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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: January 2020

Happy New Year! It’s winter in Santa Barbara, and we’ve already had snow, ice, and rain, so now it’s time for soul-warming sunshine, quiet, secluded beaches and a lot of fun events. There’s so much going on this month – come visit and see all that our beautiful coastline has to offer this season…

New Year’s Eve Parties, December 31 
From champagne-sipping sailing cruises to midnight-masquerades, Santa Barbara has it all on New Year’s Eve.

Noon Year’s Eve at MOXI
The family will love New Year’s Eve at MOXI interactive museum. The ball drops at noon but the fun lasts all day.
Cost: Children 2 and under are free; Ages 3-12: $10; 13+: $15; Members: Free.

cupcake and wine tour

Cupcake and Wine Tour
Come Experience the Original Cupcake & Wine Tour! Savor a yummy cupcake tasting paired with local wines. This tour features wine tasting in Santa Ynez Valley, private catered lunch at one of our favorite wineries and a friendly guide for the day. Tours are offered daily. Call for availability 805-884-9283.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival – January 15th – 25th

The 35th year of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will gather for 11 days of film screenings, celebrity tribute events, panel discussions and star-studded parties. Events and film screenings will be held around town and in historic and beautiful theaters such as The Arlington Theater.

Surf Lessons

If learning to surf isn’t on your New Year’s resolution list, it should be! Santa Barbara’s sunny weather and gentle waves combined with our expert instructors provides an incredible learning experience for guests of all ages. Most people “get up” within their first half-hour of learning! Call to reserve your spot today, 805-884-9283.

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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show, Sundays at 10:00AM
Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists come to display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of seaside Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held every fair weather Sunday and Special Holidays.

First Thursday, 5:00-8:00PM
On the first Thursday of each month, downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art, music and theater in a fun and social atmosphere. Additional attractions such as music, artist openings, demonstrations, and refreshments are featured at participating venues. Downtown Santa Barbara Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Every Saturday and Tuesday

Come down and buy local fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, small plants and specialty items. Street musicians, music and downtown shops and restaurants. Year round, rain or shine. Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets on Sunday and on State Street (500-600 bocks) on Tuesday. Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m/4:00pm – 7:30. Please add events and activities that we may have missed in the comment section below.

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Sea Cave Kayaking – Santa Cruz Island, December 21st – January 5th

Kayak at Scorpion Anchorage and explore the Channel Islands National Park. This location offers some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world! Santa Cruz Island is renowned for its incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, and hiking opportunities.

Last updated December 5, 2019

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