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Spreading Holiday Cheer

What not to miss this holiday season

Written by Alexandra Lee


Hotel Californian | Photo by Jon Premosch


Get your fix of kitschy Christmas spirit and a shot of “naughty” at Pearl Social’s limited-edition Miracle at the Funk Zone cocktail pop-up through January 1. Enjoy a Christmapolitan or Bad Santa (served hot) without having to part ways with your collectible cocktail vessel—each mug is available for purchase, donating 10% of proceeds to the James Beard Open for Good campaign.


Experience Santa Barbara’s very own Winter Wonderland with “snowfall” at Paseo Nuevo, occurring nightly through December at 5:30 & 6:30 pm.


Consider Christmas Eve covered thanks to Acme Hospitality’s selection of gastronomic delights, with special attention to the holidays. Experience The Lark’s Prime Ribeye Platter for two, complete with duck fat fingerling potatoes and crispy shallots, holiday specials at Loquita, or La Paloma’s version of “Gaucho Steak,” an 8-oz Wagyu tenderloin with jalapeno chimichurri.


Ho ho ho! Bring your little ones to visit Santa at the Montecito Country Mart this Sunday, December 19 from 1-4, and take part in kid’s crafting and treats in the courtyard every Thursday from 3-6. This Saturday and Sunday, stop by Sant & Abel’s Pajama Pop-Up, and visit the Giving Tree to donate presents to benefit Unity Shoppe.


Postpone your resolutions with one last brunch of pastries and Eggs Benedict from the Rosewood’s Revere Room on New Year’s Day.


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