Santa Barbara’s enchanting escape celebrates the holidays with a “Craftsman Cottage”, live entertainment, food & beverage delights, and more

ONCE UPON A TIME AT EL ENCANTO Santa Barbara’s enchanting hillside escape celebrates the holidays with a “Craftsman Cottage”, live entertainment, food & beverage delights, must-see decor, and more. 
Perched above the Pacific Ocean in the tranquil foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains—El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara—will commence the 2022 Festive Season by creating a fairytale oasis, coined “Once Upon a Time at El Encanto. From Craft Workshops in its very own “Craftsman Cottage”, and specially curated menus. Starting Thursday, December 1, with the annual tree lighting ceremony to the New Year, guests and locals alike are welcome to come and enjoy a plethora of new amenities and events sure to ignite the holiday spirit.

Seasonal Happenings Cottage Workshops | Monday – Thursday, December 17 – 22 Between Monday – Thursday from December 17 – December 22, El Encanto will host workshops out of its California craftsman-style bungalow, Suite 101. With views overlooking the Pacific, groups of all ages can brush up on holiday crafts. Workshops will entail calligraphy lessons, block print letter pressing, wax seals and wreath-making, for an unforgettable personal touch in gift-giving and timeless fun. 

Annual Tree Lighting |  Thursday, December 1 (5:00 – 7:30 pm)

Living Succulents Wreath Making Workshop | Sunday, December 18  to Monday, December 19  (10am – 12pm)The holiday season would not be right without a wreath-making workshop! With instruction by Dawn O’Donnell, guests will be able to make their own wreath and learn about the fascinating history of native succulents in California which can be seen all around the hotel! 

 Elegant Printmaking | Monday, December 19  (3 – 5pm & 6 – 8pm)In partnership with a woman-owned and local paper shop, Ink. Paper.Crafts, guests will immerse themselves in classic block printing, embossing and richly wax seals. This elegant and blissful workshop is sure to elevate your stationery, gifts, and packaging. 

Holiday Trim Calligraphy Workshop | Saturday, December 17 (10am – 12:30pm) This beginner-friendly calligraphy workshop, hosted by Master Calligrapher, Anne Robin will guide guests on using brush and pointed pens. Guests will enjoy this classic skill and contemporary scripts with swells and hairlines, turning their newfound skill into personalized gift tags and greeting cards.

“Olfactory Senses & Hand-Poured Candle Making” Candle Pouring | Wednesday, December 21 to Thursday, December 22 (3 – 5pm & 6 – 8pm) In partnership with KindCraft and LA-based Lait Candles;  a small batch and eco-conscious brand, founder Jennifer Rhee will guide guests on an olfactory journey on scent literacy (fragrance families, top, middle, and base notes) and show the art of candle-pouring, inspired by the memories of nature. Guests are welcome to create a custom scent from a curated fragrance library of essential oils to inspire an exclusive candle. 

Cozy Accommodations 
Celebrate Hanukkah at El Encanto – Seasonal Menu Items Celebrate Christmas at El Encanto – Seasonal Menu Items El Encanto Festive Season Schedule: Thursday, December 1 (5 – 7:30pm)
Tree Lighting Ceremony at El Encanto
Monday, December 1 – Thursday, December 15 (2 – 5pm)Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at El Encanto Proceeds to go to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation 

Sundays from December 4 – 18 (11:30 – 2pm) Bellini Season Sunday Brunch at El Encanto Monday – Thursday, December 13 -23  

Cottage Craft Workshops  Sunday, December 18 Hanukkah Lighting Ceremony at El Encanto
Monday, December 19 – 20 (3 – 5:00pm & 6 – 8:00pm)

Elegant Print Making Saturday,  December 24 
Christmas Eve Dinner at El Encanto Sunday, December 25

Christmas Dinner at El Encanto Wednesday, December 28 (11 – 1pm)

Merry Movie Screening at Riviera Theater, featuring Disney’s Encanto

Saturday, December 31 NYE Gala Dinner, First Seating (5:30-7:30pm) NYE Gala Dinner, Second Seating (8:30pm-12:30am) Sunday, January 1 (11:30 – 2pm)

Möet & Chandon’s New Year’s Day Bellini Brunch Prices listed below are per person. All workshops require a reservation in advance. Spaces are limited and reservations for each event are sold a la carte and are available by calling 805-845-5800 or emailing

About El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel in Santa Barbara is an illuminating escape, catering to couples, families, gourmands, Hollywood’s elite, and esteemed public figures for over a century. El Encanto features 92 architectural bungalows and suites set in seven acres of luscious grounds with sweeping views over Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. The property features distinct styles of early Santa Barbara architecture—California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival—and original and nostalgic settings remain throughout, such as the trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. The iconic hotel is connected through a repertoire of sights, sounds, scents, touch, and tastes with communal landscaped gardens complete with a kaleidoscope of butterflies, a tranquil zero-edge pool and state-of-the-art fitness offerings, a boutique spa featuring ocean-inspired treatments, and organic cuisine exquisitely paired with an extensive wine selection derived from vineyards near and far. 

About Belmond
Belmond has been a pioneer of exceptional luxury travel for over 46 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys. Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 50 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.  
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