San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off Dec. 1
Chili + beer + holiday shopping + kids fun fest = one perfect Sunday in December. This event takes place in the North Park and South Park neighborhoods and features a chili competition between 40 local restaurants, 30 vendors featuring homemade goods, craft beer and wine stations, games, face-painting, two stages for live music, and MUCH more. https://www.sonofestchilicookoff.com/
Frosty Farm Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15
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.
Rady Children’s Ice Rink Through Jan. 5
Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick-off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station. The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., excluding Christmas. Net proceeds will benefit the Thriving After Cancer program in the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. https://www.radyfoundation.org/icerink
Balboa Park December Nights Dec. 6-7
Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year” with lights and more! 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! https://www.sandiego.gov/december-nights
Ocean Beach Holiday Parade Dec. 7
Come find out what the locals have known for 30+ years – Santa would rather be in the quaint little surfing village of OB at the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. The fun starts at 5:05 p.m.! https://obtowncouncil.org/holiday-parade/
56th Annual North Park Toyland Parade Dec. 8
The historic neighborhood of North Park will warmly welcome friends and family to bundle up and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade. Gliding down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets, this cheerful pageant will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens and city officials warm your spirits.
Wacky Wonky Wonderland Dec. 8
Attend the best holiday event in town on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Wacky Wonky Wonderland event, a holiday festival and donation drive, will take place at the San Diego Center for Children’s main campus in Linda Vista to collect much needed gifts and donations to support more than 1,000 children in need this holiday season.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Dec. 8 & 15
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated and sailing by the shores for all to see. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. https://sdparadeoflights.org/https://sdparadeoflights.org/
La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village Dec. 13-14
Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown enjoy live music, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities. http://www.lamesavillageassociation.org
Jungle Bells at the Zoo Dec. 13- Jan. 5
The San Diego Zoo will transform into a Holiday Forest, complete with exquisitely decorated trees and lights strung in all directions. Catch a showing of Jingle Brass, a caroling group that will wow you with their jazz-inspired takes on classic Christmas music. https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights Dec. 14
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, and kayaks alike will be draped in holiday decor as they circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. This event is FREE to attend and begins at 7:00 p.m. http://www.oceansideyc.net/
Dirty December Poker Run Dec. 14
Run a 10K, half marathon, or full marathon AND play poker! Runners collect cards throughout the course (five total) and play their hand at the finish line! Runners wearing a costume receive a bonus card! http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/decemberrun/
Poway’s Christmas in the Park Dec. 14
Join us at Old Poway Park for an old-fashioned holiday tradition that will take you back in time with caroling, live music, a visit with Santa, free children’s crafts, model train displays, and so much more! This event is FREE to attend! http://www.poway.org
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Dec. 15
Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter! Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to wear their favorite holiday costumes and sweaters and join the festivities including: a costume contest, live music, presentations, and much more!
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Dec. 22
Come celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with a Menorah Lighting, music and entertainment throughout the event, photo opportunities, raffle prizes and more!
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27
Don’t miss the epic showdown between the NCAA’S Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences at the annual Holiday Bowl! Kick-off begins at 5:00 p.m. but be sure to get there early for the pre-game festivities! https://www.holidaybowl.com/
New Year’s Eve Events in San Diego Dec. 31
A list of family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in San Diego!