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Santa Barbara’s Parade of Lights 2012

We love sharing our favorite things to do in Santa Barbara, and a day on the waterfront is always high on our list. Between the stunning sight of our beaches stretching out along the coast, biking along palm-tree lined Cabrillo Boulevard, exploring the many shops and eateries on Stearns Wharf and at the Santa Barbara Harbor, and taking a stroll through Chase Palm Park, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the waterfront every day.

Santa Barbara’s attractive Mediterranean climate is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities year round and is a part of what makes Santa Barbara real estate so valuable and highly sought-after. While most of these activities are best enjoyed under the warm California sunshine, on Sunday December 9th, a special event is taking place after the sun sets at the Santa Barbara Harbor – The 27th Annual Santa Barbara Parade of Lights.

The Santa Barbara Parade of Lights takes place on the water, setting it apart from other typical holiday parades. Participants will be navigating extravagantly decorated boats decked with lights and other creative displays to celebrate this year’s theme of “Starry, Starry Night” in the waters of the Santa Barbara Harbor. At the end of the boat parade, a fireworks show will follow to light up the night sky above.

Although the boat parade doesn’t start until 5:30pm, after sundown, there will be plenty to do before the Parade of Lights. Starting at 3:00pm on the City Pier, explore the Santa’s Village event, which will feature holiday music, a visit from Santa, and an incredible ten tons of snow!

There’s something wonderful to do in Santa Barbara every day, whether you’re searching for luxury homes and real estate with us, attending the many events, festivals, and celebrations that our city offers or simply taking in the natural beauty of the Riviera landscape. We hope you’ll be able to join us in your search for the best in Santa Barbara homes and real estate in our coastal paradise!

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Summer Weekends on the Santa Barbara Waterfront

Santa Barbara is beautiful in so many ways.  For one, our city on the coast is home to some of the finest luxury real estate in the world, with homes in exclusive neighborhoods such as Hope Ranch and Montecito that show truly inspired design and architecture.  However, Santa Barbara possesses great natural beauty independent of these stunning luxury homes.  Nestled in between the towering, verdant mountains which slope into gentle foothills and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has earned the nickname of “the American Riviera.”  In addition, Santa Barbara’s ideal Mediterranean climate makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors any time of year.  This summer, we have hosted a variety of outdoor events and extravagant festivals such as the Summer Solstice celebration and Old Spanish Days Fiesta.  We also enjoy a number of smaller scale events that occur throughout the season to bring the community together and make it easy to take advantage of the wonderful weather and fantastic vistas.

No trip to Santa Barbara is complete without a visit to the waterfront, and weekends along the coastline never fail to please!  Few things are as enjoyable as strolling down Cabrillo Boulevard during a summer sunset with music floating through the fresh seaside air.  On Thursdays at Chase Palm Park, locals and visitors alike gather under the tall palms to listen to live music.  Each concert brings its own special flavor to the waterfront, with performances ranging in style from Latin to Oldies to Beatles tribute bands.  On Fridays, head to Stearns Wharf to catch a movie above the water and under the stars.  On Sundays, take part in a treasured Santa Barbara tradition by visiting the Art Walk at the base of Stearns Wharf.  Here, you can stroll along the beachfront to view and purchase paintings, sculptures, crafts, and many more varieties of handcrafted artwork in support of local artists.

There’s something wonderful to do in Santa Barbara every day, whether you’re searching for luxury homes and real estate with us, attending the many events, festivals, and celebrations that our city offers or simply taking in the natural beauty of the Riviera landscape. We hope you’ll be able to join us in your search for the best in Santa Barbara homes and real estate in our coastal paradise!