Reindeer Arrive at the Santa Barbara Zoo for the Holiday Season on November 20, 2018

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Cookie and Peppermint, those slightly-less-famous reindeer, arrive at the Santa Barbara Zoo to celebrate the holidays on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10am.. Winter-themed and holiday-related activities happening throughout the holiday season.

The Zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara. Admission to the Zoo is currently $18 for adults, $10 ages 2 to 12 and $13 for seniors 65+.

www.sbzoo.org/event/reindeer-zoo-arrive

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Woodland Hills Ice Outdoor Winter Ice Rink

Sad announcement: The Woodland Hills Ice Rink will not be open for the 2016-2017 holiday season for reasons beyond their control. But they hope to bring it back in the future.

Here in the Conejo Valley, the Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks is always so popular from mid-November through mid-January. If you're looking for even more outdoor holiday skating action in the local vicinity, check out the Woodland Hills Ice Outdoor Winter Ice Rink, located at the Westfield Promenade, 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills (in the northwest corner of the parking lot at the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Erwin Street),

The rink is open November 11, 2015 to January 24, 2016, including holidays.

Woodland Hills Ice has been open during the winter months since 1989. Open 7 days a week including holidays, the outdoor ice rink hosts daily public skating, birthday parties, field trips, fundraisers and special events on 7,000 sq ft of ice.

Admission prices, which includes skate rental, are $15 for ages 9+, $13 for ages 8 and under and free to ages 3 and under. Hours vary.

Visit www.woodlandhillsice.com or call 818.854.4151 to learn more.

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Another Cool Animated Residential Holiday Light Display in Newbury Park

There is yet another great animated holiday light display in Newbury Park at 538 Brisbaine Avenue! Viewing time is every night until January 2nd from 5pm to 10pm (11pm on weekends). Show duration is 20 minutes, including 7 songs. Simulcast on 100.5 FM. Nice!

Other great holiday light displays at this link!

50,000 Light Residential Holiday Light Display in Newbury Park Back for a 4th Year

Brian Fuchs will be bringing back his fantastic 50,000+ light synchronized light display for a 4th year at his residence on Via Patricia in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park. The show will take place most nights from 5pm to 10pm, beginning I believe the first weekend of December.

Fuchs hand crafts the entire amazing display himself, welding together trees, wreaths and other decorations. It takes him over 400 hours to put this display together!

There are no "physically" moving parts to this display...but there are moving, flashing, blinking light displays that will mesmerize you.  The display is synchronized with fun holiday music played on FM 99.1 (listen in car or bring a small radio).

Display will be closed on rainy nights. Please be mindful of the neighbors. Below are some photos from the display last year.

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Here's what it looks like during daylight hours...quite complex looking!

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Evolution of the Former El Torito in Thousand Oaks Through the Holiday Season

The former Thousand Oaks El Torito on 449 N. Moorpark Road closed on January 24, 2012. Chick-fil-A is said to be considering the location for a sit down restaurant. In October it became "The Best Halloween Store Ever!" And now, beginning November 29th, the Christmas Store, specializing in Christmas decor. fresh wreaths, decorated trees, custom centerpieces, garlands and potted poinsettia, will open for the upcoming holiday season. Phone is 805.494.5300. For over 100 upcoming Conejo Valley and Ventura County area holiday season events, CLICK HERE!

Latest temporary occupant of the old El Torito in Thousand Oaks

Latest temporary occupant of the old El Torito in Thousand Oaks

This Halloween Store occupied the Former El Torito spot during October

This Halloween Store occupied the Former El Torito spot during October

And in memory to the prior occupant of this space. We miss your margaritas, El Torito!

And in memory to the prior occupant of this space. We miss your margaritas, El Torito!