Christmastime is upon us, with plenty of festivities in the San Diego County area to enjoy the holiday season! There are several events happening today, Friday Dec. 2, through Sunday.
Balboa Park’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend, kicking off the holiday season with food, live music, dancing, shopping and free admission to museums. December Nights runs for two nights – Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively. Museums are open and free both nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 – 11pm | Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 11pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free admission to museums, 5 – 9pm
More information: www.balboapark.org/decembernights
2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade
The 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with Frosty’s Snow Hill opening at noon, followed by the parade beginning at 6 p.m.
The famous Chula Vista Starlight Parade is San Diego County’s largest nighttime parade, filled with twinkling lights, holiday décor and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From noon to 5 p.m., children can take FREE sled rides on REAL SNOW down Frosty’s Snow Hill. And the whole family can dine at Snack Alley on Park Way, or at one of the many eateries along Third Avenue.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | starting at noon
Where: Memorial Park | Third Ave & Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
More information: 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade
Queen Bee Market
The urban-style handmade market Queen Bee is hosting their largest event of the holiday season this weekend. Stop by the industrial warehouse to browse through more than 85 local and national vendors. Attendees will be able to shop vintage and homemade products as they listen to live music.
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Industrial Warehouse on Specialty Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $5; kids under 12 and military free
More information: www.thequeenbeemarket.com
Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival
Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies 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: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 8pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA
More information: www.artcenter.org
18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting And Christmas Village
This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting
Fallbrook Tree Lighting
Join us! Dec. 2, 2016 Fallbrook’s living 50-foot official holiday tree will once again light up the night as we celebrate community, goodwill and holiday cheer! Free admission and a free shuttle from the Fallbrook library parking lot.
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028
More information: www.fallbrookcommunitycenterfriends.org
Carlsbad Village Night of Lights
Kick off this holiday season in downtown Carlsbad at the inaugural Carlsbad Village Night of Lights. The night will include live jazz and orchestral holiday music by the Carlsbad High School choir, contemporary and classic holiday songs by the McDonald quartet, merchant hospitality including holiday treats and beverages and lots of shopping specials.
When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2998 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com