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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: December 2021

From holiday markets to wine tours and epic sunsets, the magic of the holidays is here in the American Riviera! If you still need gift ideas, please consider a gift certificate to Santa Barbara Adventure Company — Adventure is always the perfect gift; plus, it’s a great way to reduce waste during the holidays 🙂

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

Sunset Kayak in Santa Barbara Harbor
WHEN: Every evening in December (except 12/25)
WHERE: Santa Barbara Harbor
Late fall and winter is the best time for sunsets in Santa Barbara due to winter weather patterns including offshore winds. These winds keep the coast fog-free and carry medium and high-level clouds across the sky. Join us for a spectacular twilight sky viewing on our very special Sunset Kayak Tour! — Book Now

Nightly Snowfall at Paseo Nuevo
WHEN: Every evening in December (except 12/25)
WHERE: Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center
TIME: 5:30pm & 6:30pm
Walk Thru A Winter Wonderland at Paseo Nuevo! Nightly Snowfall at 5:30pm & 6:30pm in Center Court. 

(Snowfall show is about 10 minutes long with two chances to see it every night! The snow is made from a ph balanced vegetable base — it’s gluten-free and non-toxic.)

Santa Ynez Wine Tour
WHEN: Every day in December (except 12/25)
TIME: ~10AM to ~4PM
With milder temperatures and holiday decorations abound, this is an amazing time of year to visit wine country. Let us show you the best places to taste wine on a tour through Santa Barbara Wine Country! — Book Now

Photos with Santa!
WHEN: 12/1 through 12/24
WHERE: Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center
TIME: See times here
Santa returns to his cottage in Center Court this year next to the jolly ol Christmas Tree! Bring your wish list to share with Santa or create one at the Letters to Santa Creation Station. Friendly family pets are welcome too, see dedicated pet nights here!

Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park
WHEN: Every day in December (except 12/25)
WHERE: Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island
Yes, it’s true, our Channel Islands kayak tours run year-round! Join us as we explore world-renowned sea caves, giant kelp forests and recreate alongside wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world! — Book Now

Christmas Pub Crawl
WHEN: December 11, 2021
There’s a bar hop going on all day and night from 2PM until 2AM and you can arrive anytime! Expect hundreds of attendees and lots of drink specials! — RSVP

Mountains to Shore Bike Tour
WHEN: Every day in December (except 12/25)
TIME: 10AM-2PM
Join Santa Barbara Adventure Company on a bike tour that starts high in the mountains. We’ll head downhill, stopping to enjoy some of the area’s most beloved locations including the Santa Barbara Mission. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will give a biking talk, riding demonstration and cover the expectations of the day. Our guides will bike with you along the way. We’ll stop at points of interest for photo opportunities and to talk about the area’s natural history. This tour will end at a local Santa Barbara beach. — Book Now

First Thursday Art Walk
WHEN: December 2nd
TIME: 5-8PM
WHERE: Participating galleries and venues, The Visitors’ Center, hotel concierge desks, host table on State Street, and the Downtown Santa Barbara office located at 27-B East De La Guerra Street
1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and venues offer free access to visual and performing arts in a fun and social environment. Venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities. — Book Now

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