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San Diego County Events for December 23 – 25

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy your time with family and friends, celebrating the reason for the season — but in case you have some time to spare in San Diego, there are a few events around the San Diego County area. front door Christmas

Must-See Christmas Light Displays

Take a drive sometime this weekend to check out fantastic Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods! NBC San Diego has a great list here: Must-See Christmas Light Displays


Seas ‘N’ Greetings

The holiday magic meets the magic of the underwater world at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Birch Aquarium this Saturday. Throughout the day, walk through a winter wonderland, featuring festive decorations, music and ocean science activities. Don’t miss Santa as you have never seen him before: underwater!

When: Satufday, Dec. 24 | 9am
Where: Birch Aquarium | 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Tickets start at $14
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu/events/2016/seas-n-greetings


Skate & Celebrate – Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Celebration

The celebration will include ice skating to traditional Hanukkah music, a ceremonial menorah lighting and of course, traditional sufganiyot, or jelly doughnuts, eaten on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

When: Saturday, Dec. 24 | 6pm
Where: Arts District Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/dec/24/skate-celebrate-hanukkah-menorah-li/?et=71805


Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party At Second Chance Beer Co.

Join Second Chance Beer Company for the Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater party!

When: Friday, Dec. 23 | 6pm
Where: Second Chance Beer Company | 15378 Avenue of Science #222, San Diego, CA 92128
Cost: Free
More information: www.secondchancebeer.com


Holiday Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Downtown San Diego or Balboa Park into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure over the Holidays.  Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

When: Friday, Dec. 23 | 10am
Where: Downtown San Diego or Balboa Park
Cost: $9 – $20 | Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code SANTA16
More information: www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/things-to-do

Event: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival

St Patricks DayPut something green on tomorrow and head over to the 34rd Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival! The theme this year is “Celebrating People in Public Service”.

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Event: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Play

America’s favorite holiday fable returns for its 16th joyous year!

old globeDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 16th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

11 a.m. matinee performances are open to ALL AGES.
Everyone must have a ticket. Children under age 3 will not be admitted except during 11 a.m. performances.

When: Now – December 28, excluding Christmas Day | Various times

Where: Donald and Darlene Shirley Stage, Old Globe Theatre, Conrad Prebys Theatre Center | Balboa Park, San Diego

More information and tickets: www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=10873

Events: Mo Run & December Nights

December Nights Balboa Park

Balboa Park December Nights, the nation’s premier holiday festival, will take place for the 35th consecutive year. As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.

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Event: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – Balboa Park

St. Patrick's Day parade Balboa Park in San DiegoMarch 16 will mark the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The parade travels up Fifth Avenue from Laurel to Upas Street and then returns down Sixth Avenue to Laurel. There will be over 120 Parade entries: bagpipers and high school marching bands, police and fire department units, floats, dancing groups, and more. The Irish Festival in Balboa Park (Sixth Avenue and Maple Street area) features entertainment on two stages, including Irish step dancers and a full afternoon line-up with Irish folk singers and bands. craft booths, food booths, a Celtic village, beer gardens, and a kids’ zone with rides. Contact: Colleen Murphy, ccmurphy2@yahoo.com or 619-582-4441 / 858-268-9111.

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  • Where: Parade – from Fifth Ave. and Laurel to Upas Street, then down Sixth Ave. to Laurel; Irish Festival – Balboa Park, Sixth Ave. and Maple St.
  • Cost: Free
  • Related links: www.stpatsparade.org

Events: Top things to do this weekend

Some great ideas for San Diego county residents this weekend from the Union-Tribune San Diego:

Art Alive

Have you ever been so inspired by a piece of art that you rushed home and designed a floral arrangement based on it? What, you haven’t?

Well, some local floral designers do this every year for Art Alive and it’s pretty spectacular. The weekend event is the San Diego Museum of Art’s biggest fundraiser for good reason. Roses, daisies, ranunculus, tulips and many other types of plants and flowers are interpreted to resemble art in the museum’s collection. And with patrons often showing up in floral dresses, the whole event is nothing but lovely.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Flower After Hours is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $15 and $5 for ages 7 through 17. (619) 232-7931 or sdmart.org.

Last chance: Butterfly Jungle

Fallbrook Avocado Festival 2012Every year, San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park sets up a warm and colorful exhibit featuring thousands of butterflies flying around. And after this weekend it will be gone until next year.

So grab your most colorful clothes and a camera and get ready to get intimate with some Monarchs and Blue Morphos. I admit, I once thought it was sort of gross to have butterflies touch your hair and arms, but I recently went to Butterfly Jungle and it was pretty great, kind of like walking in a fairy tale, minus the bad guys.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday. San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, 5500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. $32 for ages 3 to 11, $42 for ages 12 and over; parking is $7 to $15; sdzsafaripark.org.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Guacamole is pretty much the best thing, ever.

Celebrate the fruit from which it’s made at Fallbrook’s 26th annual festival. Along with booths and booths of guacamole and other avocado-related treats, there will also be contests, carnival rides, live music and dance and a lot of people wearing green.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, Fallbrook. Free; (760) 728-5845 or fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.

Read more of the U~T San Diego’s list of things to do this weekend here: “The top five things to do this weekend“.

Events: St. Patrick Day’s Festivities

There are a few big celebrations happening in San Diego county tomorrow, in celebration of St. Patrick Day. Here are three, brought to my attention by U~T San Diego:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

This family-friendly event is centered in and around Balboa Park, and is put on by the Irish Congress of Southern California. The parade includes horses, colorful dancers, and general merriment around the park, then is followed by a festival. The festival showcases Irish musicians, corned beef, Guinness beer, a Celtic Village, and live music throughout the day.

Details: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street. Festival is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Balboa Park along Sixth Avenue.

Cost: Free!

More info: stpatrsparade.org

ShamRock 2012

This adults-only celebration is in the Gaslamp district. The event will feature several bands, including the Young Dubliners, as well as Irish River Dancers and DJs.

Details: 2 p.m. to midnight, along Fifth and Sixth avenues in the Gaslamp Quarter

Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door

More info: (619) 223-50008 or sandiegoshamrock.com

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Vista’s first-ever St. Paddy’s Day parade and festival, with a Limerick Reading and Writing Fest, scavenger hunt for gold, Celtic Queen pageant, a contest for cutest redheaded and freckled-face child, and more

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vista Village Business Association, 150 East Broadway, Vista

Cost: Free!

More info: (760) 414-9391 or vvba.org/st-patricks-day-parade

 These events and information are all from U~T San Diego, at utsandiego.com.

Event: San Diego Tet Festival

San Diego Tet Festival

San Diego Tet Festival | www.sdtet.com

Today begins the San Diego Tet Festival.  The event is put on by the Vietnamese community (the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance in San Diego in celebration of the Lunar New Year.  You will be able to view Vietnamese homeland traditions, with a mock structure of a village where you’ll experience ancestral rituals and performances, plus contests, rides, food, and souvenirs.

January 20 through 22

Friday: 5pm – 10pm

Saturday: 11am – 10pm

Sunday: 11am  – 5pm

Balboa Park, at Park Blvd & President’s Way in San Diego, and within the lawn area and parking lot.

More information about the festival: (858) 717-9902  www.sdtet.com