Get ready to make your list and check it twice so you don’t forget any of these awesome events happening this weekend. Head to Old Poway Park for some old-fashioned Christmas fun. Take your train lover to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for Polar Express Day. Watch the San Diego Bay fill with lit boats during the Bay Parade of Lights. Or spin the dreidel at the Hanukkah Happenings event. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Jungle Bells
Familiar holiday traditions take on a wild twist at the San Diego Zoo’s seasonal celebration, Jungle Bells. Jungle Bells guests will be treated to seasonal decorations, animal experiences, costumed characters and live entertainment. The Zoo will be aglow with holiday cheer and activities to keep the whole family jolly. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Polar Express Holiday Family Day
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.” Relax, bring a pillow, blanket and enjoy the show. There will also be games, a holiday keepsake to make, and a special visit from the North Pole. Sat. Event details.


Parol Lantern Festival
Enjoy this Philippine Christmas celebration. Enjoy a parol contest, music and dancing, parol making and delicious tasting of lumpia, pandit and pandesal. Sat. Event details.

Pacific Beach Holiday Parade
Discover Pacific Beach will host the 2016 Holiday Celebration featuring the San Diego Santa Run, Pacific Beach Holiday Parade and Christmas on Crystal Pier. The theme this year is “From Sea to Shining Sea,” which will allow everyone to celebrate the difference ways cultures and communities celebrate the holidays around the country and world. With community floats, local school bands and Santa wrapping up the parade, join us on Garnet Ave for a fabulous friends and family event to rejoice the holidays. Sat. Event details

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Check out the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, a time-honored tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Participants in this year’s highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year’s theme, “It Began with a Roar – San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years.” Sun. Event details.

North County

Christmas in the Park
Traditions come to life during Christmas at Poway Park. The day is filled with fun activities including a Christmas tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by train, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, ornament decorating, entertainment, and lots more. Sat. Event details.

Hanukkah Happening
Celebrate Hanukkah with at the Lawrence Family JCC! Come on over for carnival games, art projects, a bouncy house, games, crafts, prizes, cake walk, arcade, a tremendous silent auction and much more! Sun. Event details

East County

A Rawhide Country Christmas
Enjoy a magical holiday event at Rawhide Ranch, a 40-acre working ranch and camp nestled in the hills of Bonsall. This two day Christmas family event offers something for adults and kids of all ages. Come for a couple of hours, or stay all day. Activities will include pony and hay rides, petting zoo, photos with Santa, carolers, live music, BBQ dinner, and so much more. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Christmas in La Mesa Village
The Village of La Mesa is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland with strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, holiday parade, live music, horse drawn carriages, bonfire, carnival rides, puppet shows, and, of course, Santa! All specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants open late during event. Sat. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

– Leah R. Singer