photo: courtesy Global Winter Wonderland

A Global Winter Wonderland! Shopkins Live! The Sound of Music Sing-a-long! The Mother Goose Parade! Fun with Curious George! This weekend is bursting with phenomenal activities for your family. Read on for the details and go have a blast!


Shopkins Live!
Shopkins come alive on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more! The fun and fashionista Shoppies are joined by the Shopkins – the grocery store-themed mini collectable toys – Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, Poppy Corn, Slick Breadstick and Shady Diva. An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life through urban style music, song and dance. Fri. Event details.

Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music
Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The fun-filled show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, who also takes the audience through their complimentary ‘magic moments fun pack’ containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their fantastic tailoring skills. Go sing your heart out! Sun. Event details.

San Diego Made Holiday Market
Enjoy some local holiday shopping at the San Diego Made Holiday Market! This exciting event will feature only local vendors and will include: handmade goods by over 60 local makers, local eats by Mad Munch and Paraná Empanadas Argentinas, coffee and tea bars by Imperial Grounds Coffee and Paru Tea Bar, cotton candy, kettle corn, cookie stations and more sweets! There will also be family-friendly attractions including face painting, balloons and a free kids coloring station, free photo booth and professional photography by Bronwyn Huddleson Photography, music by DJ Leeds and a plant styling and potting workshop by Haystack Floral. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free swag bag. Sat. Event details.


Curious George Garden Science Workshop
How do seeds turn into food? Come explore the plant life cycle with George and take home a seed to grow your own food! This special KPBS Kids Workshop includes special storytime, a visit from a costumed character and workshops at 10 and 11 a.m. Sat. Event details.

A Christmas Carol
Bah! Humbug! Broadway stars Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens breathe new life into ‘A Christmas Carol,’ the spectacular on-stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ quintessential story. The moving tale is about Ebenezer Scrooge, an irascible, cold-hearted grump who despises all things Christmas––that is, until he’s visited by three ghosts one fateful Christmas Eve. Watch as Scrooge, forced to face his selfish ways, finds the true meaning of love and gratitude. An enduring family classic! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Holiday Snow Days at LEGOLAND
This is the time of year when Legoland is brimming with holiday cheer! Enjoy festive entertainment from the Brickettes and say “hello” to the life-sized LEGO Minifigure Santa as he walks around Fun Town with his helpers.  It’s also time for Holiday Snow Days at Legoland, with real snow, the chance to build LEGO snowmen, snowball targets, music, twinkling lights, nightly snow fall in Heartlake City, the biggest LEGO Christmas Tree in the world and even a nightly tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.  There’s new live entertainment this year, too. Sat. Event details.

El Cajon

Mother Goose Parade
Start the holiday period off with San Diego’s largest and well-known parade. Marching bands, drill units, horse brigades, clowns, performing artists, giant balloons, celebrities and of course Santa Claus all join together to walk down Main Street. The parade can get busy so make sure you are packed up with snacks, hats, sunscreen, water and bring your own seats if you want to avoid the grandstand seating. Sun. Event details.

Mission Valley

Global Winter Wonderland
Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration featuring awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating holidays around the world, live acrobatics and entertainment, carnival rides and games, international cuisine and more. Families can also take a photo with Santa, do holiday shopping and make holiday crafts. This holiday event will be open at SDCCU Stadium from Nov. 19th through Jan. 7th and will become a family-friendly staple of San Diego for years to come. Sun. Event details.

Where are you having a great time with the fam this weekend? Share in the comments.

––Beth Shea