These stores announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving this year

When it comes to holiday shopping, some stores open earlier and earlier every year in a phenomenon known as “Black Friday creep.” Other stores, though, have already promised they’ll stay closed this Thanksgiving. Here are the stores that have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving:

GameStop
P.C. Richard & Son
Staples
Half Price Books
Mattress Firm

Last year, several stores welcomed shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, including Macy’s, which opened its doors at 6 p.m.

Retailers that have opted to give customers a head start on their Black Friday shopping are responding to a “customer-driven trend,” as Macy’s calls it. A 2013 survey found that 38 percent of people would likely shop on Thanksgiving via ABC7NEWS

Top events going on around town in November

9 Must-Go Things to Do and See in November-December in the O.C.

Looking for something to do other than shopping for gifts in the middle of a chaotic mall? The O.C. has a number of exciting holiday-related events to get you in the spirit.

1. Surfing Santa Competition | November 21, 2015

A fun surf competition where everyone decides to dress like Santa or any other holiday-inspired character and hits the surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.  There is also the Holiday Surfboard Auction where unique surfboards are auctioned on-line and are displayed throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel through Dec. 31. At Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point.

2. Big Boat Parade | December 12 – 21, 2015 

The Newport Beach Boat Parade is a huge Christmas event not only for Orange County and Los Angeles but all of Southern California. With more 100 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade attracts more than 1 million each year. Newport Harbor’s boat parade is from Dec. 17-21 at Newport Beach/Newport Bay. Free to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and lasts around two and a half hours. More than 250 ships participate in the parade along with many of the area’s water front estates.

4. Cool Christmas Walk in Corona del Mar | December, 2015

The annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is filled with holiday festivities for family and friends. Thousands head into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games. There are Carolers, food, beer and wine garden, Santa visits, and a drawing full of local prizes.

4. A Christmas Carol  | November – December, 2015

The timeless Dickens classic with the Ghosts of Christmas past, along with those present and future is a holiday favorite for everyone. At South Coast Repertory. 

5. Dana Point IlluminOcean | November – January, 2015

Dana Point will be showcasing “40 Nights of Holiday Lights” with more than 1 mile of cool sea sculptures and moving light tunnels along the coastline. Free. At Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 

6. St. Regis Resort Holiday Afternoon Tea | December, 2015  | Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sip a variety of teas and delicious delicacies created by the resort’s award-winning pastry chef Frederic Moreau in Dana Point.


7. Hooray for Chanukah
 | December, 2015

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine. Lots of activities about the holiday and its many traditions will be the focus of this event. Play games and participate in art projects and other activities. At Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine.

8. Sawdust Winter Fantasy  | Five weekends | November – December, 2015

This one-of-a-kind show offers shoppers the chance to by real artisan crafts from area artists. Includes live entertainment and numerous hands-on art projects. At the Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

9. Turkey Trot | Dana Point  | Thanksgiving Day

California’s largest Thanksgiving Day run event, The Dana Point Turkey Trot, is hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Runners run along the beautiful beach and carved cliffs, and coves of Dana Point. The chamber partners with the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group to benefit the Marines during the Thanksgiving holidays.

Winter is coming, is your home ready?

1. Remove leaves around your outside HVAC unit. This is likely your home’s largest operating system. The compressor part of your air conditioner is located on the exterior of your home and can become inefficient with debris and leaves blocking it.

2. Clean your gutters. Leaves clogging your gutters can cause big problems any time of the year. During cooler months, leaves can potentially cause water to backup into your attic and even your basement.

3. Schedule a furnace tune-up. A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into big problems.

Is it smart to sell your home in November?

In between making the Thanksgiving Day turkey, getting your house decorated for the season and picking up relatives from the airport is it really the best time to sell your home?

Sheer madness right? Maybe not. Many might say it’s definitely not the time to put up a ‘for sale’ sign in the front lawn, but that may not be the case anymore thanks to low supply and demand.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to call in a Realtor and start thinking about selling your home in November.

1. People who are shopping for a home at this time of year tend to be more serious and some of them may be purchasing for year-end tax benefits.

2. Less competition of homes on the market and the MLS.

3. Many buyers who are looking during this time wish there were more homes on the market. That’s when you as a seller, with a nice home might seriously consider thinking about listing it after Thanksgiving.

4. If you don’t want to keep your home open for viewings during the holidays, think about doing it after January when inventory levels tend to be lower. That when many sellers prefer waiting – during the springtime to list, a more traditional selling time.