Prince & Fairy Art Contest and Christmas Tree Lighting & Block Party

Christmas tree on State Street (file photo)

For two talented kids, the holiday season comes with a great deal of responsibility – lighting the huge community Christmas Tree in Downtown Santa Barbara.

The Christmas Tree lighting process is one of many Downtown Santa Barbara holiday traditions – that starts with young artists (grades K-6) who are invited to submit a drawing depicting the year’s theme (Downtown for the Holidays) using any sheet of paper no larger than 11” x 17”.  To download a copy of the application, click here.

After the arduous judging process, the calls are made to the two winning artists with the proclamation: You have been chosen to light the Christmas tree!

To enter the contest, artists grades K-6 can download the application, and then drop off an entry at the Downtown Santa Barbara Office, 27-B East de la Guerra Street.

The Prince & Fairy application deadline is Friday, November 17 by 5:00 pm; and winners will be announced on November 22.  Please enter the drawing contest ONLY if your child can participate in the Christmas Tree Lighting & Block Party on Friday, December 1, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

To learn more about the Downtown Santa Barbara schedule of Holiday events or to participate in the Prince & Fairy Art Contest, contact Claire Rudderow, Tree Lighting Coordinator (

Consumer Fire Products, Inc. (CFPI) returns as the Presenting Sponsor and will once again donate the beloved Community Christmas Tree to be installed in the middle of State Street. “We at CFPI are thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s downtown holiday festivities. Every year, we look forward to lighting up Santa Barbara’s holiday season with the State Street Christmas Tree. It’s an exciting time of year, and we’re grateful for the chance to support the community in such a joyous event,” said Irene Rhodes, owner and CEO of CFPI.

About Downtown Santa Barbara

Downtown Santa Barbara serves as the champion and advocate for the merchants and property owners of the downtown district in Santa Barbara, California, with more than 1400 members. DSB represents a vibrant, authentic downtown core that celebrates itself as an urban community and an internationally known destination. It also manages the Downtown Santa Barbara Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), providing enhanced services to make Downtown Santa Barbara a more vibrant place for visitors, investors, and residents. Major programs, activities and events sponsored by Downtown Santa Barbara include the Downtown Holiday Parade, the Downtown LIVE Art & Wine Tour, the decorative State Street Flag Program, and 1st Thursday. Like us on Facebook (Downtown Santa Barbara) and follow us on Instagram (@DowntownSantaBarbara) for the latest info on events, promotions and downtown information.


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