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 1-14

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 6-22

Rippledink’s Repertory

Three shows shown in rep over three weekends! The theme is “Knowledge is Power,” highlighting reading, writing, and rhythm on our stage. The Complete History of America (abridged), Harold and the Purple Crayon, and Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Recommended for ages 8 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 7, 14, 21 and 28


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-12 pm

Wildlife Research Institute

18030 Highland Valley Rd., Ramona


January 11-15


Fun musical based on the popular children’s book about a young girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents.

11 am

Theater School at North Coast Repertory

987 Lomas Santa fe Dr., Solana Beach

Adults: $16, Children: $12

January 14

Free Open House

Come dressed to work out or swim. Drop your kids off on the recreation field with the trained staff. Free fitness class demos and tours.

10 am-2 pm

Kroc Corps Community Center

6845 University Ave., San Diego


January 14

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 15


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 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.

2 pm

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 20-22

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 21

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

$14 Adult, $10 Senior, 60+, $9.50 Youth, 3-17,Children 2 and under free

January 21

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 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 includes admission for a child 12 or under to LegoLand.  

See website for more info.

January 28-29

Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair

A grand celebration filled with dragon and lion dances, Chinese music, a children’s craft area and a lantern parade.

10 am-5 pm

3rd Ave. And J St., San Diego


January 28

Food and Water Bowl XX

Come view 450 cats, a pet competition, a rescue adoption fair and more.

9 am-5 pm

Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar


Jan. 28


Meet star athletes and get performance tips for different sports. Also enjoy a kids’ fun zone and live performances.

11 am-4 pm

Point Loma Nazarene University

3900 Lomaland Dr., San Diego


January 29

Passport to the World: A Musical Journey Around the Globe

Family-friendly concert exploring music from around the world.

2 pm

Copley Symphony Hall

750 B. Street, San Diego


January 2012 Family Events in San Diego