San Diego County Events for December 15 – 17

In the middle of the holiday season, San Diego County has festive events and activities galore!

San Diego county events this weekendQueen Bee Market Del Mar

At the Queen Bee Market, check off your entire Christmas shopping list here….and get a few things for other people too! Plus live music, free make and takes, food, desserts, drinks!

When: Friday, Dec 15, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec 16, 9am – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014
Cost: $3; under 12 free
More information: Queen Bee Market Del Mar


Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am

To celebrate Hanukkah, the Congregation Beth Am will host a traditional lighting ceremony, choral performances and refreshments starting at 6pm.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Del Mar Highlands Town Center | 12925 El Camino Real, J-28, San Diego, CA 92131
Cost: Free
More information: Menorah Lighting by Congregation Beth Am


Breakfast Under the Oaks

This 2nd annual community event will play host to a Mr. Santa Claus and will feature a hot breakfast, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is free, but there is a $3 parking fee.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Felicita County Park, 724 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free, with a $3 parking fee
More information: Breakfast Under the Oaks


Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa

The entire family will enjoy a special morning with Santa Claus! Activities include a hot breakfast, entertainment, and more. Please call for specifics at your favorite park location. $5 for all ages.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16 | 8 – 10:30am
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook, CA
Cost: $5
More information: Fallbrook Breakfast with Santa


Let There be Light: Celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

Come Celebrate Brilliant Holiday Traditions at the San Diego History Center!

Hands-On Activities:

  • Make-and-Take Dreidel: Make your own dreidel
  • Make-and-Take Mkeka Mat: Make your own mkeka mat using construction paper
  • Make-and-Take Kwanzaa Jewelry: Make your own necklace or bracelets in traditional Kwanzaa colors.”

Performers: Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper and The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 11am – 4pm
Where: San Diego History Center | 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with Give Forward admission
More information


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden of Lights

The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5:00 to 9:00 PM for a magical holiday experience.

When: December 2-23 & 26-30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: $5 – $20
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

When: Sunday, Dec. 17 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay | from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdparadeoflights.org


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Homeownership Has Benefits

Thinking of becoming a home owner?

Homeownership has a few benefits; improved: educational performance, health, and civic participation, and lower crime rates.

Homeownership has benefits

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Holiday Spending

Holiday Spending: 5 Ways To Reduce Financial Stress

  1. Discuss what the holidays mean to you and your family. Talk about your values and consider alternatives to unbridled spending.
  2. When you are dealing with extended families, set reasonable, manageable, and realistic boundaries.
  3. Instead of making the holidays a time where breaking the bank becomes the norm, make it a time to do meaningful activities that don’t revolve around spending unnecessary dollars.
  4. Create your holiday budget in January. Then you can divide the amount by twelve months and begin to set it aside monthly.
  5. Focus on celebrating what is most important to you and your family — not on the financial aspect.

This tips are from Forbes. Read more on this advice from Forbes here: “Holiday Spending: 5 Ways To Reduce Financial Stress.”

San Diego County Events for December 8 – 10, 2017

Another holiday weekend with plenty of events and activities in San Diego County, CA!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday in the Village

The La Mesa Village Association’s new event, Holiday in the Village, follows a long history of Christmas in the Village events. They will have fire pits, caroling, lots of events for kids, and craft vendors to get everyone in the mood of the season! Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 10am – 10pm | Sunday, Dec. 10, 10am – 6pm
Where: La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lamesavillageassociation.org/events/holiday-in-the-village


Harbor Parade of Lights: Oceanside

Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate and pick a comfortable spot to watch this years Parade of Lights celebration in the quaint Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling Oceanside Harbor enchanting onlookers along the harbor and at the neighboring restaurants. Many of the boats even feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd!

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 7pm
Where: Oceanside Harbor | 1540 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansidewhalewatching.com


Holiday Dance 2017

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center | 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: $15
More information: www.oceansiderec.com


Christmas in the Park

Christmas tree lighting at 5:15 PM, followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30 PM. Horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting. Speeder rides, model trains, and live entertainment. Holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: poway.org


Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating with support from SENTRE Inc., NBC 7 San Diego, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and many friends of Rady Children’s.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

When: Now – Jan. 7, 2018
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: www.radyfoundation.org/icerink


Dreidel Day with Literature Comes to Life

Join us for our second annual Dreidel Day! This year, Literature comes to Life will bring ‘The Runaway Latkes’ to life by letting the kids in the audience dress up and be part of the play! We will also play dreidel and eat snacks!

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 1pm
Where: Poway Branch Library | 13137 Poway Rd., Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_PW


37th Annual PB Holiday Parade

This year marks the 37th Annual PB Holiday Parade! Please join us for this fun filled community event to celebrate the holidays together in Pacific Beach. There will be marching bands, local community groups, floats, businesses and dancing groups. To find out more info on how to get involved, please visit www.pacificbeach.org for an entry form! Anyone can participate! The parade route is on Garnet Ave from Haines to Bayard Streets.

When: Saturday, Dec. 9 | 1pm
Where: Garnet Avenue, San Diego, California
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/529949657355074


Annual Winter Concert

The first part of our concert will feature the seasonal favorite, Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy the beautiful and intricate melodies as performed by the Chorus and local professional solists. The second half of the program will include a variety of seasonal music. Regular concert-goers will know that there is always a surprise or two along with familiar carols and songs.

When: Sunday, Dec. 10 | 3pm
Where: College Avenue Baptist Church | 4747 College Ave., San Diego, CA
Cost: $17 – adults; $5 – children
More information: Annual Winter Concert


Liberty Station Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting, music throughout the evening and much more. It’ll take place in Central Promenade between the ice rink and The Lot.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 5 – 7:30pm
Where: North Promenade, 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/hanukkah-menorah-lighting


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: How to stop overspending

“Here’s what financial experts recommended to help get out of the revolving door of overspending:

Personal finance and money

“Face the spending music

“It’s not easy, but step one is to take a hard (and honest) look at all your spending.

“That means identifying everything you spent money on in the last few months: housing, food, gas, entertainment, clothes, drinks…everything.”

“Find a budget that works for you

“Once you know how much money you are taking in and where it’s going, it’s time to create a budget.” (“How to get out of the overspending trap”. Kathryn Vasel. CNN.com. http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/30/pf/credit-card-debt-pay-down-debt/index.html?iid=SF_LN)

Read more of this article at CNN.com here: “How to get out of the overspending trap”.

San Diego County Events for December 1 – 3, 2017

As expected, this first weekend of December is all about the holiday season and the coming of Christmas. Find a festival or holiday activity near you!

San Diego county events this weekend

Encinitas Holiday Parade

For the 60th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade, presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market on Saturday, December 2.  Thousands of people will be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while tens of thousands cheer them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101.  The nighttime parade theme for 2017 is “Celebrating the Arts!” 

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us


Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido.  Children will have the chance to meet Santa, play in real snow, decorate Christmas cookies, see live reindeer, enjoy holiday-themed entertainers, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 3 – 8pm
Where: Lyric Court, California Center for the Arts,340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
More information: Winter Wonderland Festival


La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Come to the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on this Sunday. There will be entertainment, a kids’ zone, educational exhibits, and photos with Santa.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 1:30 – 5pm
Where: La Jolla Recreation Center | 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/ljparade2014


Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village: San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy will kick-off this holiday season with festive family fun at the 19th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village. Families, friends and neighbors will experience Little Italy’s Christmas magic and will be able to enjoy the community’s festive décor, seasonal vendors, live music and entertainment, horse carriage rides, holiday treats, a tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and more!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego, California 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/901784976643186


Holiday Concert with Community Chorus: Santee

Bring family and friends to a free toe-tapping concert of favorite holiday songs at the Santee Library.

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 4 pm
Where: Santee Branch Library | 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd #17, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: www.sdcl.org/locations_SN


Santa by the Sea & Tree Lighting: Del Mar

From the Del Mar Village Association:

  • “Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus *Bring Your Own Camera!
  • Live Music by the Original Dickens Carolers
  • Bring Packaged Gift Donations to Benefit the Children of the Ronald McDonald House Sponsored by L’Auberge Del Mar
  • Holiday Passport Program
  • Letters to Santa Workshop
  • Make Your Own Rad Hatter Holiday Hats Sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation Young Del Mar Committee
  • Holiday Treats and Refreshments from local Del Mar Village Restaurants
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at 5PM

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3pm
Where: Located at NW Corner of Camino Del Mar & 15th Street, Del Mar
Cost: Free
More information: visitdelmarvillage.com/santa-by-the-sea


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Homeownership is beneficial

Homeowners have a lot going for them: improved educational performance, lower crime rates, greater health.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Saving enough for a house down payment

“Saving up a down payment to buy your first house can seem a pretty daunting task. However, getting a down payment together is not as difficult as you may think — if you go about it the right way.”

Personal finance and money

There are a few steps you need to consider, from CNN:

  1. How much house can you afford? You typically need to keep it below 28% of your pre-tax monthly income.
  2. “Figure out how much you can set aside each month. That will also help you determine how long it will be before you’ll have the full down payment and can start house-shopping.”
  3. Invest it to speed up the process.
  4. Borrow from your 401(k).

Read the full article from CNN here: “How to save enough money for a down payment on a home.”