December 2015 San Diego County Family and Holiday Events
NBC 7/39 Toys for Tots Drive
You can make this a special holiday season for an underprivileged boy or girl by donating a new, unwrapped toy. You may drop toys at various locations around the county. 11/1 – 12/19
LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights
Build a snowman with LEGO® accessories and throw real snowballs at colorful targets. Ride snow tubes down a hill. Experience the magic of Winter Nights with shows, music, and twinkling lights. There’s even a food truck with yummy treats served by Santa’s Elves. Stay for the nightly fireworks over Miniland USA, December 26-30.
Date: December 1 – 31, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: Free with admission
Location: One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
For more info.: visit california.legoland.com/holidaysnowdays
Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 38th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 4, 3-11pm, and Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-11pm. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Coronado Open House at Ferry Landing
Each year the Coronado Chamber of Commerce hosts a Holiday Parade and Open House celebration for the community to come together in the holiday spirit and enjoy our beautiful city.
This year’s Holiday Parade will be on Friday, December 4 at 6 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Alpine Snow Festival
Santa arrives in Alpine riding down Alpine Boulevard from Victoria Drive at the Alpine Woman’s Club for the 20th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights. Immediately following the parade, Santa and his helpers will light the Alpine Community Christmas Tree at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road.
12/4 6:30–9 pm
Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park
Holiday Wonderland is back at Petco Park for the second year and it’s bigger and better than ever. Be transported through a spectacular holiday wonderland full of fun for the entire family for 12 nights in December.
Date: December 4 – 23, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Price: Adult – $15 Child – $10 Kids Under 3 – Free Military
Location: 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For more info. visit sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ticketing/holiday.jsp
Garden of Lights
After the sun goes down in December, the Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience!
Date: December 5 – 30, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Members – $8 Non-members – $14
Location: 5230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024
For more info. call 760.436.3036 or visit www.sdbgarden.org/lights.htm
Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival
Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival is an annual community event where we bring the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and create fun, hand-made gifts for their loved ones.
Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 340 N Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
For more info. call 800.988.4253 or visit artcenter.org/event/holiday-tree-lighting-festival
North Park Toyland Festival
Gliding down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets, this cheerful parade will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials and more, warm your spirits. Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red fire engine and bells will be ringing as loved ones snuggle up in the bright, frosty air.
12/5 10 am-4:30 pm
Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
The Little Italy Association is proud to present the 16th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village. This year, the festivities will be held on W. Fir between Columbia and Kettner.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Vista Winterfest Tree Lighting
This Friday evening Christmas Tree lighting event ends with a Silent Night sing-along in Downtown Vista. There will be Arts and Craft vendors, music and other activities for an evening of family fun. Horse Drawn Carriage Ride. Tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 5th 6:15 PM at the Cinepolis
Del Mar Santa by the Sea
Seasonal tunes will be performed by the Original Dickens Carolers. Enjoy arts and crafts with the Rad Hatter and write your letter and mail it to the North Pole! Holiday treats and refreshments will be available from local restaurants. Children can also participate in the Passport to the North Pole. The Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m, at the L’Auberge Amphitheater.
12/6, 3 pm–6 pm
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting UTC Shopping Center
The 8-foot-tall outdoor menorah will be lit to commemorate the beginning of Chanukah. A candle will be lit each night of Chanukah. The event Sunday will include a celebration with food, entertainment, traditional music and free menorahs and candles for local children.
Winter Nights Westfield Mall UTC
Live musical performances, snow cascading from the rooftops, family caricature art portraits, meet & greet with Santa, delicious bites/sips and more!
Dec 5, 12, 19 5-8pm
Hillcrest Taste ‘n’ Tinis
Take in the crisp winter air and holiday decorations, while you embark on a self guided walking tour of premium martini’s, scrumptious eats and fabulous retail shopping at the Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis!
12/10 4 pm – 9 pm
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.
Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 1215 El Carmel Place, San Diego, CA 92109
For more info. call 858.488.0501 or visit www.mbyc.org
Jingle Bell Run
Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.
12/12 8:00 am – 10 am
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Claus is coming – to the Safari Park! He’ll be here for breakfast, and would love to see you and your family. Gather at the Safari Park’s scenic Kilima Point for a delicious and bountiful breakfast with the jolly ol’ elf himself. You’ll also enjoy a visit with some of our animal ambassadors.
Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Price: $24.95 Children Ages 3-11 – $15.95
Location: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
For more info. call 619.718.3000 or visit www.sdzsafaripark.org/dining-events
December 12, Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
December 12 – January 3, Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo
During Jungle Bells, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests enjoy lighted animal sculptures, live animal presentations, festive music, holiday treats, storytelling, and, of course, Santa Claus.
Time: Refer to website for holiday hours
Location: 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego
Poway’s Christmas in the Park
Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness Christmas traditions come to life!
Date: December 12, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: 14134 Midland Rd., Poway, CA 92064
For more info. call 858.668.4576 or visit www.poway.org
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic.
Date: December 13, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: Free, $15 to participate
Location: 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
For more info. call 619.233.5227 or visit www.gaslamp.org/pet-parade
The Magic of Christmas
Experience the magic of the holidays at the Westgate! Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the Westgate hotel. Enjoy a refined four-course dinner in the Westgate Room or experience a lavish Christmas Day Buffet in the elegant Le Fontainebleau Room.
Date: December 24 – 25, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: Starting at $62
Location: 1055 Second Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
For more info. call 619.238.1818 or visit www.westgatehotel.com
San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2015 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade. As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
When: December 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m