Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019

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Kick off the New Year in San Diego with a long weekend in California’s Beach City enjoying these top things to do including NYE Celebrations and Holiday Bowl.

Holiday Food Truck Festival

When: December 26-30, 2018
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Celebrate the holidays with visiting family and friends under Balboa Park’s dazzling holiday light display. For five days and evenings between Christmas and New Year’s Day (December 26-30), the annual Holiday Food Truck Festival serves up gourmet food from 15 of San Diego’s top food trucks, along with free live entertainment and fun activities for families. Food trucks will be in the park beginning at 12 noon, with live entertainment and other activities starting at 2:00pm.

San Diego International Auto Show

When: December 27-30, 2018
Where: San Diego Convention Center – 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
The San Diego International Auto Show features an incredible variety of new vehicles under one roof, including over 400 vehicles from 30+ global manufacturers. Be among the first in the US to see more than 20 debuts of newly unveiled vehicles not yet in showrooms that are expected to be on display at the show. The wide selection of 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles on display will feature the newest technology to enhance the driving experience, all packaged in luxurious interiors and wrapped in cutting edge designs.

Honda Family Night Out: Pajama Jam

When: December 29, 2018
Where: The New Children’s Museum – 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Bring the entire family and get cozy in your jammies. The night includes New Year’s-themed art activities, games, a dance jam, photo booth, catered dinner and our popular countdown balloon drop. Plus, parents get a free drink ticket. Close out the year with a pajama fest you won’t want to miss!

New Year Celebrations

When: December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019
From grand and glamorous to intimate and romantic to family-friendly, there is a New Year’s Eve event just for you. Make this the best year yet by starting your year off with a trip to San Diego.

Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade

When: December 31, 2018
Where: Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
America’s Largest Balloon Parade! Marching bands, floats, drill teams and giant balloons parade down San Diego’s beautiful waterfront in celebration of the Holiday Bowl.

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

When: December 31, 2018
Where: SDCCU Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Don’t miss America’s Finest Bowl Experience! This signature San Diego event annually showcases a thrilling game between some of college football’s most competitive conferences, the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Marking both teams’ first-ever Holiday Bowl appearance, the University of Utah (No. 17) and Northwestern University (No. 22) will play in the 41st annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium.

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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.