As the crisp autumn air settles in and the leaves begin to change, November brings a special charm to Anaheim, California, and the surrounding Orange County region. With the summer crowds receding, this is the perfect time to explore the hidden gems and vibrant attractions that this sun-soaked corner of Southern California has to offer. From enchanting theme park adventures to scenic coastal escapes and a plethora of cultural events, November in Anaheim promises an array of activities to suit every taste. Join us as we embark on a journey through the top things to do in this lively and diverse destination, ensuring you make the most of this captivating time of year.


Dia de Los Muertos in Orange County

Day of the dead anaheim

Step into the vibrant celebration of Dia de los Muertos in Orange County and enter a living tapestry woven with the rich threads of the region’s Hispanic heritage. The air is infused with the scent of marigolds, and colorful altars adorned with sugar skulls and cherished keepsakes pay homage to those who've journeyed beyond. This ancient tradition comes alive throughout the county, offering an immersive experience of its sacred customs. 


Viva La Vida Dia de Muertos Festival

Add Santa Ana to your itinerary to experience Viva La Vida Santa Ana’s annual Dia de Muertos Festival. The nonprofit organized its inaugural festival in 2015, in hopes of showcasing its beautiful and vibrant Hispanic culture while providing a free, family-friendly community-focused space to celebrate. 


Build Ofrendas at the Cemetery

If you have a loved one in any of OC District Cemetery (including Anaheim Cemetery, Santa Ana Cemetery and El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest), you are allowed to build ofrendas at their grave sites. It's a unique way to honor and remember your loved ones in a meaningful and personal manner. You can also celebrate with their “Day of the Dead to Go” kits which include Dia de Muertos crafts for children, pan de muertos, and a bouquet of marigolds.



OC Wine & Spirit Fest


If you’re looking to celebrate this fall, indulge in an incredible experience at the OC Wine & Spirit Fest featuring unlimited tastings from renowned wineries and spirits like Amrita Cellars, Ascension Cellars, Bondle Wines, and many more! Sample exquisite offerings from exhibitors, and tantalize your taste buds with delectable treats from food booths and trucks. The festival is all about bringing a modern, laid-back coastal vibe to Orange County, focusing on enjoyment with craft beverages, spirits, and live entertainment. Set against the stunning backdrop of Giracci Vineyards and Farms, this event offers 10 acres of picturesque scenery, blending country elegance with rustic charm.




The Most Magical Time of the Year

Disneyland Anaheim

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Disneyland® Resort

Do you hear what we hear? The holiday bells are ringing at Disneyland® Resort. Starting in early November, visitors can enjoy the park’s holiday celebrations. 

Each year, Disneyland® Resort is transformed into a dazzling spectacle of lights, garlands, and festive decorations, creating an enchanting atmosphere that's bound to fill you with holiday cheer. Main Street, U.S.A. is adorned with twinkling lights, while Sleeping Beauty Castle glistens with a layer of frosty enchantment. The air is filled with the sweet melodies of classic carols. The scent of cinnamon and hot cocoa wafts through the air. From meeting beloved characters in their holiday best to witnessing spectacular parades and fireworks shows with a seasonal twist, every corner of the park offers a special touch of holiday magic. It's a time when families and friends come together to create lasting memories, making a visit to Disneyland® Resort during the holidays an experience that truly captures the spirit of the season.




Festival of Holidays Disney California Adventure

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Disney California Adventure® Park

Disneyland® Park isn’t the only park getting into the spirit. With seasonal attractions like Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl, Disney California Adventure® Park is a must-visit this November. Visitors can also delight in a celebration of holiday traditions from Mexico and Brazil, brought to life by cultural performers in Disney ¡Viva Navidad! and watch in awe as the lights in World of Color tell a spectacular Christmas tale. 



Cheer on the Ducks

Honda Center Anaheim Ducks Season

November in Anaheim brings an electric atmosphere for hockey enthusiasts as they flock to the Honda Center to witness the Anaheim Ducks in action. The crisp autumn air outside contrasts the fiery intensity on the ice, creating an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages. Whether you're a die-hard supporter or a first-time attendee, the thrill of a Ducks game is palpable. The roaring crowd, the thunderous applause, and the riveting plays on the rink make for an adrenaline-pumping evening. And with November ushering in a fresh season, anticipation runs high as the Ducks face off against formidable opponents, showcasing their skill, strategy, and determination to secure victory. Don’t miss any of the giveaways happening on select games!



Catch a Concert at Honda Center

Honda Center Events

November calls for a lot of action in Anaheim. From electrifying concerts and the Anaheim Ducks taking the ice all month long, there are plenty of events to catch at Honda Center this November. Music enthusiasts are in for a treat as Mexican romantic duo, Los Temerarios, take the stage on November 4th. Then catch Doja Cat’s electrifying energy with her Scarlet Tour on November 6th, as she takes the stage with DOECHII. Make sure you catch the gospel sounds of The Reunion Tour November 9th, with a great lineup of special guests making an appearance. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the Mexican band Fuerza Regida on November 25th as they bring their high-energy rhythm this Thanksgiving weekend.



Now Playing at The City National Grove of Anaheim

City National Grove of Anaheim Ca

The live entertainment continues at the City National Grove of Anaheim. From concerts to improv and ballet shows, there is something for everyone this November. On November 5th, catch the soothing sounds of the acoustic duo, Music Travel Love, with their melodious guitar strums and heartfelt lyrics. For emo lovers and orchestra fanatics alike, Emo Orchestra is a new live experience that brings your most loved emo songs to center stage with a full orchestra arrangement with special guest Hawthorne Heights.

Are you into improv? Don’t miss the 90-minute comedy and improv show, “Whose Live Anyways?” on November 18th, where the audience can make suggestions as a whole and laugh at the witty performances. Get ready for the holiday season with Anaheim Ballet’s Nutcracker. This family-friendly event is a must-watch as we gear into the holidays. Catch this live show on November 24th and 25th.


Learn more about the fall concerts coming to Anaheim here.



Participate in a Turkey Trot


Lace-up your running shoes and wobble your way through a 5K near Anaheim this Thanksgiving.


1. Anaheim 5K/10K & Fun Run - Race your way to the Big A to participate in the Turkey Trot on November 19, 2023. Sweaty selfies, fun character photos, and themed turkey tees make it an event you’ll want to make a tradition.

2. Orange County Turkey Trot - Your little Pilgrims are picking up the pace at Irvine Valley College. There are numerous distance options ranging from Diaper Dash to 5K, making sure every runner can run up an appetite.  

3. Turkey Trot 5K OC - Benefitting the Orange County Rescue Mission, the Turkey Trot 5K OC is a fun way to start your Thanksgiving day with birds of a feather (aka your family).



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The fun in Anaheim does not stop. So, mark your calendars, and gather your friends and family as we welcome the fall weather to Southern California. The best of what the region has to offer is waiting for you this month, whether you are a local or a visitor.