Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

Turkey, stuffing and pie galore! Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara never fails to impress. There is always a reason to give thanks for our sunny slice of paradise, from specially curated feasts to family-friendly athletic events. To ensure your bellies and spirits are full, we’ve compiled a list of the best Thanksgiving meals and events you won’t want to miss. Grab your loved ones and explore these scrumptious options.

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Thanksgiving Camp, Nov. 21-23, 2022 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thanksgiving Camp is back at the MOXI—and you’re invited. Join in on the MOXI Academy of Wonder and Wizardry and build wands (to cast spells, of course), experiment with potions, become a transfiguration master and explore magic through science.

Thanksgiving 4-Miler, Nov. 24, 2022 at 9 a.m.
Before the big feast of the day, enjoy a nice four-mile run through Santa Barbara. The Thanksgiving 4-Miler features a flat and fast course, starting along Hollister Avenue to Turnpike Road, leading to a stretch along the bike path and then winding through neighborhood streets to the finish at Thunderbird Park (on Walnut Avenue). Once you’ve finished the run, relax and pick up a pumpkin pie to enjoy post-meal.
Cost: $25-$40/person

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.
Get out on the water this Thanksgiving for a morning paddle before the big meal. Cruise the coast with family and friends, and breathe in the fresh ocean air as you explore. Santa Barbara offers much to be grateful for!
Cost: $20/person plus the cost of equipment rentals.

Thanksgiving at the Santa Barbara Zoo, Nov. 24, 2022 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is open on Thanksgiving Day, so get the family out of the house to visit your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo!
Cost: General admission.

Thanksgiving Menus

Thanksgiving Dinner at Coast & Olive, Nov. 24, 2022
Skip the mountain of dishes this year, and celebrate the season of giving at Coast & Olive. Indulge in all of the Thanksgiving classics paired with incredible wine and cocktails, and cheers to memorable times with family and friends!
Cost: Varies per menu item. Reservations recommended. 

Thanksgiving at Belmond El Encanto, Nov. 24, 2022
Offering a timeless sense of tranquility from its vantage point high in the foothills, Belmond El Encanto is one of Southern California’s most iconic hotels. This Thanksgiving, in The Dining Room & Terrace, savor a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family by your side.
Cost: TBD. Reservations required.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Convivo, Nov. 24, 2022
Toast to a Thanksgiving meal set alongside the Santa Barbara coastline and let Convivo take care of the cooking. The only decisions you’ll need to make are selecting between a 3 or 4-course menu. Get ready to sit back and give thanks for one incredible meal.
Cost: TBD. Reservations required.

Give Thanks at Stonehouse Restaurant, Nov. 24, 2022
This Thanksgiving, Stonehouse Restaurant Executive Chef Matt Johnson and his team will be serving up a four-course fine dining experience, accented by fresh-picked herbs and produce from the chef’s organic garden.
Cost: TBD. Reservations required.

Feast in the Forest at Cold Spring Tavern, Nov. 24, 2022 from 12-7 p.m.
Gather your loved ones for a rustic Thanksgiving feast in the forest at one of Santa Barbara County’s most iconic hidden gems, Cold Spring Tavern. Gobble up a prix-fixe menu with all the fixings. Menu items include roasted pistachio corn chowder, slow roasted turkey or prime rib, poached wild Alaskan salmon and desserts such as granny smith apple cobbler. Live music from Jeffery Pine can be enjoyed from 2-7 p.m.
Cost: $85 per adult, $35 per child 10 and under. Reservations required.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Harbor Restaurant, Nov. 24, 2022 from 12-9 p.m.
This buffet will have all of your Thanksgiving favorites, including appetizers, soups, salads, a carving station and desserts. Along with the beloved Thanksgiving classics, the Harbor Restaurant will be serving up some fresh local seafood to make this a truly one-of-a-kind, seaside holiday experience in Santa Barbara. For those ages 21 and older, ticket prices include bottomless champagne and/or mimosas.
Cost: $95 for adults, $45 for children.


Rascals Vegan Food Thanksgiving Pre-Order
If you are craving incredible Thanksgiving food that is 100% vegan, look no further than Rascals Vegan Food. The restaurant is accepting pre-orders for popular dishes that will brighten any Thanksgiving spread. Enjoy menu items such as gravy, mac and cheese, stuffing and Brussels sprouts, and don’t forget the pumpkin pie!
Cost: Varies per menu item. 

Poe & Co. Thanksgiving
A decadent, made-to-order Thanksgiving feast is easier than you think! From drinks and appetizers to mains and dessert, the team at Poe & Co. has created a menu will all the fixings and more.
Cost: Varies per menu item.