Hospice of Santa Barbara Celebrates 35 Years of Light Up a Life This December

Posted on Nov 29 by SEASONS Magazine

Hospice of Santa Barbara's Light Up a Life Star (courtesy photo)

Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Light Up a Life Star (courtesy photo)

Editor’s Note: We just received this message from Hospice of Santa Barbara regarding the Montecito ceremony. 

Due to potential heavy rainfall in Montecito on December 5th, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) is rescheduling the 1st annual Montecito Light Up a Life ceremony for Wednesday, December 12th. The Montecito Light Up a Life will also start an hour earlier than other locations; Attendees are invited to arrive at 4:00pm to purchase and personalize their memorial stars, as well as enjoy choir music, before the ceremony begins at 4:30pm. The ceremony will still be held at the Montecito Upper Village Green at the corner of San Ysidro and E. Valley Rd.

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) invites the community to celebrate and honor the lives of loved ones at its 35th annual Light Up a Life ceremonies this December.

The first Light Up a Life tree lighting ceremony took place in Santa Barbara in December of 1983, kicking off what would become a cherished local holiday tradition. Since then, the annual event has expanded to include ceremonies in Goleta and Carpinteria. For 2018, HSB is pleased to announce a fourth location. In light of events from the past year, HSB is adding a Montecito ceremony on Wednesday, December 5, <changed to Wednesday, December 12> and will give the community a special opportunity to come together as one. This should be a moving tribute in light of the events that took place in Montecito one year ago.

Light Up a Life ceremonies are free to attend and feature special guests and speakers, music, and a memorial tree lighting, including hundreds of sparkling tribute stars hung to commemorate those who are no longer with us.

Other Light Up a Life locations include Santa Barbara (Saturday, December 1), Goleta (Sunday, December 2), and Carpinteria (Saturday, December 8).  

The details of the various events are as follows:

WHEN: Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Casa de la Guerra, 15 E. De La Guerra St.


WHEN: Sunday, December 2 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Camino Real Marketplace, Storke & Marketplace Drive (courtyard in front of Camino Real Cinemas)


WHEN: Wednesday, December 5  12 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Montecito Upper Village Green, Corner of San Ysidro and E. Valley Rd.


WHEN: Saturday, December 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue

The community is invited to arrive at 5 p.m. at each event to purchase stars and hang them on the memorial tree. Stars are available online and will also be available at each ceremony for a suggested donation of $15 or more for those wishing to personalize a star to hang on the tree. Hospice of Santa Barbara will record the names being honored and remembered into the Book of Life, which will be available in perpetuity online. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara programs.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness.  Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on twelve local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving a loss. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call 805/563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org. 


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