Posted Nov 16, 2020 | By Alejandra Cerball

9 Family Fun Things to do in Oxnard During Thanksgiving Break

Here's how to keep the kids entertained during Thanksgiving Break.

Schools out, the kids are home, and it's time to give thanks. Keep the kids entertained this Thanksgiving break with plenty of fun-filled family activities in Oxnard. Whether you prefer to spend time outdoors to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season or want to dive right in and start decorating, here's a list of activities the whole family will enjoy.

1. Plan an adventure at Channel Islands National Park.

Escape the annual Black Friday shopping routine and take the kids on a journey to Channel Islands National Park. The off-season is a great time to visit. Activities include hiking, kayaking, or a guided wildlife tour. Bring your own snacks, and don't forget to pack out what you packed in.

How to Plan Your Trip: Reach any of the five islands by hopping aboard a boat with Island Packers from the Channel Islands Harbor.

2. Get in the Holiday Spirit.

If you love the holidays, start decorating during the Thanksgiving break. The kids can write their letters to Santa while you decide your shopping game plan. Check out our Oxnard Shopping Guide for the best places to shop this holiday season.

Don't miss these top holiday events in Oxnard:

  • Shop holiday goods at Channel Islands Harbor Holiday Farmers Markets: December 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
  • See the city's most cheerful neighborhood at Christmas Tree Lane along F & G Streets in Henry T. Oxnard Historic District.
  • Enjoy beautifully decorated Victorian-era architecture up-close on a Heritage Square Holiday Tour.
  • Grab a sampler pack of tamales made by Oxnard's incredible Mexican restaurants from Oxnard Tamale Festival To-Go.

3. Enjoy a Day at the Beach.

While California's temperatures cool down during this time of year, it's never too cold to enjoy a day at the beach. Rent a surrey for an afternoon cruise with the family, followed by a picnic with your kid's favorite treats.

Best Beaches in Oxnard to Visit:

  • Silver Strand Beach
  • Oxnard Beach Park / Mandalay State Beach
  • Hollywood Beach

4. Visit Channel Islands Harbor.

Bring the family to Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard to enjoy a fun-filled day on the water. The good news, it won't cost you a fortune to rent a kayak, stand up paddleboard, or an electric boat. Take a Venetian-style gondola cruise launching from Seabridge Marina with Gondola Paradiso. Or, set out on a natural history tour with Channel Islands Kayak Center.

Related: Kayaking in Oxnard: Best Places to Paddle

5. Take a trip to the Farmer's Market.

Stock up on fresh, local ingredients every Sunday at the Channel Islands Farmers Market. The market is open from 10 am to 2 pm, and features live music, entertainment, and dozens of local vendors. When you get home, teach the kids how to make your favorite meal or snack with the ingredients you just bought.

6. Visit the Oxnard Performing Arts Center.

Enjoy local cultural and community events with your family at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here to check out the latest events, including various dance classes, music, and exercise classes the entire family will enjoy.

7. Plan a self-guided art tour.

Explore local art, murals, sculptures, and installations by local artists in Oxnard. Bring your camera and snap a selfie in front of the murals and artwork. Don't miss the new 3-story tall "Growth" mural at Oxnard City Hall by Mauricio Ramirez, featuring Oxnard-born rapper Anderson .Paak.

8. take a cookie making class.

Local business Profesh Cookies creates DIY cookie kits which include baked cookies, icing and sprinkles all packaged together that are great for kids, families and friends. In-person classes are typically held at Strey Cellars and will resume when gatherings are permissible. Virtual classes are available to be booked for Thanksgiving 2020 with cookie design expert Christy Jones.

9. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast.

Dine out, or order a Thanksgiving feast to-go from these incredible restaurants in 2020:

  • Chef Michelle has curated a holiday menu that will exceed your expectations at La Dolce Vita 1901. Pre-order your meal by Monday, November 23 at noon, and enjoy Thanksgiving in the comfort of your home. For parties of 5+ (same household), LDV offers a perfectly prepared feast in a beautiful setting on their covered patio or under a tent in the Heritage Plaza. Reserve dining by 10am on Tuesday, November 24.
  • Coastal Grill at Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort is seating guests on Thanksgiving Day at 2pm, 4pm, and 8pm. $55 for adults & $19.99 for children 12 and under. ⁠⁠Family style meals will also be available for pickup if ordered by 5PM on Tuesday, November 24.
  • New to Oxnard, The Raven Tavern is accepting orders for meals to-go through November 19. Meals are $165 and feed 6 to 8 people.
  • Honey Cup Coffeehouse & Creamery is baking holiday pies to-go in the following flavors: Apple, Cherry Oat & Pumpkin. Yum!

Conclusion: Family Activities During the Thanksgiving Break

Whether you decide to spend the holiday break enjoying outdoor or indoor activities, use these ideas to keep the kids entertained while they're out of school. Download our Oxnard Visitors Guide for top tips on the best things to do, places to eat, and fun local events.

About the Author:

Alejandra Cerball (Journalist)

Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor of, a Travel + Lifestyle online destination filled with compelling and honest travel tips + resources. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, travel + adventure itineraries, and style guides to help you pack for your next trip.

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