What To Do This December In San Diego CA 2017

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What to do this December in San Diego 2017?


December is my all time favorite month of the year. Maybe that is why I am blessed to have 2 of my 3 children born in December. There is so much to do around this wonderful county of ours and even if we don't have snow naturally if you look you can find it. 

 

Global Winter Wonderland   Nov. 19-Jan. 7     

Dazzling light displays to celebrate the Holidays Around the World. World-class entertainment with the Circus of Light. Thrilling rides and fun activities for all ages.
Time/Place: 
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium)
Contact:
 510-962-8586 / www.globalwonderland.com

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship   Nov. 30-Dec. 3

Serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.
Time/Place: 
La Jolla Shores   
Contact:
 www.isasurf.org

Alpine Christmas Parade and Snow Festival Dec. 1
22nd Annual Alpine Village: Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival begins at West Victoria Blvd. and ends at Alpine Creek Town Center. 
Featuring REAL SNOW  with a Snow Hill at Alpine Creek Town Center
Time/Place: 
6:30pm-9pm / West Victoria Blvd.
Contact:
 760-440-0612 / www.alpinecreekcenter.com
Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House   Dec. 1

Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.
Time/Place: 
3:20-8pm / See website for schedule.
Contact:
 619-435-7242 / www.coronadochamber.com

Fallbrook Community Tree Lighting    Dec. 1

This living 50 foot giant is over 34 years old. Thousands of sparkling LED lights will bring a holiday glow to the faces of children and adults alike. Toys for Tots donation location!
Time/Place: 
5-7:30pm / Fallbrook Community Center: 341 Heald Lane
Contact:
 www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org


Balboa Park December Nights   Dec. 1-2

All are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to museums from5-9pm.
Time/Place: 
Fri 3-1pm, Sat Noon-11pm / Balboa Park
Contact:
 www.sandiego.gov/december-nights
Children’s Nature Retreat Lighting of the Christmas Tree   Dec. 2

Enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies on us. Come early and visit with the animals...they will be all decked out.
Time/Place: 
3-5pm / 5178 Japatul Spur, Alpine
Contact:
 619-320-4942 / www.childrensnatureretreat.org
Jingle Paws Walk for Pets   Dec. 2

This is a beautiful garden where pets normally are not allowed, so you with your well-behaved, leashed pet will be able to enjoy the garden. Fun walk, 1 K.
Time/Place: 
8am-Noon / Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College
Contact:
 www.crowdrise.com/jinglepawswalkforpets20171
LTB Christmas Festival Fundraiser   Dec. 2

We will be releasing animals into the newly built multi-acre habitat during our Christmas Festival Fundraiser! Spend the afternoon watching your animal friends open their Christmas presents and get some holiday shopping done all in one day.
Time/Place: 
1-4pm / Lions Tigers and Bears Animal Sanctuary, Alpine
Contact:
 619-659-8078 opt. 2 / www.lionstigersandbears.org

Chula Vista Starlight Parade   Dec. 2

A variety of colorful floats, caroling groups, marching bands, dance teams, classic cars, and other participants will usher in the holiday season. Frosty’s Snow Hill from 1-5pm.
Time/Place: 
6-8pm / Third Avenue Village  
Contact:
 www.starlightparade.com
Mission Hills Holiday Craft Sale   Dec. 2

Local artists and crafters gather to sell their handmade wares including; paintings, watercolor, drawings, plant arrangements, jewelry, fashion, glassware, fiber art, body products and more!
Time/Place: 
9am-3pm / Mission Hills United Church of Christ: 4070 Jackdaw
Contact:
 www.facebook.com/MissionHillsArtists
Encinitas Holiday Parade   Dec. 2

We invite our nearly 100 expected entries to go all out with creativity, showcasing amazing and beautiful floats, performance art and music. Preceded by a 5pm tree lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard.
Time/Place: 
5:30-7:30pm / Coast Highway 101  
Contact:
 www.encinitasca.gov
North Park Toyland Parade & Festival   Dec. 2   

This cheerful pageant will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens and city officials (and more!) warm your spirits. Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red sleigh.
Time/Place: 
11am-3pm / University Avenue  
Contact:
 www.toylandparade.com
OB Holiday Parade   Dec. 2

Point Loma Marching Band, SD Roller Derby Dolls, VW Beetle club and classic Woodies, motorcycles, bright-lit floats and countless bands that fill the beach with live music.
Time/Place: 
5:05-7pm / Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave.
Contact:
 www.obtowncouncil.org

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village   Dec. 2

Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.
Time/Place: 
4-8pm / India Street & W Fir Street  
Contact:
 www.littleitalysd.com
Fallbrook Christmas Parade   Dec. 2

“A Jingle Bell Christmas” Enjoy this gift to the community from the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce.
Time/Place: 
5pm / Main Avenue  
Contact:
 www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off   Dec. 3

A fun day including craft beer, wine, shopping music and chili! The event is free to attend. And for just $25 you get a handmade ceramic chili tasting bowl and some amazing chili created by the competing restaurants.
Time/Place: 
11am-5pm / Thorn & 32nd Streets, North Park
Contact:
 www.sonofestchilicookoff.com
San Pasqual Battle Day   Dec. 3

Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.
Time/Place: 
10am-3:30pm / San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
Contact:
 760-737-2201 / www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=655
La Jolla Christmas Parade/Holiday Festival   Dec. 3

Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 
1:30-5pm / Girard Avenue & Prospect St. 
Contact:
 www.ljparade.com
Holiday Celebration with Laser Light Show & Santa   Dec. 6

A spectacular holiday celebration with a laser light show set to music and falling snow, Dickens caroling quartet, refreshments, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign and more.
Time/Place: 
5-7:30pm / Del Mar Highlands Town Center
Contact:
 858-793-5757 / www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com
Toast of Gaslamp   Dec. 9

Delicious cocktail samples and scrumptious bites from 20 of the top Gaslamp Quarter restaurants as well as shopping deals at 20 Gaslamp retailers.
Time/Place: 
1-5pm / Downtown San Diego  
Contact:
 www.gaslamp.org
Poway’s Christmas in the Park   Dec. 9

Christmas tree lighting at 5:15pm, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30pm. Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Speeder rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.
Time/Place: 
3:30-8:30pm / Old Poway Park  
Contact:
 www.poway.org

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race   Dec. 9

Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual San Diego Santa Run, a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
Time/Place: 
8:30am-1pm / Pacific Beach: 900 Garnet Avenue
Contact:
 www.sandiegosantarun.com
Toys for Joy   Dec. 9

Toys for Joy seeks to impact the lives of area children through providing a toy and food for their family combined in an event that ministers in both a practical and spiritual way.
Time/Place: 
7am-2pm / El Cajon Valley H.S. 
Contact:
 www.toys-for-joy.org
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights   Dec. 9

Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dinghys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor.
Time/Place: 
7-9pm / Oceanside Harbor  
Contact:
 www.oceansideyc.net
Makers Arcade Holiday Fair   Dec. 9

Arts and Crafts Fair Features More Than 100 Local Makers plus Craft Cocktails and Beer, Gourmet Food Trucks, Live Music, Camera Camper, Craft Making, Swag Bags and More.
Time/Place: 
11am-7pm / Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier
Contact:
 www.makersarcade.com

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights   Dec. 9

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season.
Time/Place: 
6-9pm / Mission Bay  
Contact:
 www.mbyc.org
La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village   Dec. 9-10   

Enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.
Time/Place: 
Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm / La Mesa Village
Contact:
 619-784-6372 / www.lamesavillageassociation.org
Del Dios Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K   Dec. 10

All courses feature dirt service roads or single track trails, with elevation gains between 100’-500’. We are proud to offer our “Kids Dash”.
Time/Place: 
6-10:15am / Lake Hodges Visitors Center, Escondido
Contact:
 858-259-1501 / www.seasickevents.com
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade   Dec. 10

Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo.
Time/Place: 
1-5pm / Gaslamp Hilton Park: 401 K Street
Contact:
 619-233-5227 / www.holidaypetparade.com
Santa at the Lakes   Dec. 10

Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, s'mores, food, face painting, arts crafts and so much more!
Time/Place: 
10am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact:
 619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights   Dec. 10 & 17

More than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Time/Place: 
5-7pm / San Diego Bay  
Contact:
 www.sdparadeoflights.org
Red Nose Run   Dec. 15

A fun run & walk on beautiful Del Mar beach that is family and dog friendly. We offer 3K and 5K distance. Our event benefits two amazing San Diego based nonprofits: Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund.
Time/Place: 
1-4pm / Powerhouse Park, Del Mar  
Contact:
 www.therednoserun.com
National City Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Ice Rink   Dec. 15-18

A twilight tree-lighting ceremony on Friday with a visit from Santa Claus, the Ice Queen, carolers, holiday lawn displays, music and an array of food vendors. Free ice skating rink Fri 5-10pm, Sat-Mon 4-10pm.
Time/Place: 
5-8pm / Kimball Park  
Contact:
 www.nationalcitychamber.org
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon   Dec. 16

A fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
Time/Place: 
5am-Noon / Hotel Karlan: 14455 Penasquitos Drive
Contact:
 www.sandiegoholidayhalf.com
Scripps Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting   Dec. 16

Your neighbors from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and the local Girl Scouts will be ready to greet you with a cup of hot chocolate, baked goods, and a smile. The Scripps Ranch High band will fill the cool winter air with festive music and holiday cheer.
Time/Place: 
4-6pm / Jerabek Park  
Contact:
 www.scrippsranch.org
Dirty December Poker Fun Run, Half Marathon & 10K   Dec. 16

In addition to a costume contest and holiday theme, this run will involve a poker element.
Time/Place: 
9am-12:30pm / Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve
Contact:
 http://dirtyfeet.us/trailraces/decemberrun/
San Diego International Auto Show   Dec. 28-Jan. 1

The 2017 and 2018 model-year vehicles will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs.
Time/Place: 
See website for schedule. / San Diego Convention Center
Contact:
 858-550-0080 / www.sdautoshow.com

 


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