Your Guide to Holiday Shopping in Santa Barbara

Shopping during the holiday season is always festive, and this year should be no exception. While some things have changed, the beauty, crafts and artesan goods that define Santa Barbara remain. In fact, recent restrictions have made shopping a more relaxing experiencing, as social distancing is in place throughout the city. Although the Downtown SB Holiday Parade won’t be happening this year, there are still plenty of reasons to visit and shop the downtown area. Here is your guide to holiday shopping in Santa Barbara.

A craftsman is leaning over a table of his products, handing a sample to a young boy in an outdoor marketplace.State Street Promenade

The State Street Promenade, with its wonderful mix of household, personal and clothing stores, is the perfect place to find personalized gifts for loved ones. The area is beautifully-decorated for the season and, with all auto traffic removed from the street, it boasts a festive atmosphere with many dining options available after a full day of shopping. In addition, during the 2020 holidays State Street is offering a special craft market in the 1000 block of State Street. This is an opportunity for local artists to exhibit and sell their wares. The market is held from 3:00 to 7:30pm on Thursdays through December 17, 2020. 

A wooden picket fence extends into State Street so diners sitting under red umbrellas can enjoy the expanded outdoor dining during COVID. Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center

Of course it wouldn’t be the winter holidays without snow – even if we are living in a Mediterranean climate! To the rescue is the  Paseo Nuevo shopping center which is offering a nightly snowfall, in its center court, every half hour from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The ‘snow’ in the “Walk Thru a Winter Wonderland,” exhibition is vegetable based,  non-toxic and doesn’t even need to be shoveled! It is atmosphere and fun and the perfect setting to find that special gift for your special someone. Of course, social distancing is expected by all. In addition there are opportunities to write a letter to Santa or take a selfie with the man in red. 

Drive-In Holiday Movies

If you need to find something for the kids to do while adults help the North Pole elves, consider sending them with a trusted adult to the drive-in series being offered by UCSB Arts and Lectures. Or grab the whole gang and enjoy some family fun. On December 9, 2020, UCSB is showing Elf, and on December 16, 2020, you can enjoy the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. These free showings begin at 8pm.

If you want to make your holiday shopping excursion a getaway event be sure and take advantage of The Eagle Inn’s Mid-Week 3rd Night Free Special. Stay two nights in a Casita or Whirlpool King Room and the 3rd night is FREE. Book now using the promo code DEAL, or call us directly at 805-965-3586. 

Exterior view of casitas with ivory stucco, red tile roof, balcony with metal railing, green shrubs and palm trees

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