log onto www.sbnature.org for more info.

Weekly

Brain Injury Survivors group – 11-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at Jodi House located at 625 Chapala St. Invites caregivers and survivors of stroke, aneurysm and traumatic brain injuries on community reintegration. Log onto www.jodihouse.org for more info.

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