Local Thanksgiving Activities

Although Santa Barbara’s fantastic climate can often trick us into thinking summer is a year round affair, the holiday season has arrived, whether we’re ready or not!  Fortunately, Santa Barbara is packed with fantastic holiday activities for people of all ages this time of year. Here are a few highlight of some of the area’s best events and activities. With Turkey Day fast approaching, the guides at Santa Barbara Adventure compiled a short list of must-do activities for you and your loved ones over the next couple of weekends:

Masai Giraffe calf.

Masai Giraffe calf.

1)      Looking for a way to get the kids and in-laws out of the house on Thanksgiving Day? Send them to the Santa Barbara Zoo for their Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin SmashAt 10:00 AM on November 22nd, the SB zookeepers are going to give many of the animals, including the elephants and gorillas, pumpkins to play with, just to see what happens! This is sure to be a hit, and will undoubtedly add a new and fun twist to the already incredible experience that is visiting our beautiful local zoo.

2)      After the holiday is over, take a break and let someone else do the driving, thinking, and meal prep for a day by signing up for a Santa Ynez Valley wine country tour! You can rest assured knowing we were recently voted as Finalist for the best ‘Santa Barbara Wine Tour Company’ by readers of the Santa Barbara Independent, and have a variety of wine tours that fit any taste and personality. For those hoping to enjoy the crisp fall air, exploring the wine country by bicycle is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family, especially those trying to burn off that third serving of stuffing. However, if you are looking to treat yourself to a unique wine tour, check out the Tasty Cupcake and Wine Tour, where participants enjoy great wine, world-class wineries, and the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi.

Crocker Home | Image: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Crocker Home | Image: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

3)      Holiday shopping at its best – Santa Barbara will host its first-ever European-style Christmas night market! Santa Barbara Night Market is beginning November 23rd, with State Street full of holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer. 4-10pm.

4) If you are looking for a restaurant to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner while visiting Santa Barbara, there are quite a few options. A few of our favorites: The Wine Cask, The Stonehouse and Bella Vista at the Four Season Biltmore. There are several other options but restaurants do tend to book up quickly for the holiday, so make your reservation early.

5) For the adventurous at heart, you may opt for a holiday of excitement with turkey sandwiches and ocean mist in your face. For an amazing day at sea, the Channel Islands National Park is just a few miles off the coast of California. Ferry boats and kayaking tours are available throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The island offers hiking, bird watching, snorkeling and much more. Call our office to check available tours and island camping options.

Birnam Wood, Montecito California | Image: Birnam Wood Golf Club

Birnam Wood, Montecito California | Image: Birnam Wood Golf Club

6) Head over to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens for a lovely fall-time stroll. The garden’s 78 acres encompass a variety of displays as well as natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands. Their November events include a morning bird walk, gray water 101, yoga in the garden and more.

7) While you won’t be skiing down the slopes of Santa Barbara this holiday season, you can still get in the spirit of winter by attending a film at the Lobero Theater: Face of Winter, the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes alike in this exciting ski and snowboard movie. Tuesday, November 27th, 7:30pm.

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Photos courtesy of: Zoo Borns, Active Rentals, Cultural Landscape Foundation





Birnam Wood - Before + After

Birnam Wood - Before + After

William H. Crocker, member of the famous railroad and banking family, was involved in a number of business enterprises on the South Coast. One of these enterprises was a large lemon ranch in Montecito, the Crocker-Sperry Ranch, also known as Las Fuentes (The Springs). The packing house was the operational center of the ranch; it now serves as the clubhouse for the Birnam Wood Golf Club.

Sunken Garden Film Series

Coming up on its ninth season, the Free Summer Cinema series at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden has solidified itself as a wildly popular tradition. This years theme is entitled Animated Nights with showings of critically-acclaimed animated classics. 

Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden | Image: Cheshire Cat Inn

Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden | Image: Cheshire Cat Inn

Screenings are on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB's Campbell Hall and Friday evenings in the Sunken Garden at 8:30 p.m. The series is made possible by a collaboration between Arts & Lectures, the Office of Arts & Culture & Santa Barbara County Parks. 

People are encouraged to brings picnics and jackets as it gets chilly at night in Santa Barbara. Guests may set out blankets and chairs anytime after 12:00 p.m on movie nights. Low-back chairs are welcome, as are non-synthetic blankets (to help keep the lawn in good condition!). 



Fri., July 6                     The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows (16 animated shorts, 93 min)                               *May contain adult content.  **Introduced by Producer Ron Diamond

Fri., July 13                    The Triplets of Belleville (2003, 78 minutes)

Fri., July 20                   Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005, 85 minutes)

Fri., July 27                   Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, 87 minutes)     

Fri., August 10              The Iron Giant (1999, 86 minutes)  

Fri., August 17               Persepolis (2007, 96 minutes)  *Dubbed: English                                   

Fri., August 24              Loving Vincent (2017, 94 minutes)    


Sponsored by Compass | Image: Downtown Santa Barbara

Sponsored by Compass | Image: Downtown Santa Barbara

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Montecito Lifestyle Featured Listings


Montecito Lifestyle



Listing Spotlight :: Birnam Wood Lakefront

Spectacular Lake & Mountain Views on Birnam Wood Golf Course

511 Las Fuentes Drive :: Montecito California

3 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | 5,084 sqft

Offered at $5,495,000 

Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The 3-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the largest and most inspiring homes in the club.


  • Bed: 3
  • Baths: 4 full, 1 half
  • Interior: 5084 sq ft 
  • Land: 0.91 acres (approx.)
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1991


Bedroom Information
# of Bedrooms: 3
First Floor Master

Bathroom Information
# of Full Bathrooms: 4
# of Half Bathrooms: 1

Kitchen Information
Chef's Kitchen

Design Features
Fireplace(s): 2
Granite Countertops
Hardwood Flooring
Tile Flooring
Floor to Ceiling Windows

Additional Rooms
Guest Suite
Home Office

Laundry Features
Washer/Dryer in Unit

Heating & Cooling
Central A/C

Other Features
Security System



Type of Property
Single Family Home

Garage Bays: 2

Other Features
Deck / Patio
Level Grounds

Architectural Style
French Style
Single Level (No Stairs)

Golf Course View
Lake View
Mountain Views
Private Lake
Water View


Building Amenities
Security System
Tennis Courts