More than 65,000 spectators will line State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, Presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc! 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 our amazing, soon to be announced, Grand Marshal! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, will lead the parade and light up the community Christmas tree on their way down the parade route.
This year, we are celebrating the fact that Santa Barbara Shines! We were inspired by anything uniquely Santa Barbara or Goleta, bright lights, shimmering colors, glitter, gold, and silver hues!
This website will be updated throughout the entirety of parade season, so keep checking back for additional updates!
For more information, please contact Downtown Santa Barbara staff: (805) 962-2098.
We are thrilled to announce six heroic rescue dogs of Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) will serve as our 2018 Holiday Parade Grand Marshal(s)! Lemos Feed & Pet Supply is sponsoring the Parade Grand Marshal(s), paying tribute to the Santa Barbara Search and Rescue team and their hardworking dogs.
These amazing K9 teams include:
Reilly, with partner Anne Marie Cullen
Rica, with partner Sheila Malavasi
MacGyver, with partner Rick Stein
Mojo, with partner Tracee Walker
Chaos, with partner Juanita Smith
Keegan, with partner Shirley Smith
Thank you to all of our amazingly dedicated and jolly volunteers!
Interested in volunteering for the 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, Presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc?
Please direct all questions to:
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Congratulations to the 2018 Holiday Prince & Fairy winners!
Thirty judges selected from nearly 100 entries best capturing the parade theme, Santa Barbara Shines. Congratulations to Bianca (8) and Kai (10) Paterson, who will lead the parade and light up the community Christmas tree on their way down the parade route.
Thanks to our Prince & Fairy Sponsor Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.
New this year, Nordstrom will dress the Prince & Fairy in holiday attire - theirs to keep!
Bianca and Kai will lead the Holiday Parade in a white 1969 Mustang driven by Mark McClenathen.
And a special thank you to Bragg Crane Service
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger