Light up the Night

On December 8, from 6 pm to 9 pm, San Marcos Madrigals, Renee Hamaty, Leslie Sipress and Sarah Fultz, and Rhythm Dance all perform during an evening at the Music Academy of the West to benefit Sarah House. Buddy Winston, John Palminteri and the real “Gidget” helm a live auction with a bevy of items that include original art by Santa Barbara artists, vacations and trees and wreaths designed by local creative minds. Tickets are $85.

For more info call 882-1192.

Holiday in the Village

This had once been a Montecito staple until the event was skipped for a few years. That was until last year when the Coast Village Business Association revived the get-together, replete with trolleys, carolers and stores that stay open later than usual to serve cookies and other baked goods.

“This event is a way to make things a little festive for one night and to give something special to the community,” says Business Association President Danny Copus. “You can hop on the trolley and sing and drink the hot chocolate on board.”

Westmont Christmas Lighting

Its sheer size may not equal the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but it comes close. Westmont College’s redwood tree on Kerrwood Lawn measures 70 feet in height and by 5 pm on December 6, it will light up brighter than a million-dollar smile. Join scarf- and mitten-clad Westmont students, alumni and neighbors (extra layers optional) for a gathering that media relations manager Scott Craig says “includes many warm fuzzy things like drinking cider, taking a picture with Santa Claus, singing carols. It is a short, festive, neighborly event.”

The Westmont Gospel Choir will perform and lead participants in traditional Christmas carols while Alister Chapman, an assistant professor of history, gives a short speech followed by the lighting of the tree.

For more information, call Pamela Arneson at 565-6245.



The Coast Village hub will have Christmas decorations put up by December 1, with garlands, reefs, mistletoes and trees. The menu won’t change much except for a sweet cinnamon and raisin tamale as a holiday dessert and a pomegranate margarita as a holiday-type cocktail.

The restaurant has set aside a special New Year’s Eve menu that includes a glass of champagne and ornaments on every table.

For more information call Carlos Lopez-Hollis at 452-3584.


Four Seasons Biltmore:

On Christmas Eve there will be a four-course plated dinner in the Bella Vista Restaurant for $105 per person and on Christmas day a four-course meal also for $105, as well as buffets in La Marina and El Mar for $95. On New Year’s Eve, there’s a gala event and a seven-course dinner. Seating will occur between 7:30 pm and 9 pm and the cost is $185 a person.

For more info call Maxine Fortunato at 565-8232.

Montecito Inn:

Other than a pumpkin tart added to the dessert list, the menu won’t change. There will be a 20% discount on hotel rooms from December 22 to December 25, and also on New Year’s Eve. The lobby of the hotel will be decorated nicely with a Christmas tree and other seasonal touches on the mantle and lobby desk.

For dining call 969-3392 and for the hotel call 969-7854.

San Ysidro Ranch:

The Stonehouse will be open to the public on December 4 for dinner. Right now there is a waiting list for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant is in the process of making the menu right now. Call 565-1700.


Montecito Union:

 Teacher Rebecca Brand has two kindergarten and first grade classes having a holiday cooking class, on December 4 and 11. The fee is $35 a session. “To help put your child in the holiday spirit, we are offering a special holiday cooking class,” Brand says. “Students will make delicious holiday goodies to take home and share with their families. Each child will make a batch of goodies that are traditional holiday favorites. These sweet treats are fun, yummy and kid-friendly!”

 Teacher Annette Flower will help students make gingerbread houses on December 7 and 14 from 3 pm to 4 pm. This class is open to grades two through six and costs $15 a session.

 A workshop designed to teach kindergarteners, first-graders and their parents how to make garlands, ornaments, gifts and cards will take place on December 5, 6 and 7. Laura Manriquez will teach the 2:30 pm to 4 pm class. The fee is $15 per session. The same workshop, also taught by Manriquez, will be available to the second through sixth grade group on December 12, 13 and 14 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. The fee is also $15 per session.

Cold Spring School:

 On December 3 at 5:20 pm, students will perform for Hospice of Santa Barbara’s “Light Up a Life” ceremony at the Lobero Theatre.

 On December 9 at 11 am, the Cold Spring chorus will perform on the second floor of Nordstrom’s in Paseo Nuevo.

 All grades participate in the Winter Sing on December 13 at 11 am and December 14 at 7 pm at the school auditorium.


 Grades Kindergarten through fifth will be performing a holiday show on December 14, singing Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa songs. A dress rehearsal in front of the whole school will be at 12:45 pm and a performance for parents will take place at 7 pm.

El Montecito:

 Preschool Christmas Program will be held on December 14 at 9:15 am.

Lower Laguna:

 The Interact Club and Amnesty International are collecting blankets for students in Afghanistan.

 On November 28, kindergarten through fourth grade students put on a concert just for parents in Spaulding Auditorium at 7 pm at the Hope Ranch Campus.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School:

 The Christmas Program will be on December 19 in the church at 7 pm.

Call Karen Regan 969-5965.