San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival Dec 1
Welcome to the 22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival. The lighted floats, vehicles, walking/dancing units, pets, and other entries will move down the boulevard to the Snow Festival with real snow.
Seas ’n’ Greetings Dec 1-31
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of seasonal activities. Deck the Hall (of Fishes), and check the schedule for appearances by Scuba Santa, crafts, activities, as well as live holiday music on weekends. All holiday activities are included with admission.
Balboa Park December Nights Dec 1-2
Balboa Park December Nights will celebrate its 40th year in grand fashion. The nation’s premier holiday extravaganza promises to sparkle with more food, fun, and festivities in its milestone year, billed as the largest free community event in San Diego.
Coronado Holiday Celebration Dec 1
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue, and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.
Frosty Farm Dec 2-3, 9-10
Frosty Farm will give your whole family a reason to smile this holiday season! This unique event in San Diego combines festive activities with hands-on animal interactions and is the perfect place to create new memories.
Island Food and Beer Fest San Diego 2017 Dec 2
Unlimited beer tasting, island food for purchase, commemorative glass, and festival experience. Local breweries with unlimited tasting. Food pairings prepared by local island restaurants. Island vendor village.
Garden of Lights Dec 2-23, 26-30
With nightly entertainment, including local blues and jazz bands, as well as food from Red Oven Artisanal Pizza and Pasta and coffee and treats from the Feel Good Coffee Cart. Plus holiday crafts, spin art, visits with Santa (December 2 – 23), and (on selected evenings) horse-drawn wagon rides, snow for sledding, and holiday carolers.
Family Holiday Festival Dec 2
Bring a camera or smart phone to the annual Family Festival to take photos with Santa, who will give each child a coloring book. The Family Festival features train rides and holiday craft activity where children ages 12 and under can make a jingle bell bracelet or tree ornament.
San Diego Santa Run Dec 9
A series of runs on Garnet Avenue featuring a 5K fun run and one-mile waves that include a run with your dog, a kids’ run, and a competitive race. “San Diego Santa Run is the only event in the country that provides all 5K participants with a Sunny Santa Suit and sunglasses,” say the promoters. Starts and finishes at the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Bayard Street.
Santa at the Lakes Dec 9
Snow in Santee? Experience a giant snow hill, storybook character meet and greet on Storybook Island, rides, crafts, food and of course the big guy himself!
Wacky Wonky Wonderland Dec 10
The scrumdidlyumptious Wacky Wonky Wonderland will take place at the San Diego Center for Children’s main campus in Linda Vista to collect gifts and raise funds in support of its therapeutic, educational, foster care, and transition services provided to over 1000 families every day across San Diego County.
Queen Bee Market: Etsy Comes to Life Dec 15-16
Queen Bee Market buzzes into San Diego just in time for the holidays with a two-day market. The urban-style handmade market will host vendors showcasing an array of handmade home décor, accessories, clothing, paper arts, vintage items, furniture, and more.
Global Winter Wonderland Thru Dec
An international celebration featuring the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, “Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics,” 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities and games, and international food and shopping.
Skate by the Bay Thru Dec
Celebrate the holidays by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s outdoor ice rink, and share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego.
Skating by the Sea Thru Dec
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado from Thanksgiving Day through January 1. 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 and adds holiday music and hot chocolate and libations. Skating is $25 per person, and ice skate rentals are free.
Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station Thru Dec
The season runs through Sunday, January 7; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During the day expect young children and parents at the rink. As the sun goes down the teens come out for faster-paced skating. Night sessions attract adults willing to give ice skating a try. All proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.