Downtown Santa Barbara’s 65th Annual Holiday Parade

Posted on Nov 28 by SEASONS Magazine

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Downtown Santa Barbara celebrates “Colors of the Season” with the 65th Annual Holiday Parade taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Presented by Consumer Fire Products, Inc., TV star, and Santa Barbara County resident, Noah Wyle serves as the Grand Marshal of the highly anticipated holiday parade.

This year’s festivities feature giant balloons, magnificent marching bands, community floats, spectacular performance groups, the Holiday Prince and Fairy, and of course the most anticipated appearance of the season: Santa Claus. 

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

“We are honored to welcome Noah Wyle to celebrate one of Santa Barbara’s oldest holiday traditions,” says Maggie Campbell, Executive Director of Downtown Santa Barbara. Wyle, a longtime Santa Barbara County resident, is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee who is best known for his award-winning roles in ER and Falling Skies. He currently executive produces and stars in TNT’s The Librarians, which premieres its fourth season on December 13.

“This is a hometown event, and a local favorite, as family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season,” continues Campbell.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Consumer Fire Products, Inc. continues its tradition of donating the Community Christmas Tree to light up the holiday season for the fourth year in a row. “It’s an exciting time of year, and we’re grateful for the chance to support the community in such a joyous event.” says Irene Rhodes, owner and CEO of Consumer Fire Products, Inc.

This year’s parade theme, “Colors of the Seasons,” celebrates the many traditions, holidays and colors of the season. Floats will be inspired by vibrant colors, kaleidoscopes, rainbows, and anything festively neon and colorful. The Holiday Prince and Fairy officially kick off and lead the parade down State Street, and have the important task of lighting the Community Christmas Tree, signaling the beginning of the Parade, and the start of the holiday season in Downtown Santa Barbara. In keeping with traditions of the past, Santa still reigns over the entire celebration. He’ll make his appearance at the end of the parade in a huge float for an unforgettable grand finale. This custom built float, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration, is sponsored by Marborg Industries. The public can also join Santa prior to the parade, as he greets families in Paseo Nuevo Center Court for “Photos with Santa,” from 4-5:30 p.m on December 1.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, photo by Fritz Olenberger.

The parade will start at Sola Street and continue down State Street to Cota Street.

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