San Diego County Calendar of Events December 2018

November 25, 2018

Encinitas Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade | Dec. 1
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on. Tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard at 5pm.

Time/Place: 5:30-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101

Winter Wonderland Festival | Dec. 1
Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer! Food and drink will be available.

Time/Place: 3-8pm / California Center for the Arts

Chula Vista Children’s Faire | Dec. 1
Real Snow Hill, Pictures with Santa, Children’s Train, Elf Yourself, Games, Crafts, and more!

Time/Place: 2-5pm / Memorial Park

100 Years of Philippine Cinema | Dec. 1
We’ve invited two exceptional Filipino films created by two award winning filmmakers from the Philippines – Ang Larawan (The Portrait) by Loy Arcenas and Lorna by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo.

Time/Place: 4pm & 7pm / Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park

Fallbrook Christmas Parade | Dec. 1
Toyland Christmas The Christmas Parade marks a special day in early December when Fallbrook residents and visitors alike come to enjoy this gift to the community.
5pm / Main Avenue: Ammunition to Ivy

Chula Vista Starlight Parade | Dec. 1
A variety of colorful floats, caroling groups, marching bands, dance teams, classic cars, and other participants will usher in the holiday season as part of SD County’s largest nighttime parade.

Time/Place: 6-8pm / Third Avenue Village

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival | Dec. 1
Vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

Time/Place: 10am-3pm / University Avenue

OB Holiday Parade | Dec. 1
See the Point Loma Marching Band strut their way down the street or the SD Roller Derby Dolls. VW Beetle club and classic Woodies. Motorcycles, bright-lit floats and countless bands that fill the beach with live music.

Time/Place: 5-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave
888-615-3518 /

Lions Tigers & Bears Christmas Festival | Dec. 1
Watch as lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, leopards, bobcats and other sanctuary animals open their holiday gifts and enjoy their new Christmas trees. Silent auction, opportunity drawing, food trucks, a full bar, shopping at the LTB Gift Shop and Santa!

Time/Place: 1-4pm / 24402 Martin Wy, Alpine

Vista Chambers Candyland Parade | Dec. 1
The parade route starts at Civic Center parking lot, turns right on Eucalyptus, right on S. Santa Fe, right on Broadway, left on Citrus, left on Main Street and ends at the Wave Waterpark.

Time/Place: 1-3pm / Vista Civic Center
760-726-1340 /

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village | Dec. 1
Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience a tree lighting, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive decor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

Time/Place: 4-8pm / India St & W Fir St
Contact: 619-233-3898 /

Mission Hills Artists Holiday Art & Craft Sale | Dec. 1
A collective of local artists, dedicated to supporting and promoting creative people who live or work in Mission Hills. Free admission and free parking.

Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Mission Hills United Church of Christ: 4070 Jackdaw Street

Setting Sun Sake Fall Garden Party | Dec. 1
Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. will be hosting a day of celebration and collaboration to showcase some of what America’s Finest City has to offer at one of its most iconic locations: the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.
10am-8pm / 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101

Garden of Lights | Dec. 1-23 & 26-30
Experience a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis. The Garden has something for the whole family, including local food, treats, and warm beverages, live jazz and blues bands, marshmallow toasting, visits with Santa, sledding and much more!

Time/Place: 5-8:30pm / San Diego Botanic Garden

Holiday Lights Tour | Dec. 1 – 25
Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego’s top Christmas Lights neighborhoods. Bring the family and enjoy a trip that is worth taking in December.
6pm – 8:30pm / 1050 Kettner Boulevard

Seas ‘n’ Greetings Holiday Celebration | Dec. 1-31
The magic of the holidays meets the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings.
9am-5pm / Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Meet Santa at Julian Town Hall | Dec. 1-31
Join Santa at the town hall weekends In Julian. Come bring your cameras and snap photos with the man from the North Pole as he visits our little town.
12pm-4pm / Julian Chamber of Commerce

Hanukkah Happening | Dec. 2
Bring the whole family for a holiday extravaganza filled with games, crafts, raffles, and more at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center! You’ll find themed gift baskets for all ages at great prices. There will also be an inflatable jump house, arcade, and kosher treats.
11am-2pm / Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Storytime Breakfast with The La Jolla Library | Dec. 2
Delight in a breakfast buffet, variety of holiday-themed drinks, dessert and a fireside reading of Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas led by the La Jolla Library.

Time/Place: 8-11am / Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival | Dec. 2
Marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus. Church bells peal with a fly-over. There is also a Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Time/Place: 1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect Street

San Pasqual Battle Day | Dec. 2
Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.

Time/Place: 10am-3pm / 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido
760-737-2201 /

Kringle Mingle | Dec. 2
Come get free photos with Surfing Santa in his vintage Camera Camper Sleigh. Listen and dance to lively musical performances. Enjoy a cup of warm savory soup from Rimels, scrumptious holiday treats and cookies from VGs Donuts and much more. Children’s Craft Pavilion.

Time/Place: 1-5pm / North Courtyard of Cardiff Town Center

Santa by the Sea | Dec. 2
Free pictures with Santa, treats, games and entertainment, plus a holiday tree lighting!
3-5pm / L’Auberge Amphitheater, Del Mar
858-735-3650 /

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off | Dec. 2
40 local restaurants competing in a chili smackdown. 30 local handmade vendors. Local craft beer and wine garden. Kids Fun Fest area with bounce houses, carnival games and more. Live entertainment.

Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park

Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting | Dec. 3
Celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities, and more! Guests are invited to partake in an evening of ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink after the Menorah Lighting.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / Liberty Station

Alpine Village Christmas Parade & Snow Festival | Dec. 7
Imaginative creative entries for this hometown range from lights on pets and bikes to actual floats and huge trucks! The snow sledding, Santa Claus, entertainment, children’s activities and vendors begins at 7pm.
6:30-9pm / Alpine Creek Town Center
619-445-2722 /

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House | Dec. 7
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.

Time/Place: 3:20-8pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
Contact: 619-435-7242 /

Balboa Park December Nights | Dec. 7-8
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 from 5-9pm.
Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm / Balboa Park

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village | Dec. 7-8
Walk the streets of La Mesas historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kid’s area with holiday movies and activities.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / La Mesa Village
Contact: 619-606-2028 /

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair | Dec. 8
Find that one-of-a-kind gift at this fair, where makers come together to offer you a unique holiday shopping experience. While perusing handcrafted goods, enjoy live music, free make-and-take crafts, a photo booth, and delicious food and cocktails.
11am-6pm / The Port Pavilion at the Broadway Pier

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights | Dec. 8
A distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.

Time/Place: 6-9pm / Mission Bay & Beaches
Contact: 858-488-0501 /

Poway’s Christmas in the Park | Dec. 8
Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Steam locomotive train rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods. Tree lighting and Santa.
3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights | Dec. 8
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.
7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor

Santa’s Holiday Festival | Dec. 8
Come take pictures with Santa. Each family will have the opportunity to make a memorable holiday ornament. There will be face painting, crafts and refreshments. Don’t forget to do a little holiday shopping in the Gift Shop.
10am-3pm / Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista
760-726-1340 /

Jingle Bell Run | Dec. 8
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure Americas #1 cause of disability.
6:30-11am / Liberty Station NTC Park
619-468-5986 /

Red Nose Run | Dec. 9
A holiday 5K that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best Holiday apparel and a prize will be awarded.

Time/Place: 12:30-5:30pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar

Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K | Dec. 9
All courses feature dirt service roads or single-track trails, with elevation gains between 100-500. We are proud to offer our Kids Dash.

Time/Place: 6-11am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido

Santa at the Lakes | Dec. 9
Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more!

Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-596-3141 /

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party | Dec. 9-10
Break out the Zoot suits and swing dance dresses, and take a step back in time to the ‘40s and ‘50s with a high-energy take on the holidays! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who got their name from an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows.
8pm / Poway Center for the Performing Arts

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights | Dec. 9 & 16
More than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
5pm / San Diego Bay

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship | Dec. 12-16
The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.

Time/Place: See website for schedule. / La Jolla Shores
Contact: 858-551-8563 /

Queen Bee Market Holiday Show | Dec. 14-15
Looking for that perfect holiday gift? With over 100 vendors selling home décor, handcrafted art, clothing, accessories, furniture, and so much more, you are certain to find something unique at this original urban-style, artisan market.
4-9pm Friday and 9am-4pm Saturday / Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Nutcracker | Dec. 14-23
Gather your friends and family to enjoy a classically extravagant score and vibrant cast of over 150 dancers. California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in a favorite holiday tradition.
Varies / San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Santa Run 5K & 1 Mile Race | Dec. 15
A series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1-mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave.
8:30-11am / Garnet Ave. and Bayard St.
858-412-6787 /

Old Town Las Posadas | Dec. 15
Based on the story of Mary and Josephs search for shelter in Bethlehem. Fiesta de Reyes invites you to enjoy the holiday spirit with festive decorations throughout the park, entertainment, and holiday experiences for the whole family.

Time/Place: 12-8pm / Old Town San Diego
Contact: 619-291-4903 /

Dirty December Poker Fun Run Half Marathon & 10K | Dec. 15
In addition to a costume contest and holiday theme, this run will involve a poker element your poker hand could give you bonus time!
9am-12:30pm / Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon | Dec. 15
Starts on Penasquitos Drive in front of the Hotel Karlan then travels SW along Carmel Mountain Road along the 56 bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.

Time/Place: 5am-12pm / Hotel Karlan, Ranch Penasquitos

The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade | Dec. 16
All pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing, and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

Time/Place: 1-5pm / MLK Promenade Park, San Diego

Holiday Food Truck Festival | Dec. 26-30
The Holiday Food Truck Festival in Balboa Park returns for five festive days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
12pm – 7pm / Balboa Park House of Hospitality

San Diego International Auto Show | Dec. 27-30
Over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers. Be among the first in the US to see more than 20 debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show.

Time/Place: Thur-Fri 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / SD Convention Center
858-550-0080 /

San Diego Tango Festival | Dec. 28-Jan. 1
Join Tango enthusiasts from all over the country and dance the night away! There’s something for everyone at this event, and teachers will be on hand to show beginners the basic steps and proper dance etiquette.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade | Dec. 31
Watch as the scenic bayside streets of downtown San Diego come alive with the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade! As always, 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!
10am / Downtown San Diego

Solar Turbines 5K Run/Walk | Dec. 31
Athletes will run past 100,000 cheering spectators. Runners, families and spectators can watch the remainder of the parade that features colorful floats, bands and inflatable characters.

Time/Place: 9:45am / San Diego Harbor Front

SDCCU Holiday Bowl | Dec. 31
This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12.
4pm / SDCCU Stadium

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