Now that the turkey’s been served and the leftovers are put away, it’s time to get out of the house and have some holiday fun! You can enjoy several events throughout San Diego to get you into the season. Get some holiday shopping done at the Bates Nut Farm Arts and Crafts Fair. Visit with Santa Claus at one of my Christmas events around town. Meet the Grinch himself. Or have an old-fashioned Christmas in Julian. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

surfin-santaphoto: Seaport Village

San Diego

Children’s Coalition Christmas on the Prado
The San Diego Children’s Coalition together with the San Diego Community Christmas Committee and San Diego Arts Foundation are proud to host the 3rd Annual Children’s Coalition Christmas on the Prado, a charity & toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. The event includes music and entertainment, photos with Santa, kids crafts and face painting, and much more. Sat. Event details

Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village
Take the kiddos to see Santa in his board shorts and flip-flops, take photos with him on his giant surfboard and 6-foot wave, make crafts, shop for unique gifts and enjoy live sidewalk entertainment. Sat. Event details.

North County

Christmas Arts, Crafts and Vintage Market
Bates Nut Farm will host its annual Christmas Arts ‘n Craft Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Lots of activities and fun for kiddos too! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Storytime with The Grinch
Come for storytime and meet The Grinch! Sat. Event details.

East County

Oasis Camel Dairy’s Pomegranate Days Festival
Come celebrate fall at Ramona’s gem of a family destination as we open our doors for a fun-filled, family friendly 3-day event that is highlighted by pomegranate feeding with our beloved herd of camels! You’ll enjoy spending the weekend strolling around this working camel-milk dairy, learning about camels, meeting exotic birds, and other fascinating and friendly livestock. Browse the Camel Milk Product Shop for unique gifts including luxurious, hand-made camel’s-milk lotions, soaps, lip balms and facial serums along with imported camel milk chocolate and milk powder. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Julian Country Christmas
Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. This is a popular event, drawing hundreds of visitors who gather at Pioneer Park to watch the lighting and visit with Santa. Musicians will be performing throughout the town. Sat. Event details

Parent’s Day Out: Childcare While You Shop at Grossmont Shopping Center
Indulge in treating yourself and your loved ones to a stress-free holiday shopping experience this year with Childcare at Grossmont Center hosted by San Diego Gym Bus, the favorite preschool tumbling program! The day includes a 2-hour fun ‘n’ tumble day with San Diego Gym Bus for the kids while you enjoy shopping for them and your loved ones at beautiful Grossmont Center. Kids will love the non-stop entertainment, which also includes holiday crafts and a Fuddruckers kid’s meal to fill their little tummies. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer