Mary Poppins, Surfin’ Santa, Elf and a Nutcracker tea party with Kris Kringle! This weekend’s events are full of beloved characters and simply jolly! Read on for the details.

photo: Liberty Station


Disney in Concert: Mary Poppins
Five-time Academy Award®-winning Disney film — Mary Poppins — unfolds on the big screen with the San Diego Symphony orchestra performing The Sherman Brothers’ charming and delightful Oscar® -winning musical score. Featuring unforgettable performances by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, hum along to family favorites like Best Original Song winner “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” Fri. Event details.

Breakfast with Santa at The Westgate Hotel
Gather round in Le Fontainebleau for a bountiful breakfast buffet featuring seasonal favorites where little ones will be treated with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. To reserve a Breakfast with Santa experience, please call 619-238-1818 or click here. Sat. Event details.

Noel Noel Family Concert
Let holiday cheer bring you and your loved ones near at our annual “Noel Noel” Family Concert. The sounds of old-fashioned and new-found festive music makes the season bright and delightful as audiences sing along with the San Diego Master Chorale. Decked with boughs of holly and sparkling lights, Copley Symphony Hall at the Jacobs Music Center warmly welcomes you and the North Pole’s most famous resident! Note: this performance is the one-hour, afternoon version of “Noel Noel.” Sun. Event details.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 48th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bay-front crowds during the evenings of Dec. 8th and 15th, 2019. The theme for this year’s San Diego Parade of Lights is “Comic-Con on the Bay,” a timely collaboration between two premier San Diego events as Comic-Con celebrates its 50th anniversary. Sun. Event details.


Holiday Movies on the Beach
Snuggle up on Del Beach for favorite holiday movies in a theater under the stars. Cuddle up around a private bonfire with s’mores and relax in a beach daybed or enjoy seating in Del Beach sand chairs. Reserve your tickets in advance for guaranteed seating. The movie Elf begins promptly at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come prepared to stay warm. Blankets are encouraged and a limited number will be available for sale. Buy your tickets here. Sat. Event details.

Seaport Village

Breakfast with Surfin’ Santa
This special morning with everyone’s favorite jolly guy includes a full breakfast, picture with Santa, face painting, balloon artists and kids show. Don’t miss it! Sat. Event details.

La Mesa

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village
With the holidays quickly approaching, the 4th annual La Mesa Holiday in the Village will once again be ringing in holiday cheer for everyone far and near! Starting Dec. 13 through Dec. 14 in La Mesa Village, friends and family will have the chance to take part in free festive fun with live music, cozy fires, snow, dancing, craft vendors, food and a kids’ area bigger than Santa’s Toy Shop! This year’s locally loved La Mesa Holiday in the Village is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, and an inclusive holiday experience for all ages to enjoy! Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Christmas in the Park
Head to Old Poway Park for an old-fashioned holiday tradition that will take you back in time with caroling, live music, a visit with Santa, free children’s crafts, model train displays and more. Purchase tasty holiday treats, finish your Christmas shopping at the craft boutique, or board the Poway Midland Railroad for a night-time ride around the park. Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting at 5:15 p.m., followed by the arrival of Santa at 5:30 p.m. There will also be horse-drawn hay and pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting, steam locomotive train rides, model trains, and live entertainment, holiday sweets and warm dinner foods. Sat. Event details.


The Nutcracker
International award-winning dancers Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley, return to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts with their stunning production of “The Nutcracker.” This holiday classic is a tradition that will never fade in excitement and entertainment! The production features over 100 talented performers from Southern California Ballet’s academy and pre-professional company alongside world-class guest artists. Southern California Ballet’s production continues to delight and bring that special holiday magic to the entire family. Use code VYER to receive $5 off regular ticket prices. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Liberty Station

Nutcracker Tea Party
Returning for a second year, Liberty Station invites the community to the Nutcracker Tea Party. Partake in a magical afternoon at this family-friendly event with a narrated performance of The Nutcracker by San Diego Ballet. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by the presence of The Nutcracker performers. Children will be given a golden token to trade in for a special treat at the sweets and hot chocolate bar. Once attendees are settled with scrumptious treats and hot cocoa, the show will begin at 4 p.m. At the end, Santa will pay a special visit for free photo opportunities and a member of the San Diego Ballet will teach children various dance techniques. Don’t miss out on this special evening to commemorate the holiday season! Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea