Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 13-18, 2016

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

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.

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

An American Christmas at the US Grant Hotel

An American Christmas at THE US GRANT Hotel

Step back to 1916 for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration! 24 multi-talented performers sweep you into a festive evening that will be the pinnacle of your holidays. This remarkable 3-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, that begins with an hors d’oeuvres reception in the beautiful Palm Court and moves to the grand Presidential Ballroom forba delectable 4-course holiday meal.

Where: THE US GRANT – 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 14-24, 2016
Cost: $113-$174
> Find out more about An American Christmas at the US Grant Hotel

The Wholehearted

The Wholehearted at La Jolla Playhouse

The Wholehearted is the unflinching portrait of a female boxer who survives a brutal attack by her own husband. A tale of revenge and redemption, the violence of love, the sexuality of sports, and the high cost of fame, this new play utilizes live projections, film and a thumping rockabilly score to explore the line between personal fantasy and hard reality – and what it takes to be a champion.

Where: 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: December 14-18, 2016
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about The Wholehearted

San Diego Chargers VS. Oakland Raiders

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The San Diego Chargers face the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. 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 Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 18, 2016
Kick Off: 1:25 PM
Cost: Check website for seat pricing
> Find out more about Chargers vs. Raiders

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Big Bay Holiday of Lights

Photo courtesy of Cook & Schmidt

Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

When: December 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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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.

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