The Granada Theatre originally opened in Santa Barbara in 1924, and, standing at a full eight stories, it's the tallest building in town. This historic venue, the anchor of Santa Barbara’s Cultural District, recently underwent a monumental restoration and reopened in 2008, fully returned to its former splendor (and then some).
The Granada is the perfect place to take your family, meet friends or sweep your sweetie off his or her feet.
Catch a show at the historic Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara this Christmas — Photo courtesy of The Granada Theatre
Regularly home to ballets, plays, musical guests and more, The Granada has a special calendar planned for the holiday season.
Take a peek:
A Very Electric Christmas - Dec. 10
This show is performed in complete darkness! Watch in amazement as glowing nutcrackers, toy soldiers and holiday creatures light up the stage in this unique show by Lightwire Theater.
A Christmas Carol - Dec. 12
Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) presents A Christmas Carol based on Dickens' own performance script. ISC recreates the experience of a public reading given by Mr. Dickens himself using only two actors (with musical accompaniment) to dramatic effect!
Family Holiday Movie Weekend - Dec. 13 and 14
Tuck in for a long weekend of family-friendly holiday movies. The lineup includes White Christmas, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street and a Merry Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda double feature.
The Nutcracker Ballet - Dec. 20 and 21
Watch the State Street Ballet bring this Christmas classic to life with choreography by Rodney Gustafson, Gary McKenzie and Marina Fliagina. Brian Asher conducts the Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra.
New Year's Eve Pops Concert - Dec. 31
Always a sold-out event, this is one of the best New Year's Eve parties in town. Pops conductor Bob Bernhardt leads the Santa Barbara Symphony in an evening of music from Broadway, stage, movies and more.
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The Granada Theatre is located in a beautiful area of downtown Santa Barbara, close to many other area attractions, as well as shops and restaurants. The Marquis, right next door, is an easy place to grab a drink before or after a show.
If you're hungry, many of Santa Barbara's best dining options are located within easy walking distance. Try Olio e Limone for a sophisticated Italian feast.
For something less formal, head over to the Santa Barbara Public Market, with more than a dozen specialty food and drink vendors under one roof. You're sure to find something to suit your mood.