While the sun may be shining and the temperatures mild, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in San Diego. Whether you’re looking for tree lightings, festivals and parades, or fun with winter animals, there’s something for everyone this weekend.
photo: Leah Singer
San Diego’s favorite kick-off to the holiday season brings friends, families and the community together in the spirit of the holidays. Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge both evenings. The largest free community festival in San Diego, December Nights will bring more than 300,000 visitors to the park to revel and enjoy the season over two days. Fri. and Sat. Event details.
Watch “Home Alone” with the San Diego Symphony
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without watching “Home Alone.” But how about watching it on the big screen with John Williams’ soundtrack performed live by the San Diego Symphony as the film plays on our three big screens? Fri. Event details.
South Park Walkabout
Bring the family to South Park for their annual holiday walkabout celebration. Today’s walkabout features holiday-inspired decor and activities. Participating business will be open for browsing, product demonstrations, snacks and more. Sat. Event details.
North Park Toyland Parade and Festival
The North Park Toyland Parade will glide down University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets. featuring marching bands, dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens and city officials, and and more! Santa Claus will be riding atop his merry red sleigh. Following the parade, the Holiday festival is a collection of local schools & organizations that are coming together to provide fun, creative, educational activities for families and children to enjoy. Sat. Event details.
Helen Woodward’s Frosty Farm
Frosty Farm attendees get to take pictures with Santa and his “polar dog”; each child will receive a special toy to cherish from Santa himself! Guests can participate in cookie decorating, face painting, faux snow, crafts, a hot chocolate station, animal encounters including alpacas, chinchillas, doves, sheep, chickens and Blitzen, the Miniature Horse “Reindeer”! Also, for the first time in Frosty Farm history we will have live music AND a caricature artist! Sat. and Sun. Event details.
Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival
The North Pole comes to the heart of Escondido. Kids have the chance to play in real snow, decorate Christmas cookies, and visit with live reindeer! Santa Claus himself will make an appearance, along with carolers, stilt walkers, and even hula dancers. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs. Make sure to stick around to dusk when the Winter Wonderland Forest will come alive with twinkling lights and even more holiday spirit. Sat. Event details.
Coronado Holiday Celebration and Parade
The holiday season in Coronado starts when Santa arrives by ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing. A festive parade follows, merchants keep their doors open late for shopping, and Santa lights the central 75-foot star pine Christmas tree as the community band plays holiday music. The evening finishes with fireworks over Glorietta Bay. Fri. Event details.
The Santa Event in Chula Vista
Take photos with Santa Claus at Thompson Center for Dentistry. Tickets will be given to attendees upon arrival to be used on food, beverages, and fun activities. Those who bring toys to donate to our Toys for Tots drive will be given extra tickets that can be used at any of our various booths. Sat. Event details.
What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!
– Leah R. Singer