Thanksgiving Day is definitely one of the favorite holidays of all. It is a time to be grateful for family, friends, and food on the table. In Santa Barbara and all across the country, people gather for a day of laughter, love, sharing and simply enjoying being with the people that matter most to you. And if you're on the lookout for something fun to do this Thanksgiving week or the best place to enjoy a feast, we've compiled a list of places to be and fun things to do with your family and friends for the week ahead.


Fall Zoo Camp

November 20 - 24, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Thanksgiving Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages three to 12 and includes games, behind-­the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts. Register for Zoo Camp online.


Thanksgiving Feast at The Bear and Star

November 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Bear and Star, 2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441

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With due respect to grandmothers everywhere, we’re pulling out all the stops to outdo her this Thanksgiving. The Bear and Star celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 23, 2017, with a menu created by Chef John Cox and his team. Chef Cox presents a bountiful Thanksgiving Dinner with buffet stations staged in the Star Room, Maggie’s Room and Chef’s Table Rooms – situated throughout the restaurant.


Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

November 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. The zoo will be closing early, at 3:30 PM.


Thanksgiving Feast to-go: Everything But the Turkey

November 23, 2017

Helena Avenue Bakery, 131 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Helena Avenue Bakery announces their annual “Everything But The Turkey” Thanksgiving package – a takeout menu of signature rolls, hearty side dishes, and desserts providing hosts with ample quality time with friends and family and less in the kitchen. The Bakery has assembled a menu of savory and sweet must-haves to accompany Thanksgiving dinner on November 23. As an added convenience to party planning, The Santa Barbara Wine Collective offers holiday wine pairings for purchase throughout the season, to make it easy to choose the best wine for an effortless celebration.


Thanksgiving Feast

November 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

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Join us at Bella Vista Restaurant to give thanks and enjoy an abundant holiday buffet, featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as a selection of seafood, salads, house-made pasta and carvings.


Thanksgiving at Belmond El Encanto

November 23, 2017

Belmond El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Belmond El Encanto Executive Chef Johan Denizot has created a sumptuous feast in celebration of this revered holiday – with a variety of enticing fare – cure to delight your senses. Enjoy a glass of Brut Cuvee, or another favorite from our extensive wine list, followed by a three-course Thanksgiving dinner while enjoying the panoramic views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.


Adult Coloring on Black Friday

November 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room. 813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Take a break from shopping and put some COLOR on your Black Friday! Stop into either of our downtown Santa Barbara tasting rooms for some coloring fun and wines by the glass for only $7 to get your creativity flowing! We’ll have the blank pages, markers, and colored pencils and the winner will win a magnum of M5! Other prizes will be given out during the day. Stop by anytime during our regular hours from 12 to 6 PM.