Kick off the Christmas season this weekend with these San Diego County events!
San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza
The 39th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.
Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly
Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center | 500 Hotel Cir. North San Diego, CA
Cost: Friday – $50, Saturday – $55, Sunday – $40, After 5:00 PM on Friday $30 or Saturday $35
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
Holiday Lights on Main Street
Prescott Promenade in El Cajon will look like a winter village as the annual Holiday Lights on Main Street festival takes over the outdoor courtyard. Dozens of local retailers will gather in the promenade to sell fashion and jewelry, art, books, delicious treats and more. Nearby, Santa will take pictures with visitors and guests can take to the ice for a skating session or some carnival rides. The event is in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, which invites people to “shop local” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stay until 6 p.m. to see the Christmas tree light up with holiday magic.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1 – 7pm
Where: Prescott Promenade, El Cajon, CA
Santa Claus — in board shorts. The 13th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration brings the jolly fella to Seaport Village only, instead of a sleigh, Santa will arrive on a boat along the San Diego Bay. Once on land, visitors can pose with Santa before enjoying a parade and live performances along the bayside boardwalk. It is free to see Santa but Seaport Village encourages visitors to stick around and shop small at the many stores there as part of Small Business Saturday.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Seaport Village | 849 W Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101
The 9th annual Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy is an experience you will enjoy and talk about all next year! This event is the real deal! The elements that shine during Pomegranate Days are genuine, family-driven, family-owned and REAL.
Camels love pomegranates so come feed our tasty crop to our herd of friendly camels. Enjoy camel rides, circus acts under a colorful big-top, the Wild West Turkey Stampede, our adorable mini sheep petting town, food, games and fun!
When: Friday – Sunday, Nov. 23 – 25 | 12 – 5pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy, 26757 Old Julian Hwy., Ramona, CA
Cost: $10 – $15
Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting
Christmas comes to Julian every year in an old-fashioned way that will make you picture sleigh rides, chestnuts roasting on open fires, and Jack Frost painting the whole town white.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 2pm
Where: Pioneer Park, 2811 Washington Street, Julian, CA 92036
Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off
Step into a winter wonderland with a Downtown San Diego twist as the Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off brings on the spirit of the season with a magical night of everything merry and bright: caroling, delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, gift-giving goodies and more!
Get ready for a one-stop holiday shop as festivities kick off on Small Business Saturday. Grab your shopping list and head to 5th Ave, between Market and J Street, that will be lined with a holiday market with 80 different vendors.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 | 2pm
Where: Gaslamp Quarter, 614 5th Ave., San Diego