UPDATED: Here are Some Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in O.C. Without a Sinkful of Dishes

For Thanksgiving this year, brunch and dine at these Orange County spots! Enjoy turkey dishes galore without having to stress about the annual meal preparation. Restaurants and hotels are offering an assortment of dishes and entertainment to choose from. Or participate in a fun turkey trot to work up an appetite!

NOV. 28
ANAHEIM TURKEY TROT 5K & FUN RUN
Run up your appetite with Anaheim Turkey Trot 5K at Angel Stadium. It’s a family friendly event that has something for everybody. Run fast, jog, trot, walk, or enjoy a nice stroll on this flat, festive course. Theme it up or come in running attire. Registration is required. Visit the official site to sign up. This will be a picture-perfect way to start celebrating Thanksgiving Day! Angel Stadium, 2210 E. Orangewood Ave., Anaheim.

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THANKSGIVING BRUNCH AT THE RANCH
Have a bountiful Thanksgiving brunch at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Set to the tune of live acoustic music and surrounded by canyon views, guests will savor Thanksgiving classics like oven-roasted turkey breast, cranberries with candied orange, and pumpkin pie, as they give thanks with loved ones. The Ranch at Laguna Beach, 31106 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-715-1376, theranchlb.com

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THANKSGIVING BUFFET AT BACK BAY
Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet in an unforgettable waterfront atmosphere. For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own homes, Back Bay Bistro offers Thanksgiving To-Go. Call ahead by Nov. 22 to reserve a professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949-999-3100, newportdunes.com

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OAK GRILL THANKSGIVING BUFFET FEAST
Enjoy a traditional yet contemporary O.C.-style Thanksgiving buffet at Oak Grill restaurant in the Fashion Island Hotel. Stations offer all the brunch foods that families and friends crave from breakfast pastries and breads and omelets made-to-order to selections from the carving station, salads, and chilled seafood, and so many other festive favorites. Then, the holiday fare at the stations will be changed to celebratory hearty dinner choices, including turkey and all the fixings. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949-386-8361, fashionislandhotel.com

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OCEANFRONT THANKSGIVING FEAST AT PASEA HOTEL & SPA
Join Paséa Hotel & Spa for its second annual Thanksgiving Feast, where guests will enjoy an ocean view and indulge in traditional favorites. This decadent Thanksgiving feast features three carving stations with highlights such as herb roasted turkey, bourbon-glazed ham, and fresh oyster bar, along with celebrated sides and accompaniments, including bonfire sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and fried Brussels sprouts. Paseo Hotel and Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 855-636-6371, hotelpasea.com

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TANNER’S HUNTINGTON BEACH THANKSGIVING
Give thanks this year with a twist on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. Located inside the Paséa Hotel & Spa, Tanner’s is dishing up a wood-fired menu this year for the day of thanks. Thanksgiving specials include a Thanksgiving sandwich, Thanksgiving entrée with smoked turkey breast, stuffed turkey roulade, turkey poutine, an array of fall-themed cocktails, and more. Tanner’s at Paseo Hotel and Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714-698-6130, tannershb.com

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THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER CRUISE
Celebrate Thanksgiving this year on a luxury yacht with Hornblower Cruises. This will be a three-hour fest featuring all the classic holiday favorites, including turkey and yams, potatoes, and cornbread stuffing. Complete your Thanksgiving feast with live entertainment and scenic coastal views on a festive yacht. Adults prices are $102, and children are $61.20. Hornblower Cruises and Events, 2431 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-650-2412, hornblower.com/newport

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THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER
Celebrate tradition at the Old World family restaurant this year. The Thanksgiving All You Can Eat Buffet Dinner is popular among Thanksgiving diners. Enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving dishes, as well as special German treats that Old World is known for. Reservations required. Pricing ranges from $16.95 for kids to $39.95 for adults. Old World Festival Hall, 7561 Center Drive, Huntington Beach, 714-895-8020,  oldworld.ws

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OC 5K TURKEY TROT IN IRVINE
At Irvine Valley College, gather your friends and family to run up an appetite on Thanksgiving morning! Choose from a 1-Mile Turkey Dash, a 5k, or combine them both. A Kids Gobble Wobble is also held to include the whole family. The flat course is both walker-friendly and stroller-ready. A delicious slice of pumpkin pie awaits you at the finish line! Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, runocturkeytrot.com

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PLYMOUTH ROCK N’ RUN 5K
Gather at the Yorba Regional Park to participate in a fun Thanksgiving run. There will be a 5k, 10k, and a new 10-mile course that runs around the perimeter of the park and the Santa Ana River Trail. End with a finish-line festival, costume contest, food, and more. Dogs are also welcome to enter the race and dog costume contest. All funds raised will go to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine. Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, plymouthrun.com

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DANA POINT TURKEY TROT
Dana Point celebrates its 42nd year of its annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Come out on Thanksgiving Day to run a 5k, 10k, or the Kids Gobble Wobble on a flat, scenic route. Participants will receive a shirt and medal. Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949-496-1555, turkeytrot.com

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TURKEY TROT 5K OC
Come run or walk at the sixth annual Turkey Trot OC 5k on Thanksgiving morning, and bring your friends and family. Proceeds from the 5k provide meals for the hungry and homeless of Orange County through the Rescue Mission Organization. Help them reach their goal of providing 30,000 meals for those in need. Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, 714-247-4343, rescuemission.org/turkey-trot

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THANKSGIVING AT BALBOA BAY
At Balboa Bay Resort, enjoy a Thanksgiving Day filled with family, friends, live music, and food at Waterline. The three-course prix fixe menu features traditional favorites, family-style sides, and a few seasonal twists. Reservations required. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 949-645-5000, balboabayresort.com

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