Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 10-17, 2015

This weekend in San Diego will be full of Valentine’s Day love, Mardi Gras bon temps and more while you are out enjoying these top things to do.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day in San Diego

Fall or Fall Back in Love during a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in San Diego

Romance is in the air and San Diego is the perfect backdrop for a romantic rendezvous. From the finest cuisine and unparalleled views of the Pacific to a hip singles cruise to find your true love, there’s something for everyone on the sweetest holiday of the year.

> Browse Valentine’s Day Offers, Packages and Events in San Diego

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations

Samba Dancer at Mardi Gras -Courtesy Enne Bi Communications

Let Loose at a Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration in San Diego

The rhythm of Brazil comes to San Diego during Mardi Gras. Let loose, dance and indulge at carnival celebrations ranging from massive block parties bumping with music from the best DJs to more traditional festivities with feather-adorned dancers in samba shows, performances of the Brazilian martial-arts dance form capoeira, caipirinhas, and more.

> Browse Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration in San Diego

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Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

Chair Stacking - SeaWorld Lunar New Year Celenration

Marvel at amazing acrobatics during SeaWorld San Diego’s Lunar New Year celebration

During Lunar New Year at SeaWorld, the park’s Lunar New Year Festival area will feature Asian-inspired culinary offerings and a stage featuring cultural performances celebrating Asia, such as taiko drummers, lion dancers and fan dancers. Also, the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei will perform 25-minute acrobatic shows at Mission Bay Theater.

When: February 13 – March 1, 2015 (Select Dates)
> Find out more about Lunar New Year at SeaWorld

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

See top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

When: February 12-15, 2015
> Find out more about California Open Wildlife Art Festival

KuumbaFest

KuumbaFest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

KuumbaFest is San Diego’s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage

The three day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.

When: February 13-15, 2015
> Find out more about KuumbaFest

Lunar New Year Festival

Lunar New Year Festival at Qualcomm Stadium

2015 marks the Year of the Goat, an animal that represents elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and creative characteristics. Goats encourage us to engage and entertain our own sense of curiosity by sampling a little bit of everything in order to know more deeply the world around us – a perfect match for this year’s theme: Taste, See, Hear, Touch, Smell and Feel the Asian Experience.

When: February 13-15, 2015
> Find out more about the Lunar New Year Festival

Tribute to the Reggae Legends

Tribute to the Reggae Legends - Exodus: Movement of Jah People

For the 34th Annual Black History Month Celebration, The Worldbeat Cultural Center is proud to present Tribute to the Reggae Legends – Exodus: Movement of Jah People. This two day music festival will feature more than 25 of the best reggae bands in Balboa Park’s new cultural plaza.

When: February 14-15, 2015
> Find out more about Tribute to the Reggae Legends

Brewbies 6th Annual Beer Festival

Brewbies Beer Festival

Support Women’s health while enjoying the best of San Diego’s craft beer at Brewbies

This year will be better than last year, featuring breweries from all over the country sharing some rare and delicious beers all in the name of boobies. There will be a VIP session that will feature some beers and breweries not available in the general session.

When: February 14, 2015
> Find out more about Brewbies 6th Annual Beer Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 3-8, 2015

Explore 45 museums for half price, see the world’s best pro golfers compete at Torrey Pines, become an Avenger and more at any one of this weekend’s top things to do in San Diego.

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Leap into 45 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 45 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: Through February 28, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Farmers Insurance Open 2015

Tiger says "See You At Torrey!" Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Tiger says “See You At Torrey!” Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

Mark your calendars now, because one of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego in 2015. San Diego’s leg of the annual PGA TOUR will take place at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Where: 11480 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-8, 2015
Cost: $30-$200
> See You at Torrey: The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases 96 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. The program aims to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives.

Where: 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: February 5-15, 2015
Cost: Starting at $13.75
> Find out more about the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

San Diego Museum of Art - Culture & Cocktails

The art jumps off the walls during the San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails

Imagine: open-air bazaars, ocean-front walkways, bright colors, crumbling colonial architecture, and salsa music booming through the streets… Enjoy Cuban sandwiches, coffee, chocolate cigars, desserts, a Signature Cocktail infused with Cuban spirits, a Latin DJ, and live musical performance during this Havana Nights-themed party. Come dressed in ruffles, fedoras, and your island-best during this C&C inspired by The Welcome Galleries’ Cuban Contemporary Art installation.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25. Members – Free
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights

The Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience

Join forces with Marvel’s mightiest Heroes on a mission to save the planet. The Marvel Experience is a first-of-its-kind attraction that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as you prepare to face the forces of Hydra.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: February 7-22, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $27.50
> Find out more about The Marvel Experience

Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Karl Strauss' Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate Karl Strauss’ 26th year in beer with the annual “Changing of the Barrels” event. To honor the occasion, they invite friends down to the brewery for the debut of their 26th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale and a chance to taste their 27th Anniversary brew before it spends a year in barrels.

Where: Karl Strauss Brewery – 5985 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109
When: February 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40. Designated Drive – $20.
> Find out more about the Changing of the Barrels 26th Anniversary Celebration

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Edna Gutierrez

San Diego Retail Restaurants – Eat and Shop All in One Stop

Imagine this: You have only a couple of hours in San Diego, you want to experience its exquisite dining scene, but also want to buy something unique to take with you. Well, suffer no more! There are several places in San Diego that offer more than food; they offer the opportunity to take an essence of their brand home. From apparel, ingredients on the menu, to the chair you are sitting on, there are venues in San Diego that have found a way to go from restaurant to retail.

Cucina Enoteca Del Mar

Cucina Urbana Del Mar - courtesy Cucina Urbana

If you like the community tables at Cucina Enoteca Del Mar or their reindeer chandeliers, visit their website and buy your own.

Has this ever happened to you? You eat at a restaurant, fall in love with the décor and wish you could take it all home, well, Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar makes this possible. The modern Italian restaurant offers diners everything within the venue for sale; from the silverware and dinnerware, to the furniture and lighting! The restaurant prides itself on selling one-of-a-kind finds from local artisans and craftsmen. They also feature a wine shop with over 250 wines from the Americas and Europe. Visit their Del Mar location and then go to their website, your dining room could look the same in not time…sorry, chef is not included.

Where: 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts

At Extraordinary Desserts you can find baking essentials, jams and jellies, kitchen apparel and other extraordinary goodies.

Known for their amazingly crafted cakes and pastries, Extraordinary Desserts is more than the place to satisfy your sweet tooth, or impress your boss with a fancy birthday cake. Their two San Diego locations sell an array of baking essentials, jams and jellies, kitchen apparel, confections and even the teas and coffees found on their menu. You can also get your hands on the “Extraordinary Cakes: Recipes for Bold and Sophisticated Desserts” cook book by Extraordinary Dessert’s very own Karen Krasne.

Where:
Hillcrest – 2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Little Italy – 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101

 Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Company Store - Esco courtesy of Stone Brewing Co

Don’t just drink your beer, wear it too. AT Stone Brewing Co. you can buy t-shirts, hoodies and hats at any of their retail stores.

We can’t talk about San Diego without mentioning beer. It isn’t news that the beer scene in San Diego has exploded in the past couple of years, but did you know that at some breweries and tap rooms, like the ones by Stone Brewery Co., you can leave with more than a buzz? Located inside their various tap rooms and two restaurants, Stone Brewing manages six retails stores in San Diego. If you are a fan, you can take home an array of Stone merchandise like; t-shirts, hats, glassware, cookware and Stone beer flavored sauces and spices. You can also share the hoppiness with loved ones; growler fills, cases and kegs are also available for purchase at certain locations.

The Headquarters

Shopping at The Headquarters -Courtesy Mike Newton

The best restaurants and retail stores can be found in one place, at The Headquarter at Seaport Village District.

The Headquarters is the latest addition to San Diego’s Seaport Village District. Formerly the San Diego Police Department, the revived location is now home to a collection of specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. After enjoying a delightful lunch at Puesto or a lovely dinner at Seasons 52, walk around and experience the diverse shops that range from fine art and local crafts to unique finds and fashionable apparel.

Where: 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – Little Italy

Filippis in Little Italy at Nighttime -Courtesy Joanne DiBona, SanDiego.org

Try to make it to your table without first buying some good Italian sausages to cook at home.

Come for the pizza, but don’t forget to buy some Italian sausages. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Little Italy started off as a deli and grocery store called Filippi’s Cash and Carry, the family owned restaurant now owns 14 locations in San Diego and California. Luckily the original deli and grocery story still stands, as a matter of fact; you must pass by the deli before entering the restaurant. As you wait your turn for a table (there is almost always a wait) it is impossible to not look around the store and be tempted to take some delicious Italian sausages, pasta or a can of olives.

Where: 1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 27 – February 1, 2015

Escape the cold weather and warm yourself up in San Diego by enjoying the great outdoors, amazing beaches and these top things to do:

Dine Out Escondido!

Dine Out Escondido! - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Savor California cuisine as well as French, Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican and more!

Whether you”re looking for craft brewery foodie pairings, local farm-to-table delights, chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, wine pairings on a patio or with a view, high tea or home cooking…Escondido”s fantastic restaurants have something for everyone”s palate and nutritional preference!

When: Through January 31, 2015
> Find out more about Dine Out Escondido!

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

A New Immersive Experience from the Creator of ACCOMPLICE

A world-premiere, immersive theatre piece which takes audiences on a participatory journey through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of this expansive, 1940s-era landmark. They are introduced to Ben, who, under mysterious circumstances, lived his entire life at the hotel. Having found an unlikely mentor in a traveling con-man who was a frequent guest at the hotel, Ben”s last wish is to enlist the audience”s help to execute one final, giant swindle.

Where: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: January 27 – February 22, 2015
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about THE GRIFT at the Lafayette Hotel

The Wailers

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Now well into their fifth decade, The Wailers truly are living legends who embody the nobility, conviction and progressiveness of Bob Marley and his music. Their journey is far from over as the world awaits The Wailers” next move in their “One Love” revolution. “Our music is the magic,” says Fams “the oxygen of the people. It”s the message of roots, culture and reality, meant to spread peace and love to all.”

Where: Belly Up Tavern – 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: January 27, 2015
Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM
Cost: $27-$48
> Find out more about The Wailers

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2015 filmmakers as well.

When: January 29 – February 1, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Black Film Festival

Innovation – Collage 2015

Innovation - Collage 2015

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater.

Collage 2015 features various dance styles such as tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern and musical theater including guest choreography by Maud Arnold of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame and local dance legend Donna Flournoy. Along with breathtaking costumes, imaginative set pieces and gorgeous theatrical lighting, our professionally trained dancers deliver a show that is certain to impress.
Where: Casa del Prado Theatre – 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 30 – February 15, 2015
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about Innovation – Collage 2015

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Come here Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, live in concert.

Sofi, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, great grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are siblings who have been singing on stages around the world to critical acclaim for the last 12 years. The Spreckels Organ Society casino spiele brings them together with San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams for a free concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101
When: February 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about The Von Trapps and Spreckels Organ Concert

Innovation – Collage 2015 and The Von Trapps Concert are just a few of the amazing events celebrating the Balboa Park Centennial.

> Browse more Balboa Park Centennial Events

The Darrell Hammond Project

The Darrell Hammond Project

Based on Hammond”s acclaimed memoir, God, If You”re Not Up There, I’m F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem, invites the audience on a heartbreaking and hilarious journey inside the life and mind of an American comic genius, trying to unravel the mystery of how a man repeatedly climbed out from the depths of despair to become a world-class comedian.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 31 – March 8, 2015
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about The Darrell Hammond Project

2015 Cardiff Kook Run

Cardiff Kook Run

Get Kooky with a beautiful run through Encinitas.

The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

Where: 485 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: February 1, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: $44-$54
> Find out more about the 2015 Cardiff Kook Run

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Corey Ross

See You at Torrey: The PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open Returns to San Diego in February

Farmers Insurance Open - Tiger Woods

Tiger says “See You At Torrey!” Photo courtesy of Stan Badz/PGA TOUR.

The PGA Tour’s annual spotlight on San Diego will shine again on February 5-8, 2015, at the Farmers Insurance Open at scenic Torrey Pines.

Held in San Diego and at Torrey since 1952, the PGA’s annual stop is part of the Tour’s West Coast swing. The tournament falls between the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale and the AT &T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach.

Highlights of the Torrey Tourney

Warm weather, a world-class course and the regular presence of such Tour stars as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Woods is a seven-time winner of the event besides being the winner of the iconic 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Whether it’s to golf star gaze or spy a glimpse of a migrating whale, there are many great reasons to “See You at Torrey,” as the ad slogan says.

The tournament utilizes all of Torrey’s 36 holes. Play the first two days is held on both the North and South courses and moves exclusively to the South for the weekend.

Last year’s champion, Scott Stallings, emerged from a crowded field of Sunday challengers to capture the crown by one shot. Defending champion Woods missed the secondary cut, the precursor of a year he’d miss much of recovering from back surgery. Local favorite Mickelson ended up withdrawing for the weekend from the 2014 tournament with back pain.

Both are scheduled to return healthy for the 2015 event.

Farmers Insurance Open Schedule & Entertainment

Tournament week begins with practice rounds starting February 2 that are free and open to the public.

Wednesday is Preview Day for the tournament. The Zurich pro-am will be taking place.

The tournament begins on Thursday and will introduce two new changes of note for fans:

  • For security reasons, the main entrance has been moved from near the practice putting greens to near the Glider Port.
  • A new post-round concert series begins.

Post-Round Concerts

The post-round concerts will take place inside The Fringe presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal and will be located behind the 15th green of the South Course.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, entertainment will begin after play has finished on No. 15 (3:00 to 3:30 PM without delays) and continue until sundown (5:15 to 5:30 PM)

The University Day Challenge and University Day

The University Day Challenge and University Day will also return on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Tour players with the support their alma mater’s mascots by competing in a glass-breaking competition on the North Course. The winner will have $10,000 donated to their alma mater’s golf team.

Competitors and patrons are encouraged to sport the colors of their college on Saturday.

Shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, a long-awaited renovation of the North Course will begin. The course will be closed during its construction phase.

The improvements are a part of Torrey’s preparations to host the U.S. Open again in 2021.

> Farmers Insurance Tickets and Schedule of Events

The Century Club of San Diego Charity

Pros Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman are also again scheduled to conduct a free youth that is part of the tournament’s charitable mission.

Since its inception, The Century Club of San Diego has generated more than $28 million for the San Diego community, with $2.8 million raised in 2014 alone.

As the host organization of the Farmers Insurance Open, The Century Club of San Diego is able to provide partnership fundraising programs and experiences for charities, local military families, community organizations and schools.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 6-11, 2015

Start off 2015 on the right foot by heading to San Diego this week to enjoy everything the city has to offer including these top things to do:

> 25 Free Winter Activities in San Diego

soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

The 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music showcases the vibrant, exploratory ensemble-in-residence NOISE, presenting cutting edge world premieres by Mark Menzies, Christopher Adler, and festival favorite Juan Campoverde Q, along with works by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and New York composer Eric Wubbels. They will also celebrate modern masters with Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, and San Diego’s Chinary Ung.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 8-11, 2015
Cost: $10-$70
> Find out more about the soundON Festival of Modern Music

Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Centennial Beer Tasting - San Diego Museum of Man

Join the Museum of Man as they celebrate their 100-year anniversary and the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park at their Centennial Beer Tasting with beer tastings from multiple craft breweries and delicious food from local eateries inside one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the park.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about the Museum of Man’s Centennial Beer Tasting

Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival - Top Things to Do

Snow, s’mores, warm drinks and more at the Poway Winter Festival

Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064
When: January 9-10, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poway Winter Festival

C.S. Lewis on Stage

C.S. Lewis on Stage - Lamb's Players Theatre

Award-winning actor Tom Key in a fascinating look into the wit, wisdom and work of one of the 20th Century’s most engaging thinkers and hugely popular writers. C.S. Lewis on Stage is also a perfect introduction to the personality and thought of Lewis prior to LAMB’S production of Freud’s Last Session as part of their 2015 Season this April.

Where: Lamb’s Players Theatre – 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: January 9-18, 2015
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about C.S. Lewis on Stage

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

The local groups of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will commemorate the 1915 Road Race that was the opening event for the Panama-California Exposition. Cars of the era will drive along the retrace the route of the race, returning to Balboa Park for the car show.

This event is part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration.

Where: San Diego Automotive Museum – 2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Exposition Road Race Centennial

Peking Acrobats

The Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Get ready to gasp as China’s most talented performers will tumble through the air, dive through hoops, juggle spinning plates and walk on wires!

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido – 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
When: January 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about the Peking Acrobats

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 16-21, 2014

Santa's Christmas Village - SeaWorld San Diego

Make sure you’re in San Diego this weekend for holiday fun, meeting Santa, sledding on snow, enjoying plenty of lights and these top things to do.

> We’re Counting Down the 12 Days of Christmas With A Sweepstakes

Holiday Fun at San Diego Attractions

Santa's Christmas Village - SeaWorld San Diego

Meet Santa, sled on snow and more this weekend at San Diego attractions

Get into the holiday spirit with lights, festive music, hot chocolate and more at these San Diego Attractions:

Holiday Blog Round Up

Holiday Pops: A Celtic Celebration

San Diego Symphony Holiday Pops - Top Things to Do

The San Diego Symphony Celebrates the Holidays with an Celtic Christmas

With the Luck-o’-the-Irish this holiday season, we set sail for the Emerald Isle. Grammy Award-winning and nine-time, all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers joins the San Diego Symphony for an evening of festive Irish holiday songs including “The Holly Tree,” “Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem),” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” – in traditional jig time, and “The Wexford Carol” dating back to the 12th century along with so many traditional favorites.

Where: 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 19-21, 2014
Cost: $30-$72
> Find out more about Holiday Pops: A Celtic Celebration

Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

Battle of the Bands - Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

Two bands march down 5th, only one will leave champion of the Gaslamp March

Marching bands and spirit squads from the participating Poinsettia Bowl universities will parade from each end of 5th Avenue performing holiday classics, and meeting up at Market Street for a heart-pounding Battle of the Bands! After the dust has settled at Market Street, bands will continue on with their parade of holiday favorites.

Where: 5th and Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Poinsettia Bowl Gaslamp March

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights - Top Things to Do in San Diego

80 boats will be decorated for the holiday season on San Diego’s Big Bay

Join us for the second weekend of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year.

When: December 21, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – December 9-14, 2014

Jungle Bells - San Diego Zoo

Give yourself the gift of a trip to San Diego this weekend and enjoy all of these top things to do including Christmas light displays on the water!

> Holiday Happenings in San Diego

La Mesa”s Christmas in the Village

La Mesa Christmas in the Village

It”s a winter wonderland at La Mesa Christmas in the Village

Don”t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, food and commercial vendors. Live Music is featured in a number of stage areas and Bonfires fill the Boulevard. The kids will love Santa, the Carnival Rides, Ponies and the Puppet Shows. All Specialty Shops, Boutiques and Restaurants open late during event. Thousands of unique gifts all season long!

Where: La Mesa Blvd & Spring St, La Mesa, CA 91941
When: December 12-13, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about La Mesa”s Christmas in the Village

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells, Zoo, Attractions, Holidays

The San Diego Zoo stays open late for fun holiday activities, shows and light displays during Jungle Bells.

Jungle Bells are ringing – it”s holiday time! The San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy displays of lighted animal sculptures throughout the Zoo aboard the Twinkle Light Trolley, live animal presentations, Dr. Zoolittle”s lively version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, special music and entertainment, delicious holiday treats, encounters with animal ambassadors, visits with Santa, and much more.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Poway”s Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park at Old Poway Park San Diego

Santa welcomes guests to Old Poway Park.

Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness Christmas traditions come to life including Christmas tree lighting followed by the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus; horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting; steam locomotive, model trains, and live entertainment; and holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.

Where: Old Poway Park – 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 3:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: Free. Nominal fee for some activities
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Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Lights Up during the holiday season.

This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.

When: December 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Boats of all sizes get decked out with holiday lights and circle Oceanside Harbor

Fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, casino restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd.

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

Everyone with 2 to 4 Legs will have fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade!

San Diego”s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. All pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.

Where: Gaslamp Hilton Park – 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free to view. $15-$20 to participate in the parade
> Find out more about the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

View more than 80 decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you”re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

When: December 14 & 21, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

The Nutcracker

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

When the Toy Soldiers arrive, that means The Nutcracker and the Holidays are here!

It’s not a holiday season unless you can escape to the land of sugar-plum fairies with a live version of The Nutcracker! Here are

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Brent Bernasconi

Where to See Christmas Lights in San Diego this Holiday Season

Warm up the car, fill a thermos to the brim with hot chocolate and grab some cookies so the whole family can enjoy an evening of twinkling Christmas lights in San Diego.

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Please note, some light displays and events are weather dependent.

Here are just a few of San Diego’s Christmas Lights highlights:

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

View more than 80 decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!

More than 80 lavishly decorated boats will sail over the calm waters of the Big Bay during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The parade starts at Shelter Island and makes it way down to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. Make sure to arrive early at one of the viewing spots that include: Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and along the pathway on Coronado.

Dates: Sundays, December 14 and 21, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Lights Up during the holiday season.

Dozens of vessels will take to the waters of Mission Bay with decorations and lights aboard. Arrive early to secure a good viewing spot on Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.

Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights

Boats of all sizes get decked out with holiday lights and circle Oceanside Harbor

Fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice!

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: December 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Oceanside Parade of Lights

Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights San Diego Botanic Garden - Christmas Lights

Lights, flowers and s’mores – what more could you ask for? (photo by by John Bryant)

At night, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 100,000 lights, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, warm beverages and snow (on certain days, make sure to check in advance). Just make sure to bring a sled (no metal runners please).

Location: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Dates: December 6-24, 2014 (Closed December 24-25)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
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Christmas Lights at San Diego Attractions

Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta

A labor of love by two parents for their two sons with autism, the Schimka family has been lighting up Belardo Drive for the past seven years while raising money for the National Foundation for Autism Research. The display, which is synchronized to the music on 106.1 FM, has grown tremendously over the years and this year will include a new animated snowman and an improved spiral mega tree!

Location: 5306 Belardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92124
Dates: Through December 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free, please consider making a donation
> Find out more about Belardo Lights in Tierrasanta

Curtis Muller’s Bright Christmas

Curtis Muller puts on an incredible “symphony of light” as he likes to call it. The 15 minute shows feature lights, lasers, and fog machines synchronized to classic holiday music.

Location: 3757 South Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Dates: December 19-23 & 25, 2014
Showtimes: 6:30 PM, 7:15 PM, 8:00 PM, 8:45 PM.
Cost: TBD
> Find out more about Curtis Muller’s Bright Christmas

Popular San Diego Neighborhoods with Christmas Lights

There are plenty of San Diego neighborhoods who collectively get into the holiday spirit with entire blocks lit up with Christmas lights. San Diego Family Magazine has collected all the locations on one printout you can download via the link below.

> Download the San Diego Family Magazine Map of Christmas Lights (PDF)

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Know of any other great Christmas lights in San Diego or have any updates to the ones listed above? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Chelsea

5 Must Do Family Friendly San Diego Holiday Activities

Garden of Lights San Diego Botanic Garden

Winter in San Diego is the place to be! With the exception of the occasional rainy day, skies are generally blue during one of the coldest times of year around the rest of the country. In fact, it’s not unusual to find yourself reading your novel on the beach as your kids play in the sand. To top it off, San Diego stops at nothing when it comes to getting into the spirit of the holidays! The entire county literally lights up and there’s plenty of activities to help make memorable moments that will last a lifetime for the whole family. Here are some of my favorite things to do in San Diego during the holidays.

Ice Skating on the Beach in Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at The Del!

Okay, you may be thinking that I mentioned you would be on the beach…Well, if you head to Coronado’s Ice Rink you can enjoy the view of the ocean and test your balance skating on ice! Every year the Hotel Del Coronado opens an ice skating rink adjacent to the hotel from November to January! What better way to (ironically) spend a sunny day on the beach in San Diego!

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
When: Through January 4, 2015
Cost: $25
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Christmas Card Lane

Christmas Light Display - Rancho Penasquitos Christmas Card Lane

San Diego neighborhoods light up during the holidays.

If you love the infamous Griswold house in the “Vacation” movies from the 80’s, then you will adore Christmas Card Lane in Rancho Penasquitos! An annual tradition, the entire neighborhood gets involved in decorating the yards around themes and is a local’s favorite! The streets are lively and many visitors rent double-decker buses and limos to tour all the decorations! I recommend parking the car and walking around on foot. Many homes offer hot chocolate for a small price and popcorn. And it’s likely you will run into some carolers singing traditional songs along the way!

Where: Located in Rancho Penasquitos at Oviedo Street – off Black Mtn. Rd. includes Twin Trails, Carmel Mtn. Rd., Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Totherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln.

San Diego Botanical Garden’s Garden of Lights

Garden of Lights San Diego Botanic Garden

Lights, flowers and s’mores – what more could you ask for? (photo by by John Bryant)

Every year this is the spot my family gets our traditional photo with Santa. Immediately after, we enjoy the incredible lush gardens that are beautifully lit up for the holidays during their annual Garden of Lights! We make sure to catch the horse-drawn carriage and sing carols as we tour the grounds. After, we order some of the food sold during the event and then roast our marshmallows while listening to the live music act of the night! And on certain nights, snow is brought in for sledding! This is truly a gorgeous event and a must-do during the holidays in San Diego!

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: December 6-30, 2014 (Closed December 24-25)
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $6-$14
> Find out more about the Garden of Lights

Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights

Mission Bay Parade of Lights!

Mission Bay Parade of Lights!

Another gorgeous way to experience the best of both worlds of gorgeous winter weather and holiday spectacular is to head to the bay to enjoy the beautiful lit up boats! And believe me, competition can be fierce for who has the best display! With dozens of participants, take in the sights and the fresh San Diego air. The boat parade begins at 6:00 PM from Quivira Basin. Best viewing is from Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.

When: December 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Bay Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park - Top Things to Do

Discover a Holiday Wonderland in Downtown San Diego at Petco Park

This year, Petco Park will be a Holiday Wonderland full of festive cheer, lights and plenty of ways to keep the kids happy. Make your way through Santa’s Workshop and Candy Cane Lane toward what used to be a baseball field for train rides, a hill covered in snow, reindeer, music and a place for Mommy and Daddy to relax. Just make sure to bring your camera to capture all the smiles your children will be giving you!

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 5-24, 2014 (Friday-Sunday and Special Nights – December 22-24)
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $10-$15
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