Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 20-25, 2018

Skating by the Sea - Top Things to do in San Diego

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

Battle on the Midway

When: November 20, 2018
Where: USS Midway – 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
The second-annual “Battle on the Midway” Collegiate wrestling showcase, presented by Left Coast Wrestling, will feature a pre-Thanksgiving interstate showdown on the flight deck of the famed aircraft carrier USS Midway when the Fresno State Bulldogs square off against the Stanford Cardinal.

Holiday by the Bay

When: November 21, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel – One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Slide into the season at San Diego’s exclusive waterfront holiday adventure park – Holiday by the Bay! Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s newly re-imagined holiday tradition features Reindeer Run, an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide; the Iceberg Bumpers ride; plus Shine, an hourly interactive dynamic light show. Celebrate the season with stocking decorating at Santa’s Workshop, cookie decorating at Claus Kitchen, and festive craft cocktail flights at Yule Lodge. Gather the family for sweet and savory treats from Elven Eatery and Kringle Bakery or sip cocoa and toast s’mores at a private Fireside Lounge.

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza

When: November 21-25, 2018
Where: Town and Country Resort & Convention Center – 500 Hotel Cir. North, San Diego, CA 92108
The 39th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Skating by the Sea

When: November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 14th year. 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.

Thanksgiving in San Diego

When: November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in San Diego, marking the official start of the holiday season. Typically boasting glorious weather, with a distinct touch of fall, from the coast to the inland valleys you’re able to enjoy SoCal’s outdoor lifestyle including days at the beach, shopping at outdoor malls, and nights out at rooftop bars. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast, burn some extra calories in a turkey trot, catch a pro football game, or volunteer your time for a worthwhile cause. However you choose to spend Thanksgiving, spend it giving thanks in San Diego!

Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off

When: November 24, 2018
Where: Fifth Avenue between Market Street and J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
‘Tis the start of the season and the Gaslamp Quarter is bringing you all types of jolly with an extravaganza of festivities for all ages to enjoy on Saturday, November 24th on Fifth Avenue between Market & J Street! Embrace the holiday spirit in the historic heart of San Diego with 80 holiday vendors, meet n greet with Santa, a special lighting ceremony, and more!

Surfin’ Santa Arrival

When: November 24, 2018
Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Surfin’ Santa will ditch his red suit and reindeer to spread his holiday cheer in true SoCal fashion as he makes his annual arrival at Seaport Village.

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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.