Downtown Holiday Parade

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM


2014 Theme: Winter Nights & Holiday Lights


More than 50,000 spectators are expected to line downtown Santa Barbara on Friday evening December 5th, to cheer on a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the evening...the annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh.

MEET & GREET: Friday, December 5th: Santa Claus - Paseo Nuevo Center Court, 4:00pm-5:30pm

The parade begins at 6:30pm at State Street and Sola Street and concludes at Cota Street. For more information, call 805-962-2098 ext. 800.

In the early 1950’s, a tradition began to decorate State Street with 40 foot tall Douglas fir Christmas trees during the holidays. These trees actually lined the center divider lines of what used to be a four lane street. Sponsored then by the Retail Merchants Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Department, the trees were officially dedicated and lit during the Children’s Christmas Parade by the Christmas Fairy. The Children’s Christmas Parade is now known as the Downtown Holiday Parade and is held annually, one week after Thanksgiving.

The parade, now in its 62nd year, has since evolved into Santa Barbara’s only nighttime street parade. After 31 years of Saturday morning debuts, the parade returned to the Friday evening tradition in 1998. This year’s tradition takes place on Friday, December 5th officially welcoming the holiday season downtown!


Downtown Holiday Parade: Volunteer Training

Join Downtown Santa Barbara Staff for an important and informative Parade Volunteer training! There are many changes to the Parade this year and we'd like our Parade Volunteers to be up-to-speed. Volunteer training is Tuesday, at our on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 5:30pm, in the Downtown SB office (27-B East de la Guerra). Call 805-962-2098, ext 800 with any questions.

Please RSVP for the Volunteer Training to:

Congrats to our Holiday Prince Felix Itier-Bina (left, age 9) and Parade Fairy, Mikayla Bohn (age 8). 




Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Performance Schedule:  

Saturday, December 6

        Channel City Chorus, strolling along State Street (1-3pm)

Sunday, December 7 

             Santa Barbara Revels, Marshalls Patio (2-4pm)

Saturday, December 13
       TubaChristmas, Storke Placita (12-1:30pm)
       Channel City Chorus, strolling along State Street (1-3pm)
Sunday, December 14

           Guitarist Vic Moraga, Marshalls Patio (2-4pm)

Saturday, December 20

      Holiday Horns, Marshalls Patio (2-4pm).