‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the town, there were many creatures stirring including a mouse. Get into the holiday spirit this weekend with exciting events all leading up to the big day. Have some fun on the ice and go ice stake at Liberty Station. Learn about Scottland at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Celebrate Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery. Or check out Winter Wonderfest at the Discovery Cube. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Jolly Trolley at Mint Studios
All aboard! Get ready for some holiday cheer. Come dressed in pajamas and have milk and cookies on the trolley. You’ll also sign carols as the trolley checks out the beautiful lights  at Christmas Card Lane. Sat. Event details.

Fantasy on Ice
Winter will be Way Cool this holiday season! Enjoy frozen family fun at the annual Fantasy on Ice skating rink, presented by Sycuan. Holiday-related activities, performances and “Holiday Gifts with a Creative Twist” will continue through the holiday season. Fri.-Sun. 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

Holiday Nights at Bernardo Winery
Bring the little ones to sit on Santa’s lap and meet with Santa and Mrs Claus, enjoy a romantic carriage ride around the vineyards, sip hot mulled wine or take the kiddies on the Bernardo Winery Polar Express train and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee beverage in the coffee shop. Carolers, live music, kid’s activities, the Bernardo Winery Polar Express motorized 16 person train, and lots more. Arts and crafts vendors in the courtyard and the Tasting room, restaurant, coffee shop and village shops. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Seas ‘n’ Greetings at Birch Aquarium
The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Throughout December, Birch Aquarium is transformed into a winter wonderland featuring music, holiday décor and hands-on ocean science activities. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Escondido Roots Series Celebrates Scotland
Join San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for a celebration of culture and community in this months presentation featuring Scotland. The event will feature cultural performances and activities that highlight the diverse traditions of the European country. The afternoon will include a traditional dance performances, storytelling and Scottish food samples. Sat. Event details.

Orange County

Winter Wonderfest
A snow storm of thrills and excitement is heading towards Discovery Cube this winter for Winter Wonderfest! Learn about the science behind sledding down ice ramps and weather, then put your knowledge into action with real sledding, tubing, and snow play. Winter Wonderfest is for guests of all ages and provides snow-fun at the Cube! Sat. and Sun. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer