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)

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

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

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

Dec. 1-2
Balboa Park December Nights  
Fri 3-1pm, Sat Noon-11pm / Balboa Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 2
Fallbrook Christmas Parade   
5pm / Main Avenue

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

Dec. 3
San Pasqual Battle Day   
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 16
Dirty December Poker Run   
Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve

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

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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
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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.