A Guide to Holiday Shopping

Treat yourself to a weekend away while you chip away at your holiday shopping list. Santa Barbara’s unique blend of one-of-a-kind boutiques, large department stores, and specialty holiday pop ups and events, make it the ideal place for you to find something special for everyone on your list.

The Yes Store

Beloved by locals, we want to let you in on Santa Barbara’s best kept Christmas secret. The Yes Store first opened in 1968 and since then has become a Santa Barbara tradition. Filled with unique gifts from local artisans and small businesses, this is your go to spot to find something unique and support a local artist.

Santa Barbara’s Night Market

Santa Barbara’s first ever European style night market opened on November 23rd. Santa Barbara is proud to bring this unique tradition to State Street and brighten the already festive spirit of downtown’s Paseo Nuevo shopping mall. The night market will offer holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all of the most beloved products the central coast offers.

The Boutiques at Victoria Court + La Arcada

Exploring the quaint paseos off of State St. is one of the most charming ways you can spend time in Santa Barbara. Wander through these small streets and alleys and find beauty boutiques, upscale shops, gently used second hand stores and so much more.

La Cumbre Plaza

Located directly across from the Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, this open air shopping mall discover favorites like Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Tiffany and Co and more! Don’t miss out on live music each Saturday in the courtyard, and be sure to stop by Lure Fish House, voted favorite happy hour in SB by locals.

Solvang’s Spice Market + Los Olivos Olive Oil Co.  

Christmas in Santa Barbara isn’t complete without an afternoon in Solvang. The Holiday décor, festive spirit, and overwhelming supply of sweets, makes a visit to downtown Solvang a no brainer this time of year. Looking for gifts for your favorite foodie? Look no further than Solvang’s Spice Market + Los Olivos Olive Oil Co.

Waterline SB

What better way to warm the spirits of your loved ones than with the gift of craft beer or local wine. Head to the Waterline, a multi use space consisting of local tap rooms, wineries, gift stores and a restaurant. Check out Lama Dog  or Topa Topa for excellent local and European craft beers. While you are there, stop by the Guilded Table to browse various items from local artisans.

While you’re here check out these can’t miss holiday events:

  • Annual Holiday Parade – December 8th

  • Parade of Lights on the Waterfront – December 9th

  • State Street Ballet’s The Nutcracker– December 14th and 15th

Happy Shopping!