Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 6-11, 2016

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

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances transform the Zoo into a wild, glowing wonderland. Ride the Twinkle Light Trolley to tour an array of animal light sculptures, enjoy jingly, jazzy carols, acrobatic trampoline elves, and more. Plus, it is one more chance to see the larger-than-life centennial animal puppets of “The Journey” – lit up and aglow for the holidays in celebration of our 100th birthday. Join us for plenty of good cheer!

Where: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Whale Watching Adventures depart twice daily. This is a great opportunity in San Diego to get an up-close and personal whale watching experience! Perfect for families, out of town visitors and locals alike!

Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events – 970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Starting December 10, 2016
Cost: Starting at $41
> Find out more about Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

Holiday By the Bay

Holiday by The Bay - Skate by the Bay

Hilton San Diego Bayfront is excited to host our first Holiday By The Bay celebration. Get ready to ice skate by the San Diego Bay, watch holiday movies under the stars, eat breakfast with Santa, and more!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017
> Find out more about Holiday by the Bay

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Big Bay Holiday of Lights

Photo courtesy of Cook & Schmidt

Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

When: December 11 & 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The Nutcracker

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Third Annual Makers Arcade Holiday Fair Comes to Broadway Pier on December 10, 2016! Arts and Crafts Fair Features More Than 100 Local Makers plus Craft Cocktails and Beer, Gourmet Food Trucks, Live Music, Camera Camper, Craft Making, Swag Bags and More.

Where: Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier – 1000 North Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

Viewing: Viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.
When: December 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego’s furriest festive family-friendly parade returns to Downtown as The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by VCA Market Street Animal Hospital takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 11, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to View. Participate: $15-$20
> Find out more about The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

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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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