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Wintry Holidays in Santa Barbara

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TASTE News Service, December 3, 2015 — Looking for a unique way to celebrate the winter holidays? One way is to escape to Santa Barbara to rediscover your joy and cheer.

Voted “Best Beach Town” by Sunset magazine in its inaugural travel awards in May 2015 and one of Condé Nast Traveler's “30 Best Small Cities in America” in its Readers' Choice Awards, Santa Barbara is located 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline.

Thanks to Southern California's temperate clime, holidays in the “The American Riviera” are always merry and bright, according to tourist authorities in this Central Coast city. Visitors can play by the seashore instead of the snow, or linger over a glass of local sparkling wine. You might just glimpse monarch butterflies on their annual migration — if not reindeer! How's that for holiday enchantment?

Santa Barbara's many festive gatherings include traditions both new and old, from the famous Parade of Lights with its sparkling boats to tasty Christmas tamales. The South Coast's stroll-able scale and welcoming community make it easy to remain true to the spirit of the season. And if you need to get your shopping done, artisanal holiday boutiques and area shopping centers offer crowd-pleasing gift options.

Paseo Nuevo “Snowfall,” Santa and More

Holiday festivities at one of downtown shoppers' favorite malls include a “snowfall,” which takes place each evening in Paseo Nuevo's Center Court, Monday through Saturday at 7 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 and 6 p.m. through December 24th. Families can sing along to classic wintery songs, snap photos with Santa and visit with his elves. Live entertainment ensembles will serenade shoppers nearly every day, including costumed carolers and holiday brass.

Editor’s Note: Many other events are taking place this month in the beautiful coastal city of Santa Barbara. A detailed listing can be found at SantaBarbaraCA.com

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