December Datebook and Cultural Events Calendar

Posted on Nov 27 by SEASONS Magazine



Through Dec. 17 

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

For the holiday season, Ensemble Theatre Company presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a charming holiday play and a clever and captivating comedy of manners that will delight Jane Austen aficionados and newcomers alike. | New Vic Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., 805/965-5400,

Through Dec. 23

Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday is a delightfully entertaining musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family. | Marian Theatre, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria,

Through Dec. 31

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now brings together 49 artworks consisting of installation, sculpture, photography and video dating from the early 1990s to the present. Soares interweaves themes of love, desire, memory and time in her bodies of work. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364,

Through Dec. 31

Story-Telling: Narrative Paintings in Asian Art

Pictures that tell stories serve as powerful vehicles to illuminate important events, promote cultural and religious values or express personal views. | Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364,


Dec. 1

The Quebe Sisters + Joe Robinson

When the Quebe Sisters take the stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are blown away | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Dec. 1–Jan. 5 

A glittering Julefest Gazebo welcomes celebrations, photo courtesy

A glittering Julefest Gazebo welcomes celebrations, photo courtesy

Solvang Julefest

Solvang, named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Towns in America,” comes to sparkly life once again during the 2017 annual Julefest (pronounced yule-fest). This year’s theme is “A Danish Tradition” and features free visits with Santa “Julemanden” in Solvang Park; “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” weekends; holiday wine and beer walk “Skål Stroll!” and the traditional community tree-lighting ceremony, Julefest parade and free nativity pageant. Plus there are additional open houses at local retailers, special concerts and more taking place throughout the season. | Various locations throughout Solvang,

Dec. 2


Rudolph in ballet tells the story of a misfit reindeer named Rudolph and other misfit characters, like Heidi the Elf, the Abominable Snowmonster, Yukon Cornelia and all of the Misfit Toys. Featuring well-known holiday classics, this is a great opening to the holiday season! | 2 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Dec. 2

Christmas at the Casa

Spend an intimate evening at the historic Casa del Herrero, where guests arrive to twinkling Christmas trees and house overflowing with holiday fun and good cheer, making this gala a winter must attend. | 5 p.m., Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., 805/565-5653,

Pink Martini, Courtesy Photo.

Dec. 2

Pink Martini: A Holiday Spectacular with Singer China Forbes

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Pink Martini. No, we aren’t referring to a fruity cocktail. Pink Martini is an internationally known genre-crossing band coming to town for a special holiday concert. | 8 p.m., Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St, 805/963-4408,


Dec. 2-Jan. 21

Richard Schloss: The Miracle of Light

Lauded as a “a master of atmospheric perspective” by American Artist Magazine, the oil paintings of Richard Schloss are a testament to the beauty of the land and sea that surrounds us. Schloss is recognized as one of California’s best landscape artists. | Opening reception Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m., open Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment, Palm Loft Gallery, 410 Palm Ave., Loft A-1, Carpinteria, 805/684-9700,

Dec. 3

Love Letters

The stars of the iconic eighties sitcom Family Ties reunite to bring to life A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular Love Letters during a benefit performance for Speaking of Stories. | 2 p.m., Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, 805/963-0408,

Dec. 3

Arianna String Quartet

The Chamber On the Mountain season continues with a concert from Arianna String Quartet, accompanied by pianist Michele Levin. | 3 p.m., Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, 805/646-9951,

Dec. 3

Aaron Neville

Grammy award-winning R&B singer Aaron Neville, with his distinct New Orleans sound and unique voice, takes to the Lobero stage this December for a soulful duo performance featuring Michael Goods on keyboards. | 7 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Dec. 6

Arturo Sandoval, Courtesy Photo.

Arturo Sandoval

A protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval was born in Cuba, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences to American Jazz. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Dec. 7

1st Thursday

The award-winning 1st Thursdays program highlights downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the 1st Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are free from 5–8 p.m. Also on Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 | 5 p.m.–8 p.m., various locations around downtown Santa Barbara,

Dec. 7

An Irish Christmas at The Granada

An Irish Christmas features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by world-champion dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin’ Road to Dublin), Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that sparkles with the unique charm and magic of this festive time of year. | 7:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386,

Cory Richards, Courtesy Photo.

Dec. 7

Cory Richards

Cory Richards is one of the world’s leading adventure and expedition photographers. As a passionate mountain climber, his camera has taken him from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the summit of Mount Everest to capture the soul of exploration and the complex relationship we have with nature. | 7:30 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535,

Dec. 8

Brad Nack 20th Annual 100% Reindeer Art Show

Come see the herd of more than 100 small elegantly framed oil paintings of reindeer by local artist Brad Nack. This series spans 20 years, but remains true to its founding principle: 100% reindeer paintings. | 6 p.m., Roy Restaurant, 7 W. Carrillo St., 805/966-5636,

Dec. 8

Chris Isaak

Editor’s Note: We were just informed that this event has been cancelled due to illness. “No re-schedule date is being made available. The box office will be contacting ticket buyers.”

Over the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released multiple albums, been nominated for Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. He is best known for hits like “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” The platinum-selling artist’s holiday show includes songs from his studio albums, as well as holiday favorites. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386,

Dec. 9

Under The Streetlamp

Great music is timeless with the dreamy voices of the four lead singers of pop quartet Under The Streetlamp. Join them as they bring fresh new life into the world of holiday music with a unique mix of harmonies and slick dance moves. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386,

Dec. 9–10

The Hallelujah Project

Back for the fifth year, The Hallelujah Project returns with the family-friendly mix of holiday classics and seasonal favorites designed to delight audiences of all ages and kick off the season in magical musical style. This year’s special guest is film and television actress Angela Cartwright, beloved by audiences for her roles in Make Room for Daddy, The Sound of Music and Lost in Space. Rumor has it that there could once again be a visit from the seasonal star of the hour, the Jolly Old Elf himself, so kids of all ages will want to keep a sharp eye out! | 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 3.p.m Dec. 10 | Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Dec. 9–10

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet brings an enchanting tale of Christmas to light with its 43rd anniversary performance of The Nutcracker. | 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9–10, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St., 805/963-4408,

Dec. 10

Harbor Parade of Lights

Head over to Cabrillo Boulevard for the 32nd annual Parade of Lights as boat owners “deck the hulls with bows of holly.” | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara,

Dec. 14


The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. | 5:30 p.m., Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., 805/963-4364,

Dec. 15–17

The Christmas Revels

This favorite Santa Barbara seasonal theatrical production features a large colorfully costumed company of acts, singers and dancers accompanied by an ensemble of traditional instruments. This year’s theme is “An Early California Celebration of the Winter Solstice.” | 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

Blind Boys of Alabama, Courtesy Photo.

Dec. 16

The Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show

In a roof-raising music event, six-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama perform hidden gospel gems along with holiday standards and original songs | 8 p.m., Campbell Hall, UCSB, 805/893-3535,

Dec. 16–17

The Nutcracker at The Granada Theatre

State Street Ballet brings together professional dancers, students of Gustafson Dance, Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra and Morro Bay High School Chorus to perform this holiday classic in Santa Barbara style. | 2 p.m. Dec. 16–17, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street St., 805/898-9386,

Dec. 18

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

Returning for the second year in a row, Brian Setzer brings his 19-piece orchestra to town to whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with his Christmas Rocks! tour. | 8 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386,

Dec. 18

Miranda Sings

Colleen Ballinger, AKA Miranda Sings, has become an international phenomenon whose YouTube channels have amassed more than 12 million devoted subscribers and over two billion views. | 8 p.m., Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., 805/963-0761,

NYE Pops Concert, Courtesy Granada Theatre.

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Pops

Bid a celebratory farewell to 2017 at New Year’s Eve Pops, with acrobatic performances from Cirque de la Symphonie as they light up the Granada Theatre and welcome the New Year in unforgettable style. | 8:30 p.m., The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., 805/898-9386,

All locations are in Santa Barbara unless otherwise noted. For complete event listings, visit


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