Note: Most of these Christmas events and activities will return for 2015. The specific dates will be updated when the event calendars are posted
Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Grinchmas returns to Universal Studios in late December through the holidays. Get in the holiday spirit with the Grinch, at Universal Studios Hollywood, and get 2016 admission free.
The Nutcracker - dates TBD 2015. No Christmas season would be complete without the The Nutcracker ballet one of the best San Diego Christmas activities. Buy tickets at www.cityballet.org.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk - December TBD 2015 starting at 8 AM at Balboa Park San Diego (Park Blvd. and Presidents Way). Put on your reindeer antlers or other holiday costume and running shoes in the fun San Diego event to support the Arthritis Foundation.
Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration - Wednesday December TBD 2015 from 4pm - 7pm at Hotel del Coronado. Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, and a visit with St. St. Nick and his elves at Santa’s Village at The Del. Sip hot cocoa, libations, and enjoy the festive entertainment and fireworks. The resort’s 100,000 twinkling white lights will provide a magical backdrop for the evening’s festivities. For more information and schedule see www.hoteldel.com.
Encinitas Holiday Parade - free event December TBD 2015 starting at 5 PM in downtown Encinitas Cal. Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony in historic Encinitas. Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 pm in the Lumberyard shopping center courtyard on Coast Highway 101. The Parade begins at 5:30, heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D Street to J Street. encinitasparksandrec.com
La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival - Sunday December TBD 2015. Join in the holiday fun with horses, floats and antique planes fly over earlier in the day, with the La Jolla San Diego parade starting at 1:30 pm in downtown La Jolla at Kline & Gerard. After the parade is a festival with crafts, games, fun and food, and Santa. The tree lighting begins around 4:30. www.ljparade.com
Disneyland Christmas - November TBD 2015 - January TBD 2016. Disneyland Christmas holiday time at the happiest place on earth. Take your loved ones on a Disneyland Christmas holiday vacation. Disneyland Christmas 2014
Legoland Holiday Snow Days - November TBD 2015 to January TBD 2016. Enjoy some fun snow play at Legoland. Try snow tubing, ice skating or make a snow ball. Special discount rates apply. Legoland California
Cut Your Christmas Tree - No list of Christmas activities would be complete without the holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas tree from a local farm in San Diego. For a list of farms or lots see www.cachristmas.com
Del Mar Santa by the Sea - Sunday December TBD 2015 from 2 - 5 PM. Horse and carriage rides, Santa, cake walk, live music from 4 – 5 pm, and 5 pm tree lighting and more in downtown Del Mar. More fun Christmas activities for this holiday season. www.delmarmainstreet.com
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Nov. TBD - Dec. TBD 2015 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego Balboa Park. Christmas activities wouldn't be the same without the Grinch. Shows at various times, and some shows may be adults only. Get your San Diego Grinch Tickets at www.theoldglobe.org
Julian Christmas Tree Lighting - Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 2015) at Julian’s Pioneer Park. Festivities to open the Christmas season begin at 4 PM, and the tree lighting at 6 PM in the charming historic town of Julian. Christmas carols, Santa. Free admission for this Christmas event. For more information about the Julian Living Christmas Tree see www.julianca.com
Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade - Sunday, December TBD 2015 at 3 PM. Wear you holiday costume and join the parade. Prizes for Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best of Show. Enjoy the pet expo from 1-5 PM, parties, and more. $20 to register and free to watch. www.gaslamp.org
Garden of Lights - December TBD 2015from 5 – 9 PM at San Diego Botanic Gardens (formerly Quail Botanic Gardens) in Encinitas. Dazzling light display, holiday crafts, horse drawn wagon rides and more. For more information see www.sdbgarden.org
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights - Sunday December TBD and Sunday Dec. TBD 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. The parade of decorated boats starts at southwest end of Shelter Island, and travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace before ending at the navy carrier turning basin. This years theme at San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is “The Sounds of Christmas”. www.sdparadeoflights.org.
Big Bay Balloon Parade 2014 - December TBD 2015 in downtown San Diego CA. The Port of San Diego brings this televised exciting family event full of marching bands, magnificent floats, drill teams and enormous balloons. Family Festival activities afterwards at the Broadway Pier. For more information, or to pre-order your Grandstand tickets for preferred seating at the San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade, see www.holidaybowl.com
The Del New Year’s Eve Gala - New Years Eve San Diego party at The Del, Hotel del Coronado. Ring in 2016 at a San Diego New Years party, and expensive but delightful evening. Champagne reception in the magnificent Crown Room, followed by a lavish dinner and dancing in the oceanfront Ballroom. Ages 21 and older only. Tickets cost ~ approximately $340. Additional parties for children and teenagers including dinner, beach games and bonfire. For additional information about the Hotel Del New Years Eve Party see www.hoteldel.com.
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