Things to do in San Diego during the Holiday Season includes parades, Christmas lights, boat tours, Santa sightings, outdoor ice skating and much more. Take a look at some events happening in San Diego this holiday season.
JUNGLE BELLS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO
The zoo is transforming into a winter wonderland from December 13 to January 5th. Enjoy festival foods, performances, and twinkling lights.
SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Enjoy all-new holiday performances, decorations around the park, meet festive friends at Rudolph’s Christmastown and the new Sesame Street Christmas Village. Be apart of all the holiday fun from November 23rd to January 5th.
HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND
The whole park is bursting with Holiday Cheer from November 23 to January 5th. See a 30ft. decorated Christmas tree, Holiday Light Show, Santa, Toy Soldiers, the Gingerbread man and more! Don’t miss their New Year’s Eve brick drop with fireworks on December 31st.
BALBOA PARK DECEMBER NIGHTS
Join in on the City of San Diego’s 42nd annual holiday festival Dec 6th & 7th! Experience light displays, choirs, dancers & bands, festive food, and fun activities.
EXPLORE THE SAN DIEGO BAY ON A BOAT TOUR
Set out on the water as your own captain on a high-adrenaline boat ride in San Diego! Zip along the coastline and take in the stunning views of area attractions like the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, and of course, the iconic downtown skyline. No other boat rental in San Diego packs this much excitement and sightseeing into one fun-filled day.
DR. SEUSS’S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Do you like to watch Grinch the movie in December to get ready for the holidays? Why not watch the live musical at the Old Globe Theater.
SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
On December 8th and 15th the San Diego Bay will be lit with almost 100 decorated boats. The 2019 theme is Comic-Con on the bay. You can view this spectacular boat parade from the shores or on a boat tour. The route starts from Shelter Island and finishes near Coronado.
LITTLE ITALY TREE LIGHTING & CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Kick off the holiday season in the Little Italy neighborhood from December 7th from 4- 8pm. Watch the Christmas tree lighting, see Santa, listen to live music, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, treats and more!
OUTDOOR ICE RINKS IN SAN DIEGO
Coronado Ice Rink
Skate by the Sea right outside of the Hotel Del Coronado from November 22 to January 5th.
Horton Plaza Ice Rink
Take a spin on the ice in the heart of downtown. This festive atmosphere is perfect for everyone to enjoy.
Head over to the largest ice rink in southern California! Make sure to squeeze in some time for Christmas shopping.
Poway Community Park
Enjoy this quaint mountain-side town on the ice.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS IN SAN DIEGO
Candy Cane Lane – Poway
Location: Hickory Court, Hickory Street, off Twin Peaks Road and Silverset St.
Belardo Lights – Tierrasanta
Location: 5306 North Belardo Drive
Garrison Street- Point Loma
Location: Garrison Street near Chatsworth
Starlight Circle – Santee
Location: Tomel Court, off Magnolia.