5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Parade of Lights: Head over to San Diego Bay on December 11th and 18th for the 40th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights where hundreds of boats will be decorated for this dazzling holiday boat parade of lights.

2. La Mesa Christmas in the Village: This popular holiday event features horse-drawn carriages, carolers, marching bands and entertainers, all lined up along La Mesa Boulevard. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor market, food and special appearances by Santa Claus.

3. Holiday LEGO Train Exhibit: Through January 12, 2012, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum features its annual Holiday LEGO Train Exhibit. For any train and/or LEGO enthusiasts, this exhibit is not to be missed. Be sure to be on the lookout for Santa scaling one of the buildings!

4. Garden of Lights: From December 8 through the 30th, head up to the San Diego Botanical Garden for the Garden of Lights. The Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with over 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the Garden for a magical holiday experience. Many of these lights are LED, which are much brighter than regular lights. Numerous activities include horse-drawn-wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music, hot mulled wine and refreshments.

Photo: TJ Shimabukuro

5. Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade: If you own a pet, the Gaslamp Quarter on December 11th is the place to be. Once a year San Diego pets and owners are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the holiday season. You can only imagine the fun and excitement as downtown becomes filled with costumed pets & their handlers all vying for prizes and bragging rights including Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best of Show!


Lego Train Exhibit Returns to San Diego Model Railroad Museum

This weekend, my son heard (from a mystery source he will not divulge) that the San Diego Model Railroad Museum had installed the Lego train display. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a great little museum in Balboa Park. Admission is free for children under 15 and only $7 for adults. We usually make it down there several times a year, but for only a short time is the Lego display out. Therefore, this is a big deal. We were going to see this whether I wanted to or not.

It is actually really fun to see and discover how creative the display is. The exhibit is sponsored by the Southern California LEGO Train Club and runs through mid-January 2011. There are several trains running through the town, farms, water and back around. They also have a “Can You Find Them All” sign of about ten different items throughout the display. Visitors can look for a cat burglar, a plumber and a mud fight.

A "Cat" Burglar

The fun part is looking at the detail that goes into the display. The farms are growing crops, there are people playing cards, using their cell phones and even Batman is looking over the fair city to make sure it is safe.

An ostrich waiting to "take flight"

If you are in Balboa Park in the next couple of weeks, be sure to stop by. It’s a great museum for anyone who enjoys trains!  It has several train displays of Southern California railroads.  On my last blog a visitor asked if they still had the display of a family who comes home only to find a shark is in their pool.  Yep, it’s still there!