Top Things to Do In San Diego – November 21-26, 2017

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

Battle on the Midway

Battle on the Midway

A Collegiate wrestling event featuring two of the Nation’s best West Coast teams. The event is hosted by SDIKWA (San Diego and Imperial County Kids Wrestling Association, junior affiliate of USA Wrestling) and Left Coast Wrestling.

Where: USS Midway – 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $25-$200
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San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

The 38th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: November 22-26, 2017
Cost: $20-$115
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Thanksgiving in San Diego

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. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you’re able to enjoy SoCal’s outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

> Kick off the Holidays in San Diego

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year from Thanksgiving Day, November 23, through January 1. 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. The Del’s Skating by the Sea partially benefits the Wish Kids served by Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $30
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Skate by the Bay

Skate by the Bay - Top Things to Do

Celebrate your Holiday by the Bay by ice skating next to the San Diego Bay on our outdoor bayfront ice rink! When you join us on our ice rink, we’ll share $1 from your ticket with the USO San Diego!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cost: $15-$20
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Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snowfall 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: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Cost: Included with Admission
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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play

Returning for the second year in a row, this heartwarming holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.

Where: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 24 – December 24, 2017
Cost: $25-$50
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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.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

Ella Fitzgerald Tribute

The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 25, 2017
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $30-$55
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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.