I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season, filled with family, friends, and lots of joy!
Inaugural Half Marathon happening in San Diego this winter. Looking for a race in December? Now one is finally here! Whether you’re a local or visiting, celebrate the holidays with San Diego’s first winter half marathon. A food drive will also be happening at bib pick-up.
When: Dec 29, 7:30 am
Where: Rancho Penasquitos
As a metropolitan, San Diego has plenty to do year-round, but here are a few fun Christmas activities from SanDiego.com:
America’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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
$14.00 per vehicle, up to 5 people
$19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
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.
12/02/11 – 12/03/11
San 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.
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!
Wishing you all a great day with family and friends!
— John A. Silva