On this long Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy some fun events with the family!
Light Up the Holidays with Grossmont Center! On Friday, November 24th the mall’s giant Christmas tree will be illuminated for first time of the 2017 holiday season! In addition, there will be a concert performance by Flipside Burners and a Truck Giveaway with 105.7 MAX FM! Bring the family and join us near the Guest Services for this FREE event!
When: Friday, Nov. 24 | 8am – 5pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
More information: Light Up the Holidays Event
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.
When: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Open daily 10am – 10pm, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, California 92106
More information: Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station
Holiday by the Bay
The 5th Annual Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters at Seaport Village’s courtyard. On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront will commence its 2nd Annual Holiday by the Bay Ice Skating celebration. From November 24, 2017 to December 18, 2017, USO San Diego invites members of the community to drop off gifts for children.
When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25; Nov. 24 – Dec. 18
Where: Headquarters at Seaport Village, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Eddie V’s and Gepetto’s Toys.
More information: www.usosandiego.org/holidaybythebay
Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities
Gather your loved ones in Liberty Station’s North Promenade for live entertainment from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and then gaze upon the 88-foot Norfolk Pine Tree as it is lit up by a patient family of Rady Children’s Hospital at 6:15pm. Throughout the evening there will be entertainment, shopping and more throughout the neighborhood. Shopping will be set in Central Promenade, next to the ice rink, with local vendors selling holiday goodies, gifts and more.
When: Wed, Nov 29 | 5 – 9pm
Where: 2853 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
More information: libertystation.com/events/salute-the-season/liberty-station-tree-lighting
Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market
Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center will host this three-day craft fair featuring more than 80 artisans selling their homemade goodies and fine art. While visitors shop, musicians will perform live. Free hayrides with Santa Claus will be offered on Friday and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
When: Friday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
Cost: Free admission and parking
More information: Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market
Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’
This 17-acre holiday festival makes its way to San Diego for the first time ever this season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some dates. Check this calendar (http://www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego/plan-your-visit/maps-and-directions/index.cfm) for exact dates and times to plan your visit.
When: Now – Jan. 7
Where: SDCCU Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Tickets cost $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Kids 3 and under get in free.
More information: Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’
Pomegranate Days With The Camels
The 7th Annual Pomegranate Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy hosts camel encounters and rides, pomegranate/apple feeding with the camels, a real family circus under the Big Top, our popular mini Sheep Town petting corral and our famous, Wild West Turkey Stampede!
When: Fri – Sun, Nov 24 – Nov 26
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Hwy, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.cameldairy.com
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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