Friday, December 9, 2016

Reminder! Annual Parade of Lights, Sunday, December 18th Santa Barbara Harbor

The Nut Cracker Ballet Saturday December 10



The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 02:30pm

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents “Nutcracker At The Arlington", with Live, Full Symphony Orchestra (Elise Unruh, Conductor). A true Santa Barbara Holiday Tradition - Celebrating its 42nd Year! Experience this classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as SBFB takes you on a magical journey full of wonder and surprise with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness Herr Drosselmeyer’s Clockwork Dolls dance to life, a giant Christmas Tree grow before your eyes, and Rat King and Toy Soldiers Battle through cannon explosions on stage with mischievous Giant Mice! Be transported to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonders galore captivate, with Dancing Snowflakes, enchanting Waltzing Flowers, and audience favorite Mother Ginger.
Under Artistic Director Aimee Lopez, the cast of over 100 features Professional Guest Artists Misa Kuranaga, Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet (Sugar Plum Fairy); Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet (Cavalier); Mary LaCroix-Lorh (Snow Queen) and Barrington Lorh (Snow Cavalier), previously with Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Contemporary Ballet; and Tracy R. Kofford, Artistic Director of Dance SBCC, along with the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet Performing Company, SBFB conservatory students, and dancers from the UCSB Department of Dance and the Santa Barbara community.
Beautifully costumed and staged, this Nutcracker has delighted generations throughout our Central Coast for decades. Nutcracker At The Arlington is recognized as one of the rare and longest continuously running productions in the USA performed with a live orchestra! This is Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker! This year, we are proud to be honoring the memory of Maestro Ronald Ondrejka, who was instrumental in bringing our first Nutcracker productions to the Arlington stage over 40 years ago.
Three performances: Saturday, Dec. 10th at 2:30pm and 7pm, Sunday, Dec 11th at 2:30pm.
For Tickets ($25-$50) call the Arlington Theatre Box Office at (805) 963-4408 or visit . For Group Ticket Sales, contact Lori at (805) 331-2287.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday December 4th, at 4 pm

Parade of Lights - Santa Barbara Harbor

Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - Sunday, December 11, 2016

The 2016 event marks the 31st Annual Parade of Lights. Get ready for a rip-roaring good time with this year's theme of "Wild West Holiday." It's sure to be a fun and festive one for boat participants to decorate to and should make for a packed entry list with lots to see and enjoy for everyone viewing the parade.
Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa's Village, the event culminates with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 p.m. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats). Hundreds of families come out to play in tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 200 children receive free goody bags from Santa's helpers!
At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade will begin with approximately 25 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then stay for the fireworks show after the parade to end your night with a bang.
Event admission is free! For more parade information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Folk and Tribal Arts Market Place, December 2-4

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace

Friday, December 2, 2016
10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2016
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Shop and experience the world’s traditional cultures through folk art.
The Folk & Tribal Art Marketplace, the largest folk art show in Southern California Treasure seekers will be able to find a fantastic selection of baskets, décor, ethnographic art, furniture, jewelry, pottery, rugs, sculpture, and more. Whether you are shopping for a gift or adding to your collection, you can shop around the world for the truly unique, and exotic treasures.
And while at the Museum, enjoy tantalizing cuisine at the Tribal Arts Café , stroll through the Museum’s picturesque grounds, and then continue shopping around the world.

FREE Admission and parking.

Proceeds from the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace support the exhibits and science education programs at the Museum and Sea Center.
For more information about the Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace, or if you have any questions, please contact Amy Carpenter, Director of Visitor Services, at 805-682-4711 ext. 123 or e-mail