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San Diego County Events for December 9 – 11

Many Christmas events are going on this weekend — come enjoy the holiday down here in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday in the Village – a La Mesa tradition

holiday-in-the-villageWalk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities! Enjoy a festive holiday celebration in the charming downtown La Mesa Village featuring: Santa Claus, Christmas carolers, face painting, snow, holiday movies, specialty shops & boutiques open until 8 p.m., and restaurants and bars even later.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 | 10am – 10pm
Where: Downtown La Mesa/La Mesa Blvd. (off of Spring Street), La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.lmvma.com/seasonalevents/christmas-in-the-village


Fantasy On Ice At Liberty Station

Lace up your skates and glide into the Yuletide as Fantasy On Ice kicks off its second year at Liberty Station!

When: Now – Jan. 8, 2017
Where: Liberty Station | 2875 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Kids $12 | Adults $ 14 | Military $10 | Season Pass $50
More information: libertystation.com/events/fantasy-ice-opening-night


Carols by Candlelight

The 27th annual Carols by Candlelight concert features musical stars singing holiday classics to benefit San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital. This year’s lineup includes: BJ Thomas; Brandy Clark; Collin Raye; Noah Guthrie; Eve Selis; and Anna and Steve Vaus. The show will be held both Friday and Saturday at the concert hall at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido; tickets range from $18 to $67.

When: Friday – Sunday, Dec. 9 – 11
Where: California Center for the Arts in Escondido | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $18 – $67
More information: artcenter.org/event/carols-candlelight-2/2016-12-09


Polar Express Family Day

All aboard! Get in the spirit of the holidays and join us in your pajamas and enter a magical world full of holiday treats and trains. Feel the chilly weather, smell the hot cocoa in the air and immerse yourself this holiday season as the San Diego Model Railroad Museum welcomes guest to enjoy “The Polar Express.”

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 | 11am
Where: San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free – $10.75
More information: www.sdmrm.org


Parade of Lights

Festive lights illuminating the San Diego Bay can only mean one thing: the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is back – a holiday tradition upheld by the local boating community bulb for bulb, year after year. This year’s Parade of Lights returns this Sunday with more than 80 boats decked out in bright holiday lights and decorations proceeding from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Coronado’s Ferry Landing.

When: Sunday, Dec. 11 | 5pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/parade-of-lights

San Diego County Events for December 25 – 27

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all! With your family down for the holidays, this weekend is the perfect time to show off your city, and take them to experience what San Diego has to offer in the next couple of days!

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park Centennial Vintage Dance Weekend

All events will take place in the magnificent 100-year-old Balboa Park Club; still “wearing” all of its holiday lights and finery.

Featuring:
• Two days of dance workshops with the incomparable Richard Powers and long-time teaching partner Angela Amarillas
• A 1915 Boxing Day Ball with the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra
• An early Jazz Age Tea Dance with the Gordon Kohl Trio

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 26 & 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Balboa Park Club | 2144 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20 – $150
More information: www.balboapark.org/info/venues/balboa-park-club-santa-fe-room


San Diego Botanic Garden Presents Garden Of Lights 2015

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! Bring the family and come experience the magic as 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, live music, hot mulled wine and a visit with Santa!

The Garden of Lights takes place each evening from 5 pm to 9 pm, Dec. 5 through the 23 and Dec. 26 through 30.

When: December 26 – 30 | 5 – 9pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free – $10
More informationwww.sdbgarden.org


Nova at Seaport Village

Enjoy some free live music with the Sunday Concert Series at Seaport Village. This time, Nova takes center stage, playing tunes at the East Plaza Gazebo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

When: Sunday,  December 27 | 1 – 4pm
Where: Seaport Village’s East Plaza Gazebo
Cost: Free
More informationwww.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/events/2015/09/23/nova-12

Is it a “Happy New Year” for the Housing Market?

Goodbye 2011 & Hello 2012! Is this a Happy New Year?

Is it goodbye to a bad year or hello to the same?  While the economy is still struggling, unemployment slightly better, and real estate showing signs of improvement only to retract its position, I believe the glass is still half full, with an asterisk.

What's in store for 2012's housing market?The holiday season began strong on Thanksgiving weekend, reports are that retailers numbers receded which led to heavy markdowns the week of Christmas. Final numbers are still to come, while job growth is modest, mostly in low-paying sectors like retail and hospitality. This past year also saw an increase in credit card spending for gifts as a result of higher gasoline, food prices, and general inflation.

With mortgage rates still at historic low rates, the housing industry is still struggling with values dropping, even though sales have shown signs of recovery. With more than one in every five borrower still owing more than their home is worth, many homeowners are too pressed to spend on much more than the essentials which leave us to the big question: WHAT SHOULD I DO?

With all predictions expecting more of the same this year as last, there is still and always will be optimism, but each homeowner out there who is still upside-down, either waiting for or in a modification, is so far upside down that they most likely will never recoup the past negative equity in the future.  They are at the same time struggling to make ends meet with just the essentials. Mortgage companies and investors are still holding the belt tight and are not reducing principle for most people waiting for  modifications or who have them–leaving homeowners to finally make that decision that enough is enough.

There are opportunities to purchase and leave your upside-down home, but you would need to act fast. Other opportunities are also available and action now will help you live a life more care-free and stress-free in a fast-paced, ever-uncertain economic time.

Call me now and let’s talk. My direct line of contact is 619-890-3648.

God Bless

Event: 40th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

 

The boat parade will be happening on Sunday, December 18th, from 5:30pm to 9.  Come by to watch for free!

Hundreds of boats are decorated for this dazzling holiday boat parade of lights on San Diego Bay. Join us for this San Diego Holiday Tradition!

Parade Route

  • Start led by US Coast Guard Cutter
  • South end to north end of Shelter Island
  • North end Shelter Island across America’s Cup Harbor entrance to west end Harbor Island
  • West end Harbor Island to east end of Harbor Island
  • East end Harbor Island to just west of Maritime Museum’s ferry Berkeley
  • Pass Berkeley and Star of India
  • Parallel the Embarcadero to the “G” St. Mole
  • Pass Seaport Village and the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina
  • Past Marina Park, turn south. Cross Bay to the Marriott Coronado Hotel
  • Proceed west to the Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Proceed to Finish at buoy 22a

Best Viewing

For boaters wishing to view the parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those viewing on land, the north and south ends of the Embarcadero as well as the pathway along Coronado are good spots as they tend to be less crowed.

If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early and be aware that parking is at a premium. Another good spot is the park behind Seaport Village.

Approximate Times at Locations Around the Bay

The parade takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:

  • Shelter Island (start of parade) – 5:30 pm
  • Harbor Island – 6:00 pm
  • The Embarcadero – 6:30 pm
  • Seaport Village – 7:00 pm
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado – 7:30 pm
For more details, go to www.sandiego.org

Christmas Events: Great Things To Do In San Diego

As a metropolitan, San Diego has plenty to do year-round, but here are a few fun Christmas activities from SanDiego.com:

ChristmasAmerica’s Finest City may be closely tied to a beach lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean that winter is completely ignored! San Diego has plenty of holiday events going into the New Year – here’s our top picks for a great time:

Del Mar Fairgrounds presents Holiday of Lights (November 24 – January 1)
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack has become a favorite holiday tradition for Southern California families.  Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicle as they drive along a 1.5 mile route through the Fairgrounds, all while enjoying festive holiday music. 

Desert Holidays at Miramonte Resort and Spa (November 24 – January 1)
Activities abound for children, as well as for couples seeking a romantic holiday getaway. Enjoy incredible dining options daily at the restaurant Grove Artisan Kitchen as Chef Nyerick presents ‘Holiday Dining Around The World’ featuring traditional dining from countries around the globe.
 
Holly Jolly Holidays at LEGOLAND California (November 28 – December 31)
The theme park transforms into a holiday wonderland during Holly Jolly Holidays, which features festive entertainment every weekend including nightly fireworks Dec. 26 through 30 and an enchanting holiday musical. All Holly Jolly Holidays activities are included in the price of LEGOLAND California admission.
 
Festive holiday activities will include carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts and a photo opportunity with Santa. New this year is a hand-writing analyst to help determine your Christmas card personality style. Seasonal treats and spirits created by Chef Eugenio Martignago will be available for tastings at Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood.
 
Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo (December 10 – January 1)
Wintertime brings something special to the San Diego Zoo – a Jungle Bells celebration! During December, lighted sculptures of animals and storybook characters fill the grounds while guests are treated to holiday music and foods, crafts, games, and special presentations. It’s the a great family outing to join in the spirit of the season while also learning about animals.
 
Once a year, San Diego pets and owners are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the holiday season.  You can only imagine as downtown became filled with costumed pets & their handlers all vying for prizes and bragging rights including Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best of Show! The Parade originates and concludes at the Hilton Park adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 4th Avenue and K Street. The Parade steps-off promptly at 3pm.
 
Enjoy a buffet breakfast with views of the wildlife, an animal presentation, and a visit with Santa Claus, all at at the scenic Kilima Point in San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 
Five performers are the key to this  musical comedy adventure. A line-up of original comedy scenarios mixed with a bevy of holiday inspired songs that will melt your heart and tickle your funny bone. 
 
An UnScripted Carol at North County Repertory Theatre (December 19 & 20)
This show is where keen imaginations steeped in Dickens and Christmas work feverishly to create theatre on the spot. The pace is swift, and the performers are pushed to the peak of their abilities as they attempt to juggle character, plot and staging all at once. An UnScripted Carol is a holiday treat that is never, ever the same story twice and gives fans of A Christmas Carol a whole new way to celebrate the season.
 
It’s going to be one ho-ho-holy night as Sister tackles the question that’s been puzzling historians through the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? CSI-goes-to-Bethlehem-in-Solana Beach as Sister delivers a sleigh load of side-splitting holiday laughs. Bring your camera to capture all the action.
 
Bring your loved ones together for a rare view of San Diego from the harbor, as the town sparkles with twinkling lights strung in the spirit of the holidays. Complimentary champagne will be served upon boarding and talented chefs will cook up a buffet feast fit for kings. On the menu will be colorful salads, seasonal farm-fresh vegetables, red potatoes with turkey gravy, oven roasted turkey roulades filled with traditional bread stuffing, hand-carved New York strip and a variety of decadent desserts. Passengers will enjoy live entertainment and breathtaking views of the harbor as they cruise along in the luxury and comfort of a signature Flagship luxury yacht.
Read more of the ideas from SanDiego.com!

Event: Holiday of Lights

With all the Christmas festivities during this month, it was hard to pick just one thing to do this week–but this holiday activity looks promising!

Thanksgiving - January 1, 2012

The Holiday of Lights at Del Mar is the largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast. Over 400 sparkling, twinkling, lively displays located around the racetrack at Del Mar will delight your family. Make it your holiday tradition.

Hours:
Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Closed three Mondays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12

The drive-through Holiday of Lights in Del Mar runs until January 1, 2012. 

Because of safety concerns, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted to tour Holiday of Lights.

Price:
$14.00 per vehicle, up to 5 people
$19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
This light show is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd in Del Mar. For more information, you can call 858-755-1161 or view the event online at www.SanDiego.org.

Holiday of Lights FAQ

What is the Holiday of Lights?
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a spectacular drive-through light show and exhibit, themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

How do people view the displays?
Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along a 1.5-mile route through the Fairgrounds while enjoying festive holiday music.

How many displays are there?
About 400 lighted and animated displays.

How long does it take to view the displays?
It takes most visitors 15-20 minutes to complete one trip around the route and view all of the displays.

How long does it take to set up the displays?
Set-up takes about one month, starting in late October.

Balboa Park December Nights 2011

12/02/11 – 12/03/11

December NightsSan Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season, will take place for the 34th consecutive year on Friday, 5:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, noon-10:00 pm. In the spirit of the holidays, participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 to 9:00 pm both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors over two days.

Entertainment, wonderful food and holiday cheer are all part of this classic and elaborate San Diego celebration. Long-standing traditions—including food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the charming Santa Lucia Procession at the San Diego Museum of Man; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree and more—fill the heart of Balboa Park.

In addition, the varied museums open for free from 5:00-9:00 pm both nights feature a wide variety of exhibitions and entertainment.

This event will be held at Balboa Park, located at 1549 El Prado, San Diego. This event is free!

For more details, please go to the website or call (619) 239-0512.