Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 19-Dec. 31

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.


Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park, San Diego

Adults: $39-49

Children: $20-$30

Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Holiday of Lights

The Holiday of Lights at Del Mar is the largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast. Over 400 sparkling, twinkling, lively displays located around the racetrack at Del Mar will delight your family.

Sun.-Thurs.: 5:30-10 pm, Fri.-Sat.: 5:30-10:30 pm

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

$14/vehicle, up to 5 people in the vehicle; $19/vehicle with 6 or more people in the vehicle

Dec. 2

Holiday Celebration

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

3-7 pm

Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., Coronado


Dec. 2-18 (Fri-Sun. only)

Santa Claus vs. The Martians

San Diego Junior Theatre presents this fun family musical.

Fridays: 7 pm, Sat and Sun. 2 and 4 pm

La Jolla YMCA Firehouse

7877 Herschel Ave.,

La Jolla


Dec. 2-3

Vista Winter Fest and Christmas Parade

Live music, kids activities, five tons of snow to play in, crafts, carnival rides and horse and buggy rides.

Dec. 2: 5-7 pm, Dec. 3: 1-5 pm

South Santa Fe Ave. And Main St., Vista


Dec. 3

Holiday at the Rancho

Enjoy holiday themed activities, train rides, face painting, crafts and a showing of “A Christmas Story.”

5-8 pm

Leo Carillo Ranch Historic Park

6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad

$8 at the door, $5 presale; children ages 3 and younger are free.

Dec. 4

Holiday Wonderland

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

2-5 pm

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

Free admission, cost for activities and food

Dec. 9-Jan. 1

Jungle Bells

Santa comes to 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. 10-11

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. 11

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

$5/car, Fees for rides and activities

Dec. 11  and Dec. 18

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Fireworks display and a parade of decorated boats.

5:30-9:00 pm

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


Dec. 14

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. 16-18

Christmas Special at Liberty Station

Santa’s village, themed trees, snow area to play in, cookie decorating, inflatables, horse and carriage rides and continuous live entertainment.

11 am-8 pm

Liberty Station, Point Loma

Adults: $18, Children: $12

Dec. 17-18

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. 17

Holiday Fun at Bressi Ranch Village Center

See Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a 12 passenger train, have your photos taken, enjoy train rides and do arts and crafts.

12-3 pm

2653 Gateway Rd., Carlsbad


Dec. 18

Hanukkah Happening

Create Hanukkah sand art, paint a wooden menorah and design cards and jewelry.

2-5 pm

Xpressive Arts Center

12257 Old Pomerado Rd., Poway

See website for details.

Dec. 18

Discover Mengei Treasure Hunt

See a range of exhibits and complete the hunt for a special prize

12-4 pm

Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park, 1439 El Prado, San Diego


Dec. 19-Jan. 1

Sailor’s Days

Make rope for sailing, raise and lower sails, scavenger hunt, make brass rubbings and more.

9 am-2 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego


Dec. 26-30

Bonfire Nights

Join carolers and other performers while you enjoy the sights and tastes of Old Town. View handcrafted gingerbread houses. Free s’mores too!

5-9 pm

Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego


Dec. 26-28

Kwanzaa Celebration

Ceremonial candle lighting, live music, an introduction to Kwanzaa and dancing.

6-10 pm

WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego


Dec. 28

Big Bay Balloon Parade

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!

10 am

Harbor Dr., Downtown San Diego


December 2011 Family Events in San Diego