Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to do in San Diego: December 13-16, 2012

Jungle Bells Celebration at the San Diego Zoo

It’s never to early to start making your weekend plans. Here are top things to do this weekend in San Diego.

1. Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis

Hillcrest Taste n' Tinis - Things to Do in San Diego

Start off the weekend with a walking tour through Hillcrest including delightful drinks, scrumptious eats and fabulous holiday shopping. Local chefs will be serving up scrumptious appetizers and sweet treats while boutiques along the tour will warm you up a holiday inspired martini. Event is 21 and up.

Date: December 13, 2012
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: In Advance – $20. Day Of – $25
> Find out more about Hillcrest Taste n’ Tinis

2. Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Jungle Bells Celebration at the San Diego Zoo

Elves celebrating Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

Starting this Saturday, the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, lighted animal displays throughout the park, live animal shows, storytelling, bell ringers and, of course, Santa Claus.

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Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: December 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

3. Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

Las Posadas - Old Town State Historic Park

Take part in a traditional Las Posadas in Old Town State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays over the weekend in the Old Town State Historic Park. Enjoy period decorations, carolers, warm beverages, holiday treats, activities, and extended shopping hours. Arrive early on Sunday for festivities at 2:00 PM and a traditional Las Posadas starting at 5:00 PM followed by a piñata party for the kids.

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Location: 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA (map)
Dates: December 15-16, 2012
Times: 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Las Posadas Parade starts at 5:00 PM on Sunday.
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Old Town Holiday in the Park & Las Posadas

4. The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker - Holiday Things to Do in San Diego

Catch a performance of the Nutcracker throughout San Diego.

Starting this weekend, there will be a myriad of Nutcracker princes dancing throughout San Diego County. Below is a list of performances:

California Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 15-23, 2012
Cost: $25-$90
Location: San Diego Civic Theater – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

City Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 14-24, 2012
Cost: $29-$69
Location: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway #600, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

San Diego Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Dates: December 16-21, 2012
Cost: $20-$50
Location: Mandeville Center, UCSD – 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 (map)

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5. San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Holiday Float - San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Lights on the water at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

This is the last Sunday to marvel at the spectacular Boat Parade of Lights featuring individually holiday decorated private crafts. The parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy Carrier turning basin.

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Dates: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

> Browse more great things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of any other great events going on in San Diego this weekend? Let us and others know in the comments below.

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5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. California Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the San Diego Symphony: The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky’s magical score and Maxine Mahon’s dazzling theatrical staging combine to create a memorable event. Plays at the Civic Theatre through December 23, 2011.

2. Parade of Lights: This Sunday, December 18 will be your last chance to catch the 40th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. This colorfully unique San Diego holiday tradition features more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights, sailing along the waters of San Diego Bay.

3. Taste ‘n Tinis: On Thursday, December 15 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm be sure to hit up the Hillcrest Taste ‘n Tinis celebration. Embark on a winter evening of house specialties from hors d’oeuvres and entrees to delightfully sweet treats. But it’s really about the peppermint martinis and candy cane cosmos that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Revelers will enjoy the sampling, the shopping, and finding the perfect gift all in Hillcrest. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

4. Chula Vista Nature Center: It’s a great time of year to head over to the Chula Vista Nature Center. The Chula Vista Nature Center is an internationally recognized zoo/aquarium exhibiting native plants and animals. Visitors can see an up-close and personal visit with endangered Green Sea Turtles, shorebirds, hawks, sharks, stingrays, and jellyfish, to name a few!

5. Holiday Nights at the Bernardo Winery: From December 15-18th, the Bernardo Winery hosts its annual Holiday Nights. Step back in time and celebrate the joy of the holiday season with festivities for the whole family among the old world style buildings, olive trees and old fashioned hospitality of the Bernardo Winery.