The Magic of Thanksgiving Time in Anaheim, CA
In Anaheim, Thanksgiving is about community. This time of year, the destination and its partners come together to support families and friends across local circles and beyond. The warmth of the holiday is truly felt by those who live in Anaheim and those who visit, and all are welcome to participate in the many activities and celebrations. And, who are we kidding – it’s also about the food.
We Give Thanks
For 32 years, the We Give Thanks organization and the Anaheim Ducks have been serving local families delicious, warm meals on Thanksgiving Day. With the participation of continuing sponsors like the Hilton Anaheim, over 230,000 meals have been served to date. The 2019 event will be held in the parking lot of the Honda Center on Thursday, November 28. The event is a celebration for all ages, with live music and endless smiling faces. Learn more about attending, becoming a volunteer or donating directly by visiting the We Give Thanks website.
Anaheim Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run at Angel Stadium
What better way to build up your Thanksgiving Day appetite than a morning 5K at the one and only Angel Stadium? This family-friendly event is for everyone – run, jog, trot, walk, or stroll on the flat, festive course. Participants will receive a Turkey Trot finisher medal, t-shirt, chances to win exciting raffle prizes, and of course, a pumpkin pancake at the finish line! The 5K begins at 8 AM the kids’ race starts at 9 AM on Thursday, November 28. Proceeds benefit Ware in the World Foundation, encouraging healthy lives through fitness by gifting life-enhancing opportunities locally and cross-culturally. Learn more or register to participate here.
World Taste Event at the Anaheim Packing District
Attention foodies! Hilton is proud to continue its sponsorship of the annual World Taste event at the historic Anaheim Packing District. On the evening of November 13, grab your date, your family, or your friends, and embark on a culinary expedition at this uniquely-Anaheim venue in the heart of Orange County, California. Each wristband includes 10 gourmet tastes from participating foodie establishments within the Packing House, and of course, live entertainment for the evening. Be sure to buy your tickets early!
Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet at Knott’s Berry Farm
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant first opened in 1934, and today it remains an iconic location for delicious homestyle meals that visitors to the theme park and locals alike, continue to line up for. On November 22 only, enjoy an exclusive Thanksgiving-style champagne buffet at this unique and historic venue. Rollercoaster screams in the background included. Bring the family, and reservations are recommended.
Did Someone Say Pumpkin? The Best Fall Sweets and Treats in Anaheim
Anaheim is quickly becoming more than just a destination for theme park connoisseurs and convention attendees. It’s becoming those things and a place for foodies of all kinds. Let’s be honest – most visitors to this magical destination are probably a little bit of all three. According to this delicious blog post from Visit Anaheim, this season, you can find your favorite, seasonal pumpkin offerings throughout the Anaheim Resort. Our favorites include the Mickey-shaped Pumpkin Spice Beignets in New Orleans Square at the Disneyland® Resort, the Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake from Reunion Kitchen + Drink, and the Mickey Pumpkin Cupcakes from the new GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Status: Mouth Currently Watering.
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Know Before You Go
- John Wayne Airport is the nearest airport to Anaheim.
- If you’re looking for a family-friendly beach, Huntington Beach is the way to go.
- For beach bonfires, local supermarkets sell wood and lighter fluid.
- At theDisneyland® Resort, Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the only location that sells alcohol.