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Thanksgiving Events in Orange County

November 21, 2011 3:00 PM

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This week marks the beginning of a time focused on quality time, gratitude, and togetherness. Whether you’re planning on celebrating at home or going out, be sure to check out some of Orange County’s happenings this Thanksgiving week.

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Thursday, November 24

Mrs. Knott’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA, 90620
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If you’re looking to spend Thanksgiving evening out, be sure to check out the Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The holiday tradition includes an expanded menu complete with unlimited champagne. The restaurant, which was actually established before the theme park, is the world’s largest chicken dinner restaurant. And while the venue has capacity for 900, you can be certain the evening’s buffet will sell out so book early.

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Prices: Adults $29.95, Seniors $22.95, Children 3-11 $16.95

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Thursday, November 24

House of Giving Thanksgiving

House of Blues
1530 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 778-BLUE (2583)
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Thanksgiving is a time to give back. Before you sit down to celebrate and give thanks this season, why not volunteer to help serve Orange County students and their families who are without homes? House of Blues and Second Harvest have partnered to serve 650 students and their families from 10 am to 1 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Selected by the Anaheim City School District Staff, families will enjoy a meal as well musical entertainment courtesy of House of Blues.

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Thursday, November 24

2011 Dana Point Turkey Trot

Dana Point Harbor
Intersection of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-1555
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Work off that Thanksgiving meal while supporting an important cause. On Thanksgiving Day, over 10,000 participants will participate in one of the most scenic coastal runs in the US, which includes the beaches, cliffs, and coves of Dana Point. Funds raised from the event will benefit The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. You can register on race day starting at 6:00 PM. Other area Turkey Trot information is here.

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Friday, November 25

Wobble Walk

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Nix Nature Center/Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area
18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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After you’ve enjoyed a day of gourmet food, conversation, and remembering all you’re thankful for, spend a few hours enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. This 2 mile hike through the woodlands of the park offers panoramic views. Be sure to register on Eventbrite if you’re interested in participating.

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Similarly, The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy will also host a 3 to four mile hike on Friday, November 25th from 9 am to 11:30 am. It should be noted that this is a moderate to strenuous hike.

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Thursday, November 24 – Sunday, November 27

Gobble Wobble Days at Zoomars

31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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For the past 30 years, this quaint, kid-friendly zoo, situated in historic San Juan Capistrano has been charming families with it’s lovable animals, pony rides, and mini train rides. Through Thanksgiving weekend, families can enjoy Gobble Wobble Days which include crafts, games, a hay maze, a Harvest Table and of course, turkeys!

Caryn Bailey blogs at Rockin’ Mama.

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