In the middle of the holiday season, San Diego County has festive events and activities galore!
Queen Bee Market Del Mar
When: Friday, Dec 15, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec 16, 9am – 4pm
Where: 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
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
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!
- 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.
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.
Join us for the 46th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, brought to San Diego by the boating community. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!
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.
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!
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