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Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman will be honored with the thirteenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award will be presented at a black-tie Gala dinner at The Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara on Monday, November 19, 2018. The multi-faceted Jackman may best be known for Oscar nominated films THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and LES MISERABLES, THE X-MEN FRANCHISE, and PRISONERS. Jackman will next be seen in Jason Reitman's THE FRONT RUNNER, in theaters November 6, 2018. "I am delighted that Hugh Jackman will receive the 13th annual Kirk Douglas Award. He's an exceptional talent of stage and screen, and one of the nicest people in the business. It's my honor to have my name linked with his on this year's award," states Douglas. Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Dame Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

- 5:30pm - 9:30pm November 19th - Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin' good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.

- Santa Barbara Zoo, November 22nd, 10:00am - 3:30pm

More than 65,000 spectators will line State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara's only nighttime parade, the 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, Presented by Consumer Fire Products Inc! Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our amazing, soon to be announced, Grand Marshal! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, will lead the parade and light up the community Christmas tree on their way down the parade route. This year, we are celebrating the fact that Santa Barbara Shines! We were inspired by anything uniquely Santa Barbara or Goleta, bright lights, shimmering colors, glitter, gold, and silver hues!

- State Street = December 7th, 6:30pm

Experience this holiday classic at the Arlington Theatre as a full, live orchestra will preform Tchaikovsky's iconic score. Santa Barbara Festival Ballet takes you on a magical journey full of wonderment and surprise with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Audiences are enthralled with Herr Drosselmeyer's Clock Work Dolls dancing to life, a giant Christmas Tree growing beyond the stage, and one being transported to the Kingdom of Sweets where wonders galore captivate with Dancing Snowflakes, enchanted Waltzing Flowers, and audience favorite Mother Ginger.

- December 8th & 9th - Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara Night Market

Santa Barbara, also known as the Californian Riviera, will host the first ever European-style Christmas Night Market at 701 State Street (formerly Macy's) in Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants. Every Christmas, all over Europe, craftsmen, retailers, wineries and artisans exhibit their goods in a traditional night market often known for its lively and unique shopping experience. This year, Santa Barbara Night Market LLC, is proud to bring this tradition to State Street with holiday themed decor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer!

- November 23rd - January 6th, 2019, 4:00 -10:00pm
SANTA BARBARA International Film Festival Announces 2019 Dates

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has become one of the most important stops on the annual road to the Oscars, has announced that its 34th edition is set to run Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2019. "It's extraordinary and a cause for celebration that SBIFF is heading into its 34th edition," Roger Durling, the fest's executive director, said in a statement. "We love that after this past difficult year, Santa Barbara is anxiously ready to welcome once again more world-class filmmakers." While SBIFF always attracts high-quality films, including many U.S. and world premieres, it is best known for its full-evening tributes to artists (who tend to be top contenders for Academy Awards) during the Oscar voting period (many Academy members live in and around Santa Barbara). Honorees at this year's fest included eventual Oscar winners Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Guillermo del Toro and Jordan Peele, as well as eventual nominees Margot Robbie, Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan. Honorees in prior years included Daniel Day-Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Lawrence. The 2019 event will be held at sites throughout Santa Barbara, including the historic Arlington Theatre and the newly restored Riviera Theatre.

- January 30th - February 9th, 2019