Holiday Happenings in San Diego

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Toys for Tots Drive

Make this a special holiday season for an underprivileged boy or girl by donating a new, unwrapped toy.

Location: Various locations

Info: www.toysfortots.org

11/14 – 12/18: Times vary 

 

Jingle Bell Run

Kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5k route with your team members & celebrate the season by giving.

Location: Liberty Station NTC Park

Info: www.arthritis.org

12/7: 8am 

 

National Funding Holiday Bowl 5K Run/Walk

The 25th annual 5k Run/Walk at the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade!

Location: Harbor Dr.

Info: holidaybowl.com/events/parade/5k-run

12/26: 2:45pm 

 

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala

Ring in 2020 at one of the hottest New Year’s eve parties in the country!

Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Info: www.bignightsandiego.com

12/31 – 1/1: 9pm–2am

 

HOLIDAY PARADES

Everybody loves a Holiday Parade and San Diego County has plenty to choose from. From downtown all the way up to Fallbrook, there is a parade for everyone.

Don’t miss the Holiday Bowl Big Bay Balloon Parade downtown, San Diego’s premier Holiday Parade! 

 

Coronado – Annual Holiday Parade

Location: Coronado Chamber of Commerce

Info: www.facebook.com/events/coronado- chamber-of-commerce/annual-holiday- parade/384193315854358

12/6: 6pm 

 

Alpine – Parade of Lights

Location: Alpine Community Center

Info: www.visitalpine.org/events/24th-annual- parade-of-lights-snow-festival

12/6: 6:30pm

 

Chula Vista – Starlight Parade

Location: Memorial Park

Info: www.starlightparade.com

12/7: 2pm 

 

Fallbrook – Annual Christmas Parade

Location: Main Avenue, Ammunition to Ivy

Info: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/ events-v2/christmas-parade.html

12/7: 5pm 

 

Ocean Beach – Holiday Parade

Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Newport Ave.

Info: obtowncouncil.org/holiday-parade

12/7: 5:05pm 

 

Encinitas – Holiday Parade

Location: Coast Highway 101

Info: encinitasca.gov/Home/City-Calendar/ctl/ ViewEvent/mid/774/OccuranceId/3140

12/7: 5:30pm 

 

North Park – Toyland Parade

Location: North Park Main Street

Info: www.toylandparade.com

12/8: 11am 

 

La Jolla – Christmas Parade

Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street Info:

www.ljparade.com

12/8: 1:30pm 

 

SD – Bay Parade of Lights

Location: Maritime Museum of San Diego

Info: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/ parade-of-lights

12/8, 12/15: 5pm 

 

Escondido – Jaycees Parade

Location: Various along N. Broadway

Info: www.escondidojaycees.org/parade- general-information

12/14: 9:30am 

 

Oceanside – Parade of Lights

Location: Oceanside Harbor

Info: visitoceanside.org/events/parade-of-lights

12/14: 7pm 

 

Gaslamp – Holiday Pet Parade

Location: MLK Promenade Park

Info: www.gaslamp.org/events/pet-parade

12/15: 12pm–5pm 

 

Mission Bay – Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Location: 1215 El Carmel Place

Info: www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/ christmas-boat-parade-of-lights-mission-bay.aspx

12/14: 6pm 

 

SD – Holiday Bowl Parade

Location: Waterfront Park

Info: www.holidaybowl.com/events/parade

12/26: 10am

 

More Happenings!

 

Chula Vista – Children’s Faire

Location: Memorial Park

Info: www.starlightparade.com

12/1: 2pm–5pm 

 

Balboa Park – December Nights

Location: Balboa Park

Info: www.sandiego.gov/december-nights

12/6: 3pm–11pm 12/7: 12pm–11pm 

 

Coronado – Open House at Ferry Landing

Location: Coronado Ferry Landing

Info: www.sandiego.org/members/venues/ coronado-historical-association-coronado- museum-of-history-art/events/coronado- christmas-parade-open-house.aspx

12/6: 3:20pm–8pm 

 

 

Coaster – Holiday Express

Location: Oceanside Transit Center

Info: www.gonctd.com/holidayexpress

12/7 – 8, 12/14 – 15: 10am, 12pm & 2pm 

 

San Marcos – Santa Village

Location: San Marcos Civic Center

Info: www.san-marcos.net/departments/parks- recreation/special-events/santa-s-village

12/7: 1pm–7pm 

 

Escondido – Winter Wonderland Festival

Location: California Center for the Arts

Info: artcenter.org/event/winter- wonderland-festival

12/7: 3pm 

 

Little Italy – Tree Lighting

Location: 555 West Date Street

Info: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy- tree-lighting

12/7: 4pm–8pm 

 

Ramona – Tree Lighting

Location: Old Town Ramona

Info: ramonachamber.com/christmas-tree-lighting

12/7: 5pm–8pm 

 

South Park – Holiday Walkabout

Location: South Park at Grape Street Square

Info: www.southparksd.com/events/holiday- walkabout-tree-lighting-2

12/7: 5:30pm 

 

Alpine – Snow Festival

Location: Alpine Community Center

Info: www.visitalpine.org/events/24th-annual- parade-of-lights-snow-festival

12/7: 6:30pm–9pm 

 

Santee – Santa at the Lakes

Location: Santee Lakes

Info: santeechamber.com/events/details/santa- at-the-lakes-3244

12/8: 10am–3pm 

 

La Jolla – Holiday Festival

Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street

Info: www.sandiego.org/explore/events/parades/ la-jolla-christmas-parade-and-holiday-festival.aspx

12/8: 11am–1pm 

 

Vista – Winterfest

Location: 25 Main Street

Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/winterfest-2019- tickets-69362750855

12/8: 2pm–7pm 

 

Del Mar – Santa by the Sea

Location: Camino Del Mar & 15th Street

Info: visitdelmarvillage.com/santa-by-the-sea

12/8: 3pm–5pm 

 

Bates Nut Farm – Christmas in the Valley

Location: Bates Nut Farm

Info: batesnutfarm.biz/ce-12970-christmas-in- the-valley.html

12/13: 3pm–8pm

12/14: 9am–3pm 

 

La Mesa – Holiday in the Village

Location: Downtown La Mesa

Info: www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/ holiday-in-the-village.aspx

12/13, 12/14: 5pm–9pm 

 

Old Town – Las Posadas

Location: Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce

Info: www.sandiego.org/members/associations- organizations/old-town-san-diego-chamber-of- commerce/events/old-town-holiday-in-the-park- las-posadas.aspx

12/14: 12pm–8pm 

 

Poway – Christmas in the Park

Location: Old Poway Park

Info: poway.org/890/Christmas-in-the-Park

12/14: 3:30pm–8:30pm 

 

Fallbrook – Brunch with Santa

Location: Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens

Info: www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/ events-v2/Brunch-with-Santa_ET3331.html

12/15: 10am–1pm 

 

La Jolla – Hanukkah Happening at JCC

Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Info: www.lfjcc.org/preschool/ hanukkahhappening.aspx

12/15: 11am–2pm 

 

Holiday Displays

 

Botanic Wonderland

Location: San Diego Botanic Garden

Info: www.sdbgarden.org/botanicwonderland.htm

12/3 – 12/8, 12/1 – 12/15, 12/17 – 12/23, 12/26 – 12/30 

 

Holidays at LEGOLAND®

Location: 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad

Info: www.legoland.com/california/ legoland-california/entertainment/events/ holidays-at-legoland

11/23 – 12/31 

 

Skating by the Sea®

Location: Hotel del Coronado

Info: hoteldel.com/events/skating

11/22 – 1/5 

 

Jungle Bells

Location: San Diego Zoo

Info: www.sandiego.org/members/attractions/ san-diego-zoo/events/jungle-bells-at-the-san- diego-zoo.aspx

12/13 – 1/5 

 

North Pole Limited

Location: Railway Museum

Info: www.psrm.org/npl

11/29 – 12/21 (Fri & Sat) 

 

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Location: 500 Sea World Drive

Info: seaworld.com/orlando/events/ christmas-celebration

11/23 – 1/5 

 

Seas ‘n’ Greetings

Location: Birch Aquarium

Info: aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/events/ seas-n-greetings

12/1 – 12/31