Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 28 – December 3, 2017

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

2017 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

PC: ISA and Sean Evans

The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship serves as the preeminent platform for physically challenged surfers to display their talents in competition.

Where: 8302 Camino Del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037
When: November 29 – December 3, 2017
Cost: Free to Spectators
> Find out more about the 2017 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

Balboa Park December Nights

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!

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 1-2, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Balboa Park December Nights

Santa Train North Pole Limited

Santa on the North Pole Limited

Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

Where: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – Campo Depot – California 94 & Forrest Gate Road, Campo, CA 91906
When: December 1-23, 2017
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about the Santa Train North Pole Limited

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.

Where: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 3:20 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

Garden of Lights

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 2-30, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $5-$20
> Find out more about the Garden of Lights

Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Let Old Town San Diego help make your holiday season merry and bright! Halls will be decked, fires built, songs sung, and shopping to be done during Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: December 2-17, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

Where: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: December 2, 2017
Starting Time: 11:00 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

Winter Wonderland Festival

Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in the real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 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 their unique Christmas Tree – a 25-foot tower of 1,000+ gorgeous Poinsettias. Experience two Tree Lightings, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

Where: India St & W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

Encinitas Holiday Parade

Encinitas Holiday Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.

Where: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: December 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Encinitas Holiday Parade

38th Annual OB Holiday Parade

Annual OB Holiday Parade

Come find out what the locals have known for 30+ years – Santa would rather be in the quaint little surfing village of OB at the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade. The 2017 Parade Theme is “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love.”

Where: Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
When: December 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:05 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 37th Annual OB Holiday Parade

Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Chula Vista Starlight Parade

Celebrate the Season in Downtown Chula Vista! The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is a great way to kick-off the holiday season and get into the festive spirit!

Where: Third Avenue Village – 353 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: December 2, 2017
Starting Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chula Vista Starlight Parade

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

PC: 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!

Where: Thorn & 32nd Streets, San Diego, CA 92104
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Chili Bowl & Five Tastings – $25
> Find out more about the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.

Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert

It's a Wonderful Life in Concert

Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like you’ve never seen it before: It’s a Wonderful Life – in Concert. You know the story: struggling Bedford Falls hero George Bailey discovers, through the timely intervention of his Guardian Angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, that he’s the “richest man in town.” Now this timeless classic will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dimitri Tiomkin’s richly sentimental score LIVE.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $20-$70
> Find out more about It’s a Wonderful Life in Concert

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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.