San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Fantasy on Ice Nov 18 – Jan 3
The NTC Arts & Culture District in Liberty Station will be turned into a Winter Wonderland as the skating rink moves from its downtown location to the former Naval Training Center with holiday-related activities and performances through the holiday season.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Ongoing to Dec 26
The Old Globe Theatre presents its popular Christmas show. 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.
Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House Dec 4
Balboa Park December Nights Dec 4-5
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm.
Craft Fair Dec 4-5
Wood products, jewelry, jams and jellies, home decor, vintage, soaps, pillows, holiday decorations, and more. Mount Miguel Covenant Village
Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park Dec 4-23
Holiday Wonderland is back at Petco Park for the second year and it’s bigger and better than ever. Be transported through a spectacular holiday wonderland full of fun for the entire family for 12 nights in December.
Frosty Farm Dec 5
Take pictures with Santa and his “polar dog.” Guests can participate in cookie decorating, face painting, faux snow, crafts, a hot chocolate station, and enjoy animal encounters including alpacas, chinchillas, doves, sheep, chickens and Blitzen, the miniature horse “reindeer.”
Steam Maker Festival Dec 5
The Steam Maker Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) is an annual event — part creativity, part science, part maker movement, part education, part local businesses, part exploration.
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Dec 5
See Little Italy’s new Christmas Tree — a 25-foot tower of over 1000 poinsettias — located in the center of Piazza Basilone. With decorations, live music and entertainment, and seasonal vendors. Saint Nick will be at the event taking pictures with all the kids.
52nd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival Dec 5
Makers Arcade Holiday Fair Dec 5
Over 95 artists will gather to show off their one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from jewelry, ceramics, stationary, clothing, home goods and more! Admission includes door favor, photo booth, free make and take craft for adults and kids, live music and DJ, and the best holiday shopping in San Diego.
Encinitas Holiday Parade Dec 5
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on. The parade begins at 5:30 pm, preceded by a tree-lighting ceremony at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).
Garden of Lights Dec 5-30
After the sun goes down, the garden is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating for a holiday experience. With horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, refreshments, and hot mulled wine (on select evenings).
SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off Dec 6
With 40 local restaurants competing in a chili smackdown, a craft beer and wine garden featuring 18 local breweries and wineries, 30 local handmade vendors, 11 local bands live on two stages, 9 food vendors, and a kids’ fun fest area complete with bounce houses, crafts, games, prizes, and karaoke.
Polar Express Dec 12
Join us in your pajamas and enter a world full of holiday treats and trains. With games, winter scene dioramas, and a holiday keepsake to make.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec 12
The 23rd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a festive race/walk that helps champion arthritis research and brings people form all walks of life together, to say YES to furthering a great cause. This is UST&F timed and sanctioned race/walk. Medals are presented to all participants and age category winners. Special “Dash with the Elves for Children.”
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Dec 13 & 20
Participants in the holiday boat parade will adorn their boats to fit this year’s theme, Christmas Around the World.
Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March Dec 21
Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating universities will parade from each end of 5th Avenue performing holiday classics, and meeting up at Market Street for a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands!
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Dec 30
This exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
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