Meet on the Beach Nov. 17
From the hills of La Habra, down to the ocean at Huntington Beach, enjoy 1.5 miles of open streets, bike and pedestrian-friendly activities, live performances, food, giveaways and much more at seven pop-up sites along or nearby Beach Boulevard.
Time/Place: La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster and Huntington Beach
Contact: 213-365-0605 / www.meetonbeach.com
Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique Nov. 22
A tour of three beautiful homes and a garden tour of a neighboring home. All the homes are decorated for the holidays and feature fantastic views and fabulous landscaping. Lunch is included in ticket price and served at the Clifton Miller Community Center, where guests can view and purchase special items from over 30 vendors.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Clifton Miller Community Center, Tustin
Contact: 714-997-3000 / www.choc.org
Surfing Santa Competition Nov. 23-24
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.
Time/Place: Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point
Plymouth Rock N Run 5k Nov. 28
The 5k, 10k and a new 10 mile course is around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River trail. There will be a finish-line festival with silent auction, costume contest, food, fun and more! All of the funds raised will directly support the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC, Irvine.
Time/Place: 6am / Anaheim Hills
Dana Point Turkey Trot Nov. 28
Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. This flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble. Participants will receive a shirt and medal.
Time/Place: Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-496-1555 / www.turkeytrot.com
Causelife Turkey Trot Nov. 28
This 5K/10K Turkey Trot features a flat ocean-front course and a 1K walk for kids 12 and under. Funds raised from this event go to Causelife, which provides clean water to those in need in developing countries.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Huntington City Beach
Turkey Trot on the Ranch Nov. 28
The race features a 5K and 1K Little Gobblers run. Start a new family tradition and join the fun! Proceeds from the race will benefit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo connecting Orange County residents to nature through school programs, on-site education and recreation.
Time/Place: 7:30am / The Pavilion & Sendero Field, Rancho Mission Viejo
Lighting of the Bay Nov. 30
Families will enjoy live chorale and concert performances by various artists, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
Newport Landing Boat Parade & Holiday of Lights Cruises Nov. 30-Jan. 1
By the first weekend of December Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday in December.
Time/Place: Newport Landing Whale Watching
Contact: 949-675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com