Winter Fun in Buellton

With a variety of family friendly ways to celebrate the holiday season, here are three unique activities to get you out of the house and feeling festive in December.

Plus, we’ve got lots of amazing local options for kickstarting your holiday shopping while supporting small and independently owned businesses!

The best way to support our local restaurants is to visit them in person and pick up food for take away, or buy gift certificates as gifts or for use during future visits. You can find a full list of our Buellton restaurants and their contact information here.

The best way to support our local wineries is to join their wine club and enjoy their wines throughout the year, and you can find a list of all of our local wineries and their contact information here. For one time only gifts, many of them have unique offerings for that wine lover on your shopping list. (Even if it’s yourself!)

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The first Sunday in December is Buellton’s Annual Winter Fest. This one-of-a-kind experience is fun for the whole family and a perfect way to kick off the winter holidays! Start the day at Breakfast with Santa in the Buellton Rec Center.

This year we will have 2 sittings and reservations are required. First seating is from 9-10am and the second seating is from 10:30-11:30am. You may make your reservations online by going here.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Children ages 6-12
  • Children 5 and under FREE

Your ticket includes: Breakfast with Santa, Photo op with Santa (You take with your own camera/phone), and a gift bag with Christmas crafts to make at home.

The afternoon brings the Holiday Village at Village Park (located behind Tractor Supply). Come enjoy 20 Tons of Snow, vendors, music, beer & wine, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. This runs from 4-7pm with the tree lighting at 7pm.

Cowboy Christmas

Select Days November 25-December 23, 2022


Ready to get Your Jingle On?

Santa has come to Santa Ynez Valley and transformed our horse stable into the North Pole! A Cowboy Christmas is the newest & most exciting family holiday experience on the Central Coast. Come see for yourself!

  • Thousands of lights
  • Junior Reindeer Games
  • The Daring Elf Adventures
  • The North Pole Cafe
  • Santa’s Speakeasy
  • The clinks of magical Christmas music heard ’round the stable
  • Special Guest Performances
  • Christmas-theme horse & pony encounters (for young and young at heart!)
  • A visit from Santa himself

… and so much more! (Click below… the list is as long as Santa’s nice list!)

Purchase tickets here for select dates & arrival time windows below. A few notes about the time windows:

  • Time windows simply indicate ARRIVAL times, and are not meant to limit your time spent at A Cowboy Christmas in any way.
  • Arrival time windows help us better regulate traffic and parking so your time is spent enjoying the festivities rather than waiting!
  • While we hope you can arrive within your window, we know things can be unpredictable – especially with kids! Don’t worry if you are late (or even a little early!). The only thing we will require is your correct ticket date.

Enchanted Garden Holiday Lights Festival

Select Days December 2-18, 2022

The inaugural Enchanted Garden Holiday Lights Festival hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden will take place over the course of 3 weekends in December! Guests can purchase tickets on select dates and times between 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (the last showing at 8 p.m.).

Dates includes:

Friday, December 2nd
December 9th – 11th
December 16th – 18th

This will be a one-of-a-kind lighted display, an immersive experience in the Garden at night to get everyone into the Holiday Spirit! The Santa Ynez Botanic Garden is located at the West end of River View Park. Tickets to the Holiday Lights Festival include entry into the Enchanted Garden during your purchased time slot in addition to enjoying all that the festival has to offer.

This all-ages event will not only allow guests to stroll the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden through a maze of lights, it will also feature pictures with Santa, Live Reindeer (on Sunday, December 11th and Sunday, December 18th), Falling Snow, Christmas Carolers (on select days), Merchant and Food Vendors, and Beer and Wine for adults.

Let this become your NEW Holiday Family Tradition here in the Santa Ynez Valley!

General Admission Tickets: $25 (13 and over)
Includes admission to the Enchanted Garden Holiday Lights Festival.

Kids Admission (12 and under): $10
Includes admission to the Enchanted Garden Holiday Lights Festival.

Get your tickets here.

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