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!


Photo: Seaport Village

San Diego

Skating by the Sea and DELights
DELights showcases holiday sights, smells and sounds combined with icy colors, snowflakes and whimsical polar bears. This one-of-a-kind holiday experience unfolds in the Garden Patio, and features a stunning five-minute video mapping light show projected onto a 30-foot multi-faceted tree each hour beginning at 5 p.m. Furthering the holiday festivities, Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for its 11th year. Fri. – Sun., 4 – 9:30 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado, Prices vary by activity. All ages. 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., 1 – 5 p.m., Seaport Village, Free. All ages. Event details.

The Grinch is Coming to the Library
Dr. Seuss’ Grinch will be at the San Diego Library for a festive holiday event. At noon, enjoy family holiday music from Little Catbird and a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Following that is a photo opportunity with the Grinch himself! Sat., 12 – 2 p.m., San Diego Central Public Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Drop-In Days at the Museum of Art
Explore and learn more about art on view through activities designed to help families look at and think about art in new and different ways. Sun., 1 – 3 p.m., San Diego Museum of Art, Free with admission. Ages 6 – 12. Event details.

North County

Santa’s Coming Arts and Crafts Fair
Bates Nut Farm will host its annual “Santa’s Coming!” 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., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bates Nut Farm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Storytime With the Grinch
Come for storytime and meet The Grinch! Sat., 11 a.m., Warwick’s, Free. All ages. Event details

East County

Oasis Camel Dairy’s Annual Pomegranate 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. Fri. – Sun., 12 – 5 p.m., Oasis Camel Dairy, $10 – $15/person. All ages. 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., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Julian Township, Free. All ages. Event details.

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

– Leah R. Singer