It may only be the middle of November, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting into the holiday spirit. In fact, some of Southern California’s most beloved holiday traditions start this weekend. Sea World kicks of its annual Christmas celebration, and The Globe Theatre begins its run of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There are also Hanukkah events to get you ready for the Festival of Lights. If the holidays aren’t your thing, head outside on a nature walk or get artsy at The NEW Children’s Museum. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

I Eat People: Children’s Monster Art
Experimental music and art collective, Stay Strange, presents I EAT PEOPLE: Children’s Monster Art. A truly horrifying creature art exhibit created by kiddos ages 3-13. Sat., 7:00 – 10:00 pm, San Diego East Village, Free, All ages. Event details.

Sea World Christmas
Today is opening day of the annual Sea World Christmas extravaganza. Get ready for a big splash of holiday cheer with shows like Shamu’s Christmas and Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special, Santa Claus and reindeer sightings, and SnowWorld, a winter wonderland of snow for the whole family! Sat. – Sun., 10:00 am, Sea World, Prices vary, All ages, Event details.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Start the holiday season with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Back for its 15th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Sat. – Sun., times vary, Old Globe Theatre, Tickets start at $24, Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals
San Diego Zoo Global joins the Classics Philharmonic and Malashock Dance for a fresh look at Saint-Seans’ famous Carnival of the Animals. Original poetry narrated by the San Diego Zoo. Global’s own ” Dr. Zoolittle” helps put a modern day twist on a traditional young audience favorite. Expect a surprise visitor from our partners at the San Diego Zoo. Sun., 2:00 pm, Balboa Theatre, Starts at $12, Ages 3 – 12. Event details.

North County

My Family and Me: Hanukkah
My Family and Me is a free 60-minute program hosted by Congregation Beth Israel. The event is open to the community and designed for families of young kids. My Family and Me features the celebration of Jewish holidays and activities with theme-related songs, art and cooking. This month’s theme is Hanukkah. Sun., 9:30 am, Congregation Beth Israel, Free. Ages 6 months – 4 years. Event details.

Hanukkah Happenings
Celebrate Hanukkah with at the Lawrence Family JCC! Come on over for carnival games, art projects, a bouncy house, games, crafts, prizes, cake walk, arcade, a tremendous silent auction and much, much more! Sun., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, $2 members/$3 non-members (kids 2 and under free), All ages. Event details.

East County

Parents Night Out at Elite Gymnastics
Kids will have a great time with gymnastics, games, food and other fun activities. This is a great chance for parents to get some early holiday shopping done! Sat., 6:00 – 10:00 pm, Elite Gymnastics, $15, Ages 4 and up. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

–Leah R. Singer

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