Event Date

Event Description




January 1-2

Jungle Bells at the San

Diego Zoo

A Holiday Theme throughout the zoo includig the “Reideer Bus” tour.

9 a.m.–8 p.m.

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park

Adults: $40.00

Children: (under 12) $30.00

Jan. 1-2

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.

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

January 1-15

Annual Lego Train Exhibit

Trains made out of the popular building blocks.

Tuesday through Friday 11:00 - 4:00

Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

Adults  $7.00

Seniors (65+) - $6.00

Students (ID) $3.00

Active Military (ID) $2.50

Children under 15 - FREE w/ aadult

January 7-23

The Miracle Worker

This Pulitzer Prize winning drama from William Gibson is based on the true story of Helen Keller. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Various 2 pm and 7 pm performances

San Diego Junior Theatre, 1650 El Prado, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

$ 8.00-$14.00

January 8

Family Day at Air and Space Museum

Start off the New Year by joining us as we take ordinary household recycled items and turn them into imaginative robots. This is a fun and easy hands-on activity that is perfect for the entire family---even the teenagers enjoy this one!t

10 am-4 pm

Balboa Park Air and Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Free with admission: $6-$16.50

January 8-23 (Fri.-Sun. Only)

The Secret Garden

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a moving and emotional story of loss, grief, and the healing power of love and forgiveness, set in turn-of-the-century England.

Fri.: 7 pm, Sat.: 2 pm and 7 pm, Sun.: 2 pm

Joan B. Kroc Theatre

6611 University Ave., San Diego


January 15

SEA Days- Underwater Parks Day

Meet animals that live in our local La Jolla Ecological Reserve, learn about the importance of our underwater treasures and the best ways to enjoy our Underwater Parks!  

11 am-3 pm

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way , La Jolla CA, 92037

$12 Adult, $9 Senior, 60+, $8.50 Youth, 3-17,Children 2 and under free

January 15

12th Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival
It's a fun festival that celebrates the diversity of San Diego.  Visit the Global Villages and enjoy continuous multicultural performances of music, song, and dance. You can  have a tasty lunch, and take the kids to the Children's area.

11 am- 5 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade (on the north side of Harbor Dr. between 4th Ave. & Market St.) ~ Children's Park (Island Ave. & Front St.) ~ The New Children's Museum (near Front St.)


January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
The parade is composed of college and high school bands, drill teams, floats, dance groups, and other community groups.

10 am

Tailgate Park (13th St. & Imperial Ave.) - Imperial Ave. - Park Blvd. - Tony Gwynn Way - 7th Ave. - J St. - 11th Ave. - Park Blvd. - 13th St. - Tailgate Park


January 22

Keebler Kids Marathon Mile
Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this non-competitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND California.

Participants receive an event T-shirt and be treated to refreshments, fun activities and entertainment.

6:30 am: LEGOLAND parking lot opens
7 am: Event day registration
8 am: Mile races start


Carlsbad, CA 92008

$15 and include admission for a 12 or under to LegoLand.  

See website for more info.

January 22

Whale Festival

Walk-through whale, live sea animals, art projects, entertainment and whale and dolphin watching.

11 am-3 pm

Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, Harbor Dr. And Broadway, San Diego


January 23

New Shanghai Circus

Live performance of acrobats, jugglers and contortionists.

3 pm

California Center for the Arts

340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido


January 28-30

San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese community is presenting a festival to promote homeland traditions. As you enter a mock structure of a Vietnam village, you'll experience ancestral rituals and entertaining performances; plus contests, rides, food, and merchandise.

Fri.: 5 pm-10 pm, Sat.: 11 am-10 pm, Sun.: 11 am-5 pm

Balboa Park, lawn area and parking lot at Park Blvd. & President's Way

Adults: $5 Children $4

January 29


Visit Ramona's grasslands, see resident and winter migration of hawks and eagles during outing led by Wildlife Research Institute biologist. Demonstrations of hawk banding and tracking eagles with transmitters. Wear hiking or walking boots.

9 am

Wildlife Research Institute

18030 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona


January 30


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



January 2011 Family Events in San Diego