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First weekend of December – Weekend Picks

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Experience the holiday magic at the 33rd Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights. On Sunday, December 8th attendees will get to enjoy a day long of free and family friendly activities. Starting at 3 PM families can head down to Santa's Village on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor. Elves will hand out over 300 goody bags to children on a first come first serve basis. Along with treats, Santa Claus is expected to be in attendance with great photo opportunities for the little ones and family. The day long event includes a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5 PM at Stearns Wharf next to the Sea Center. For more info, click here.

Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair

The most magical day in Ventura returns for the 10th Annual Ventura Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair. Saturday, December 7th from Noon until 8 PM downtown Ventura will be all decked out with holiday festive decor. The streets will be filled with hand crafted vendors and live entertainment. Starting at 4 PM the Ventura wine walk gets started with tickets for sale online.  The event will showcase world class wineries and breweries until 7 PM. Participating guest will receive a tasting cup and map to the voyage of tasting sites down town. This is a rain or shine event! For more info, click here.

14th Annual Carpinteria Holiday Lights

Embrace the holiday spirit for the 14th Annual Carpinteria Holiday Lights Tour. Little ones and family will get to sit back and enjoy the sight of thousands of lights hanging around town. The trolley runs Saturday, December 7th from 5:00 until 8:30 PM. Plus local chefs will also be on site selling home made tamales. For more info, click here.  

12th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Tamale lovers will want to take a drive to Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.
For the 12th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival, hundreds of tamales will be on sale Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 AM until 6:30 PM. The festival will feature a selection of family-friendly activities, tamales of course and live music to enjoy. New this year the event will feature a booth called 'Ask an Abuelita' with chefs ready to share their culture and wisdom on how you can make your very own tamales at home. For more info, click here.

67th Annual Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

The 67th Annual Santa Barbara Holiday Parade returns Friday, December 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Over 65,000 spectators will line State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara's only night time parade. This years theme is a tropical holiday so bring out the Hawaiian shirts, straw hats and leis. For more info, click here.

Santa Maria Parade of Lights

The anticipated Santa Maria Parade of Lights is set to roll down broadway on Saturday, December 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This year, the parade promises to be bigger and better than ever as it celebrates their 25th anniversary. More than 20 thousand people are expected to come out and experience all the holiday magic. For more info, click here.

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