Save Big this Holiday Season at San Diego's Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Who doesn”t like holiday outlet shopping? San Diego has two awesome premium outlets, one in North County and the other in the South Bay, where you can find designer, name brand gifts at incredible prices.

Both outlet centers offer an upscale outdoor setting with full food courts including Starbucks, fast food and seated dining. Plus, during the month of December, both centers are offering a “Deal of the Day,” coupon books with 25-30 savings offers beyond the outlet discounts and plenty of holiday fun for the whole family.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers amazing deals in San Diego”s North County

The Carlsbad Premium Outlets features 90 luxury factory outlet stores like Barneys New York, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Brooks Brothers, Theory, Cole Haan, Coach, Zales, Sunglass Hut and Godiva Chocolates to name a few.

In addition to all the amazing shopping indoors, Carlsbad Premium Outlets offers plenty of festive fun outdoors during the month of December. Santa is available for gift lists and photos. Carolers fill the center with sounds of the casino online holidays on select weekends. You can even get your presents wrapped while supporting the local Carlsbad High School Orchestra.

> Find out more about Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad

In the South Bay, the Las Americas Premium Outlets features 125 factory outlet stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Chico”s, Forever 21, Nike, J Crew, Toys R Us, Tommy Bahama, Wilsons Leather, Game Stop, Bath & Body Works and the Disney Store Outlet.

And during the month of December, Las Americas is full of holiday cheer with a strolling Santa on Saturdays (bring the camera!) and carolers on Sundays.

> Find out more about Las Amercias Premium Outlets

The best part about shopping at the Premium Outlets is that with the money you save on gifts you can afford to splurge on something for yourself. Happy holidays from San Diego.

Where”s your favorite place for holiday shopping in San Diego? Tell us in the comments below.


Top Things to Do in San Diego: Nov. 12 – 17, 2013

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

Enjoy a children’s classic come to life, take a private wine tour, or shop for some vintage wares this week in San Diego.

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Opens at the Old Globe

dr. seuss how the grinch stole christmas old globe theater san diego

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! opens at the Old Globe Theatre this weekend.

The Old Globe Theatre kicks off its holiday season on Saturday, November 16th, with a top notch stage production of Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  In San Diego, we take our Dr. Seuss seriously – which is why this whimsical musical has been dazzling local school children and families for nearly 16 years.  Suitable for ages 5+.

Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Nov 16, 2013 – Dec 28, 2013
Time: Various (11:00 am matinees open to all ages)
Cost: $27-57
>Find out more about Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Old Globe.

San Diego Wine Country Chauffeured Tours

San Diego winery tours

Experience San Diego’s beautiful vineyards up close on a personalized tour.

Take a six-hour guided tour of local wineries with San Diego Beer & Wine Tours, starting with pick-up and drop off right at your door (home or hotel). The guided tour includes visiting three family-owned wineries and indulging in more than 18 tastes from off the beaten path wineries. Meals include a fruit and cheese platter at the first winery and a dinner with spectacular vineyard views at the final destination.

Where: Door to door service
When:  Friday, Saturday or Sunday, November 15-17
Time: 11:00 a.m. pick up – 6:00 p.m. drop off
Cost: $154 (tour guide gratuity not included)
>Find out more about San Diego Beer & Wine Tours 

High Tide Breakfast Buffet at the Marine Room

The delectable breakfast offerings include banana chocolate brioche French toast, poached eggs Florentine and hickory smoked Pacific salmon (just to name a few items), but what makes this breakfast truly special is watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash up against the Marine Room’s giant picture windows.

Where: 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037
When:  Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $34 per person
>Find out more about High Tide Breakfast at the Marine Room

TNT (Thursday Night Thing) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

MIHO Gastrotruck at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego TNT

Grab a bite from MIHO Gastrotruck at TNT at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Part cocktail party, part concert and part art exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego‘s TNT after-hours series proves that museums don’t have to be boring. Stop by the museum’s downtown location for tours, art-making activities, live music from Family Wagon, tasty cocktails, and delicious bites from MIHO Gastrotruck.

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Thursday, November 14
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for museum members, $8 for students, $10 for non-members
>Find out more about TNT at the Museum of Conteporary Art San Diego

Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Del Mar Antique Show and Sale San Diego 2013

Antiques of all sorts can be found at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

Celebrating its 53rd year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this three-day event for antique lovers features everything from furniture to fine art and vintage clothing and jewelry. The weekend also features a Costume Walkabout: this year’s theme is “A Day in the Fabled Land of Bollywood.”

Where: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  Friday – Sunday, November 15 – 17
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $8 for adults for all three days, free for children
>Find out more about the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale

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What will you be doing in San Diego this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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Premium Outlets and Fashion Valley Offer Luxurious Shopping in San Diego

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Spoil yourself with a day of shopping in San Diego. The warm fall weather beckons visitors to enjoy an outing at some of the best centers and premium outlets for luxurious shopping and dining throughout San Diego county!

Premium Outlets – Luxury Items at Affordable Prices

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Discover amazing deals from brand names at the Premium Outlets in South Bay and Carlsbad

If you’re looking to discover not only the best of San Diego, but also score a great bargain while in town, then check out the Premium Outlets. The Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North County Coastal San Diego and the Las Americas Premium Outlets in the South Bay offer upscale shopping from the finest designer and brand names at incredible prices.

In between stores, take a break in lovely outdoor settings, complete with elegant architecture and beautiful courtyards. While you relax, sip on a warm pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks or nibble on a famous fish taco from Rubio’s. There are plenty of dining options sure to please every taste.

Whether you’re enjoying a day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad or checking out the bustling border near Mexico, everyday savings of 25% to 65% are yours for the taking at the Premium Outlets.

Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
> Find out more about Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Las Americas Premium Outlets
4211 Camino de La Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173
> Find out more about Las Amercias Premium Outlets

Upscale Shopping at Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley Mall

Spend the whole day shopping, dining and relaxing at Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley boasts world-class shopping, offering top brands from Prada to Zara and Hermes to Urban Outfitters at more than 200 shops and eateries in a beautiful outdoor setting.

After picking out that “to-die-for” purse from Luis Vuitton, take a break from retail therapy with a pampering massage at Carlton Hair Salon and Day Spa, cool off while enjoying a movie at the center’s 18-screen AMC Theatres, or simply soak up some sunshine on comfortable outdoor seating while checking in on Facebook using complimentary WiFi.

If you’re looking for healthy dining options to go along with that bathing suit you packed, check out True Food Kitchen, serving up delicious and nutritious farm-to-table selections in a hip setting. Or perhaps you’re a tech-lover who craves made-to-order selections? If so, check out Technology Innovator of the Year award-winning restaurant STACKED, where all orders are placed using your very own tableside tablet.

With so many dining, retail and entertainment options, no wonder Fashion Valley was designated as one of 25 premier Simon Malls’ top visitor destinations in the country!

> Discover more shopping options in San Diego

Where’s your favorite place to go shopping and find the best deals in San Diego?

Guest post written by Francine Miley, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Fashion Valley.

Robert Arends

Hillcrest Neighborhood Spotlight – Home of San Diego’s LGBT community

Walking under Hillcrest Sign
Walking under Hillcrest Sign

Happening Hillcrest!

San Diego’s uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest, home of San Diego’s LGBT community, celebrates diversity year-round with a vibrant rainbow mix of accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, chic boutiques, vintage clothing stores, kitschy novelty shops and so much more.

With San Diego Pride coming up next month (July 12-14), now is the perfect time to spotlight a few of my favorite places worth checking out:

Where to Stay

The historic Inn at the Park, located right across the street from Balboa Park, is home to the best happy hour in Hillcrest: Top of the Park, a Friday night tradition where hundreds gather on the rooftop to soak up the sunset and kick-off the weekend over cocktails.

Stay at Ann Callahan’s Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast for a relaxing escape in the heart of Hillcrest and still just a short walk away all the shops, restaurants and bars on University Avenue.

Bar Hop

Bar hopping in Hillcrest

Bar hopping in Hillcrest

Urban Mo’s is fun and boisterous with strong margaritas and booming dance music on a packed outdoor patio and indoor dance floor. Hillcrest Brewing Company, claiming to be the World’s First “Out and Proud LGBT Brewery”(wow!), has 9 tasty in-house craft brews on tap to quench your thirst. If crafty cocktails are more your thing, Martinis Above Fourth is a swanky go-to spot.

Gotta Dance

If you’ve got to get your groove on, Rich’s with its two dance floors and sexy go-go boys can’t be beat!

Java Joint

Filter Coffee House is the place to see and be seen while sipping espresso and “studying” the crowd for cuties, day or night.

Dinner & a Show

D Bar restaurant is my new fav with its sleek moderne design and delish dishes like Southern fried Belgian – a sweet waffle with fried chicken (yep!). Their macarons are also off the charts! Afterward, head to Diversionary Theatre for cutting edge theater at its finest.

Brunch ‘n Lunch

Colorful Café on Park with its deliciously imaginative breakfast dishes like egg scrambles, Captain Crunch pancakes (yep!) and crab cake benny, is sure to satisfy!

Shop till you drop

Shopping in Hillcrest

Shop-portuunities galore in Hillcrest

Stroll along Fifth Ave. and University Ave. for funky, one-of-a-kind finds. Park Blvd. is great for retro, mid-Century modern treasures.

> Discover more of San Diego’s Hillcrest


Swimsuit Shopping – Getting Ready for Summer with San Diego Style

San Diego Swimsuit

If you’ve been anywhere other than sunny San Diego for the last few months, chances are you’re ready to hit the beach (and hey, even us locals are itching to get summer started). But what if you made it all the way to San Diego’s shores only to discover that you forgot to pack your swimsuit?

Fear not! Whether you need to shop after some forgetful packing or simply want to look like you blend in with the locals, San Diego shops offer some hot summer styles that are sure to make you look like a lifelong beach babe.

Find the Perfect Swimsuit

Temptress Fashion

San Diego Vintage Swimsuits

Sassy vintage suites from Fables by Barrie Amelia can be found at Temptress Fashion in Ocean Beach.

Temptress Fashion in Ocean Beach is stocked full of vintage style. Pin-up inspired bathing suits from Fables by Barrie Amelia will have you channeling your inner Marilyn Monroe or Bettie Page.


San Diego Swimsuit

Swimsuit fashion from Sauvage (left) and Graffiti Beach (right)

Local designer Elizabeth Southwood’s Sauvage line of swimwear offers luxurious looks based on today’s hottest trends. Visit Sauvage’s La Jolla-based boutique, just blocks away from the beautiful La Jolla Cove.

Graffiti Beach

One of San Diego’s most stylish new boutiques, Graffiti Beach in the South Park neighborhood features athletic styles that are as fashionable as they are functional.

Swimsuit Purchased – Now Onto the Pool Parties

san diego hotel pool party

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows’ pool parties are always a blast.

Once you’re decked out in your new swimsuit, why limit yourself to showing off your look at the beach? Flaunt your fabulous style at one of San Diego’s trendy hotel pool parties:

  • Intervention Sundays at the Float – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego are all about excess. Prepare for barely-clothed bodies drinking and partying like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Clothing company Fortune 21 will bring a series of pool parties to the Andaz San Diego’s Rooftop Pool this summer, which are sure to be some of the hottest ticket parties in town.
  • Pool Parties at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows are the perfect place to show off a retro suit. Built in 1946, the charming vintage neighborhood spot features DJs and lots of fun at their Sunday pool parties each summer.

Where will your swimsuit be seen this summer?

Robert Arends

Winning! Chic New Viejas Hotel Opens in East County

Viejas Casino and Resort
Viejas Casino and Resort

Viejas Casino & Resort

Yours truly was invited to the grand opening of the new Viejas Hotel, located in the rolling foothills of Alpine next door to Viejas Casino and across the street from the popular Viejas Outlets.

Their new name is Viejas Casino & Resort. Did you know: the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians becomes San Diego’s fifth tribe to open a hotel connected to its casino.

The shindig will include a ribbon cutting, traditional Kumeyaay songs and a Native American blessing, and sneak peek of “Rise,” a dramatic new Cirque-style show that premieres at the hotel this Saturday, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. I can’t wait!

What to Expect at the New Viejas Hotel

Rendering of chic new Viejas Hotel

Rendering of chic new Viejas Hotel

The sophisticatedly modern $36 million hotel is 5 stories high and features 128 rooms (including 29 suites), a pool and hot tub with cabanas (SO SoCal!), state-of-the-art fitness center, free Internet/WiFi, and an expanded all-you-can-eat buffet next door. Each room has 40″ Samsung TVs, locally made furniture and art, nightly turn down service, his and her robes (nice touch!), iPod clock radios and Gilchrist & Soames bath and body products. Some suites even include fireplaces, tubs with whirlpool jets (just say ahhh!) and wet bars (I’ll toast to that 😉 ).

Rendering of Presidential Suite at Viejas Hotel

Rendering of Presidential Suite at Viejas Hotel

A few months back I explored the model guestrooms and I’ve got to say, they’re swanky, warm and inviting, with a metropolitan touch that reminds me of chic boutique hotels in Manhattan. There’s nothing else like it in these parts!

More to do near Viejas Casino & Resort

This spring as you explore the wildflowers of East County, stop by Viejas Casino & Resort to play the slots, shop 60 name-brand outlet stores, indulge at the buffet and rest your head for a memorable overnight stay amidst the beautiful backdrop of Alpine’s rural setting.

Insider tip: While you’re there, pick up a $5 bag of fresh avocados or oranges from one of the roadside vendors!

Sage & Songbirds Festival - Butterflies

Butterfly releases at Sage & Songbirds Festival.

And planning ahead… Time your visit to also check out Alpine’s 16th Annual Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour on May 3-5, featuring a free festival at Viejas Outlets that includes a live butterfly exhibit and daily butterfly releases, plus an outdoor plant and art sale. There will also be garden tours of local bird- and butterfly-friendly home gardens and the Sky Hunters raptor rehabilitation facility, home to magnificent hawks, owls and other bird of prey. Cost for the gardens/Sky Hunters tour is $15 per person before April 1.


Boutiques in San Diego Perfect for Your Tween/Teen

Mimi and Red Boutiques

It has been quoted that for the tween/teen girl the top three activities of her choices are:  to hang out with friends, listen to music and yes you know it – Shop, Shop, Shop! For that reason I thought I would list some of my favorite places to shop for that up-and-coming Stylista. I prefer these boutiques based on three components: being on-trend, age appropriate styles and great price points for the savvy tween/teen.

Studio 1220 Boutique

Studio 1220

Studio 1220

My first recommendation is Studio 1220 Boutique. I love their selection of that laid-back chic California-Girl look. The clothes are comfy, on-trend and stylish. They also have a great selection of scarves and jewelry.

Carlsbad – 1923 Calle Barcelona #147, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (map)
Solana Beach – 665 Rodolfo Dr. #109B, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real #J-7, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Point Loma – 2850 Womble Road #100, San Diego, CA 92106 (map)
Coronado – 952 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118 (map)

Pretty Please Boutique

Pretty Please Boutique - Coronado

Pretty Please Boutique – Coronado

Another stylish choice with great price points is Pretty Please Boutique. This boutique carries colorful dresses, blouses, jeans, and dresses. I love their selection of affordable jewelry too!

Del Mar – 12925 El Camino Real Suite J-10, San Diego, CA 92130 (map)
Hillcrest – 1220 Cleveland Ave Suite, M-111, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Carlsbad – 5617 Paseo Del Norte Suite #116, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (map)
Carmel Mountain – 11835 Carmel Mountain Road Suite 1310, San Diego, CA 92128 (map)

Twirl Boutique

Twirl Boutique

Twirl Boutique

Twirl Boutique carries some nice options for dressier ensembles while still offering everyday chic looks. They also carry a nice selection of jackets and purses.

Location: 3840 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)

Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti Boutique carries a little but more of a sophisticated look. The owners have a great eye on the latest styles for that Stand-Out girl who does not shy away from the current fashions. This is also a great place to get a make-up lesson upstairs at their full service salon.

Location: 635 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.dolcettiboutique.com

Eden Boutique

Eden Boutique

Eden Boutique

If you need a romper , maxi dress, or short options, Eden Boutique is the place to find it.  I also like their selection of shirts, jewelry, and clutches that won’t break the bank!

Location: 520 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.edenboutiques.com

The Shopaholics Boutique

The Shopaholics Boutique

The Shopaholics Boutique

With new inventory coming in all of the time, The Shopaholics Boutique seems to always have just the right ensembles for all occasions. Their dress, jackets, and jewelry options are fabulous and at just the right price.

Location: 1506 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Website: www.theshopaholicsboutique.com

Mimi and Red Boutiques

Mimi and Red Boutiques

Mimi and Red Boutique

Mimi and Red Boutiques are truly one of my go-to boutiques for teens. The brands, colors and options are endless! You can easily purchase an entire outfit at very reasonable prices.

San Diego – 3032 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 (map)
La Jolla – 5630 La Jolla Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037 (map)
Website: www.mimiandred.com

Rica Boutique

RICA Boutique Storefront

RICA Boutique in San Diego’s La Jolla

A newer boutique in La Jolla, Rica Boutique, carries the latest bright and comfy California-Girl choices.  Their selection of dresses, shorts, and blouses are very polished but easily accessible. They also carry some fab shoe and accessory options.

Location: 7456 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA 92037 (map)
Website: www.shop-rica.com

> Find more Boutiques and Shopping in San Diego

So if the data of tween/teens liking to shop then this list should be a great start for that Stylista in training!

Robert Arends

Find a Unique Holiday Gift While Shopping in Charming Coronado!

Orange Avenue on Coronado
Orange Avenue on Coronado

Coronado’s Orange Avenue, a shopper’s delight!

What, you haven’t finished your holiday shopping?! No worries…Santa’s elves in Coronado, across the bridge from downtown San Diego, have a stocking full of gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else.

Skip the crowded malls and head to Coronado’s charming Christmas tree-lined main street, Orange Avenue, to discover delightful boutique shops and galleries selling all sorts of unique gifts. Following are some of my favorites:

Shorelines Gallery

Shorelines Gallery on Coronado

Shorelines’ one-of-a-kind gifts include colorful Spiritiles.

The new Shorelines Gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, glass art, chic home decor and exclusive art collectibles like the colorfully playful Spiritiles (as in “Spirit” – “tiles”).

Location: 918 Orange Ave (map)
Website: www.slsdgallery.com

Art and Frames by Wood Gallery

Populous Hotel Del by Craig Alan

Craig Alan’s people-pleasing Hotel del Coronado painting.

Art and Frames by Wood Gallery features paintings and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists. I especially love Craig Alan’s fantastical people paintings. His depiction of The Del (see above) is brilliant!

Location: 936 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.artcoronado.com

Coronado Taste of Oils

Coronado Taste of Oils

Coronado Taste of Oils – yum!

For the foodie, Coronado Taste of Oils sells delicious gourmet olive oils and fine aged vinegars. Tastings are Free. The Red Apple Balsamic is off the charts!

Location: 954 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.coronadotasteofoils.com

Emerald City

Hang ten at Emerald City surf shop. Next Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Dec. 21, the entire store is 20% off. Cowabunga!

Location: 1118 Orange Avenue (map)
Website: www.emeraldcitysurf.com

The Latests in Fashion

La Mer Boutique

Lovely La Mer for women’s fashions.

For fashionistas, there’s the hip new Studio 12-20, Pretty Please Fashion and upscale women’s boutique, La Mer.


Hop to the new Jackrabbits for home & garden décor, vintage handbags, antique toys and beach-themed items.

Location: 1017 Isabella Avenue (map)
Website: www.coronadofurnitureconsignments.com

Coronado Holiday Guide

2012 Coronado Holiday Guide

While shopping, be sure to pick up the new Coronado Holiday Guide, chock full of gift ideas, holiday happenings, happy hours and more. You can also download it off the Chamber of Commerce’s homepage.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the greatest gift of all: free two-hour metered parking through Dec. 28!

Now that’s the holiday spirit!

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.

> Find more Holiday fun at San Diego attractions

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.

> Discover holiday excitement in San Diego

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)

> More Holiday Theatre in San Diego

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.

> Find more Christmas light displays in San Diego

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.


Clothing for Men – Find Him the Perfect Outfit in San Diego

Mister B - Clothing for Men

Men and shopping? You bet! And San Diego is just the place to find that perfect ensemble to fit any occasion. As a personal wardrobe stylist I feel that clothing for men is less complicated than for women. San Diego’s local boutiques have embraced this concept making it easy to find anything from Casual-Chic to unique Work-Wear to Date-Night styles for men.

Find Great Clothing for Men at these Stores

Chillers Showroom

Chillers Showroom - Shopping Guide for Men

Chillers Showroom

Some of my recommended boutiques for Casual-Chic for men are Chillers Showroom. This spacious Pacific Beach boutique has some great options for casual button-down shirts, jeans and thermal hoodies. I also love that you can create your own custom t-shirt screen-printed right on site utilizing some of their fantastic Chillers artwork!

Location: 4667 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109 (map)
Website: www.chillersshowroom.com




Fowlers, located in Solana Beach, is the perfect place to locate laid-back looks. Shop for the perfect Beach-Chic shorts or jeans, a stylish watch or maybe an awesome pair of sunglasses!

Location: 731 South Highway 101, Suite 1A3, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Website: www.fowlers.bigcartel.com


HIS - Clothing for Men

HIS – Clothing for Men

HIS is in the Design District called Cedros. I love their relaxed yet cool inventory of everyday styles for men. They carry unique brands and have a talent for offering just a step up from an everyday surfer-style look.

Location: 143 South Cedros Avenue, Suite K, Solana Beach, CA 92075 (map)
Website: www.hismensstore.com

Mister B

Mister B - Clothing for Men

Mister B – Clothing for Men

When it comes to work-wear options or dinner-date looks, I recommend shopping at Mister B. This store offers fine men’s clothing with great European brands. Their suits, sport coats and shoes are to die for. If you’re looking for sophistication, this is the perfect place to shop.

Location: 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas, CA 92024 (map)
Website: www.misterbclothing.com

Matti D

Matti D

Matti D

A great place to shop for date-night looks is the fab store called, Matti D. Whether you are searching for the latest pair of jeans or some unique outerwear this boutique carries it all. I love their selection of scarves and cashmere sweaters too.

Location: 2689 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
Website: www.matti-d.com


Mint Shoes

Mint Shoes

When it comes to completing men’s style, cool shoes are a must! I love the shoe boutique called Mint. This boutique carries hard to find retro brands and the latest urban-chic styles for casual shoes and boots.

Location: 525 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Website: www.mintshoes.com

Stile Italiano

Stile Italiano

Stile Italiano

If Italian quality and “dolce vita” style is for you then Stile Italiano is the place! This boutique is reasonably priced with imported unique fashions for men. The owner comes from Italy and has a long family history in fashion and design. I love their wallets, jackets and one-of-a-kind shoes. They even carry some great artwork to purchase!

Location: 142 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (map)
Website: www.stileitaliano.us

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