Holiday Events in San Diego

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this holiday season in San Diego!


Nov 5-Dec 28: 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 18th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. For more information, click here!


December 2-3:

Friends, families and the community are invited to come together for festive fun, food and attractions throughout the park, including complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums from 5-9pm during December Nights. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 350,000 visitors to the park over two days to revel and enjoy the season. Click here for more information!


December 2-3:
House of Israel will celebrate Chanukah with Latkes, Sofganiyot, Israeli spirits, and mixed drinks during Balboa Park’s December Nights. Click here for more information about the event!


December 3rd:

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101. More information on this event can be found here!


December 3rd: 

Carols and Barrels. The festival will offer approximately 2,500 guests the opportunity to sample and learn about over 200 beers and wines from over 50 local breweries/wineries and sample holiday treats from some of San Diego’s top restaurants. For more information on this event, click here! 


December 7: 

Holiday celebration at the Del Mar Highlands Town center with a laser light show set to music and falling snow, carolers, refreshments, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Toys for Tots campaign, and performances by local schools! More information can be found here!


December 10:

Poway’s Christmas in the Park is a unique way to bring holiday delights to your family this holiday season with the magic of an old-fashioned tradition. More information on this delicious event can be found here!

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights

December 10:

The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay . For more information on this event click here!


December 11:

The Hanukkah Happening is a Hanukkah extravaganza for the entire family! From 11am-2pm at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, enjoy a jumpy castle, games, crafts, prizes, drawings, kosher food, and more! Click here for more information!


December 16-18:

The San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays in style with a concert of popular music of the season. For more information, visit here.


December 31:

“Midnight” comes early for families at LEGOLAND California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes. Click here for more information on this family event!


December 31:

Big Night San Diego is on! Ring in 2017 with 10 Party Areas, 5 Dance Floors, the hottest DJ’s, all drinks included, first class cuisine, huge midnight celebration and more. Click here for tickets and event information.

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