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San Diego County Events for February 15 – 17

It’s a cold and wet weekend in San Diego County, but thankfully there’s still lots to do!

San Diego county events this weekend

Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC), returns for its 29th anniversary February 7-17, 2019. The festival annually showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films in multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

When: Feb 7 – 17
Where: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Garfield Theater | 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA
Cost: $5 – $16
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Chinese New Year Fair

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with 15,000 of your closest friends at the 2019 Chinese New Year Fair, taking place on February 16th & 17th (3rd Avenue and J Street) in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district!

We will have traditional and cultural entertainment all day long on both days, LION DANCES, kung fu, traditional instruments, classic Chinese dances, and so much more! We will also be featuring a very special Chinese Acrobatic performance on both days, so don’t miss out!

When: Feb 16 and 17, 2019 | 10am – 5pm
Where: 3rd Avenue and J Street, in San Diego’s historic Chinatown district, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas – celebrating its 50th anniversary and the golden era of the circus in America – returns to San Diego bringing with it acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze under the big top. The show runs through Feb. 18 at Westfield Mission Valley.

When: Through Feb. 18 at this location
Where: Westfield Mission Valley | 1640 Camino del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: $15 – $27+
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San Diego Fermentation Festival

This family-friendly festival at the Leichtag Commons in Encinitas (800 Ecke Ranch Rd.) celebrates fermented foods and drinks, and overall health and wellness. The events include demos, live music, a wellness pavilion with yoga classes and sound healing, a “Makers Market” boasting dozens of local vendors, and the 21+ “Ambrosia Garden” featuring tasters of beer, wine, mead, cider and more.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Leichtag Commons | 800 Ecke Ranch Rd., Encinitas
Cost: $14 – $45; 12 and under are free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for February 1 – 3

There’s much to do this weekend in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Lunar New Year Festival

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at this festive Tet festival with dragon and lion dances, pho-eating competition, firecrackers, games, foot and more!

When: Feb. 1 – 3
Where: SDCCU – Qualcomm Stadium | 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Children 12 and under are $4. Adults (13+) are $6. Children ages 2 and under are free.
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Museum Month

Starting this Friday, get half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide. Pick up a Museum Month discount pass in order to get the discounted pricing. The Museum Month discount pass can be picked up at over 75 library locations in the San Diego area. The pass is free and can be used to get half-price admission at more than 40 local museums in the month of February.

When: February
Where: Over 40 museums in San Diego County
Cost: Half-price admission to many museums
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San Diego Supercross

At this elite off-road racing championship, you have a chance to see many of the world’s top motorcyclists.

When: Feb. 2 | 6:30pm
Where: PETCO Park | 100 Park Blvd, San Diego Ca 92101
Cost: $20+
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San Diego Wedding Party Expo

San Diego’s wedding show — exhibits, vendors, displays, and all-things weddings.

When: Feb. 3
Where: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Resort | 10950 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $11
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24th Annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby: Poway

Rain or shine! Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! The lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger from 6:00 AM-12:00 PM. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

When: Feb. 2 | 6am – 12pm
Where: Lake Poway | 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Annual Homesteading Arts Faire

Beekeeping, home flocks and cheese making will be just a few of the demonstrations taking place at Hawthorne Country Store’s annual spring Homesteading Arts Faire, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The all-day event is designed to connect those that teach and sell homesteading arts with those that wish to learn, purchase and experience self-sustaining products and skills of the past.

When: Feb 2 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Hawthorne Country Store, 675 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for January 11 – 13

Attend any one of these San Diego County events this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend9th Annual San Diego Brew Fest

The 9th annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun-filled day with beer, food trucks and music.

The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 12pm
Where: Liberty Station NTC Park | 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $45 – 55
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Winter Festival

At Poway Community Park’s Winter Festival, build a snowman, sled down our snow hill, roast marshmallows by the campfire or take a spin around the synthetic skate rink.

When: Friday, Jan 11, 5 – 9pm | Saturday, Jan 12, 3:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Poway Community Park | 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Gem Faire

One of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the U.S. drops into the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend, showcasing the latest and greatest in the gem biz. Fine jewelry, costume jewelry, gold, silver, crystals and more will be on display and for sale at this expo; while patrons peruse, vendors will offer on-site jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing services.

When: Friday – Sunday, Jan. 11 – 13, 2019
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $7, kids under 11 free
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2nd Saturday Art Lesson

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts Escondido offers this free art lesson Saturday at Education Studio 2 led by Nancy Robinson, who will help students create a wintry, watercolor masterpiece. The class lasts one hour and is offered at two sessions: one at 10 a.m. and another at 11:15 a.m. Free tickets will be handed out at the door.

When: Saturday, Jan 12 | 10am or 11:15m
Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido, Education Studio 2 | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for January 4 – 6

It’s the first weekend of the new year; hopefully some of these events will help you pursue health, quality time with family, education or whatever resolution you’re pursuing in 2019!

San Diego county events this weekendThe San Diego Spring Home Show

The San Diego Spring Home Show will help you find inspiration, products and services to help make that home improvement project a reality. The 3-day expo will take over downtown’s San Diego Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Free passes can be printed out in advance online (https://www.homeshowsandiego.com/free-pass); at the door, tickets will cost $10.

When: Friday Jan. 4, 11am – 8pm | Saturday Jan. 5, 10am – 8pm | Sunday Jan. 6, 10am – 6pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free passes online here; tickets at the door will be $10
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Three Decades in the Rearview

This retrospective exhibit, “Three Decades in the Rearview,” showcases a variety of unique vehicles that encapsulate the automotive culture including race cars, hot rods, low-riders and more. The anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019, and is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

When: Anniversary exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2019
Where: San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park) | 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 adults; $4 for kids 15 and under
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Hullabaloo Family Market

Join San Diego’s own award-winning kids music group, Hullabaloo, for a morning of music, food, art projects, face painting and shopping at the Hullabaloo Family Market.

When: Jan 7 | First Mondays until May
Where: The Heritage Ranch | 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event

Connect with your kids, and be blown away by off-the-charts fun at the number one Minecraft event in the USA.

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event holds a Guinness World Record for largest convention for a single video game, and is coming to San Diego for two days only

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 & 6, 2019
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $90
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ArchaeoCon 2019

The Archaeological Institute of America turns 140 years old in 2019 and this expo at the Marriott Marquis will pretty much serve as the institute’s birthday bash. The fair will feature archaeology presentations, hands-on demos, workshops, an “ancient game tournament” centered on a board game from Mesopotamia, and Q&A sessions with experts.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $5 – $10
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Guided Nature Walk – Mission Trails Regional Park

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center.

When: Sunday, Jan. 6 | 9:30 – 11am
Where: Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for December 28 – 31, 2018

Finish out the year this last weekend of 2018 with some quality time and fun activities with others. The Holiday Food Truck Festival and the Pajama Jam event (if you have kiddos) look like great ones to go to!

San Diego county events this weekendNew Year’s Eve Family Party

Ring in the new year in style at the Living Coast Family Party as you watch the ball drop under the stars! Bundle up for wild animal encounters, night hikes, and so much more. This is sure to be a New Year’s your family will never forget! All that’s included can be found here.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center | 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: $25 – $30
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The Grape Drop

Watch the Temecula grape drop at Town Square Park twice: once with the East Coast at 9 p.m. and once with the West Coast at midnight. Plus, there’ll be free activities for kids, food vendors, and live music by Danielle Arribe 6-6:45 p.m., Frienz Band 7-8 p.m., City Beat Band 8:30-10 p.m. and Midnight Ride 10:30 p.m,-12:15 a.m. Radio host Mama Mia from 101.3 will emcee.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 | 6pm – 1am Jan. 1
Where: 41000 Main St., Temecula, CA
Cost: Free
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Honda Family Night Out: Pajama Jam

The night includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and our popular countdown balloon drop. Plus, parents get a free drink ticket.

Close out the year with a pajama fest you won’t want to miss! Pajama Jam, presented by the San Diego Honda Dealers, provides an opportunity for families to experience the museum at night – with catered dinner, drinks, music and special activities/programs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 | 5:30pm
Where: The New Children’s Museum | 200 West Island Ave., San Diego
Cost: $15+
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San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers.

When: Dec. 27 – 30
Where: San Diego Convention Center | 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free – $15
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

The group’s first Christmas album, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” was released in 1994 and revolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

When: Saturday, Dec. 29 | 7:30pm
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $35.50 – $146.50
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Holiday Food Truck Festival

For five days and evenings between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Dec. 26 to 30, the annual Holiday Food Truck Festival serves up gourmet food from 15 of San Diego’s top food trucks, along with free live entertainment and fun activities for families.

Food trucks will be in the park beginning at noon, with live entertainment and other activities starting at 2 p.m. For a listing of food trucks for each date, the entertainment schedule and other event details, visit our website.

When: Dec 26 – Dec 30, 2018
Where: Balboa Park | (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for Dec. 21 – 23

Is family in town for the holidays? While you’re showing them around beautiful San Diego, stop by one of these great events, too!

San Diego county events this weekendRady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

The ice rink will be open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM until Sunday, January 6th. Tickets are good for in-and-out access throughout the day they are purchased for and include a pair of skates and an optional helmet. All proceeds from the ice rink benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

When: Now through January 6
Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $13 – $15
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The Nutcracker

Take an extraordinary journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Witness the epic battle between toy soldiers and mice before being whisked away to an enchanted land of falling snow, waltzing flowers, and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, this classic holiday production is a cherished San Diego family tradition.

When: Dec 12 – Dec 23 | Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm
Where: Casa del Prado Theater | 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $12 – $18 – tickets are no longer available online; head to the box office
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Holiday by the Bay

Slide into the season at San Diego’s exclusive waterfront holiday adventure park – Holiday by the Bay. Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide, iceberg bumper cars, an hourly interactive dynamic light show and much more!

When: Now – January 5
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront | 1 Park Blvd, San Diego
Cost: $10+
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Del Barrio Market: Noche Buena

NOCHE BUENA Market is right around the corner! Get your Christmas shopping done at both markets where you can find unique vintage, jewelry, art and handmade goods! This event is FREE, pet friendly and kid friendly.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Barrio Logan Flea Market | 2146 Logan Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free
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NBC has a great list on where to check out must-see Christmas/holiday lights in San Diego County, as well!


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for Dec. 14 – 16, 2018

We’re in full-swing with the holidays here in San Diego County — so much to do and see and explore during Christmastime!

San Diego county events this weekendNutcracker at the Civic Theatre

California Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker” at the San Diego Civic Theatre with the San Diego Symphony happening Dec. 14 through 23, 2018.

California Ballet also presents special 60 minute performances for families with very young children. These shows are at 2 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.

When: Now until Dec. 23
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego
Cost: $25 – 95
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Noel Noel – San Diego Symphony’s Holiday Concert

The San Diego Symphony invites you to make Copley Symphony Hall your home for the holidays at our annual “Noel Noel” concert. Broadway star Bryonha Marie Parham and choirs will fill the hall with joy in traditional favorites like “Carol of the Bells, ” “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride.” Sing your own heart out with the symphony during the audience-sing-along and visit with the North Pole’s most famous resident!

When: Dec 15, 21 and 22
Where: San Diego Symphony | 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10 – 90
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San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other in San Diego! The event will consist of a series of runs that will take place on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 mile run waves that include run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave. Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade!

When: Sat., Dec. 15 | 8:30am – 1pm
Where: Garnet Ave. and Bayard St., San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: $15 – 50
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Pacific Beach Holiday Parade

Join one of San Diego’s oldest holiday parades.  Parade route starts on Garnet Ave and Haines street and goes down to Bayard. Come enjoy this free family friendly holiday event!

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 1 – 3pm
Where: Garnet Ave and Haines St to Bayard.
Cost: Free
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Special Spreckels Organ Concert

To honor members of the Spreckels Organ Society and salute the 104th anniversary of the great Spreckels Organ, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will play a special concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14. The concert will be free to the public, and members will be especially welcomed with free coffee or hot chocolate upon presentation of their valid membership card.

Musical selections will include the “audience choice” favorites of the past year: selections that Raúl has presented that were chosen for repeat performance by pavilion audiences.

When: Friday, Dec. 14 | 6pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilian, Balboa Park | San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. The parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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Enchanted Village at Noah Homes

Celebrate the holidays at Enchanted Village: A brand new festival of trees & lights in San Diego! Imagine walking at dusk in the cool of a December evening surrounded by brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, live performers, “snow”, interactive exhibits and more to entertain guests of all ages on our beautiful 8-acre community.

When: Dec. 14 – 23 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Noah Homes | 12526 Campo Road, San Diego, CA 91978
Cost: $9 – 15
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Holiday Petting Zoo

This free, holiday-themed petting zoo presented by the Berry Good Food Foundation and Farmer Jack will set up its little paddock on the patio at Liberty Public Market. Bring the kids and take family selfies with baby goats, donkeys and other fuzzy friends.

When: Sat, Dec. 15 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Public Market | 2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, Ca
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

San Diego County Events for Dec. 7 – 9, 2018

So many festive holiday events are happening this weekend in San Diego County — come enjoy Christmas activities with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Pier at Cesar Chavez Park and the Ferry Landing in Coronado.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16 | 5 – 7pm
Where: San Diego Bay
Cost: Free
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3rd Annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village

The 3rd annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer for everyone far and near!

Starting Friday, Dec. 7 and ending on Saturday, Dec. 8 in La Mesa Village, friends and family will have the chance to take part in the free festive fun with live music, cozy fires, dancing, craft vendors, food and a kids’ area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop!

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 9pm
Where: La Mesa Historic Downtown, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Christmas in the Valley

Christmas in the Valley on Bates Nut Farm will feature Santa arriving by fire engine, a Polar Express ride to visit with Santa, crafts, carols and a singing contest. Craft and resale vendors will be selling a variety of holiday items.

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8pm | Saturday, Dec. 8, 10am – 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center
Cost: Free
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Coronado’s Annual Holiday Parade

Coronado’s  43rd Annual Holiday Parade will happen tonight, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 6 p.m.

This hometown parade is a true holiday tradition and thousands line the street each year to kick off the holiday season in style! The parade starts at 6 p.m., but many come early to Rotary Plaza to sing carols from 5-6 p.m. and anxiously await Santa’s arrival via fire truck. Once Santa arrives, one lucky local family is selected each year to help the Mayor flip the switch on Star Pine.

When: Friday, Dec. 7 | 5pm
Where: Eighth and Orange Ave., Coronado, CA
Cost: Free
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San Diego Holiday Lights Tour

Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego’s top Christmas Lights neighborhoods. Five Star Tours takes you to three neighborhoods for you to walk and discover holiday lights, taking you to the neighborhoods of Chula Vista, Christmas Card Lane and the famous Christmas House.

When: Multiple dates from Dec 5 – Dec 25, 2018
Where: Old Town Transit Center | 4005 Taylor Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: $18 – $29
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HolidayFest at Grossmont Center

At Grossmont Center, get in the spirit with us and enjoy a day filled with costumed characters like Frosty the Snowman, Santa and his elves, a gingerbread bounce house, face painters, holiday crafts and more.

When: Dec 9, 15 and 16 | 12 – 3pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!