Enjoy Thanksgiving activities with family and friends, with four days of family activities to celebrate this holiday season. Thanksgiving is all about family and friends. Why not spend it in San Diego? You can ice skate at the beach, enjoy a turkey trot in Balboa Park, visit a theme park and much more. Check out some ideas below.
These activities are based upon 2017 schedule.These will be updated for 2018 when the event calendars are published.
Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk - tentative November 22 2018 Thanksgiving Day 7 to 10 AM at Balboa Park. This annual event benefits St. Vincent de Paul Village, the largest homeless charity in San Diego. A 5K race starts and finishes in Balboa Park. Wheelchairs, pets and baby strollers welcome for some true San Diego family fun. Sign up now and start getting your pledges! Corporate groups and teams welcome. Join in the fun and take home a fresh baked pie on Thanksgiving while benefiting the city's homeless. Pies must be ordered in advance. thanksgiving-day-5k
Oceanside Turkey Trot - tentative November 22 2018 Thanksgiving Day 7 AM at the Oceanside Pier. Wear your thanksgiving costume for this turkey trot 5K run/walk or kids 1 mile fun run. Both open and locals only events. Event route includes Oceanside Civic Center, Oceanside Harbor and Oceanside Pier in Oceanside Cal. Free. The 5K and 5 Mile run/walks start at the Oceanside Civic Center, 330 North Coast Hwy. (Corner of Mission and Coast Hwy.) All races finish on The Strand at adjacent the Oceanside Pier. Register now. www.osideturkeytrot.com
Home Hospitality - Host two marines for Thanksgiving dinner, for Camp Pendleton marines who can't travel home for Thanksgiving. Call early to extend an invitation. Phone number: 760-385-4921.
Black Friday - This Friday after Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the Christmas holiday shopping season. Take advantage of all the deals online and in the stores as you buy gifts for your loved ones. Don't forget to pick up something to donate to your favorite charity too!
The Great Room Escape - A group of friends and I recently checked out The Great Room Escape! Ok…so I have to admit. We did not make it “out” per se but I am writing to tell you about it. This is a great team building task. Gather up a few folks and make arrangements to test your skills as you gather clues to “get out” of the room. Don’t worry too much. They eventually come and get you if your group fails! Check them out at www.greatroomescapesandiego.com.
San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival - tentative Nov. 21 to 25 2018 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel. Join in the fun at San Diego’s annual Jazz festival. Reserve your Thanksgiving day buffet. For details see www.dixielandjazzfestival.org.
Del Mar Holiday of Lights - This event is now cancelled.
Santa Arrives at Seaport Village - tentative Sat. Nov. 24 2018 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Seaport Village shopping area, San Diego. Kicking off the holiday season, So Cal Surfin Santa will arrive in San Diego by ship, sporting board shorts and flip flops for photos with kids on his giant surfboard and wave on Thanksgiving weekend. Families will gather on the boardwalk to welcome Santa to San Diego as he arrives on the Corinthian ship. Kids can pose with the sun-kissed Santa on his surfboard as he surfs a six-foot wave.
Julian Christmas Tree Lighting - tentative Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 24 2018) at Julian’s Pioneer Park. A great family tradition. Take your family to the historic town of Julian for the festivities to open the Christmas holiday season. Celebration begins at 4 PM, and the tree lighting at 6 PM. Christmas carols, Santa. Free admission for this Christmas event. www.julianca.com
Balboa Park - Voted the most popular San Diego attraction by locals, Thanksgiving is a great time to spend the day in Balboa Park. Walk around and enjoy the historic buildings, botanical gardens, or visit one of the many Balboa Park museums or the San Diego Zoo. San Diego Balboa Park
San Diego Theme Parks and Attractions - Thanksgiving week is a great time to visit the many San Diego theme parks, with our nice fall Southern California climate. Unless noted otherwise, all of these attractions are open on Thanksgiving:
Birch Aquarium (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair and Vintage Market - November dates TBD 2018at Bates Nut Farm. Open 9 AM - 4:00 pm (3:30 on Sun.) Over 100 artisans, handmade crafts and fine art. Face painting, farm zoo for the kids. Lion’s Club Pancake breakfast Great San Diego Thanksgiving activities for the family. Santa will be there - check for dates and times. www.batesnutfarm.biz
Embarcadero and Historic Ships on San Diego Bay – For a great Thanksgiving family activity, enjoy a stroll in downtown San Diego near the harbor to see the historic ships in the port of San Diego, such as USS Midway and the Maritime Museum. Walk to Seaport Village and visit the unique stores in SD. San Diego Harbor and Embarcadero
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