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Make Memories at San Diego, CA Holiday Events

Celebrate the holidays in San Diego, California, where the spirit of the city comes alive this season. Create new traditions while enjoying fun holiday events, festivals, music and local cuisine. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with the family, see the twinkling Christmas lights, shop for that perfect gift and celebrate the New Year. Book our San Diego holiday specials at the Pacific Terrace hotel and make memories to last a lifetime.

San Diego Holiday Events

Fantasy on Ice

This seasonal outdoor ice skating rink provides entertainment for all while benefiting Rady's Children's Hospital.

Daily from November 17, 2016 through January 2017

NTC Liberty Station Command Center at 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106


Balboa Park December Nights

A San Diego Tradition!  This two-day event is full of music, dancing, food, crafts, and other multicultural activities.  It's a great way to kick off your holiday celebrating.

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 3-11pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016 from noon-11pm

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


Pacific Beach Christmas Parade

Just a five minute walk from Pacific Terrace, this holiday parade is sure to make you smile.  Kicking off at 1pm, the "Sea to Shining Sea" parade will feature floats, local bands, and, of course, Santa!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, 92109


Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights

Each year, local boaters decorate their crafts in holiday finery and set sail along the shores of Mission Bay (just 10 minutes away!).  The boat parade begins at 6:00 PM from Quivira Basin. Best viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Along the shores of Mission Bay


Old Town San Diego Holiday in the Park

Join carolers at Old Town Historic Park for music, entertainment, bonfires, special holiday treats, and extended shopping hours.  

Saturdays in December

Old Town San Diego, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110


The Grinch at Old Globe Theatre

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a long-running holiday favorite.  This classic tale is brought to life with unique costumes, whimsical music, and holiday magic.  A must-see for every family.

Saturday, November 5 - Monday, December 26, 2016

Old Globe Theater, Balboa Park. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101


SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

Each year, SeaWorld transforms into a charming holiday land filled with fun for all ages.  Visit Santa at his workshop, meet his reindeer, watch holiday-themed shows, or have breakfast with Santa and Shamu!  

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

SeaWorld San Diego. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109


San Diego Zoo's Jungle Bells

The Zoo's annual holiday celebration is back!  Experience a winter wonderland full of lighted animal sculptures, music, holiday treats, and special visits from St. Nick.

Friday, December 9, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017

San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Dr. San Diego, CA 92101


San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Are you ready for some (college) football?  Grab your team jerseys and head to Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley for some entertaining gridiron action.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108


Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl ParadE

The Holiday Bowl wouldn't be the same without the pre-game parade!  Enjoy America's largest balloon parade set in downtown San Diego with the beautiful Big Bay as a backdrop.  Enjoy college bands, dancing, merriment, and of course the balloons!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 10 am

Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Holiday Bowl

Get set to watch two of the best teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 face off in America's Finest City.  Fans can also enjoy the ultimate pre-game party at the National Funding Fan Zone. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

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