Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 27, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Celebrate the New Year by spending the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

New Years Eve San Diego Style

New Year's Eve 2017 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Who needs Times Square when you can celebrate in San Diego? Pamper yourself and your loved ones by ringing in the New Year with all night parties, cruises on the bay, family friendly bashes and more!

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Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2016 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade – a San Diego Bowl Games Production. As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons – more than any other parade!

Where: Embarcadero, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 27, 2016
Parade Start: 10:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

National Funding Holiday Bowl

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Don’t miss America’s Finest Bowl Experience!  This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. This year it’s the Minnesota Golden Gophers taking on the Washington State Cougars! Don’t miss the electrifying pageantry, excitement and football thrills this year!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 27, 2016
Kick Off: 4:00 PM
Cost: $45-$105
> Find out more about the National Funding Holiday Bowl

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers. The 2016 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs. When not captivated by the cars, show visitors can participate in exciting, fun new features, family entertainment, and interactive activities.

Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Cost: $8-$12
> Find out more about the San Diego International Auto Show

San Diego Chargers VS. Kansas City Chiefs

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On New Years Day, the Chargers face the Kansas City Chiefs for the final home game of the regular season. 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: January 1, 2017
Kick Off: 1:25 PM
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about the Chargers vs. Chiefs

San Diego’s Holiday Attraction Action

Holiday Attraction Action - Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego’s world-class attractions get all decked out for the holidays with plenty of lights, appearances by Santa, festive shows, music and more.

Whale Watching

More than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

> Find out more about Whale Watching in San Diego

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Fantasy on Ice - Point Loma

Photo courtesy of Bob Ross Photography

Thanks to moderate temperatures, getting outdoors is a great local holiday pastime, so why not get outdoors and enjoy ice skating.

  • Fantasy on Ice
    Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
    When: Thru January 8, 2017
  • Skate by the Bay
    Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
    When: Thru January 2, 2017
  • Skating by the Sea
    Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
    When: Thru January 2, 2017
  • Viejas Ice-Skating Rink
    Where: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
    When: Thru January 29, 2017

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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.