Event Date

Event Description




Dec. 1-27

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park, San Diego

Adults: $39-49

Children: $20-$30

Dec. 2

Holiday Festival at the Del

View the 10,000 LED lights that brighten the hotel, visit with Santa, and enjoy the live entertainment, fireworks and ice skating.

4-7 pm

Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado


Dec. 4

Holiday Celebration

Santa visits, hot cocoa, arts and crafts, live music and a snow mountain

4-8 pm

Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., Coronado


Dec. 5

Vista Village Fest and Christmas Parade

Live music, kids activities, crafts, a flyover and food.

10 am-4 pm

South Santa Fe Ave. And Main St., Vista


Dec. 5, 12 and 19

Paint with Santa

Decorate cookies, story time, and paint with Santa

10 am-12 pm

Color Me Mine, 2148 Town Center Parkway, Santee


Dec. 6

Holiday Wonderland

Kids crafts and fun zone, visit from Santa, cake walk, horse and carriage rides and live entertainment.

1-5 pm

Downtown Del Mar, Camino Del Mar/PCH, from 15th to 9th streets.

Free admission, $20-25 cost for activities and food

Dec. 11-23, 26-30, Jan. 1-2

Jungle Bells

Santa at the zoo, snow, ice skating rink, tree-lighting ceremony and hand-bell choirs


San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego

Free with admission

Dec. 12

Las Posadas Festival

Live entertainment, food kids crafts, a reenactment of the story of Mary and Joseph search for shelter and guided tours of Old Town.

2-7 pm

Old Town, San Diego

Free admission, guided tours cost $5-10

Dec. 13

Santa at the Lakes

Santa Claus, snow, sledding, arts and crafts, s’mores, bouncy houses, hay rides and carnival rides

11 am-5 pm

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee

$4/car, Fees for rides and activities

Dec. 13 and Dec. 20

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Fireworks display and a parade of decorated boats.

5:30 pm

A good viewing location is Seaport Village. Harbor Dr. And Pacific Hwy, San Diego


Dec. 16

Jingle Bell Kroc Community Christmas Party

Cookie decorating, carnival games, figure skating show, ice skating and arts and crafts.

4:30 pm

Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego

Free admission with toy donation (new, unwrapped toy)

Dec. 19

Holiday Festival at Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Pony rides, food, arts and crafts, caroling and a nativity scene.

11 am-4 pm

3450 Clairemont Dr., San Diego


Dec. 19-20

Santa’s Breakfast

Have a fun meal with Santa including a full breakfast, picture, face painting, balloon artists and a kids show.

9-10:30 am

Harbor House Restaurant, Seaport Village, Harbor Dr. And Pacific Hwy., San Diego

$25 Call for a reservation: (619) 235-4014 Ext. 3, Megan Capizzi

Dec. 19

Candyland Holiday Festival

Meet Frosty the Snowman,sledding, be a game piece on the board game as it comes to life, meet Princess Frostine and Lord Licorice, play in the snow, try sledding, and enjoy arts and crafts.

4-8 pm

Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr., Poway


Dec. 30

Big Bay Balloon Parade

The parade has floats, huge balloons, drill teams and marching bands. After the parade, the Broadway Pier will have games and entertainment.

10 am

Parade starts on Harbor Drive near the County Administration Building.


December 2009 Family Events in San Diego