Holidays in San Diego – How to Celebrate

The holidays are just around the corner. Well, they are practically HERE already! From decorating the tree to making a gingerbread house, to ice skating and more, there is always something fun to do for the holidays! Our family traditions are to put up our tree December 1st (unless my husband agrees to get a real tree, then we agree to wait until after his Dec. 8th birthday), build a gingerbread house together a few weeks before Christmas, and then stay home on Christmas Day and open presents before we make (and then eat) lunch all together. It is life’s little things that make the best memories! Here in  San Diego, there are parades, Santa viewings, boat rides and more, so don’t miss out on celebrating this special time somewhere close to you!

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Nov. 19-Jan. 7
Global Winter Wonderland   
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm)
www.globalwonderland.com

Nov. 30-Dec. 3
ISA World Adaptive Surfing
La Jolla Shores
www.isasurf.org

Dec. 1Coronado Holiday Parade  
See website for schedule of events.
www.coronadochamber.com

Dec. 1
Fallbrook Community Tree Lighting  
Fallbrook Community Center: 341 Heald Ln.
www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Dec. 1-2
Balboa Park December Nights  
Fri 3-1pm, Sat Noon-11pm / Balboa Park
www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

Dec. 2
Jingle Paws Walk for Pets  
8am-Noon / Garden at Cuyamaca College
www.crowdrise.com/jinglepawswalkforpets20171

Dec. 2
LTB Christmas Festival Fundraiser
Lions Tigers & Bears Animal Sanctuary
www.lionstigersandbears.org

Dec. 2
Chula Vista Starlight Parade   
6-8pm / Third Avenue Village
www.starlightparade.com

Dec. 2
Mission Hills Holiday Craft Sale  
9am-3pm / Mission Hills United Church
www.facebook.com/MissionHillsArtists

Dec. 2
Encinitas Holiday Parade 
5:30-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101
www.encinitasca.gov

Dec. 2
North Park Toyland Parade/Festival   
11am-3pm / University Avenue
www.toylandparade.com

Dec. 2
OB Holiday Parade   
5:05-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave.
www.obtowncouncil.org

Dec. 2
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Village   
4-8pm / India Street & W Fir Street
www.littleitalysd.com

Dec. 2
Fallbrook Christmas Parade   
5pm / Main Avenue
www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

Dec. 3
SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off   
11am-5pm / Thorn & 32nd Streets, North Park
www.sonofestchilicookoff.com

Dec. 3
San Pasqual Battle Day   
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=655

Dec. 3
La Jolla Christmas Parade/Festival  
1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect St.
www.ljparade.com

Dec. 6
Holiday Laser Light Show & Santa 
5-7:30pm / Del Mar Highlands Town Center
www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

Dec. 9
Toast of Gaslamp  
1-5pm / Downtown San Diego
www.gaslamp.org

Dec. 9
Poway’s Christmas in the Park   
3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park
www.poway.org

Dec. 9
San Diego Santa Run 5K/1 Mile Race
8:30am-1pm / Pacific Beach: 900 Garnet
www.sandiegosantarun.com

Dec. 9
Toys for Joy   
7am-2pm / El Cajon Valley H.S.
www.toys-for-joy.org

Dec. 9
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor
www.oceansideyc.net

Dec. 9
Makers Arcade Holiday Fair  
11am-7pm / Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier
www.makersarcade.com

Dec. 9
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade
6-9pm / Mission Bay
www.mbyc.org

Dec. 9-10
La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village   
La Mesa Village
www.lamesavillageassociation.org

Dec. 10
Del Dios Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K   
6-10:15am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center
www.seasickevents.com

Dec. 10
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade   
1-5pm / Gaslamp Hilton Park: 401 K Street
www.holidaypetparade.com

Dec. 10
Santa at the Lakes  
10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Rec. Preserve
www.santeelakes.com

Dec. 10 & 17
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights  
5-7pm / San Diego Bay
www.sdparadeoflights.org

Dec. 15
Red Nose Run  
1-4pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
www.therednoserun.com

Dec. 15-18
Nat’l City Tree Lighting Ceremony
5-8pm / Kimball Park
www.nationalcitychamber.org

Dec. 16
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon 
5am-Noon / Hotel Karlan
www.sandiegoholidayhalf.com

Dec. 16
Scripps Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting   
4-6pm / Jerabek Park
www.scrippsranch.org

Dec. 16
Dirty December Poker Run   
Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve
http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/decemberrun/

Dec. 28Jan. 1
San Diego International Auto Show   
San Diego Convention Center
www.sdautoshow.com

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As you can see, there is a lot going on for everyone in the family! Want to visit some places with festive lights? Here are all the best places for lights:

Holiday Lights in San Diego

Even though there is not snow on the ground, there are still many ways you can spend the holidays here in sunny San Diego! Have you enjoyed any of these events in the past? Let us know which ones to go to this year!

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Amanda Henry is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, photographer, web designer, mom, and freelance blogger living the luxury and active lifestyle in San Diego.

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