Things To Do in San Diego for December 2017 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


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