Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 4-9, 2018

Balboa Park December Nights - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Celebrate the Holidays in San Diego enjoying all the festive fun California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

The Year to Come

When: December 4-30, 2018
Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Every New Year’s Eve a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards in time, The Year to Come shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.

Balboa Park December Nights

When: December 7-8, 2018
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park December Nights brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year” with lights and more!

La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village

When: December 7-8, 2018
Where: La Mesa Village, La Mesa, CA 91941
The Village is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland during La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village. Walk the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown and enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids’ area with holiday movies and activities.

Coronado Holiday Parade & Open House

When: December 7, 2018
Where: Coronado Ferry Landing – 1201 1st Street, Coronado, CA 92118
Santa arrives via the Ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing, a festive parade follows down Orange Avenue and Santa lights the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.

Alpine Village Christmas Parade and Snow Festival

When: December 7, 2018
Where: Alpine Creek Town Center – 1347 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901
Alpine lights up its village, Christmas parade and Snow Festival with real now for free sledding. The snow sledding, Santa Claus, entertainment, children’s activities and vendors begin after the parade.

Friday Night Liberty

When: December 7, 2018
Where: 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Friday Night Liberty is a monthly art event featuring open studios, galleries, and free performances. Stroll the beautiful campus of NTC and meet artists and experience unique San Diego Culture.

Drink, Play, Create: A Holiday Party

When: December 7, 2018
Where: The New Children’s Museum – 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Join us for a free drink, lots of dancing, and a fun party inspired by art, play and the holidays. Featuring DJs Rob and Dimitri of Booty Bassment, a cash bar, food trucks, an opportunity drawing, photo booth, games, art activities and open access to galleries and studios – you won’t want to miss this.

Poway’s Christmas in the Park

When: December 8, 2018
Where: Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Poway’s Christmas in the Park is a unique way to bring holiday delights to your family this holiday season with the magic of an old-fashioned tradition.

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

When: December 8, 2018
Where: Mission Bay, San Diego, CA 92109
The Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, a distinctly California celebration, features boats decorated for the holidays that will sail around the Bay.

Toast of the Gaslamp

When: December 8, 2018
Where: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101
It’s time to toast the holidays and reclaim all that is merry and bright – with plenty of festive cocktails, notable nibbles, and shopping discounts for all (21+)!

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

When: December 8, 2018
Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
Fishing boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

When: December 9 & 16, 2018
Where: San Diego Bay
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.

Santa at the Lakes

When: December 9, 2018
Where: Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve – 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Santa Claus, snow sledding, carnival rides, smores, food, face painting, arts, crafts and so much more! Come spend the day at Santee Lakes at this family-friendly event that has become a holiday favorite.

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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.