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


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


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.


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


12/31 – 1/1: 9pm–2am



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: chamber-of-commerce/annual-holiday- parade/384193315854358

12/6: 6pm 


Alpine – Parade of Lights

Location: Alpine Community Center

Info: parade-of-lights-snow-festival

12/6: 6:30pm


Chula Vista – Starlight Parade

Location: Memorial Park


12/7: 2pm 


Fallbrook – Annual Christmas Parade

Location: Main Avenue, Ammunition to Ivy

Info: events-v2/christmas-parade.html

12/7: 5pm 


Ocean Beach – Holiday Parade

Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Newport Ave.


12/7: 5:05pm 


Encinitas – Holiday Parade

Location: Coast Highway 101

Info: ViewEvent/mid/774/OccuranceId/3140

12/7: 5:30pm 


North Park – Toyland Parade

Location: North Park Main Street


12/8: 11am 


La Jolla – Christmas Parade

Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street Info:

12/8: 1:30pm 


SD – Bay Parade of Lights

Location: Maritime Museum of San Diego

Info: parade-of-lights

12/8, 12/15: 5pm 


Escondido – Jaycees Parade

Location: Various along N. Broadway

Info: general-information

12/14: 9:30am 


Oceanside – Parade of Lights

Location: Oceanside Harbor


12/14: 7pm 


Gaslamp – Holiday Pet Parade

Location: MLK Promenade Park


12/15: 12pm–5pm 


Mission Bay – Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Location: 1215 El Carmel Place

Info: christmas-boat-parade-of-lights-mission-bay.aspx

12/14: 6pm 


SD – Holiday Bowl Parade

Location: Waterfront Park


12/26: 10am


More Happenings!


Chula Vista – Children’s Faire

Location: Memorial Park


12/1: 2pm–5pm 


Balboa Park – December Nights

Location: Balboa Park


12/6: 3pm–11pm 12/7: 12pm–11pm 


Coronado – Open House at Ferry Landing

Location: Coronado Ferry Landing

Info: 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


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


San Marcos – Santa Village

Location: San Marcos Civic Center

Info: recreation/special-events/santa-s-village

12/7: 1pm–7pm 


Escondido – Winter Wonderland Festival

Location: California Center for the Arts

Info: wonderland-festival

12/7: 3pm 


Little Italy – Tree Lighting

Location: 555 West Date Street

Info: tree-lighting

12/7: 4pm–8pm 


Ramona – Tree Lighting

Location: Old Town Ramona


12/7: 5pm–8pm 


South Park – Holiday Walkabout

Location: South Park at Grape Street Square

Info: walkabout-tree-lighting-2

12/7: 5:30pm 


Alpine – Snow Festival

Location: Alpine Community Center

Info: parade-of-lights-snow-festival

12/7: 6:30pm–9pm 


Santee – Santa at the Lakes

Location: Santee Lakes

Info: at-the-lakes-3244

12/8: 10am–3pm 


La Jolla – Holiday Festival

Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street

Info: la-jolla-christmas-parade-and-holiday-festival.aspx

12/8: 11am–1pm 


Vista – Winterfest

Location: 25 Main Street

Info: tickets-69362750855

12/8: 2pm–7pm 


Del Mar – Santa by the Sea

Location: Camino Del Mar & 15th Street


12/8: 3pm–5pm 


Bates Nut Farm – Christmas in the Valley

Location: Bates Nut Farm

Info: the-valley.html

12/13: 3pm–8pm

12/14: 9am–3pm 


La Mesa – Holiday in the Village

Location: Downtown La Mesa

Info: holiday-in-the-village.aspx

12/13, 12/14: 5pm–9pm 


Old Town – Las Posadas

Location: Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce

Info: 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


12/14: 3:30pm–8:30pm 


Fallbrook – Brunch with Santa

Location: Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens

Info: events-v2/Brunch-with-Santa_ET3331.html

12/15: 10am–1pm 


La Jolla – Hanukkah Happening at JCC

Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Info: hanukkahhappening.aspx

12/15: 11am–2pm 


Holiday Displays


Botanic Wonderland

Location: San Diego Botanic Garden


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: legoland-california/entertainment/events/ holidays-at-legoland

11/23 – 12/31 


Skating by the Sea®

Location: Hotel del Coronado


11/22 – 1/5 


Jungle Bells

Location: San Diego Zoo

Info: san-diego-zoo/events/jungle-bells-at-the-san- diego-zoo.aspx

12/13 – 1/5 


North Pole Limited

Location: Railway Museum


11/29 – 12/21 (Fri & Sat) 


SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Location: 500 Sea World Drive

Info: christmas-celebration

11/23 – 1/5 


Seas ‘n’ Greetings

Location: Birch Aquarium

Info: seas-n-greetings

12/1 – 12/31