Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 20-26, 2016

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

San Diego’s Holiday Happenings

Enjoy a laid back holiday season together, and treasure the warmth of the sun and a plethora of fun and entertainment for the whole family. San Diego has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday celebration. From beach-front ice skating rinks to concerts, ballets, theater and endless holiday shopping, we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

> Browse San Diego’s Holiday Happenings

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl delivers exciting football action and spectacular pageantry. Each year a top team from the Mountain West Conference takes on a quality opponent. This year it’s the BYU Cougars vs. the Wyoming Cowboys! This year, the game will be preceded by Dexcom WinterFest, a brand new FREE San Diego holiday tailgating experience complete with winter-themed activities and music for the whole family.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108
When: December 21, 2016
Kick Off: 6:00 PM
Cost: $20-$80
> Find out more about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Festivities for the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl kick off in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating universities will perform and meet for a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands! The pep rally atmosphere is fun for the whole family. Make it a night, with plenty of dining options in the surrounding Gaslamp District. This is an outing that you won’t want to miss!

Where: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 26, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Holiday Bowl Marching Band Showcase

Seas ‘n’ Greetings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Seas 'n' Greetings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps 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. Check the schedule for special appearances by Scuba Santa as well as live holiday music on weekends.

Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: Thru December 31, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about Seas ‘n’ Greetings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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.

Whale Watching

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.

> Find out more about Whale Watching in San Diego

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

The Holidays Take Center Stage

Photo by Jim Cox.

As fall turns to winter, we are setting our sights on holiday fun- San Diego-style. San Diego’s Arts and Culture groups have dozens of holiday-themed activities and events that celebrate all San Diego has to offer.

> Browse San Diego’s Holiday Theater Offerings

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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.