Best Thanksgiving Day Events & Activities In Orange County

November 20, 2016 5:00 AM

(credit: Dana Point Turkey Trot)

(credit: Dana Point Turkey Trot)


Everyone celebrates turkey day in their own way, especially Orange County residents. For most of us, it’s a day to gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks and enjoy a meal together. Sports enthusiasts are waiting for the football games to start while savvy shoppers plot their Black Friday strategies. For others, November 26 will be a day of athletic endeavors or volunteer efforts. The following list shows the various ways to celebrate and enjoy the holiday in Orange County.
(credit: Plymouth Rock N Run)

(credit: Plymouth Rock N Run)


Plymouth Rock ‘N’ Run
Yorba Regional Park
7600 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 423-3980
www.plymouthrocknrun.com
Date: November 24, 2016

Held on Thanksgiving Day, the Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run is held at the Yorba Regional Park and follows the perimeter of the park and the Santa Ana River Bike Trail. The 10k run starts at 7am, the 5k starts at 8am, and at 8:40am, the 5k and 10k winners will be announced. The event also has plenty of volunteer opportunities, including booth setup and runner registration. Kids can also get in on the fun at 9am in a 100ish-yard tot trot! The annual Thanksgiving Day turkey trot, which is hosted by Research for Cure, is an all-volunteer run/walk event where all proceeds directly support the Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC) at UC Irvine.

(credit: Irvine Spectrum)

(credit: Irvine Spectrum)


Black Friday Frenzy At Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-5180
www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com
Date: November 24, 2016

After enjoying a post-Thanksgiving dinner nap, round up the troops and head to the Irvine Spectrum Center. Stores throughout the center will open their doors for annual Black Friday sales starting Thanksgiving at midnight to 8am on Friday, November 25. This shopping destinations also offers free activities, including rides on the giant wheel and carousel, live DJ’s and more from midnight to 8am. The OC Chill ice skating rink also will be open. The rink opened on October 28, 2016 and will be open until January 16, 2017. Stores that will be participating at The Irvine Spectrum Black Friday Frenzy include Old Navy, Tilly’s, Target, Adidas, Oakley, Quicksilver, Hot Topic, Garage, PacSun and many others.

(credit: Mike C./Yelp)

(credit: Mike C./Yelp)


Dana Point Turkey Trot
Dana Point Harbor
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-1555
www.turkeytrot.com
Date: November 24, 2016

Open to both novice and experienced runners, the 39th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot kicks off on November 23rd, but the main Turkey Trot begins with the 10k start at 7am on Thanksgiving morning. Then, at 8:30am, the 5k Masters Start (for those 40 and over), and at 9:10am, there will be a costume contest! The event is a big event each year, and this one promises to hold thousands of runners! Bring your family and friends to wobble before you gobble, too. The flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble.

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(credit: CBS)


We Give Thanks
Honda Center
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 704-2400
www.wegivethanksinc.org
Date: November 24, 2016

This year marks the 30th year that We Give Thanks, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has provided Thanksgiving dinners to families in need. The event also serves as a gathering spot for those who don’t want to spend the holiday alone. Dinner will be served on November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also promises to be some great entertainment to go along with the meal. If you or your group has time to lend a hand, please check out the We Give Thanks website for volunteer information and guidelines.

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(credit: pretendcity.org)


Celebrate Thanksgiving!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 428-3900
www.pretendcity.org

Pretend City’s “Celebrate Thanksgiving!” program helps educate the younger members of the family about this holiday. Through storytelling, music and art programs, children will learn about being thankful and how to convey that to other family members. Pretend City’s event takes place on November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving, from 11am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.pretendcity.org.

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