Things To Do in San Diego for December 2017 and January 2018 Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The birthstone for December are Turquoise, Zircon, or Tanzanite | Flower is Narcissus or Holly

The zodiac signs are Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) and Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Human Rights Month | National Fruit Cake Month | Read a New Book Month

First Month of Winter and Last Month of the Year

 

Seas ‘n’ Greetings
From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family.
Date: Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 AM
Price: Included with admission
Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
For info. visit Birch Aquarium

 

Balboa Park December Nights
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!
Date: Dec 1 – Dec 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Balboa Park – House of Hospitality San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Balboa Park December Nights

 

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House
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.
Date: Dec 1, 2017
Time: 3:20 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
For info. call 619-435-7242 or visit Coronado Parade

 

Full Moon Fishing
Come enjoy a night of night fishing after summer has ended! The lake will be open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, December 2nd!
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: $2-$8
Location: Lake Jennings – 10108 Bass Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
For info. visit Full Moon Fishing

 

53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit North Park Toyland Parade

 

Chula Vista Starlight Parade
Celebrate the Season in Downtown Chula Vista! The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is a great way to kick-off the holiday season and get in the festive spirit!
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Third Avenue Village – 353 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
For info. visit Chula Vista Holiday Parade

 

Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree – Alpine
Come see why the animals are so excited!  Join us for the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Saturday, December 2 at 4:00PM.  Enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies on us.
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Standard admission rates apply.
Location: Children’s Nature Retreat – 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine, CA 91901
For info. visit Alpine Lighting of the Christmas Tree

 

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
Celebrate the season during Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see our unique Christmas Tree – a 25-foot tower of 1,000+ gorgeous Poinsettias.
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Little Italy – India St & W Fir St., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Little Italy Tree Lighting

 

Encinitas Holiday Parade
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
For info. visit Encinitas Holiday Parade

 

37th Annual OB Holiday Parade
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.
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 5:05 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107
For info. visit OB Holiday Parade

 

2017 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
The festive and fiery SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off, promises everything a person could want in a fun day including craft beer, wine, shopping music and chili!
Date: Dec 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free Admission. Chili Bowl and 5 Tastings – $25
Location: Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park, San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit Chili Cook-off

 

La Jolla Christmas Parade Holiday Festival
Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.
Date: Dec 3, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
For info. visit La Jolla Holiday Parade

 

Holiday Celebration with Laser Light Show & Santa
A spectacular holiday celebration with a laser light show set to music and falling snow, Dickens caroling quartet, refreshments, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Date: Dec 6, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Del Mar Highlands Town Center – 12925 El Camino Real, J-28, San Diego, CA 92131
For info. visit Laser Light Show & Santa

 

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo
Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland.
Date: Dec 9, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018
Time: Refer to website
Price: Free with admission
Location: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Jungle Bells at Zoo

 

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race
Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual San Diego Santa Run, a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
Date: Dec 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Price: $20-$50
Location: Garnet Ave. and Bayard St., San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Santa 5K and 1 Mile Race

 

Poway’s Christmas in the Park
Poway’s Christmas in the Park is a unique way to bring holiday delights to your family this holiday season with the magic of an old-fashioned tradition.
Date: Dec 9, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd., Poway, CA 92064
For info. call 858-668-4576

 

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village
The Village is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland during La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village with fire pits, caroling, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season!
Date: Dec 9 – Dec 10, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: La Mesa Village – La Mesa Blvd & Spring St., La Mesa, CA 91941
For info. visit La Mesa Holiday

 

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.
Date: Dec 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: 1215 El Carmel Place – San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Mission Bay Christmas

 

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.
Date: Dec 10 – Dec 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Refer to website
For info. visit SD Bay Parade of Lights

 

Red Nose Run
The Red Nose Run, started by the Low and Slow Running Club of Del Mar, is a holiday 5K benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund.
Date: Dec 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $35-$45
Location: Powerhouse Park – 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
For info. visit Red Nose Run

 

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
Date: Dec 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $99-109
Location: Hotel Karlan – 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego, CA 92129
For info. visit SD Holiday Marathon

 

San Diego International Auto Show
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.
Date: Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Price: Adults – $15, Seniors & Active Military – $12, Children 7-12 – $11, Under 6 – Free with paid adult
Location: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit SD Auto Show

 

Kids’ New Years Eve at LEGOLAND
“Midnight” comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes.
Date: Dec 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Price: Included with admission
Location: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. visit New Years Eve at Legoland

 

New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2018
Imagine celebrating New Year’s Eve aboard a moonlight cruise on a $25 Million dollar yacht almost as long as a football field. Grasp your glass of champagne upon boarding the yacht and get ready to dance the night away!
Date: Dec 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Price: Refer to website
Location: Grape Street Pier – 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit New Year Yacht Party

 

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala
Big Night San Diego is the perfect, ALL-INCLUSIVE night. Leave your wallet at home, because your ticket includes everything – all drinks included all night.
Date: Dec 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Price: Starting at $89.99
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit SD New Year’s Eve Gala

 

What’s Happening in San Diego – January 2018

  • The birthstone for January is Garnet | Flower is Carnation
  • The zodiac signs are Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) and Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb 18)
  • National Thank You Month | National Eye Care Month | National Soup Month
  • It is the second month of winter, on average, it is the coldest month of the year in N. Hemisphere

Rose Parade Tour
Our Rose Parade Tour is now on sale. Enjoy this New Years’ Classic Tour with reserved grand stand seating, snacks and more.
Date: Jan 1, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $159
Location: Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company – 1050 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. call 619-232-5040 or visit Rose Parade Tour

soundON Festival of Modern Music
The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music.
Date: Jan 4 – Jan 7, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: Single Tickets – $10-$25, Festival Pass – $25-$70
Location: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA 92037
For info. call 858-454-5872 or visit Festival of Modern Music

Drew Michael
Drew Michael is a New York based comedian who has written for Saturday Night Live, guest starred in The Carmichael Show, recorded a stand-up special for Comedy Central’s The Half Hour as well as two full-length stand-up albums: Lovely and Funny to Death.
Date: Jan 4 – Jan 6, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Price: $18
Location: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Drew Michael

Poway Winter Festival
Join us for Winter Festival on Friday, January 12 from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, January 13 from 3:30-8:30 PM at Poway Community Park and experience the magic and charm of winter like never before!
Date: Jan 12 – Jan 13, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
For info. call 858-668-4671 or visit Poway Winter Festival

Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues
Experience two nights of powerful blues performed by three world-class musicians.
Date: Jan 12 – Jan 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: $25 – $30
Location: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. call 760-304-5844 or visit Carl Verheyen: Essential Blues

Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California
Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this noncompetitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California.
Date: Jan 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $10-$30
Location: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. visit LEGOLand CA

SeaWorld Inside Look
At this all-new event you can meet the SeaWorld team and hear their personal stories about caring for animals.
Date: Jan 13 – Jan 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Included with park admission
Location: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
For info. call 619-222-4732 or visit SeaWorld

Travel & Adventure Show
Discover the leading destinations, local travel experts, top celebrity personalities, comprehensive content, and exclusive travel deals that you just can’t find anywhere else.
Date: Jan 13 – Jan 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: $11-$18, Children 16 and under – Free
Location: San Diego Convention Center – 111 W Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Travel & Adventure

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival
The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. is excited to host the Multi-Cultural Festival in partnership with the Port of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture, the World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other community organizations.
Date: Jan 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Multi-Cultural Festival

2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.
Date: Jan 14, 2018
Time: 6:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: Half Marathon – $110, Marathon – $130
Location: The Shoppes at Carlsbad – 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. visit Carlsbad Marathon

38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Join us on Harbor Drive Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM for the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
Date: Jan 14, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Harbor Drive – Embarcadero – Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. call 619-264-0542 or visit Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!
Date: Jan 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. call 619-230-1190 or visit Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ConDor 2018: Gateway To Forever
ConDor is San Diego’s premiere Science Fiction & Fantasy convention at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley.
Date: Jan 19 – Jan 21, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $50-$70
Location: Handlery Hotel – 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
For info. visit ConDor 2018

German Lopez
The music of the Canary Islands comes to Carlsbad. Germán López is an esteemed timple player from Gran Canaria, an island making up an archipelago off the coast of Africa, pertaining to the nation of Spain.
Date: Jan 19, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: $25-$30
Location: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. call 760-304-5844 or visit German Lopez

Monster Jam
Monster Jam® is bringing high-octane entertainment back to Petco Park on both January 20 and February 3. This action-packed live event showcases some of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks, including Grave Digger®, Max-D™ and many more, performing jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats.
Date: Jan 20 – Feb 3, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: Prices range from $15 to $75
Location: PETCO Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Monster Jam

San Diego Restaurant Week
The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st through Sunday, January 28th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County.
Date: Jan 21 – Jan 28, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $10-$50
Location: refer to website
For info. visit SD Restaurant Week

Farmers Insurance Open 2018
The PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open is played annually at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 & 2021 U.S. Open.
Date: Jan 25 – Jan 28, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: refer to website
Location: Torrey Pines Golf Course – 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
For info. call 858-886-4653 or visit Farmers Insurance Open

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show
Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more.
Date: Jan 25 – Jan 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Adults – $13. Kids 12 and Under – Free
Location: Sunroad Resort Marina – 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. call 619-497-5254 or visit Marina Boat Show

Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week
Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week is happening January 28 to February 3, 2018, at over 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town!
Date: Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: refer to website
Location: refer to website
For info. call 760-839-4777 or visit Dine Out Escondido!

House of Pacific Relations Sunday Lawn Programs
Member houses of the House of Pacific Relations feature music, dance, traditional costumes, arts, crafts and ethnic foods.
Date: Jan 28 – ongoing
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Price:  Free
Location: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages – 2191 W Pan American Rd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Pacific Relationships Lawn Programs

San Diego Black Film Festival
In order to spotlight  African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.
Date: Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: refer to website
Location: refer to website
For info. call 619-232-0401 or visit SD Black Film Festival

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