Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 29 – December 4, 2016

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Carols and Barrels

Carols and Barrels

Buddy the Elf’s beer, wine and food festival of choice, is taking over the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier for a holiday-themed afternoon of unlimited craft beer and wine samples, as well as small bite offerings from area restaurants. Additionally, there will be an ugly sweater contest, a special appearance by Buddy the Elf, photo opportunities with Santa, caroling, elves, reindeer games and more.

Where: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 3, 2016
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$125
> Find out more about Carols & Barrels

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

Where: 1101 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103-4106
When: November 29 – December 4, 2016
Cost: $25-$150
> Find out more about Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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! As in years past, the event will offer seasonal entertainment for the whole family as well as festive holiday lighting throughout the Park – from the Plaza de Panama canopy – to the Botanical Building – to the landmark Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Delicious cuisine and holiday cheer are also all part of the long-standing San Diego celebration.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 2-3, 2016
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Balboa Park December Nights

Festival of Christmas

Festival of Christmas

This year’s Festival of Christmas is set in San Diego’s “Little Italy” district. The year is 1949 and the sleepy little town is going through big changes. It’s a memorable theatre experience filled with song, dance, laughter and love. A perfect holiday show for the entire family!

Garden of Lights


The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Leave the hustle and bustle of the malls behind and enjoy a relaxing evening strolling the lighted Garden.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: December 3-30, 2016
Cost: $5-$20
> Find out more about the Garden of Lights

Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival

Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer! The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers – from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers – for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: December 3, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland Festival

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Celebrate the season during Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see our unique Christmas Tree – a 25-foot tower of 1,000+ gorgeous Poinsettias. Santa Claus will be in attendance for meet and greets and photos with all the neighborhood kids and kids at heart. Next to “Santa’s Living Room,” will be fun arts and crafts for the kids to take part in.

Where: India St & W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 3, 2016
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Holiday Parades

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival

Get into the holiday spirit at these parades throughout San Diego County:

2016 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

Photo by Andy McRory.

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! This festive and fiery event, held at the confluence of two neighborhoods battling for hipster bragging rights, promises everything a person could want in a fun day out in the neighborhood.

Where: Thorn & 32nd Streets in North Park, San Diego, CA 92104
When: December 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Chili Bowl & Five Tastings – $25
> Find out more about the 2016 SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

San Diego Chargers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Top Things to Do in San Diego

In Week 13, the San Diego Chargers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qualcomm Stadium. Don’t forget to get to the stadium early to check out all the pre-game festivities. The parking lot will open 5 hours before kick-off and Qualcomm Stadium will open its gates approximately 90 minutes before kick-off. We hope to see you there!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 4, 2016
Kick Off: 1:25 PM
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about Chargers vs. Buccaneers

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Find more Top Things to Do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Book Your Stay in San Diego - Discover Unpublished Rates

Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

This entry was posted in San Diego Events and tagged by Brent Bernasconi. Bookmark the permalink.
Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.