The parade begins at 6:30 PM at State and Sola Streets and concludes at Cota Street.
More than 65,000 spectators line State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara each year in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 64th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade.
Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and a celebrity Grand Marshal. The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, lead the parade and light the large community Christmas tree on their way.
Of course, the most highly anticipated appearance of the evening is none other than Santa Claus himself. Keep checking in for the theme of the 2016 Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade.