Now that it’s December, there are holiday events in abundance all over San Diego County!
Ring in the holidays with free festivities at the Chula Vista Starlight Parade and Children’s Faire!
Back by popular demand, the free Children’s Faire runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Friends and family, young and old, can make their way to Memorial Park and take a ride down everyone’s favorite Frosty’s Snow Hill! Downtown Chula Vista will transform into a Winter Wonderland with real snow for sledding, holly, jolly treats like photos with Santa, fun games, story time, train rides, bounce house, ornament making and an all new “Elf Yourself” station where the little ones can dress up in hats, face painting and glitter bar to magically transform into Santa’s Little Helpers.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2pm – Children’s Faire, 6pm – parade
Where: Memorial Park | 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities
The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and more!
Live entertainment will kick off the evening at 5 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony will commence as a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital lights the towering Christmas tree from top to bottom.
Following the tree lighting, peruse the Holiday Marketplace for holiday goodies, gifts and more in the Central Promenade, or grab a bite from the one of the neighborhood eateries before the outdoor viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
When: Friday, Nov. 30 | 5pm
Where: NTC North Promenade | 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA
Garden of Lights
Parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden are transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 125,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience!
Festive holiday activities abound including sledding, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, hot mulled wine, beer and refreshments, as well as visits with Santa (December 1 – 23) and horse-drawn wagon rides (December 14 – 23 & 26 – 30). Enjoy great live entertainment every single night from 6 – 8 p.m.!
When: Dec. 1 – 23, Dec. 26- 30
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: $5 – $25
La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
The 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival takes place Sunday, December 2 from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. This years theme is “The Sounds of Christmas” Enjoy entertainment and photos with Santa!
When: Sunday, Dec. 2 | 10:30am – 4pm
Where: Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hanukkah Celebration & Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah with an early evening Menorah Lighting at Liberty Station! Bring family and friends to enjoy a night of celebration, live entertainment, photo opportunities and more!
When: Monday, Dec. 3 | 5pm – 9pm
Where: Central Promenade – Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA
Winter Wonderland Festival
Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!
The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.
When: Sat, Dec. 1 | 3pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA
Rady Children’s Ice Rink in Liberty Station
Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Liberty Station welcome San Diegans to kick off the holiday season with outdoor ice skating at the Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station beginning Saturday, November 17 and closing Sunday, January 6.
The outdoor rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When: Open Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Cost: $10 – $15