Staff Report

Kicking off a “Small Town Christmas” in Santa Ynez will be the township’s annual community Christmas tree lighting and holiday party in the courtyard at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Traditional holiday music by Steve Ochoa and Christina Barnes will fill the courtyard as attendees enjoy fresh popcorn, Christmas cookies and hot apple cider. There will be cookie decorating and holiday crafts for kids of all ages.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to visit with Santa, who will hear special “wish lists” for Christmas.

In addition to Santa, food, music and fun, a special appearance by the Fossemalle Studio dancers will delight all with their beautifully choreographed holiday dances. 

The big finale at 6 p.m. will be the lighting of the large cedar tree that has been dubbed the town’s official Christmas tree since the first Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce tree lighting event in 2014.  

Sponsors of the Small Town Christmas are the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce, O’Connor Pest Control, The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and Visit SYV.  For more information visit