A beautifully decorated house on the 400 block of North Alisos Street in Santa Barbara.
A beautifully decorated house in the 400 block of North Alisos Street in Santa Barbara. Adriana Rey-Dovgin said her son, Mateo Dovgin, and his buddy, Diego Buenrostro, both seniors at Santa Barbara High School, worked hard on the display. (Adriana Rey-Dovgin photo)
  • A beautifully decorated house in the 400 block of North Alisos Street in Santa Barbara. Adriana Rey-Dovgin said her son, Mateo Dovgin, and his buddy, Diego Buenrostro, both seniors at Santa Barbara High School, worked hard on the display.
  • A giant Santa graces the Anthony’s Christmas Tree lot at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.
  • Holiday cheer in Isla Vista.
  • Holiday cheer in Isla Vista.
  • Colorful poinsettias.
  • Holiday lights at Estero Park in Isla Vista. The Isla Vista Recreation & Park District has parterned with the St. George Youth Center and the Isla Vista Community Relations Committee on its Lights, Love & Community Holiday Lighting Project.
  • A “White Christmas” at Paseo Nuevo in downtown Santa Barbara.
  • Succulents adorned with Christmas ornaments at a local home.
  • Elf shoes flung over a utility line on Veronica Place in Santa Barbara.
  • A festive Christmas tree.
  • A festiive holiday scene in the 4700 block of Camino Del Rey in the More Mesa area of Santa Barbara.
  • Dazzling holiday lights in the 300 block of Consuelo Drive in Santa Barbara.
  • A festive yard in Santa Barbara.
  • A very special menorah lights up the first night of Hanukkah on the Gaviota coast. The menorah belonged to the photographer’s grandparents, who were separated in Austria after escaping the Holocaust but eventually found each other again.
  • Kauai may be a little outside Noozhawk’s coverage area, but there’s still a family connection for Hanukkah’s Festival of Lights.
  • Holiday magic at the Lane Farms Christmas Patch in Santa Barbara.
  • The Stearns Wharf Christmas tree twinkles in the foreground as the moon rises over the Santa Ynez Mountains.

We asked and many Santa Barbara-area readers responded with photos of their Christmas and holiday displays.

It’s clear that despite the coronavirus pandemic and all that 2020 has thrown at us, local residents have not lost their holiday spirit, and in fact have dug deeper than ever this year.

But we’re not done.

This is just the first installment, and we hope many more of you will join us in helping make the community’s spirits bright.

If you’d like to be included, please email your photos to news@noozhawk.com, with the subject line, “Holiday Cheer.”

Be sure to include the address of the home or business (for publication on Noozhawk and our social media channels), along with your name and phone number (not for publication).

And feel free to tell us a little bit about your decorating efforts.

With digital images, it’s important to remember that size does matter. Images should be at least 250K in size; closer to 1 MB is better.

For our format, horizontal images are better than vertical, although vertical pictures will still be accepted.

Won’t you help us spread some holiday cheer in Santa Barbara County?

[Fine print: By sending your photos, you are granting Noozhawk nonexclusive rights to publish them.]

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

A giant Santa graces the Anthony’s Christmas Tree lot at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.
A giant Santa graces the Anthony’s Christmas Tree lot at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. (Mike Eliason photo)