Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 19-25, 2017

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

San Diego for the Holidays

San Diego for the Holidays - Top Things to Do

Give yourself and your family the gift of a lifetime – a holiday spent in San Diego! Escape the hectic pace of the holidays and plan for a laid-back season enjoying the warm sun and a host of fun-filled activities and entertainment for the whole family. San Diego has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday celebration.

> Getaway to San Diego for the Holidays

Peter Pan & Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas


Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto in San Diego.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 21-31, 2017
Cost: Starting at $34
> Find out more about Peter Pan & Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas

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

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
> Find out more about Holidays at LEGOLAND

Seas ‘N’ Greetings

Seas 'n' Greetings

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is transformed into a holiday wonderland full of SEAsonal activities for the whole family. Deck the Hall (of Fishes) and get into the holiday spirit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa, crafts, activities, as well as live holiday music on weekends.

Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: Thru December 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Seas ‘N’ Greetings

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: Thru January 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

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: Thru January 1, 2018
Cost: $15-$20
> Find out more about Skate by the Bay

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: Thru January 1, 2018
Cost: $30
> Find out more about Skating by the Sea

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

As holiday music fills the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles, transforming the park into a wintery, watery wonderland. Celebrate the reason for the season during our mesmerizing new nativity show, O Wondrous Night, inspired by the original story of Christmas. Visit Santa’s Christmas Village, meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ and friends, and savor holiday flavors as you shop for unique gifts and decorations.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Thru January 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland

A spectacular holiday festival featuring awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating Holidays Around the World, along with Cirque du Soleil level acrobatics, 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, international food, shopping and more.

Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Thru January 7, 2018
Cost: Starting at $19
> Find out more about Global Winter Wonderland

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

RADY CHILDREN'S ICE RINK AT LIBERTY STATIONRady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presents another holiday season of outdoor ice skating. All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. To make a donation to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Thru January 7, 2017
Cost: $12-$14
> Find out more about Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

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: Thru April
> Find out more about Winter Gray Whale Watching

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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.