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!
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
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,
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
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!
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
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
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!
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