With Christmas and Hanukkah this weekend, we imagine you’re pretty busy making your lists and checking them twice. But if you’re looking to get away from holiday happenings, check out some of these events happening around town. Head to the San Diego Zoo for Jungle Bells (they’re open on Christmas). Calm the nerves and go on a nature walk in Mission Trails. Take in the sea life at Birch Aquarium (also open on Christmas). Or ice skate by the sea in Coronado or Liberty Station. Have a wonderful holiday and a great weekend!

skatingphoto: Leah Singer

San Diego

Junge 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. And the Zoo is open on Christmas day! Fri.-Sun. 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. and Sat. Event details


Guided Nature Walk
Enjoy a free guided nature walk and learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. These interpretive nature walks are offered to enhance your appreciation of our open space and the unique beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. Sat. Event details.


North County

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. The schedule changes daily, so visit the website for a full schedule of events including holiday dive shows with Scuba Santa, themed octopus feedings and live music by Zo Shah. Fri. – Sun. Event details

South Bay

Skating by the Sea and DELights
What could be more San Diego than ice skating on the beach? Enjoy the ice rink with views of the Pacific, then take in the DELights show with holiday sights, smells and sounds combined with icy colors, snowflakes and whimsical polar bears. Fri. – Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney Pixar’s Cars race across the ice and dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure! Fri. – Sun. Event details

Hooray for Chanukah
Spin the dreidel and light the Menorah! Kiddos will learn about this holiday through fun activities, traditions, games, and art! We will have a full day of fun singing songs and getting in the holiday spirit! Today’s activity is all about the dreidel. Sat. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer