December 2018 Calendar of Events
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December 2018 Calendar of Events

  • The Birthstone: Turquoise, Zircon, or Tanzanite / Flower: Narcissus or Holly
  • The zodiac signs are Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) and Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
  • Hanukkah (Dec 2) / Pearl Harbor Day (Dec 7) / Christmas (Dec 25)
  • Human Rights Month / National Fruit Cake Month / Read a New Book Month

Seas ‘n’ Greetings Holiday Celebration
The magic of the holidays meets the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings.

Date: Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Included with aquarium admission
Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
For info. visit Greetings Holiday Celebration

55th Annual North Park Toyland Parad & Festival
Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit North Park Toyland Festival

Setting Sun Sake Fall Garden Party
Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. will be hosting a day of celebration and collaboration to showcase some of what America’s Finest City has to offer at one of its most iconic locations: the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Fall Garden Party

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Grinch will be performed for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides. 

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Dr. Seuss

Meet Santa at Julian Town Hall
Join Santa at the town hall weekends In Julian. Come bring your cameras and snap photos with the man from the North Pole as he visits our little town.

Date: Dec 1 – Dec 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: Julian Chamber of Commerce – 2129 Main Street, PO Box 1866, Julian
For info. visit Meet Santa at Julian

Chula Vista Starlight Parade
Celebrate the Season in Downtown Chula Vista! The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is a great way to kick-off the holiday season and get in the festive spirit!

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Third Avenue Village – 353 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
For info. visit Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Lions Tigers & Bears Christmas Festival
Celebrate the holidays with the rescued animals of Lions Tigers & Bears. 

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $15-$150
Location: Lions Tigers & Bears – 24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901
For info. visit Lion Tigers & Bears Festival

Winter Wonderland Festival
Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. 

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd.
For info. visit Winter Wonderland Festival

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village
Celebrate the season during Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see our unique Christmas Tree. 

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
For info. visit Little Italy Tree Lighting

39th Annual OB Holiday Parade
Come find out what the locals have known for 30+ years – Santa would rather be in the quaint little surfing village of OB at the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. 

Date: Dec 1, 2018
Time: 5:05 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave., San Diego
For info. visit Annual OB Holiday Parade

Holiday Lights Tour
Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego’s top Christmas Lights neighborhoods. Bring the family and enjoy a trip that is worth taking in December.

Date: Dec 1 – Dec 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Price: Children (4-12) $18 Adults $29
Location: Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company – 1050 Kettner Blvd.
For info. visit Holiday Lights Tour

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off
The festive and fiery SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off promises everything a person could want in a fun day including craft beer, wine, shopping music and chili!

Date: Dec 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free Admission. Chili Bowl and 5 Tastings – $20
Location: Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park
For info. visit SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-off

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival
Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.

Date: Dec 2, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla
For info. visit La Jolla Holiday Festival

Santa by the Sea
Join Del Mar for annual holiday event. Free pictures with Santa, treats, games & entertainment, a holiday tree lighting!

Date: Dec 2, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: L’Auberge Amphitheater – 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92104
For info. visit Santa by the Sea

Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year” with lights and more!

Date: Dec 7 – Dec 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Price: Free

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.
Date: Dec 7, 2018
Time: 3:20 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
For info. visit Coronado Holiday Parade

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village

The Village is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland during La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village.
Date: Dec 7 – Dec 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: La Mesa Village – La Mesa Blvd Spring St., La Mesa, CA 91941
For info. visit La Mesa Holiday

Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.
Date: Dec 8, 2018
Time: 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Price: $15-$45
Location: Liberty Station NTC Park – 2455 Cushing Road, San Diego, CA 92106
For info. visit Jungle Bell Run

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race

Come out in your finest (or ugliest) Christmas attire as you take part in the annual S.D. Santa Run.
Date: Dec 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Price: $15-$50
Location: Garnet Ave. and Bayard St., San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit SD Santa Run


Poway’s Christmas in the Park
Poway’s Christmas in the Park is a unique way to bring holiday delights to your family this holiday season with the magic of an old-fashioned tradition.
Date: Dec 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Price: Free
Location: Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd., Poway, CA 92064
For info. visit Poway Christmas

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.
Date: Dec 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: 1215 El Carmel Place, San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Mission Bay Christmas

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.
Date: Dec 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 920
For info. visit Oceanside Parade

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.
Date: Dec 9 – Dec 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: refer to website
For info. visit SD Bay Parade

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach.
Date: Dec 15, 2018
Time: 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $69-109
Location: Hotel Karlan – 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego
For info. visit SD Holiday Marathon

The Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
San Diego’s furriest festive family-friendly parade returns to Downtown as the 11th Annual Vet + Pet West Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.
Date: Dec 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free to View. Participation: $15 in advance; $20 day-of.
Location: Gaslamp Hilton Park, 401 K Street, San Diego
For info. visit Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Holiday Food Truck Festival
The Holiday Food Truck Festival in Balboa Park returns for five festive days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Date: Dec 26 – Dec 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00t PM
Price: Free entertainment and activates for families
Location: Balboa Park House of Hospitality
For info. visit Holiday Food Truck Festival

San Diego International Auto Show
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.
Date: Dec 27 – Dec 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit SD International Auto Show

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