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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 2 – 4

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.

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park December Nights

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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com