Top Things to Do in San Diego – Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

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

Thanksgiving Feasts & Turkey Trots

Thanksgiving - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Enjoy glorious weather with a distinct touch of fall from the coast to the inland valleys. Ring in the holiday season with a traditional Thanksgiving feasts, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause.

> Kick off the Holidays with a Thanksgiving in San Diego

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

The moment you arrive at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration you’ll feel a wave of holiday spirit splash over you. The season meets the sea with holiday themed shows, Christmas dining experiences, Santa’s cottage, and all-new this year, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Friends will lead the way to Christmas joy. With everything from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru January 1, 2017
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - Cygnet Theater

This season welcomes the return of the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption. This re-imagined, fully staged production features original new music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!

Where: 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: November 22 – December 24, 2016
Cost: Starting at $31
> Find out more about A Christmas Carol

San Diego Jazz Fest

San Diego Jazz Fest

The 37th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. Festival presentations include great variety: trad, swing, boogie-woogie, ragtime, dixieland, gospel, rockabilly.

Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 23-27, 2016
Cost: $20-$50
> Find out more about the San Diego Jazz Fest

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea-Coronado Beach

This spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with thousands of white lights, provides a magical backdrop as holiday music fills the air and guests enjoy hot chocolate and libations.

Where: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Cost: $25
> Find out more about Skating by the Sea

Holidays at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND California Santa

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.

Where: One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Holidays at LEGOLAND

Surfin’ Santa Arrival

Surfin' Santa Arrival

Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true SoCal fashion as he makes his annual arrival at Seaport Village. Visitors can pose for pictures with Santa on his giant surfboard, riding a six-foot wave. A festive parade along the boardwalk, kids crafting activities, live street performers and a wide variety of unique, local shops will keep visitors busy throughout the event.

Where: 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 26, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Surfin’ Santa Arrival

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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.

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