Squeeze in a couple more Christmastime activities here in San Diego County before actual Christmas Day!
The Boardwalk Craft Market – a juried show with crafts created and by San Diego County artists – is held every Saturday morning (through Christmas) at Old Poway Park. Artists are on-hand to answer questions about their work.
When: Saturday, Dec. 23 | 8am – 2pm
Where: 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064
More information: Boardwalk Craft Market
Seas ‘n’ Greetings
The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.
From December 1 to 31, Birch Aquarium is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as themed animal encounters, a scavenger hunt, and fun photo opportunities. On Saturdays and Sundays, things are even more festive with live music and two daily dive shows. The schedule changes daily, so check the calendar for details. All Seas ‘n’ Greetings activities are included with admission.
When: Dec. 1 – 31 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Birch Aquarium | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free with admission ($14 – $18.50)
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/events/seas-n-greetings
Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery
For an entire week, December 18th to the 23rd, the winery is open til 9pm, lit up with twinkling lights and full of Holiday fun! Come enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas at the winery. An Annual Holiday Event in North County San Diego!
- Tasting room and outdoor wine bar open
- Multiple Food trucks every night
- Winery Village shops open late for holiday shopping
- Even more!
When: Dec. 18 – 23 | 10am – 9pm
Where: Bernardo Winery | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
More information: bernardowinery.com/calendar-of-events/holiday-nights-at-bernardo-winery-december-11th-14th-4-830pm
Ice skating at Poway ICE Arena
Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. There are additional public skate sessions offered here for more days and times.. Check
When: every Friday at 1:45pm to 4:30pm
Where: Poway Ice Arena | 2455 Kerran St., San Diego, Ca
Cost: $12 admission; $3 skate rentals
More information: redtri.com/socal/go-ice-skating-at-poway-ice-arena
Garden of Lights at San Diego Botanic Garden
After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening for a magical holiday experience. Bring the family and enjoy the Garden at night as the lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas.
There is no Garden of Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
When: Dec 2, 2017 – Dec 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., San Diego, Ca
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.sdbgarden.org/lights