San Diego December 2016 Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Thru Dec 26
Once again the Green Meanie will try to ruin the holiday season for the citizens of Whoville. This is the Globe’s 18th staging. This time, will he succeed? James Vasquez directs.
Legoland Snow Days Thru Jan 1
Thousands of Legos come together to create a massive 30-ft. tall Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of Lego ornaments, and a fireworks show lights up the sky select nights during December. In addition, guests can enjoy the Let It Snow musical and life-size Lego displays of Santa and his reindeer.
Skating by the Sea Thru Jan 2
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 12th year from Thanksgiving Day through January 2. This ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a visual backdrop. Skating is $25 per person, and ice skate rentals are free.
Fantasy on Ice Thru Jan 3
The old Horton Plaza ice-skating rink has been permanently relocated to a new Liberty Station location. The venue has changed, but the event continues to benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. And parking is not only plentiful, it’s free.
Jungle Bells Dec 2 – Jan 2
A chance to see exotic animals at night makes an evening visit worth a trip, and through January 2 the zoo is also decked out with holiday lights and special performances. Expect music, animal-themed Christmas tales, and Santa holding court in an igloo while his elves bounce on a trampoline. Tying the wacky vibe together is the large, tropical toog tree in the zoo’s Front Plaza, outfitted with a musical light display featuring over 1000 bulbs.
December Nights Dec 2-3
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 39th consecutive year on Friday, December 2 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December, 3 from noon-11pm. Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm.
Holiday Run 5K Dec 3
Run, dance, or walk your way trough a complete 5K obstacle course with snow, a DJ, and colorful costumes to motivate you. Raise money and collect toys for Toy’s for Tots and other charities.
Santa Paws MEGA Adoption Event Dec 3
Join the San Diego Animal Support Foundation for the 3rd Annual Santa Paws MEGA Adoption Event where approximately 20 local nonprofit rescues and shelters will be attending with more than 200 adoptable dogs. There will even be cats & bunnies!
Garden of Lights Dec 3-23 & 26-30
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland.More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.
SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-off Dec 4
$20 gets you a handmade ceramic bowl and five 2 oz. restaurant chili tastes. Or bring your own bowl and buy chili tastes for $15. Local brewers represent in the beer garden. Also featuring wine from Fallbrook Winery. Shop handmade goods from more than 30 local vendors.
Wrex the Halls: Beck, more Dec 10
The bill includes Band of Horses, Local Natives, Bishop Briggs, and Glass Animals.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Dec 11 & 18
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 45th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 11 and 18, 2016. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.”
Breakfast with Santa Dec 17-18
St. Nick will don his traditional holiday attire to sit down and enjoy breakfast. The morning includes a full breakfast, picture with Santa, face painting, balloon artist, kids’ show, and a gift for kids. Reservations required: 619-738-1627. $25 per person.
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Dec 18
The 13.1 mile course starts on Penasquitos Drive at the new start lilne in front of the Hotel Karlan (formerly the Doubletree Golf Resort), then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Rd (your only real hill at mile 1.5), along the 56 bike path, and finishes atTorrey Pines State Beach. The race includes a 711-foot net elevation drop along the rolling downhill bike path.
San Diego International Auto Show Dec 29 – Jan 2
The San Diego International Auto Show will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more!