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Holiday lights and other Christmas highlights?

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Holiday lights and other Christmas highlights?

Hi we are an Aussie family in the USA for Dec/Jan and will be in Santa Barbara for 5 days in mid December. (from 11th)

We are looking for great holiday/Christmas ideas.

We have visited SB before, last year in October, and we travel with our children aged 4 and 6yo.

I am on the list for the Christmas lights trolley tour and will be emailed when they release their tickets, but are there any great restaurants/shops/sights/food/events etc.

Just being in the USA is wonderful enough, but we really want to experience the way the US celebrates Christmas everywhere we visit for this trip.

Thanks

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1. Re: Holiday lights and other Christmas highlights?

I've never done the Christmas Lights Trolley Tour, but it should be fun. I usually drive my wife around on our own. I am amused by the decorated mobile homes in the Blue Sky Trailer Park or it might be next door in the Nomad Mobile Home Park, on Calle Real near El Sueno Rd. The homes on La Cumbre Hills Lane at La Cumbre Rd are well decorated. These might be on the trolley tour, but I am not sure.

The Yes Store is a seasonal store - only opens October through December - that sells local artisans' crafts and arts. http://www.theyesstore.com/ This is essentially the Sunday Cabrillo Arts & Crafts Fair in a fixed location - both are good for unique gifts.

Solvang will be hopping for Christmas - solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/…

Check these two websites in November and December: http://santabarbara.com/ http://www.independent.com/

You just miss the Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Dec 8 -http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/waterfront/events/light_parade.asp

Edited: 28 September 2013, 04:18
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2. Re: Holiday lights and other Christmas highlights?

Solvang pops into mind. Try to check it out just after sundown, about 5PM. There are lights all over.

Lots of shops have Xmas theme displays during the day, but they don't stay open too long after dark.

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3. Re: Holiday lights and other Christmas highlights?

Thankyou!!!

C

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