February 29, 2024
San Diego lights the season up vivid for the vacations in 2023, with dozens of particular occasions and shows. Picture credit score: sandiego.org

Dig a vacation parade? How a couple of neighborhood pageant? Or do you like seeing one among San Diego’s many amusement parks executed up in purple and inexperienced and hundreds of fairly lights? How a couple of holiday-themed present?

We’ve bought you lined. Right here’s a have a look at the various, some ways to embrace the season in 2023.

Need to have fun all month? There’s one thing week by week beginning NOW. Scan the schedule by early January, or scroll all the way down to the final part for occasions happening all season lengthy.

Nov. 24-26

  • USS Halfway Museum – decks its flight deck with its vacation most interesting for the inaugural “Jingle Jets.” Opens 5:30 p.m. Friday, persevering with on choose nights by Dec. 23, basic admission $25.
  • Liberty Station – The Salute the Season important occasion, the Tree Lighting & Vacation Festivities, on the North Promenade from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree in addition to reside leisure, firetruck rides and a screening of The Grinch.
  • Julian – the annual Julian Nation Christmas festivities, with a tree lighting and vacation market in Julian City Sq.. Enjoyable begins at midday with lighting set for six p.m. Saturday.
  • Seaport Village – Surfin’ Santa arrives at 1 p.m. Saturday from San Diego Bay and can lead a parade to se the primary snowfall of the season at Malibu Farm. 
  • Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll – get pleasure from holiday-themed cocktail tastes and treats at 25 retailers alongside Adams, in College Heights, Regular Heights and Kensington. Begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • WNDR Museum – the Gaslamp venue hosts “Winter WNDRland: Iced In,” with reveals lined in a “shimmering blanket of snow and ice.” Basic admission, $38; opens Friday and obtainable by Jan. 15.

Nov. 30-Dec. 3

  • La Jolla – the Valencia Lodge provides a wide range of occasions all through the vacation season, beginning with the free Nov. 30 tree lighting and persevering with with vacation teas, story-time brunches and a session of gingerbread home adorning. Charges range.
  • Balboa Park – December Nights, an annual custom that spreads out over a giant a part of the park, with meals, music, decorations and open homes at many museums and sights, 3 p.m. Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. Dec. 2, free.
  • Balboa Theatre – The basic, The Nutcracker, carried out by the World Ballet Dec. 3 on the San Diego Civic Theatre. Tickets begin at $39.
  • San Diego Opera – San Diego Opera provides “El Milagro del Recuerdo,” with family-friendly actions and leisure, pre- and post-performance, within the Civic Heart plaza; at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and a couple of p.m Dec. 3.
  • Carlsbad – The Discussion board begins a month’s value of occasions with the annual tree lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Kick off consists of mild present and Santa’s arrival.
  • Coronado – The town of Coronado’s vacation parade from the Ferry Touchdown to the Lodge del Coronado, with a tree lighting in Rotary Park, 6 p.m. Dec. 1, free.
  • La Mesa – Vacation within the Village goals to grow to be a Victorian retreat on La Mesa Boulevard with reside music and dance, craft distributors and a children’ space, midday Dec. 2, free.
  • Escondido – the Winter Wonderland on the California Heart for the Arts options crafts, actual snow and wares from native artisans and companies, 1 p.m. Dec. 2-3, free.
  • Little Italy – Search for 10-foot tall nutcrackers and tree shows on avenue corners for the Tree Lighting and Christmas Village, 4 p.m. Dec. 2, free.
  • Ocean Seaside – the Vacation Parade makes its method down Newport Avenue, and this yr’s theme is “Santa’s Disco Luau,” at sundown on Dec. 2, free.
  • Encinitas – the Vacation Parade rolls alongside Coast Freeway 101, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, after the tree lighting and a Santa look; free.
  • La Jolla – It’s “Christmas on the Sand” on the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Vacation Pageant; parade, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3, pageant on Wall Avenue till 4 p.m., free.
  • Chula Vista – At Starlight Nights, hop on Santa’s Vacation Practice, see native companies on the Vacation Market, watch the tree lighting, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, free.

Dec. 7-10

  • Gaslamp Quarter – Gaslamp Vacation Market drops down on three straight Thursdays starting Dec. 7, with distributors, mild shows and Santa. Head to fifth and Island avenues from 4-9 p.m.
  • La Jolla – the Valencia Lodge provides a wide range of occasions all through the vacation season, together with marking the beginning of Hanukkah with Chabad of La Jolla at 5 p.m Dec. 7, free.
  • Liberty Station – The Chabads of Downtown San Diego and Pacific Seaside host a public menorah lighting on the Arts District for the primary evening of Hanukkah. 5 p.m., Dec. 7, free.
  • East Village – the Tree Lighting and Vacation Market begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 on the Quartyard; with reside music from Elizabeth Bowersox Duo and The Luvalot Band. 
  • Poway – Christmas within the Park includes a tree lighting, Santa, prepare rides, reside music, crafts and extra at Outdated Poway Park, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9, free.
  • Cardiff/Level Loma/Tijuana – Bach Collegium San Diego’s vacation efficiency, “Messiah vis a vis El Mesias” – 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff and three p.m. Dec. 10 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Level Loma. Basic admission, $45. The 6 p.m. Dec. 12 present at CECUT in Tijuana is free.
  • Nationwide Metropolis – the fifteenth annual A Kimball Vacation, at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, with performances, a ferris wheel, Santa’s Village and Whoville and automotive present at Kimball Park. Free.
  • Liberty Station – the Marine Band – its Large Band, Brass Band and Rock Band – hosts its free Winter Vacation Live performance at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 on the North Promenade in Liberty Station.
  • Del Cerro – Hanukkah Occurring at Temple Emanu-El, 3 p.m. Dec. 9 with snow, video games, crafts and music. Free.
  • Del Mar – the thirty first annual Purple Nostril Run, a enjoyable run/5K, takes place at 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Gown as much as profit Semper Fi & America’s Fund ​and San Dieguito River Park.
  • Mission Bay – Christmas Boat Parade of Lights with sailboats and different pleasure craft adorned for the vacation season, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
  • Oceanside – the Harbor Parade of Lights circles the harbor with all kinds of boats, adorned for the vacation season. 7 p.m. Dec. 9.
  • North Park – Winter Wonderland returns Dec. 9-10 at North Park Mini Park, with ice skating, artisan market and beer backyard. Free, starting at midday every day.
  • Mission Bay – at Santa Paws at Paradise Level, take Spot to brunch for a pet image and create a pet-themed decoration, Dec. 10.
  • La Jolla – Take pleasure in crafts, purchasing, a fancy dress contest and efficiency by Jason Mesches on the Lawrence Household Jewish Neighborhood Heart’s Hanukkah celebration, at midday Dec. 10, $5 admission.
  • San Diego Bay – the primary of two probabilities to see the free Port of San Diego Bay Parade, with greater than 80 non-public boats adorned with vacation lights. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Dec. 15-17

  • Spring Valley – The Noah Properties once more hosts the Enchanted Village, the annual pageant of bushes (with greater than 1,000,000 lights), within the evenings from Dec. 15-22. Early fowl costs, legitimate by Monday, are $20 for adults, $12 for teenagers, earlier than going up.
  • Downtown San Diego – The basic, The Nutcracker, carried out by the Golden State Ballet Dec. 15-24 on the San Diego Civic Theatre. Tickets begin at $25.
  • Gaslamp Quarter – Cute pups march within the Gaslamp Pet Parade to point out off their greatest elf and Santa duds. 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Free to look at, $25 to participate. Pups within the Pub celebration follows.
  • El Cajon – San Diego Ballet performs The Nutcracker on the Magnolia Theatre Dec. 16. Admission begins at $45; reveals begin at 1 and 5 p.m.
  • Embarcadero – The San Diego Symphony, together with San Diego Grasp Chorale and the San Diego Youngsters’s Choir, current “Noel, Noel” on the Rady Shell, Dec. 15-17, Admission begins at $22.
  • Liberty Station – Nutcracker Tea Celebration returns to Liberty Station on Dec. 17, with treats, a efficiency by San Diego Ballet, Santa and extra. Two showtimes, 11 a.m. and three p.m. Admission, $60.
  • San Diego Bay – second probability on the Port of San Diego Bay Parade. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17.
Outdoor ice skating has started at Liberty Station. Photo by Chris Stone
Out of doors ice skating has began at Liberty Station. Picture by Chris Stone

Dec. 21-25

  • Embarcadero – The San Diego Symphony performs reside to a screening of the Tim Burton movie, The Nightmare Earlier than Christmas on the Rady Shell. Very restricted tickets stay, beginning at $46 for the 6 p.m. Dec. 23 present.
  • Mission Bay – the Jingle Belle Household Cruise, by two resorts, the Bahia and the Catamaran; sip on sizzling cocoa and snack on cookies whereas singing with carolers, crafting and watching Santa. Afternoon and night departures, Dec. 21-24, and afternoon solely, Christmas Day. $45.

Ongoing through the season

  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – the North Pole Restricted, hosted by elves, with particular visitors Santa and Mrs. Claus. Leaves Campo Depot. Fare begins at $30 for adults, $15 for teenagers. By Dec. 16.
  • Outdated Globe Theatre – provides two vacation reveals – Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Present continues by Dec. 24. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! runs by Dec. 31. Tickets begin at $34.
  • Carlsbad – 1222 Oceanfront: A Black Household Christmas, directed by Kandace Crystal, continues on the New Village Arts Theatre by Dec. 24. Basic admission, $55.
  • Pine Valley – Camp Christmas, with a water present, vacation photograph opps, winter hay and prepare rides and a nightly vacation present; Friday by Sunday evenings, by Dec. 23; admission begins at $15 if bought on-line.
  • Gaslamp Quarter – the Pendry San Diego, with Tipsy Elves, recognized for his or her particular vacation sweaters, hosts “Deck The Halls” at Nason’s Beer Corridor by Jan. 1. The purpose? To supply the “jolliest, brightest, (most) over-the-top décor.”
  • Liberty Station – Positioned within the Central Promenade on the Arts District, the Rady Youngsters’s Ice Rink is in its twenty seventh yr. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with some particular vacation hours. Basic admission prices $20.
  • Lodge del Coronado – Hours for Skating by the Sea range all through the season, however the typical schedule is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Basic admission prices $40.
  • Viejas Outlet Heart – Benefit from the ice in Alpine, with purchasing too. Open every day from 3 to 10 p.m. Basic admission prices $22.
  • Outdated City – Cygnet Theatre continues its A Christmas Carol custom (with music and puppetry too). From Dec. 1-30 (besides Mondays and a few Tuesdays) with admission beginning at $39.
  • Belmont Park – Winter Wonderland options rides reworked for the vacations, elf face portray and pics with vacation sculptures, by Dec. 31. Miracle at Draft provides the beer emporium a vacation solid. Park ticket packs begin at $16 with full-day passes beginning at $35.
  • Lodge del Coronado – choices embody Skating by the Sea, $40 per session, by Jan. 7; “All That Jazz” mild present, free, by Jan. 7, and Jingle Roast, Films on the Seaside and Gingerbread Home adorning on choose dates.
  • San Diego Botanic Backyard – “Lightscape,” a light-weight present with a mile-long path of shows by the venue; by Jan. 1. Admission begins at $26.
  • San Diego Zoo – “Jungle Bells,” opening Dec. 9, has roaming entertainers and a light-weight present, “Aurora” throughout prolonged hours, to eight p.m. By Jan. 1. Begins at $67.
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park – “Wild Holidays,” on weekends and choose dates from Saturday by Dec. 31, includes a bridge of lights, Safari Park themed tree and choreographed mild present. Begins at $67.
  • Legoland – meet Santa, the Toy Solider and Gingerbread Man and spy the 30-foot tree with over 400 Lego ornaments. Weekends and choose dates by Jan. 7. Tickets begin at $79.
  • Coastal Christmas – a fest on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, with 1 million lights and actions together with ice skating, ziplining and a vacation market, opens Dec. 14, then on choose dates by Dec. 30. Begins at $20.
  • SeaWorld – includes a parade, reside reveals and shows, together with a 30-foot Christmas tree and a music-activated tunnel of lights, by Jan. 7. Begins at $65.
  • Sesame Place – “Very Furry Christmas,” by Jan. 8, features a parade, present and dance celebration, and images with Sesame Avenue faves of their vacation most interesting. Beginning at $68.