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Activities for Christmas in San Diego

Join in these fun 2022 Christmas Activities and Christmas Holiday Events in San Diego, CA. Visit with Santa and see the spectacular holiday tree lights in San Diego. Enjoy this special time of year with your family in beautiful San Diego.

I love our Mediterranean climate in San Diego. Our winters are mild, so you can go ice skating on the beach, enjoy a sunny day in Balboa Park, or enjoy more traditional holiday activities.

Updated September 24, 2022 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

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Balboa Park December Nights - Friday and Saturday 2 and 3 December 2022 at Balboa Park. Fun, food and lights. Don't miss out on one of the best San Diego events. For more information see www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

Snow n Glow Festival - December 8 2022 - January 1 2023 select nights only Thursdays-Sundays from 4 PM- 9 PM. Enjoy the holiday lights and go snow tubing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 www.snownglow.com

Botanic Wonderland Garden of Lights

Botanic Garden Lightscape - November 18 2022 - January 1 2023 from 5:30 – 10 PM at San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanic Gardens) in Encinitas. This year the Garden of Lights will be more spectacular featuring the international Lightscape exhibition. Enjoy a one mile evening walk through the lighted garden filled with one million twinkling lights, as well as "cathedral" of lights, a laser garden, lantern trees and more. Enjoy some marshmallow roasting and hot cocoa. This is a special ticketed event with entry times every 15 minutes. Reservations required as this popular event will sell out. For more information see www.sdbg.org.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Nov. dates TBD to Dec TBD 2022 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

A Very Furry Christmas - Nov 12 to Dec 31 at the new Sesame Place San Diego theme park in Chula Vista. A family-friendly celebration with your favorite Sesame Street characters. Sesame Place San Diego

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Encinitas Holiday Parade - Tentative for 2022 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 4 2022. 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 11 2022 - January 8 2023. Disneyland Christmas holiday time at the happiest place on earth. Take your loved ones on a Disneyland Christmas holiday vacation. Disneyland Christmas

Legoland Holiday - mid November 2022 to early January 2023. Enjoy a trip to Legoland and see a holiday tree and some snow. Legoland California

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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

Julian Christmas Tree Lighting - Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 2022) 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 visitjulian.com

Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade

Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade - date TBD December 2022. Dress up your pet (and you!) in a holiday costume and join the parade. See Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade details at gaslamp.org

Big Bay Balloon Parade - December 28 2022 starting at 3 PM 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.

San Diego Christmas Ideas

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights - Sunday December 11 and 18 2022 from 5 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. www.sdparadeoflights.org.

The Del New Year’s Eve Gala - New Years Eve San Diego party at The Del, Hotel del Coronado. Ring in 2023 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. 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.

Other Fun Things to Do in San Diego - For other fun events and activities, see San Diego Events December and San Diego Events January.

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