Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 11.23.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 11.23.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Newport Dunes Lighting of the BayEVENTS
Newport Dunes Lighting of The Bay
Nov. 25-27. Jump right into the holidays and enjoy the lighting of the bay. Entertainment includes live performances by OC Children’s Song Group and Corona del Mar High School Choir. Don’t miss Santa—he will arrive on Friday night for the lighting of the bay at 5:30 p.m. See website for full weekend schedule. Free. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 800.765.7661.



chill-queen-maryQueen Mary’s Chill
Nov. 23-Jan. 8.  Experience frozen magic as The Queen Mary is overtaken by a deep freeze for the fifth annual Chill. In addition to ice skating, ice tubing, sleigh rides and visits with Santa, jump in on a new interactive and immersive experience—Alice in Winterland. The re-imagination of the classic Lewis Carroll story features stunning, larger than life lanterns as you follow Alice and her adventure into the hall of doors, the White Rabbit’s kitchen, Mad Hatter’s work shop, the proverbial tea party and much more. See website for select dates and times. $39.99, Children ages 4-11 $29.99. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.



Winter FantasyWinter Fantasy
Weekends beginning Nov. 19. The Sawdust Festival grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland. See 175 artists display and sell their creations as holiday gifts. Enjoy food, live holiday entertainment, art classes, a petting zoo and of course—Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $7. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.




irvine-spectrum-ice-rink-skateOC Chill Ice Rink
Through Jan. 16. Welcome the holiday season with an evening of ice skating in Irvine Spectrum’s outdoor ice skating rink. Visit the Giant Wheel Court for the glimpse of winter in Orange County. See website for hours. $16-$20. Giant Wheel Court, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.748.8280.




santa-irvine-spectrumSanta Photos
Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
Visit jolly ol’ Saint Nick at his Crystal Cove Beach-inspired surf shack at Carousel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center. Decked out in his best red suit, he will be waiting there to hear your wishes and take photos with kids of all ages. Noon-6 p.m. Pictures available for purchase starting at $15. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.




irvine-spectrumHoliday Tree Light Show
Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
See Irvine Spectrum Center’s brand new 50-foot, LED Christmas tree with animated lights as it “performs” a choreographed light show set to holiday music every 30 minutes nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. Free. Irvine Spectrum, Edwards Court, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.




harland-williamsHarland Williams
Nov. 25-27. See hilarious comedian and actor Harland Williams perform stand-up comedy at Irvine Improv. Known for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand-up and sketch comedy routines, you’ll recognize him from Dumb and Dumber, Something About Mary, Half Baked, Sorority Boys and so many more. 21 and over. F 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., Sa 7 p.m., 9 p.m., Su 7 p.m. $22. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



honda centerWooden Legacy Championship Sunday
Nov. 27. Catch the eight-school, bracketed in-season tournament featuring perennial collegiate basketball powers. Four games, including the Wooden Legacy Championship, will be played at Honda Center—the field features CSUN, University of Dayton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Mexico, University of Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and Virginia Tech as participants. 11 a.m. Tickets start at $25. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.



Nov. 16-Jan. 8. This spectacle of free-running horses that marries equestrian arts with live music and dance, acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects, arrives under a 10-story-tall white big top in Irvine. The dream-like production, created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, involves 65 horses and 48 performers, including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. Other highlights include the 17,500 square-foot stage that features a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, as well as a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives and a real lake—the last of which magically appears for a splashing finale. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29.50. The White Big Top, 16576 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, 1.866.999.8111.



la-bella-moda fashion seriesLa Bella Moda Fashion Series
Nov. 27. The Resort at Pelican Hill has collaborated with luxury designers and personal shopping stylists at Fashion Island to bring you a three-part fashion series showcasing this season’s best trends. During the themed weekly events at Andrea, the resort’s Italian restaurant, delight in a three-course prix fixe prosecco brunch created by chef Jonah Amodt. Get an up-close look at each ensemble at your table, as expert stylists provide wardrobe guidance for the season ahead. The last event of the series, California Riviera, will feature must-have statement outerwear ranging from quilted puffers to regal pea coats. 11 a.m. $65. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800.


Moulin Cars and CafeMoulin’s Cars & Café
Nov. 27. See an overflowing lot of luxury vehicles, both antiques and exotics, while you sip and stroll at Moulin. This weekend celebrates the one-year anniversary of the monthly event. Mingle with automobile owners and enthusiasts and enjoy breakfast inside the restaurant or on the patio. 7-9 a.m. Free. Moulin, 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.




surfasHoliday Festive Bites at Surfas Culinary District
Nov. 27. Join chef Rolon and explore the world of fancy appetizers and small bites just in time for the holidays. Receive a complementary glass of bubbly and learn tips from a pro—like techniques on plating, how to be less intimidated by phyillo dough and various other ways of properly preparing for the holidays. 12:30-3:30 p.m. $70. Surfas at SOCO, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.453.2665.



HornblowerHornblower Thanksgiving Dining Cruises
Nov. 24.
Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch or supper aboard Hornblower Cruises. Take in the beautiful views while indulging at a Thanksgiving buffet. 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. Brunch $67.95 adults, $40.77 children ages 4-12; Dinner $90.95 adults, $54.57 children ages 4-12.  2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 310.301.9900.




CycleBar Laguna HillsTurkey Burn
Nov. 24. What better way to prep for Thanksgiving than a fitness bootcamp? CycleBar Laguna Hills, a premium indoor cycling studio that offers a high energy workout in a concert like atmosphere, in conjunction with Total Training Orange County, a high-intensity interval training gym, will host two, 75-minute “Turkey Burn” workouts. Get ready to experience a workout with killer music, a DJ booth, energy-enhancing graphics and rider-specific performance data, all while set in a state-of-the-art, IMAX-Style CycleTheatre. In the spirit of giving, monetary donations (a minimum of $25) and/or donation of non-perishable items in support of the OC Food Bank will be accepted. 7 a.m.-8:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. CycleBar Laguna Hills, 26534 Moulton Parkway, Suite A, Laguna Hills, 949.220.2517.



turkey-trotTurkey Trot
Nov. 24. Burn some calories before you feast with the annual Thanksgiving Day run, which takes you through the beautiful beaches, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Bring the kids to participate in a mini-trot of their own. 6-11 a.m. $35-$50; Kids’ Gobble Wobble 1-mile race, $15-$25. Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.1555.



plymouth-rock-n-runPlymouth Rock ‘N’ Run

Nov. 24. Earn your Thanksgiving calories by starting the day with a 5k- or 10k-course around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park and the Santa Ana River bike trail. There will be live music throughout the run as well as prizes, food, a finish line festival and a 1k kids fun run for ages 12 and under. Race start times: 10K (timed) 7 a.m.; 5K (timed & untimed) 8 a.m.; kids 1K fun run (untimed) 9 a.m.; tot trot 9 a.m.. $15-$50. Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, 714.779.7833.


See more Orange County Thanksgiving Day events here >>>


anaheim-ducksDuck the Halls
Nov. 26. Meet and take photos with the Anaheim Ducks mascot Wild Wing, a surprise Ducks player and the Power Players at an Anaheim Ducks watch party. Kick off the night at 6 p.m. with the lighting of three Anaheim Ducks-themed trees throughout the center. Then, at 7:30 pm, watch the Ducks take on the San Jose Sharks on the big screens. 6-10 p.m. Free. Edwards Courtyard, The Market Place, Tustin, 714.730.4124.



Outlets at San ClementeOutlets at San Clemente Moonlight Madness
Nov. 24-25. Kick off the holiday shopping season with far more than the traditional Black Friday door-buster offers and holiday savings. In addition to the deals, Outlets at San Clemente will offer entertainment and activities, including a silent disco on Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to midnight. Wear wireless headphones and dance to live music spun by a DJ, transforming the atmosphere into an interactive, high-energy late night musical party. On Black Friday, other entertainment includes local musicians, strolling carolers and free photos with Santa from 1-7 p.m. And of course, take in the beauty of the live, fresh-cut 40-foot tall White Fir tree from Mt. Shasta decorated with 6,000 twinkling, multi-colored lights.. Free. Outlets at San Clemente, Center Court, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.



socoSmall Business Saturday at SOCO and The OC Mix
Nov. 26. Forget Black Friday—shop ’til you drop on Small Business Saturday at SOCO and The OC Mix. In honor of supporting small businesses in our community, arrive early and receive a complimentary gift bag (only 250 available). RSVP in advance to receive discounts from select SOCO shops and restaurants all day long. During the day, you are invited to spend $50, and receive a raffle ticket to win up to $500 in SOCO and The OC Mix gift cards. Enjoy live music in the courtyard and free gift wrapping with any purchase. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.


Irvine Spectrum HolidayBlack Friday Frenzy
Nov. 25.
Irvine Spectrum Center kicks off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday Frenzy at midnight after Thanksgiving. Enjoy a festive night (and morning) of shopping with free amenities like valet parking, ice skating, rides on the Carousel and Giant Wheel—all complimentary until 8 a.m. Free. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.




Factory RecordsBlack Friday Record Store Day at Factory Records
Nov. 25. Don’t miss your chance to grab official “Record Store Day” titles as well as boxes and boxes of fresh used vinyl. Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating the culture of the independently owned record store, offers discounted prices on hot items. In honor of Black Friday, find particularly special titles. 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Factory Records, between Wild Goose Tavern and The Classic Clipper, 440 East 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.8101.



sealegsFOOD + DRINK
Black Wine Wednesday at Sealegs
Nov. 23, 26. Who needs Black Friday when you can do black Wednesday? SeaLegs Wine Bar will ring in the extended Thanksgiving weekend with half off select wine bottles and great food specials. Relax before the madness of prepping a holiday feast. Come back on Saturday and receive a free gift card matching the value of every gift card you purchase. 4-9 p.m. 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.



the-recess-roomComplimentary Thanksgiving Lunch at The Recess Room
Nov. 24. In the spirit of giving, The Recess Room welcomes everyone to enjoy a complimentary Thanksgiving lunch. The owners of The Recess Room are thankful for being able to see a life-long dream come true with the opening of their restaurant this past September, and want to show their thanks to the community with this Thanksgiving meal. Indulge on items like turketta, chicken sliders with IPA gravy and lots of sides prepared Recess Room-style. While supplies last. Dine in only. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 18380 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 714.377.0398.



Mastros Mastro’s Steakhouse
Nov. 24.
For the second time ever, Mastro’s Steakhouse is open on Thanksgiving. Skip the dried out turkey and indulge on the highest quality steak and seafood around. There’s plenty to choose from including a glorious seafood tower and incredible sides (lobster mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and creamed corn) to the famous and impossibly moist butter cake. Mastro’s Costa Mesa, 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405; Mastro’s Ocean Club, 8112 East Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.376.6990.



Mix Mix Kitchen BarMix Mix Kitchen Bar
Nov. 25. Celebrate the grand opening day of Downtown Santa Ana’s newest restaurant, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, with a complimentary cocktail and carvings from a whole slow-cooked suckling pig. Award-winning chef, formerly of Leatherby’s Café Rouge, chef Ross Pangilinan will offer a menu of global dishes with influence from traditional French and Italian to modern Filipino cuisines. Indulge on items like Filipino ceviche (yellowfin tuna, coconut lime, avocado, pork cracklings, Thai chile), seared foie gras buenelo (charred pineapple, al pastor spice), soft egg raviolo (herb ricotta, black pepper pasta, guanicale, parmesan, brown butter), crispy duck leg (mushroom risotto, blackberries, Szechuan pepper, cider jus) and more. 300 N. Main St., Downtown Santa Ana.



slaters-thanksgivingSlater’s 50/50 Thanksgiving Burger
Through Nov. 30. Get a taste of Thanksgiving before and after the holiday with Slater’s 50/50 Thanksgiving burger. Available through the end of the month, the burger is made with a seasoned turkey patty and topped with brioche dressing, turkey gravy, housemade cranberry sauce and a garlic and sage aioli served on a honey wheat bun. 8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.594.5730; 24356 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest, 949.460.9314; 6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills, 714.685.1103.



hyatt-hb-thanksgiving-buffetHyatt Regency Huntington Beach Thanksgiving Buffet
Nov. 24. Skip the prep work and the cleanup—head to the Vista Ballroom at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for a grand Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Indulge on all the traditional sides, zesty salads, seasoned meats and sweet treats. Start your dinner of endless choices with freshly shucked blue point oysters with mignonette then move on to the stand-out, brown sugar-mustard brushed baked ham with orange clove glaze. To satisfy that sweet tooth, try the farmer’s market dry harvest apple cobbler or indulge in the vanilla bread pudding with spiced crème anglaise. Reservations required. 12-6 p.m. Adults $75, children ages 4-12 $25. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4893.



bbb-thanksgiving-garrett-with-turkey-2Back Bay Bistro

Nov. 24. Feast with your eyes and your stomach at a beautiful waterfront Thanksgiving dinner with Back Bay Bistro. Buffet offerings include carved-to-order slow roasted turkey and New York strip with walnut stuffing, cranberry relish, au jus, herb gravy and creamy horseradish. Indulge on additional items like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and fresh roasted corn off the cob. No Thanksgiving feast is complete without dessert—pumpkin pie, caramelized apple pie, pecan pie and a chocolate fountain are just some of the sweet endings available. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults $48; Children 10 and under $22. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 949.729.1144.



370-commonThree-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink
Nov. 24. Let chef/owner of Three-Seventy Common, Ryan Adams, and his team prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy three delicious courses with traditional sides. Black pepper thyme Parker House rolls with spiced butter, roasted free-range turkey with thyme gravy and sage sausage stuffing and candied yams with marshmallows and pecans are just a few of the drool-worthy menu options. 1-8 p.m. Adults $52; Children 10 and under $26. Plus tax and gratuity. 370 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686.


See more Orange County Thanksgiving Day dining options here >>>


Mamma Mia!

Nov. 22-27. Have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance On Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.