Top Things to Do in San Diego – November 27 – December 2, 2018

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying all the Holiday Cheer California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

San Diego Ramen Festival

When: November 29, 2018
Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Get ready to sample the tastiest ramen, enjoy live cultural performances and witness a ramen eating contest at the 3rd Annual San Diego Ramen Festival.

Santa Train North Pole Limited

When: November 30 – December 22, 2018
Where: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum – California 94 & Forrest Gate Road, Campo, CA 91906
Once aboard the Santa Train North Pole Limited, the holiday fun begins with Christmas carols, The Night Before Christmas, cookies, hot chocolate and Santa.

Liberty Station Tree Lighting Holiday Festivities

When: November 30, 2018
Where: Liberty Station, San Diego, CA 92106
Celebrate the season at Liberty Station’s Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities in the North Promenade. The community is invited to enjoy the holiday magic with an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree lighting, a Holiday Marketplace with local vendors, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, a viewing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas and more!

Seas ‘n’ Greetings Holiday Celebration

When: December 1-31, 2018
Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
The magic of the holidays meets the magic of the underwater world at Birch Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ Greetings, a month-long holiday celebration featuring SEAsonal activities for the whole family.

Garden of Lights

When: December 1-30, 2018
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
After the sun goes down in December, 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.

55th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival

When: December 1, 2018
Where: University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
Celebrate the holiday spirit at the Annual North Park Toyland Parade with vintage cars, marching bands, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa Claus.

Lions Tigers & Bears Christmas Festival

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Lions Tigers & Bears – 24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901
Celebrate the holidays with the rescued animals of Lions Tigers & Bears. Watch as lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, leopards, bobcats and other sanctuary animals open their holiday gifts and enjoy their new Christmas trees. This is a great festive day to enjoy an educational visit with magnificent rescued animals. All proceeds benefit rescued animals and animal rescue work.

Setting Sun Sake Fall Garden Party

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego – 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. will be hosting a day of celebration and collaboration to showcase some of what America’s Finest City has to offer at one of its most iconic locations: the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Day time events include exhibitions, performances, and chefs sharing Japanese culture with a San Diego flair. We have invited a few of our brewer friends to join in on our day of festivities and will conclude with a “Chef dinner” in the evening!

Winter Wonderland Festival

When: December 1, 2018
Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, create winter-themed arts and crafts, and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

39th Annual OB Holiday Parade

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Sunset Cliffs Blvd & Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Come find out what the locals have known for 30+ years – Santa would rather be in the quaint little surfing village of OB at the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade.

Chula Vista Starlight Parade

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Third Avenue Village – 353 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Celebrate the Season in Downtown Chula Vista! The Chula Vista Starlight Parade is a great way to kick-off the holiday season and get in the festive spirit!

Encinitas Holiday Parade

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.

Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village

When: December 1, 2018
Where: Little Italy – India St & W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
Celebrate the season during Little Italy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and see our unique Christmas Tree – a 25-foot tower of 1,100 gorgeous Poinsettias.

La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

When: December 2, 2018
Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with marching bands, floats, vintage automobiles and Santa Claus.

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

When: December 2, 2018
Where: Thorn & 32nd Streets, San Diego, CA 92104
The festive and fiery SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off promises everything a person could want in a fun day including craft beer, wine, shopping music and chili!

San Pasqual Battle Day

When: December 2, 2018
Where: San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park – 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027
Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.

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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.