Cover courtesy photo by Mike Laan / Cover design by Alex Zuniga

Nov 16-26, 2023

Vol. 24, No. 38

Thanksgiving is almost here, and the holidays—including Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—aren’t far behind, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to cook, what you’re going to buy, where you’re going to celebrate, and who you’re celebrating with. Lucky for you, we’ve got lots of suggestions in our annual Holiday Guide. You can start by checking out the local holiday events, happenings, festivities, and more [13]. We’ve also included stories about how and where the less fortunate can celebrate the season [14] and delicious alternatives to turkey and/or ham [16].
In addition, you can read about what the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission decided about future housing plans [4]; A Christmas Story onstage in SLO [32]; and the Nipomo restaurant shelling out fresh oysters [36].

Holiday Guide 2023

The season of celebration is here and so is our annual issue dedicated to all things holiday!

By Sun Staff

Holidays in shelters

Good Samaritan Shelter provides a variety of events this holiday season for individuals experiencing homelessness

By Taylor O'Connor

Off-centered cheer

Shake up your holiday table with showstopper dinners that aren’t just turkey or ham

By Bulbul Rajagopal



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