Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Roars into 2020

Annual tree lighting ceremony, holiday night market, speakeasy, sparkling spa treatments, decadent holiday dining and much more
October 15, 2019,
Santa Barbara, U.S.A.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, a AAA Five-Diamond award recipient and California’s premiere Four Seasons Resort, celebrates the holidays with activities for all ages, decadent holiday dining, sparkling spa treatments and local traditions. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just steps away from Butterfly Beach in the exclusive enclave of Montecito, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara offers the perfect Southern California winter beach escape. Guests of all ages can take part in exciting holiday experiences, with special touches designed to celebrate the holiday season.

Family Favourites

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Night Market

  • November 30, 2019, 3:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Complimentary for Resort guests

The annual tradition of lighting a beautifully decorated, 15-foot (4.5 metre) Christmas tree continues this year, on Saturday, November 30. Guests gather together as the tree is lit for the first time this season, while savouring hot chocolate and holiday cookies. For the first time, guests are welcome to delight in a holiday market with featured items from local vendors on Monte Vista Lawn before the ceremony. Enjoy mulled wine and roasted chestnuts while shopping for holiday gifts surrounded by snow and Christmas carollers.

Cookie Making Class with Mrs. Claus

  • December 21, 2019, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, and 1:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Complimentary for Resort guests

Back by popular demand, kids can join Mrs. Claus and Four Seasons pastry chefs for a holiday cookie decorating workshop. Enjoy a fun and creative afternoon of decorating freshly baked sugar cookies with a variety of festive toppings.

Story Time with Santa

  • December 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
  • Complimentary for Resort guests

On Christmas Eve, the whole family is invited to gather in front of the Christmas tree for milk and cookies while Santa himself entertains with storytelling.

Milk and Cookie Delivery

  • December 24, 2019, all day
  • USD 35 per order

This Christmas Eve, bring the magic of the night before Christmas to the guest room by ordering warm house-made cookies and a glass of refreshing milk for children to leave out for Santa Claus. Reindeer snacks and treats are also available.

Menorah Lighting

  • December 22–30, 2019
  • Complimentary for Resort guests 

To celebrate the eight nights of the holiday, a traditional lighting of the menorah commences on December 22 at sundown. The lighting will take place in the lobby, and will continue every night at sundown through December 30.

Teddy Bear Tea

  • December 15, 2019, 3:00 pm
  • USD 70 per adult, USD 55 per child (ages 5 to 12)

Don’t miss this longstanding tradition and annual event benefitting local children’s charities. Four Seasons Teddy Bear Tea is designed for adults and their children and will certainly become a cherished memory for years to come. While Mom or Dad is nibbling on tea sandwiches and pastries, the kids are delighting in playtime and holiday treats. Santa’s elves entertain with activities such as cookie making, sing-alongs and story time, while Santa himself makes an appearance. Keepsake photographs will be taken. Note that space is limited and early reservations are recommended.  This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the neonatal intensive care unit at Cottage Hospital and guests are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate.

Decadent Holiday Dining

Thanksgiving Buffet

  • November 28, 2019, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • USD 145 per adult, USD 75 per child (ages 5-12)

Gather friends and family at Bella Vista Restaurant, Santa Barbara’s most beautiful al fresco setting. Partake in an abundant holiday buffet, featuring traditional favourites as well as an extensive selection of seafood, salads, house-made pastas and carvings.

El Galeon Speakeasy

  • December 13, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • USD 85 per adult

This December 13, a rarely seen hidden space comes alive as a modern day version of a 1920s speakeasy. The nautical-themed room, El Galeon, that was originally used during the prohibition as a drinking and poker lounge will be outfitted for the evening with white glove service, champagne, poker and cocktails from the era that pair perfectly with Chef Michael Patria’s modern twist on 1920s hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to follow the 1920s dress code. Due to the nature of the event location, there are limited tickets available.

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet

  • December 24, 2019, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
  • USD 125 per adult, USD 65 per child (ages 5-12)

Spend the night before Christmas with loved ones in the casual elegance of Bella Vista Restaurant. The annual Christmas Eve buffet feast features a menu of traditional holiday favourites and signature dishes, along with fresh seafood, salads and decadent desserts.

Christmas Day Buffet

  • December 25, 2019, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • USD 145 per adult, USD 75 per child (ages 5-12)

Gather together on Christmas Day for a buffet-style meal featuring traditional holiday favourites along with an extensive selection of traditional dishes, gourmet creations, seafood, salads and carving stations.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

  • December 31, 2019, 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
  • USD 295 per adult

The roaring 20s come to Santa Barbara to ring in 2020. Join fellow revellers in best 1920s attire for a welcome reception and dinner buffet, followed by dancing accompanied by a five-piece band.

New Year’s Day Brunch

  • January 1, 2020, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • USD 125 per adult, USD 65 per child (ages 5-12)

The celebration continues at Bella Vista Restaurant, where Executive Chef Michael Patria will debut the first brunch of 2020. Join fellow guests on the oceanfront terrace for an afternoon filled with brunch favourites and classics with a modern twist.

Holiday Parties and Events

  • November 2019 through January 2020

Celebrate and thank the team with an end-of-the year holiday party in one of the Resort’s elaborately designed holiday décor event spaces. Delight in Executive Chef Michael Patria’s seasonally inspired menus and the Resort will even include a complimentary champagne toast. As an added bonus, for each event with more than 50 guests booked, receive complimentary one night stay for two.

Holiday Tea

  • December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2019, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
  • USD 58, USD 105 or USD 305 (depending on choice of champagne)

Partake in a special holiday rendition of renowned Four Seasons afternoon tea. Relax in the cosy fireside ambience of Bella Vista and savour an elegant tea service including finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries, tea cakes and homemade accoutrements along with a freshly brewed pot of one of dozens of fine teas. A glass of bubbly makes the experience even more festive. Note that 24-hour advance reservations are required.

Sparkling Spa Treatments

Holiday Glow

  • 50/80 minutes, USD 200/265

Enjoy a full body massage at the Spa with an enticing blend of essential oils that include ginger, orange and cinnamon. This treatment concludes with an application of Nourishing Glow and a glass of bubbly. A mini Nourishing Glow is a holiday gift from Four Seasons.

Glam Girl

  • 2.5 hours, USD 350

Pamper this holiday season with an Express HydraFacial followed by Margaret Dabbs Manicure and Pedicure.


For reservations or more information, visit the Resort's holiday page online, call 805 969 2261 or contact your travel professional (chain code FS).