The holidays are for having fun and making memories! Need something to do to get you in the holiday spirit? Check out these great San Diego events!

Holidays at Legoland

November 18th – January 1st

Carlsbad

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Experience the magic of the Holidays at Legoland with music and twinkling lights and the world’s largest lego Christmas tree.  Enjoy live entertainment with Lego Friends Live in Heartlake City, Santa’s elves singing in Fun Town and a life-sized lego brick Santa and reindeer that make for a perfect family photo! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

November 18th – January 6th

Mission Bay

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SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is a holiday waiting to be made, with seasonal shopping, festive food and drinks, and stunning live shows. As holiday music fills the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles, transforming the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. Click here for more information.

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Global Winter Wonderland

November 19th – January 7th

SDCCU Stadium

New this year to San Diego, the Global Winter Wonderland features dazzling light-up scene from around the world, its own “Circus of Light”, food, rides, shopping, pictures with Santa, and more! You don’t want to miss this event! Click here for more information and tickets.

Skating By The Sea

November 23rd – January 1st

Coronado

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Come down the Hotel Del Coronado after Thanksgiving to get into the Holiday Spirit by ice skating by the sea!  The ice rink opens up the day after thanksgiving and will be open until January so come get your ice skating fill! For more information click here.

December Nights

December 1st – 2nd

Balboa Park

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Come to Balboa Park December 1 and 2 for festive fun, food attractions and complimentary admission to all museums! This is one of the most popular events in San Diego, so come early for parking or take public transportation. For more information click here.

Encinitas Holiday Parade

December 2nd

Encinitas

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This year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts.” Encinitas has a thriving art scene, and for the 2017 Parade, nearly 100 expected entries will go all out, showcasing amazing and beautiful floats, performance art and music.  Click here for more information about the event.

Santa by the Sea Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd

Del Mar

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The Del Mar Village is hosting this annual tradition once again! Join others in the lighting of the tree that will shine in the heart of Del Mar throughout the season! There will be cookies, cocoa and more.  Share the holiday spirit by bringing a brand new Teddy Bear for a child in need. Click here for more information about the event.

Holiday Celebration with Santa

December 6th

Carmel Valley

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Head down to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center for two spectacular laser light shows at 5:15 pm and 6:15 pm, complete with falling snow! Take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, sing along with the Dickens carolers and enjoy performances by local schools!  This year’s holiday celebration is going to be one you won’t want to miss! Click here for more information about the event.

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

December 9th

Oceanside

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Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks ,and dingys will be dressed up in holiday swag and circling the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach on December 9th. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. Click here for more details about the event.

34th Annual Hannukah Happening 

December 10th

La Jolla

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Come down to La Jolla and celebrate the 34th annual Hannukah Happening! It will take place December 10th from 11:00AM – 2:00PM.  This is a community-wide holiday extravaganza for all ages! Pricing for admission is $2 per person if you are a JCC member and $3 for everyone else.  Kids 2 and under are free! Don’t miss this holiday event!  Clickhere for more details about the event.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Honda Civic Theatre

December 9 – 23

Downtown

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Feel the magic of the holidays at a performance of City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker. Following each matinee performance, members of the cast will be in the lobby to greet audience members.  For more information click here.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

December 10th and 17th

San Diego Bay

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The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights will entertain the bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 10th and 17th.  Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, A Pirate’s Christmas. For parade route information and approximate times, click here.

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade 

December 10th

Downtown San Diego

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Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park.  Click here for more information.

Congregation Beth Am Menorah Lighting

December 17th

Carmel Valley

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To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6:00 PM. Come down to the Del Mar Highlands and join in on the fun and this longstanding tradition! Click here for more information.

Nutcracker Holiday Tea at the Grand Del Mar

December 22nd

Carmel Valley

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Bring your little ones for a traditional Holiday Tea followed by a charming abridged performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” by Scripps Ballet Theatre with students from Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Click here for more information.

Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala

December 31st – January 1st

Downtown

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Located at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the New Years Eve Gala is back! You might want to leave your wallet at home because your ticket includes everything: all drinks included all night, buffet, and entertainment throughout the TEN different party zones! Must be 21 to attend.  Click here for more information!