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 four 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, a 4-year-old Dutch Shepard with partner Anne Marie Cullen
Rica, a 6-year-old German Shepard with partner Sheila Malavasi
MacGyver, a 5-year-old Red-Tri Australian Shepard with partner Rick Stein
Mojo, a 10-year-old Border Collie with partner Tracee Walker
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
Enter for a chance to be the 2018 Holiday Prince or Fairy, Sponsored by Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants!
If chosen, you’ll lead the Holiday Parade in a special vehicle, dressed in festive attire compliments of Nordstrom. Your winning artwork will be professionally framed.
Please click below to download:
And a special thank you to Bragg Crane Service.
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger