Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 5-12, 2017

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

During Jungle Bells Presented by California Coast Credit Union, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland of twinkling lights, merry-making performances, and festive foods. Special displays and scheduled events fill the Zoo – and guests – with holiday cheer.

Where: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 8, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
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Winter Gray Whale Watching

 A Guide to San Diego WHALE WATCHING

Each year, 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.

When: Starts December 9, 2017
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The Nutcracker

THE NUTCRACKER - Top Things to Do in San Diego

California Ballet’s glittering production of The Nutcracker leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America’s favorite holiday tradition.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9-23, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
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Winter Daydreams

Winter Daydreams

Don’t be fooled! Though Piotr Tchaikovsky’s very first symphony carries a wintry nickname, the music has enough youthful energy, rhythm, and fire to dispel any chill that December brings to San Diego. Opening the concert, conducted by a returning Johannes Debus, is the charming, innocent prelude from Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous children’s opera, Hänsel und Gretel. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s elegant, lyrical Concerto for Flute and Harp, originally written for a father and daughter who were Mozart’s patrons, features our two principals, respectively, of those instruments.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9-10, 2018
Cost: $20-$72
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Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

Makers Arcade Holiday Fair

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, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 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

The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.

Where: 1215 El Carmel Place, San Diego, CA 92109
When: December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

Where: San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA
When: December 10 & 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Maritime Museum of San Diego

For two special nights, we are transforming the parking lot in front of the Maritime Museum into a Winter Wonderland. The area is open to all, no museum admission is required to visit Winter Wonderland. Items can be purchased individually.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10 & 17, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Winter Wonderland

The SD Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

The SD Union-Tribune 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 Blue Buffalo takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to view
> 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.