SAN DIEGO DEC, 2014 FUN EVENTS

December 03,  Curbside Bites Food Truck (Lunch) Every Wed.

On Wednesdays, a caravan of food trucks are conveniently located in Little Italy to serve lunchtime meals. Each food truck has its own special menu choices.
 
Time: 11:00 am –  2:00 pm
Location: B Street (between India St. & Columbia St.)
For more info.: Christian Murcia @ (714) 718-1330
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December 05 – 24,  Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park

Get in the spirit and walk through the magical lighting displays, ride Polar Express trains, explore Candyland, feed live reindeer, take a photo with Santa near a 40′-tall Christmas Tree, enjoy the festive fare and so much more!
 
Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Special Nights: December 22-24, 2014, Recurs every Sunday, Saturday
Price:  Adult – $15, Child – $10, Kids Under 3 – Free.  Military and Group discounts available
Location: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
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December 05 – 06,  Balboa Park December Nights 2-Day Event

Celebrate the holiday season and the spirit of Christmas! Sparkling decor is everywhere as you stroll through the park amid pleasing music and smiling faces. There’s free admission into the museums, gift shopping, food, and much more.
 
Time: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park (parkwide)
For more info.: Greg Herreman @ (619) 697-0178
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December 05SWEA December Nights 2-Day Event 

As a segment of the December Nights event in Balboa Park, you can 
experience the culture of Sweden. There will be imported Swedish crafts, delicious Swedish foods and music.
 
Time: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park (1350 El Prado)
For more info.: Annica Backlund @ (858) 336-2192
or visit www.swea.org
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December 05 – 06HPR International Christmas Festival 2-Day Event 

As a segment of the December Nights event in Balboa Park, the International Cottages invite you to come for a dinner of delicious ethnic foods, pastries, beer, and folkloric entertainment.

 
Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park (House of Pacific Relations International Cottages & stage area)
For more info.: Alisha Morrison @ (619) 829-3452
or visit www.sdhpr.org
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December 06,  The Mo Run 
The Mo Run is a timed 5K run/walk that raises awareness about mens’ health. All people including Mo Bros, Mo Sistas, family, and friends are all united under the mustache. 
 
Time: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Jessica Schmidt @ (630) 664-4263
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December 06,  North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
A delightful parade in North Park brings sights and sounds of high school marching bands, floats, community groups, costumed characters, Santa and dignitaries in decorated cars. This event is in conjunction with the “North Park Toyland Festival”.
 
Time: 10:00 am –  4:30 pm
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Brenda Milow @ (619) 269-7880
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December 06,  Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village 
Little Italy presents a friendly Christmas Village where you can come for hometown gift shopping, light refreshments, and a mixture of Italian and holiday music. At dark, the grand lighting of a glowing Christmas Tree will light up! Santa will be there for the kids, so don’t forget the kids!

 
Time: 4:00 pm –  7:30 pm
Location: West Fir Street (between Kettner Blvd. & Columbia St.)
For more info.: Christopher Gomez @ (619) 233-3898
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December 06,  35th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
Ocean Beach presents a nighttime community Christmas parade complete with marching bands and marching groups from schools to businesses. Find a place along the street and keep a look out for Santa. You never know who else might appear in this beach town parade.
 
Time: 5:00 pm –  7:30 pm
Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd./Newport Ave. – Newport Ave. – Abbott St. – Santa Monica Ave.
For more info.: Gretchen Newsom @ (619) 515-4400
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December 06 – 07,  “Home Is Where The Heart Is” San Diego Women’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Join us on a harmonic musical journey for the holidays with beautiful multi-ethnic celebratory songs of the season.  Accompanied by guitar, cello, flute, percussion with artistic vocal interpretations, the San Diego Women’s Chorus is well known for their soaring harmonies and uplifting arrangements performed in an acoustically spectacular venue.
Time: Dec 6 at 2:00 p.m. & at 7:00 p.m. / Dec 7 at 4 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew’s By The Sea Church, 1050 Thomas Ave, 92109
Price:  Tickets at the door $25  ($20 students, military & seniors)
For more info and advance tickets visit www.sdwc.org
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December 07,  SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off  
A holiday festival with a chili cook-off is happening in North Park! There are staged performances, gift shopping, opportunity drawings, a beer & wine garden for adults, and a activity area for kids. Be sure to purchase a hand-made ceramic bowl so you can taste different restaurant chilies.

 
Time: 11:00 am –  5:00 pm
Location: Thorn Street (between 31st St. & Bancroft St.)
For more info.: Jen Byard @ (619) 920-7887
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December 07,  57th La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
A wonderful Christmas parade lures people from all around to the sidewalks of La Jolla. You’ll see floats, marching bands, community groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, horses, and yes…a camel. Church bells peel with a fly-over. Also a Holiday tree lighting ceremony.
 
Time: 3:00 pm –  5:00 pm
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Patricia Wells @ (858) 922-4046
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December 13,  Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships 
This prestigious nationally televised event features 40 top male and 40 top female high school runners from across the United States who’ll compete for the title of High School Champion. 
 
Time: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Morley Field Cross Country Course (Morley Field Dr. near Balboa Park)
For more info.: Mike Cummings @ (760) 580-5103
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December 1322nd Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk 
Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday costume or jingle bells tied to shoelaces as a way to ring in the holiday season and set the pace for a 5K run, a leisurely stroll, and a 1K run for children.
 
Time: 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Call for details
For more info.:  Nancy Coate @ (858) 492-1090 x-6711
or visit www.sdjbr.org
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December 13,  Toys For Joy
The Rock Church presents an outreach event in Southeast San Diego to provide families with groceries, clothing, and toys so they can have a happier holiday season. The event also offers a health zone and a children’s fun zone; plus wholesome music, gospel, and special prayer requests.
Time: 7:00 am –  3:00 pm
Location: Lincoln High School & Porter Elementary School
For more info.: Michael Hawley @ (619) 981-1632
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December 13Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

A wonderful holiday parade is happening at Pacific Beach. Come early to find a place along the street so you can see floats, marching bands, color guards, community groups, marching groups of children, clowns, and of course Santa Claus!
Time: 1:00 pm –  3:30 pm
Location: Garnet Ave. (between Haines St. & Mission Blvd.)
For more info.:  Sara Berns @ (858) 273-3303
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December 12 – 13,  Christmas in the Village

There will be strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, food and commercial vendors, carnival rides, ponies, and puppet shows. Shops, boutiques, and restaurants will stay open late. There will also be a holiday parade each night. This is a free event.

Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Location: The Village, La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa 
For more info visit:  visit www.lmvma.com 
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December 14 – 21San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

• Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:30 pm
• Harbor Island: 6:00 pm
• The Embarcadero: 6:30 pm 
• Seaport Village: 7:00 pm
• Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:30 pm
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: visit web for details
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December 147th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

To the delight of onlookers, this holiday parade presents dogs and their owners in colorful fashion as they proudly promenade through the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. The costume contest judging includes: best pet costume, best costume duo, cutest critter, and best in show.
Time: 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm
Location: 5th Ave./L St. – 5th Ave. – E St. – 4th Ave. – K St. – 4th Ave./K St.
For more info.: Brandy Shimabukuro @ (619) 233-5227
or visit www.gaslamp.org
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December 20San Diego Hmong Community New Year Celebration 3-Day Event 

The Hmong New Year is a cultural celebration where families come together to give homage to ancestral spirits and honor to elders. This event showcases the beauty of Hmong culture with music, costumed performances, cultural food, cocktails, displays, and interactive activities.
Time: 9:00 am –  5:00 pm
Location: Kearny Mesa Recreation Park (3170 Armstrong St.)
For more info.: Pa Moua @ (619) 228-9746 or visit www.lhfasd.org
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December 21Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

Two marching bands with cheer units representing the two college football teams at the Poinsettia Bowl will parade in the Gaslamp Quarter. They will begin at opposite locations and meet midway at Market Street to play their music together and then proceed onward to each other’s beginning location.
Time: 6:00 pm –  7:15 pm
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Jimmy Parker @ (619) 233-5227
or visit www.gaslamp.org
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December 26Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade 

America’s largest balloon parade contains many massive air balloons plus motorized floats, marching bands, community groups, and drill teams. Cheering crowds align the streets to watch them pass by. This event is in conjunction with a 5K run, wiener dog race, and a family festival.
Time: 2:00 pm –  4:30 pm
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Katharine LiMandri @ (619) 283-5808 or visit www.holidaybowl.com

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December 26 – 30,  Garden of Lights – San Diego Botanic GardenAfter the sun goes down the Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights. The fun includes horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, and refreshments. Refer to website for admission information.

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
For more information visit www.sdbgarden.org
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December 28San Diego Holiday Half Marathon 
Are you looking for a half marathon during the holidays? This is the perfect race for local San Diegans and holiday visitors. There are scenic views along the route. It’s a point-to-point race that begins in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at Torrey Pines State Beach.
Time: 7:30 am –  1:00 pm
Location: Call for details
For more info.: Lee Ann Yarber @ (619) 390-3869
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