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
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.
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
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”.
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
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.
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)
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.)
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
December 14, 7th 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
December 20, San 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.)
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.
December 26, Port 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.
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
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.