9 Festive Things To Do in San Diego This Holiday Season

Christmas is fast approaching, but with the constant 70 degree weather here in San Diego, it sure doesn’t feel like it. Here are 9 festive events and activities in the SD area that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Global Winter Wonderland

Ice Skating By The Sea


  • When:
    • Dec 18 – 31
    • Mondays to Saturday: 10am – 10pm
    • Sundays: 11am-8pm (includes Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
  • Where: Hotel del Coronado
  • Tickets: $30 per person (ice skate rentals included)
  • Websitehttps://hoteldel.com/offers/skating-by-the-sea/

Garden of Lights


  • When: Dec 2-23, Dec 26-30 @ 5-9 PM
  • Where: San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Tickets:
    • Sunday-Thursday – $10 for members, military and students, $15 adults, $5 children
    • Friday-Saturday – same pricing expect $20 for adults
  • Websitehttp://www.sdbgarden.org/lights

Christmas Circle

  • When: Dec 10-26, 5-10 PM
  • Where: Whitney and Mankato (between First and Second Avenue), Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • Tickets: Free admission
  • To find Christmas light displays in other SD neighborhoods, check here

The California Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!


San Diego Bay of Lights Parade


  • When: December 17 at 5 PM
  • Where: San Diego Bay (viewable from pier at Cesar Chavez Park, Coronado, and Seaport Village)
  • Websitehttp://sdparadeoflights.org/

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade


Visit Julian

  • What It Is: A small town in the mountains of east San Diego, one of the few places in the county that get snow this time of year
  • Things to Do:

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